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Jimmy Stewart’s daughter knocks GOP convention speaker for invoking ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

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The daughter of legendary actor Jimmy Stewart knocked Republican National Convention speaker Natalie Harp for invoking “It’s a Wonderful Life” during Monday’s programming.

Kelly Stewart Harcourt wrote in a New York Times letter to the editor Wednesday that it was dishonest to compare President Trump to George Bailey, the protagonist of the 1946 film who was played by Stewart.

“Given that this beloved American classic is about decency, compassion, sacrifice and a fight against corruption, our family considers Ms. Harp’s analogy to be the height of hypocrisy and dishonesty,” Harcourt wrote in her letter.

Harp, an advisory board member for the Trump campaign and a cancer survivor, said Monday, “George Bailey is given a great gift, the chance to see what the world would be like without him. Tonight, Mr. President, we’d like to give you that same gift.”

In another reference to the film, Harp cast former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “crooked Mr. — or I should say a crooked Mrs. — Potter with no hope of escape except death itself.”

The plot of the classic Christmas film involves Bailey seeing a dark version of what life would be like if he hadn’t been born, with the villain Mr. Potter in charge of the town.

Harp on Monday praised President Trump for signing “right to try” legislation into law in 2018, which allows certain terminally ill patients to access some treatments that have not been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Some experts have since questioned what practical effect the new law had on Harp, who endured a battle with bone cancer.

The Washington Post noted that Harp tweeted about the new treatment she was receiving two months before Trump signed the legislation into law.

Tags 2020 republican convention Donald Trump George Bailey Hillary Clinton It's a Wonderful Life Jimmy Stewart Natalie Harp

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