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The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

The student newspaper of Washington and Lee University

The Ring-tum Phi

Donald Trump Jr. slams the Biden administration and calls for support for his father’s presidential campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. confuses students with disorganized speech and conspiracies

The former president’s son slammed the Biden administration and defended the events of Jan. 6
Luke Fountain
February 14, 2024
Donald Trump addresses students and praises Washington and Lee in a pre-recorded video.

Donald Trump wins Mock Convention’s GOP nomination

Trump’s win was no surprise, students said. But the speakers sparked disagreement and conversation
Emma Malinak, Catherine McKean, and Shauna Muckle
February 14, 2024
Mock Conventions Instagram story Saturday night called Trump our next president.

Critical comments removed from Mock Con Instagram

Young alumni slammed convention leaders for describing Trump as the “next president,” rather than the GOP nominee. Then their comments were hidden from public view
Shauna Muckle, Editor-in-Chief
February 14, 2024
State chair Sam Griffiths, ’24, shares jokes about Michigan.

Ring-Tum Phi awards for best jokes by state chairs

Laughter filled the Tennis Center as state chairs threw insults at each other and themselves during the roll call vote
Emma Malinak
February 14, 2024
Mike Pompeo addresses students during Session Two.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses U.S. adversaries in well-received speech

Pompeo touched on foreign policy and domestic issues in his speech headlining Session Two
Kaden Buss
February 14, 2024
Asa Hutchinson reiterated his endorsement for GOP candidate Nikki Haley during his Saturday speech.

Former GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson holds out hope for 2024

The former Arkansas governor doesn’t think a Trump victory is guaranteed
Aidan Kelsey
February 14, 2024
Governor Glenn Youngkin shares his vision for what the Republican Party needs to do to make America “a nation with no rivals” again.

Glenn Youngkin encourages Americans to vote to support ‘a nation with no rivals’

Virginia’s governor said he wants Republicans to lead America back to having a dominant economy and education system
Julianna Stephenson
February 14, 2024
Candace Owens speaks at the first Mock Convention session. Screenshot courtesy of the 28th Mock Convention livestream.

Candace Owens slams progressive movements

The commentator covered many topics, from Marxism to feminism, in what students called a scattered speech
Cami Knott
February 14, 2024
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp waves to the audience after sharing his thoughts on the future of the Republican Party.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp outlines a new vision for the Republican Party

The Georgia governor shared his goals for how the party can regain trust among voters ahead of the November election
Luke Fountain
February 14, 2024
Former Secretary of Defense Chris Miller.

Former defense secretary says military could operate with half its budget

Chris Miller praises and criticizes the military during his interview at W&L’s Mock Convention
Aliya Gibbons
February 14, 2024
Charlie Kirk joined Mock Con via a Skype call. Screenshot taken of 2024 Mock Convention livestream

Charlie Kirk bashes college, border policies via Skype

Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk surprised Mock Con attendees with a virtual speech after initial cancellation
Erika Kengni
February 14, 2024
Wesley Hunt addressed Mock Con on Feb. 10.

Wesley Hunt calls for a restoration of the nation’s soul

The Army veteran turned Congressman said the left is trying to divide the U.S. based on racial lines
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