One interesting thing about Clint Eastwood’s bizarre appearance at the Republican National Convention, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on Up With Chris Hayes Saturday, was that Eastwood explicitly mentioned the U.S. war in Afghanistan, something the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, didn’t discuss at all.
Eastwood stumbled his way through criticizing Obama for setting a 2014 target date for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan – one of only two mentions of the war, one of only two references to Afghanistan during the convention, according to the New York Times.
But Romney’s omission also stands in marked contrast to the forceful tone he adopted when it came to foreign policy and other nations.
“To go into this revelry about all the places you basically want to start something with,” Hayes marveled, before showing a clip from Romney’s own speech at the convention that included a remark about a “united America” that had “a military so strong that no nation would even dare to test it.”
For Romney to be able to get away with not mentioning Afghanistan once in his remarks, Hayes said, illustrated a double standard.
“If a Democratic president had gotten up and given that speech – a nomination speech – and not mentioned the current war in which we are engaged, that would be the Drudge [Report] headline, the Fox headline, that would have dominated the entire coverage,” Hayes told panelists Bob Herbert, Ana Marie Cox, Josh Barro and David Sirota. “I was flabbergasted.”
Watch the segment from Up With Chris Hayes, aired Saturday, below.
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.
WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore
Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.
"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."
Trump impersonator hilariously previews the president’s Mount Rushmore speech
On Friday, musician and Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin posted a video satirically previewing the president's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore.
"The Democrats want you to wear masks, but we don't need masks," said Cauvin, impersonating Trump's New York accent. "Everybody's feeling great — stop coughing! Everybody's feeling great. So healthy. Such great health."
"Democrats want to kill you and silence you," he continued.
He then delivered a parody rant against removing statues, which sources report Trump will make a central point of his speech. "Thomas Jefferson, that's another one they hate. Everyone makes mistakes, but he had African-American girlfriends!"