Jim Jordan praises Trump for calling his family after nephew's death

Jim Jordan praises Trump for calling his family after nephew's death
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE (R-Ohio) during an appearance Monday night at the Republican National Convention described an emotional phone call between members of his family and President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE

During his remarks, Jordan recalled how Trump spoke with him and offered condolences after the death of his 21-year-old nephew, Eli Stickley, in 2018. That conversation, Jordan said, led to the president speaking with other members of Stickley's family for several minutes.

"The president said, 'Yeah, losing a loved one is always difficult, and it's really tough when they're so young,'" Jordan said. "For the next five minutes, family and friends sat in complete silence as the president of the United States took time to talk to a dad who was hurting. That's the president I've gotten to know over the last four years."

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Jordan was among those who spoke on the first night of the convention about their personal experiences and relationships with Trump, including a testimonial from former NFL star Herschel Walker, who pushed back against accusations that the president is racist.

Jordan, a top ally of Trump in the House, also slammed Democrats during his appearance Monday, arguing they support violent protesters.

"Democrats won't let you go to work, but they'll let you riot," he said. "Democrats won't let you go to school, but they'll let you go loot."