Jimmy Stewart's Daughter Skewers RNC Speaker for Invoking 'It's a Wonderful Life'

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Kelly Stewart Harcourt wrote that advisor Natalie Harp's comparison of Trump to George Bailey was outrageous. 

The daughter of the late Jimmy Stewart criticized a speaker of the ongoing Republican National Convention who invoked the legendary actor's classic film, It's a Wonderful Life during a speech.

In a New York Times letter the editor, Kelly Stewart Harcourt wrote that adviser Natalie Harp's comparison of President Donald Trump to George Bailey, the protagonist of the 1946 holiday film, played by Stewart, was outrageous.

"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. The Oscar-winning Stewart died in 1997 at the age of 89.

In the black and white film, Bailey gets a glimpse of what life would be like for those he knows and loves had he never been born.

Harp said during the convention 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."

The RNC, in general, has been criticized for its bleak tone and fearmongering, such as by Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who said Wednesday in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting, "All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that we're denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear."