Donald Trump delivered the feature speech as the GOP nominee during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, on Thursday. Left-wing media outlets responded as astute political observers would expect them to.
Donald Trump is not a candidate the American people would turn to in normal times. He’s too inexperienced, too eccentric, too volatile, too risky. Voting Trump is burning down the house to collect the insurance money — you don’t do it unless things are really, really bad.
Here is Trump’s problem: Things are not really, really bad. In fact, things are doing much better than when President Obama came into office.
2. The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal and Ryan Grim added the following racial analysis of Donald Trump's campaign:
Trump so far has disproportionately attracted white men without college educations – the one demographic slice that is actually shrinking in the country.
3. The New York Times
Note the headlines of the editorials on the right, including "Donald Trump's Campaign of Fear," "Make America Hate Again," and "The Death of the Republican Party."
4. The Washington Post
The Washington Post's op-ed section was predictable with its perceptions of Donald Trump's speech. The same pundits do not ever accuse Democrats or the broader left of campaigning on fear with respect to its agitation campaigns, racial or otherwise. Further, no explanation is ever provided as to why fear is somehow an illegitimate emotion to be leveraged for political purposes.
Slate's Franklin Foer aptly notes that Donald Trump did not provide any sweep of American history or values in his speech, although he ironically pushes apocalyptic predictions of what a Trump Administration would lead to while decrying the New York City billionaire's vision of a nation in crisis.
Salon's Simon Maloy pushes the immigrants-as-victim narrative while blurring the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. He writes:
From whence derives all this criminality and violence that Donald Trump will eradicate from our daily lives? Immigrants, primarily, according to the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. “They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources,” Trump warned. He ticked off examples of Americans killed by undocumented immigrants and vowed once again to keep out the undesirables with his “great border wall.”
When not demonizing immigrants, he trained his fire on refugees from war-torn areas of the Middle East.
7. CNN's Van Jones and Jake Tapper
Left-wing CNN's Van Jones described Donald Trump's speech as "schizophrenic" and "psychopathic." The left-wing network also had Jake Tapper, John King, and Gloria Borger join in.
What Donald Trump did tonight is a disgrace. That was a completely, a relentlessly - even for Donald Trump, who at least occasionally breaks up the fear-mongering with some jokes, with some asides, some amusement - he had one funny line in an hour and fifteen minutes, and the rest of it was just a relentlessly dark speech. He was describing some Mad Max America. I work in some of the toughest neighborhoods in some of the toughest communities in this country. And I don’t know what he’s talking about when he describes the country he’s talking about. There was some schizophrenic psychopathic attempt to pull apart the Obama coalition, but from a political point of view, he even botched that.
The speech was, I would say, this is how Donald Trump won. He painted a dark and a frightening picture of America, talked about a people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, that the game is fixed. And he said he would be their voice, almost echoes of richard Nixon’s silent majority.
Tapper also lamented a lack of "details" he implied should have been present in Trump's speech.
8. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace
Left-wing MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace described the Republican Party she knows as having died during the Republican National Convention.
Listening to this, I was struck by two things I always believed in my two decades of Republican politics: 1. The voters always get it rights, and 2. The Republican Party that I worked for for two decades died in this room tonight. We are now represented as a party by a man who believes in protectionism, isolationism, and nativism. And those were the forces that George W. Bush, and I believe John McCain too were most worried about during their times as leaders of the Republican Party.
9. The Guardian
London's most prestigious neo-Marxist news outlet drew parallels between Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini.
Comparisons with Hitler and Mussolini have been made so often and so glibly that they tend to obscure rather than clarify. Yet the ability of this demagogue to play the crowd, switching its anger on and off like a tap, carries too many echoes of the past century to ignore.
Another article at The Guardian remarked:
Isolated from power, the Republican party has turned inward and driven itself insane on a toxic mix of fear and rage. Trump is its natural figurehead.
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