Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president on Thursday night, promising to restore law and order and keep America safe in his most highly anticipated speech to date.
Donald Trump was initially written off as a fringe novelty candidate when he launched his White House bid in June of last year, but his candid characteristics and uncanny ability to tap into the fears and prejudices of the American blue collar worker have paid off. His speech on Thursday painted a very bleak image of the current state of the nation and the world, suggesting another four years of Democratic rule would spell certain doom for Western culture and democracy. However, his sharp focus on national security was more succinct than usual. The Donald understands he has united the Republican Party as much as he can at this point, and it is now time to set his sights on undecided independents - the bulk of the American electorate. If Trump can continue to artfully play up the fears of a Hillary Clinton presidency, the election is his to win in November.
Donald Trump Fronts 'Americanism' As His Governing Policy
Donald Trump contended the past eight years of Democratic rule has made the United States weak, humiliated, and vulnerable as scores of followers applauded every other sentence on Thursday. The New York billionaire promised safety would be a priority of his administration if he wins the upcoming general election.
"We will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace," Trump continued. "We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order."
"Law and order" was a continual theme of Trump's acceptance speech. The real estate tycoon mentioned the phrase four times, referencing the recent attacks on law enforcement in Dallas and Baton Rogue.
"Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation," he said. "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."
The crux of the speech was a rejection of "globalism" - the notion that America should answer to powers greater than itself. After accepting the Republican Party's nomination for president, Donald Trump doubled down on his famously nativist tone by saying "Americanism, not globalism" would be the core tenet of his administration.
Trump's speech comes less than a week after the Democratic Party is set to hold their own convention in Philadelphia on Monday. The party is expected to nominate former State Secretary Hillary Clinton, who will announce her running mate pick over the weekend.
The Guardian dismisses fearful rhetoric
When he took the stage at the RNC in Cleveland, attendees were treated to over an hour of fear-stoking, race-baiting red meat rhetoric, rife with misinformation, and carefully calculated to appeal to America's basest instincts. After a promise to "present the facts plainly and honestly", Trump proceeded to do exactly the opposite.
Los Angeles Times calls the address frighteningly effective
Trump's speech was frightening in a second sense: By softening his strident rhetoric, by (selectively) citing statistics, by couching cruel policies in the language of compassion, Trump managed to make an extreme agenda sound not only plausible but necessary.
BBC News says the address expands the base
Despite all the darkness of the opening and the rawness of Mr Trump's tone, his speech made a determined effort to expand his appeal beyond the angry white, working-class voters who make up the core of his support...If Mr Trump's law-and-order pitch is to be successful, it cannot only be to his base - and this was a speech that acknowledged this.