CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two people from Wisconsin spoke in Cleveland on Monday night, July 18th -- the first day of the Republican National Convention -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy.
Sheriff Clarke received loud applause as he walked out onto the stage at Quicken Loans Arena. The sheriff known for his controversial comments was reserved during this speech -- only bringing up Hillary Clinton to say she wasn't above the rule of law, and that Black Lives Matter "transcends peaceful protest."
The theme of the first night of the RNC was "Make America Safe Again."
"I believe that this noble mission is not just a requirement, but a prerequisite for achieving this campaign`s goal of Making America Great Again. We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets, and in our communities," Sheriff Clarke said.
Below is a transcript of Sheriff Clarke's speech:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter!
I want to talk with you about something important, indeed, a concept that five law enforcement officers were murdered and nine more were wounded for earlier this month in Dallas, and for which three more were murdered yesterday in Baton Rouge: that is the importance of Making America Safe Again.
I believe that this noble mission is not just a requirement, but a prerequisite for achieving this campaign’s goal of Making America Great Again.
We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets, and in our communities.
I see this every day, at street level where many Americans increasingly have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in these troubling times. This transcends race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, and lifestyle.
If you don’t believe it, a recent Gallup poll confirms it: more than half of all Americans now worry a great deal about crime and violence, up consistently and dramatically from just a few years ago.
For African-Americans that number is 70 percent.
Sadly for a growing number of communities the sense of safety that many of us once took for granted has been shattered.
Americans don’t always feel safe no matter if they are working in a big city, living in a suburb or rural areas all around our great country.
I often tell residents of Milwaukee, and the cities and towns I visit that safety is a shared endeavor. It starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules: a code we collectively agree upon that ensures stability, order, fairness, and respect.
It’s built on a foundation of trust in each other and in the people who administer and enforce society’s rules, which at its foundation is the rule of law.
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote passionately about “the interrelatedness of all communities and states” and about our “inescapable network of mu-tu- ALITY, tying us in a single garment of destiny.”
He spoke of the basic morality of the rule of law, provided that it is applied equally to both the wealthy and the impoverished; both men and women, and yes, the majority and the minority.
What we witnessed in Ferguson, in Baltimore, and in Baton Rouge was a collapse of social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcend peaceful protest, and violates the code of conduct we rely on.
American law enforcement officers understand that race is and has been a heated issue in our country. Most appreciate the vital need for thoroughness and transparency in pursuit of the greater good in their actions, and in their investigations.
These are truths that are self-evident to me, and which I practice, and they are the truths that Donald Trump understands and supports.
Donald Trump is the steadfast leader our nation needs.
He has spoken passionately to me of his belief in our American system of justice, and he speaks to the values that are at the foundation of our social contract.
Throughout his campaign and over many years before he has consistently and constantly raised his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for ALL people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement.
Donald Trump understands that what can make our nation safe again is a recommitment to a system of justice in which no government official, not even those who have fought their way to the marble and granite halls of Washington; no private citizen, not even Hillary Clinton; and no group of people, despite the fervor with which they press forward their grievances, can claim privilege above the law.
The tradition of the primacy of the rule of law in America is strong. It is in those simple facts and in our acts that we will move forward and toward Making America Safe Again. God Bless you, and may God continue to bless these United States of America."
It was a Wisconsin one-two as Congressman Duffy and his wife spoke next -- joking that they don't allow their eight children to use private email servers or lie to the FBI while they're at home.
"We have simple rules: clean your room, no teenage boys in your bedroom, no waking mom and dad up on Saturday morning, no private servers in the basement, and no lying, especially to the FBI," Sean Duffy said.
Duffy was an early supporter of Donald Trump and said the party will unite. Others in the Wisconsin delegation said that too -- if only to defeat Hillary Clinton.
Protests ahead of the first day of the RNC were peaceful, and overshadowed by the chaos on the convention floor Monday afternoon when "stop Trump" forces waged one last bid to try to prevent Trump from getting the nomination.
The RNC shut down those plans.
The headliner on the first night of the RNC was Donald Trump's wife, Melania:
Melania Trump stepped to center stage Monday for the highest-profile speech of her life, offering testimony to the character of her husband Donald Trump.
The former fashion model, who rarely takes a leading role on the campaign trail, was the star attraction on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
"With all of my heart I know that he will make a great and lasting difference," she said. "He will never give up and he will never, never let you down," she said.
In an unusual move for a nominee, Trump appeared on a stage bathed in smoky light to introduce his wife to the sound of Queen's rock anthem, "We are the Champions."
"We are going to win, we are going to win so big. Thank you very much," Trump said in an uncharacteristically brief appearance in the spotlight.
Melania has been working with a speechwriter for the last five to six weeks, honing her speech. She stuck close to script delivering her remarks off a telepompter.
Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said that while Melania doesn't love the campaign trail, she was eager to deliver this speech.