Yesterday, Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination with an acceptance speech that left many Americans fearful of what might come next if he got into the White House.
While presidential candidates might use their speeches to leave their supporters and potential voters with optimism and excitement about the country’s future under their presidency, that was not the case when Trump took the stage. While he could have used his closing speech as an opportunity to unify his party, Trump instead used classic GOP tactics like fear mongering to focus on how awful things were in the United States – even though most of what he said was untrue.
Trump made sure to point out that America was experiencing a “moment of crisis” and that the country was a “dangerous environment” while claiming that America was being overrun by crime, illegal immigrants and terrorists. Trump said:
Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.
His anxiety-inducing speech also made sure to insult his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stressing that America was “less safe” with her involved in its politics:
America is far less safe — and the world is far less stable — than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.
This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness.
People definitely took note of Trump’s ominous tone. Former George H. W. Bush speechwriter Mary Kate Cary was one of the first to remark how grim Trump’s speech had been. She flat-out called it “dark and frightening” on Twitter.
And Cary was far from the only one. CNN Political Commentator Carl Bernstein also spoke about how Trump’s speech was “terrifying” and “dark” while pointing out that Trump’s speech only served to scare the American people. He said:
It was a terrifying speech, a dark vision of America, and what we have seen in this convention and that speech is a mythical America that does not really exist —
It’s not borne out by either facts. We are not a nation in which thousands and thousands of citizens are murdering each other daily. We are not under siege from terrorists at home every other day on a scale as implied in this speech. This was a speech intended to instill fear and terrify people and create a vision of America, such as Rudy Giuliani did in his speech, that simply is at odds with fact and at the same time plays into the real fears.
You can watch Bernstein’s analysis below:
Trump loves using his angry, hateful rhetoric and he lies to prey on the fears and gullible nature of his supporters. The GOP ate this speech up because it preyed on their dislike of others who are different from them – those who Trump says, “threaten our very way of life.” Trump touted himself as the “law and order” candidate, but clearly, he’s just here to stir up chaos and increase tension with misinformation and lies.
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