CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first night of the Republican National Convention offered a sweeping defense of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and depicted Democrats as a threat to an America engulfed in national protests.

Tim Scott, Donald Trump Jr., Nikki Haley are posing for a picture

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“From a global pandemic, to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven’t seen for decades,” Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina, said. “Make no mistake: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution. A fundamentally different America. If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia.”

The backdrop for Trump’s convention: an America in turmoil as the pandemic rages and protests continue calling for an end to racial injustice. The convention pulled frequently at those two threads, bouncing between praising the federal response to coronavirus and casting Democrats as socialists who would

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