Reactions To Trump's Convention Speech Insulted Many, But They Weren't Too Shocked
The Republican National Convention has been filled with plenty of unpredictable and dramatic moments so far — Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech and Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse the Republican party’s chosen presidential candidate — and the final night of events was no different. Viewers at home and those in the Cleveland arena had been anticipating the moment when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took the stage on Thursday night to speak on the night’s theme: Make America One Again. The pressure was definitely on Trump to deliver a blockbuster speech, following the many sensational and unforgettable moments that have taken place so far at this year’s Republican convention. Many waiting for this moment got a sneak peak at Trump's speech after Politico obtained and released a copy of Thursday's transcript. People promptly took to social media to share their reactions to Trump’s convention speech.
Even before he took the stage, many commented on the importance of Trump's speech. According to an interview with ABC News on Thursday, James Campbell — a political science professor and author of the upcoming book Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America — said Trump’s speech needed to be able to undo the damage that has happened so far throughout his campaign.
"This is a tall order," Campbell told ABC News on Thursday. "I’m not sure any speech can do that, and I’m not even sure Trump understands that this needs to be done."
Well, let's have a look and see what people thought actually of Trump's convention speech.
One questioned how the transcript of the speech was leaked:
Many noticed Trump's Marketing of Fear style and unfounded facts :
Apparently Trump's speech tonight will be fear, fear and despair. And more fear.— techweenie (@techweenie) July 21, 2016
Because still no plans to do anything... #NeverTrump
Reading Donald Trump's leaked speech transcript, he basically says "You're all going to die horribly. Be afraid. Only I can save you"— Buh Bye GOP (@BuhByeGOP) July 21, 2016
Text of Trump's speech - 10 gallons of fear with a dash of ban & wall. Nothing new. Don't watch. This rerun doesn't deserve the ratings.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) July 21, 2016
Here's a draft of Trump's speech;— Scott Nevins (@ScottNevins) July 21, 2016
- I am your voice!
- Hillary is bad!
- Here are my plans (no real facts) https://t.co/PSPubd57tq
Trump's speech: a massive package of lies, half lies, distortions, exaggerations, fear mongering & ponies-for-everybody promises.— Billmon (@billmon1) July 22, 2016
I cannot watch this any more. I read Trump's speech, which is just pure bile and contains 0 facts.— jes skolnik (@modernistwitch) July 22, 2016
Let's call Trump's speech exactly what it is - fear-mongering bigotry based on imaginary facts.— Christopher D. Long (@octonion) July 21, 2016
Some were insulted by the overwhelming themes of Trump's speech:
as an immigrant, i truly find trump's nomination acceptance speech deeply horrifying. https://t.co/9IkJBTwmze— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) July 21, 2016
Can we all pre-agree that Trump's "law and order" speech due shortly is dog whistle code for "We must defend white privilege at any cost!"?— Erin Belieu (@erinbelieu) July 21, 2016
While others weren't surprised by any of it:
Trump's speech didn't really include anything that shocked me beyond the expected— Daniel Weinman (@dweinman22) July 21, 2016
Well, if that's really Trump's speech it is exactly what I expected. Lots of fearmongering and little to no substance. They'll eat it up.— Hugo Stiglitz (@jfahr) July 21, 2016
I read Trump's speech and while its every bit as awful as I expected it also seems like it's too laden with random factoids for him to read— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) July 21, 2016
The eyes of America were centered on Trump before and while he was on stage. His speech on Thursday night will surely set the tone for the rest of his presidential campaign and while some are completely on board with his stance on he issues, many other aren't.
"It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people," Trump said, according to the leaked transcript. "But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past. America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics."
The billionaire businessman accepted the presidential nomination on Tuesday, July 19, just one day after chaos erupted in the crowds as delegates from a handful of states demanded a roll call vote as one last attempt to keep Trump out of office, which ultimately proved to be unsuccessful.
So, now that it's officially official that Trump may be the next President of the United States, Americans will truly need to consider, if they weren't before, if this New York businessman can be as successful in the Oval Office as he has been getting himself rich and making a lucrative career for himself and his family. Trump's overall presence is both brash and boisterous, as are his plans, and his convention speech totally fit that bill.