Trump Accused Of "Apocalyptic" Fearmongering In Speech Promising "Security And Prosperity"

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In one of the most dramatic, polarizing, not to mention longest ever (at 75 minutes, it was the longest since 1972), convention speeches, Donald Trump claimed the Republican presidential nomination with a highly charged text in which he promised to be “the voice” of disenfranchised Americans and the guardian of “law and order” as president.

“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” Trump said to raucous chants of “USA, USA, USA” from the delegates in the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland.

Our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo,” Trump repeated on Thursday. “The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home, which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.”

“Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned,” Trump said in a prime-time speech that lasted for more than an hour. “These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.”

"We cannot afford to be politically correct any more,” said Trump, resurrecting one of the core themes of the anti-establishment movement that has propelled the New York property developer one more step closer to the White House. Setting his sights on Clinton, Trump described his White House rival as a puppet who would maintain the status quo. “Things have to change, and they have to change right now. Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place”.

He also pitched himself as the “law and order” candidate, following the recent rise in attacks on police in the US.  Stressing the need to tackle Islamist terrorism, Trump said the US would “defeat the barbarians of Isis and we are going to defeat them now”. At the same time, Trump showed his willingness temper some of his most outrageous proposals on immigration that threaten his candidacy among undecided voters. He still promised a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he did in June of 2015, and it remains a crowd pleaser among Republicans. But there was no mention of forcing the nation's southern neighbor to pay for it, a claim that Republicans and Democrats have described as laughable.

Trump also attempted to reach out to gay voters, long a Democratic constituency, by promising to protect them "from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology." But he didn't address his opposition to same-sex marriage, which gay rights groups view a civil rights issue. His mention of protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual Americans from terrorism drew an applause from the crowd. "As a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," Trump said.

His most notable pivot came on an issue that hadn't even surfaced when Trump first announced—his proposal to ban Muslim immigration. But he described the immigration ban in broad terms on Thursday, without mentioning any religious standard. Instead, he called for suspending "immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism" before going off script. "We don't want them in our country." The crowd roared with approval.

He used much more inclusive language on Thursday by talking about the collective "we," and relied on far fewer references to himself as compared to his announcement speech. Striking notes of humility, Trump described himself as a mere figure-head, acknowledging the unlikeliness that the he's now the spokesperson of a conservative party frustrated by defeats in four of the last six presidential contests.

When a protester disrupted his speech, Trump did not order security to "get 'em out" as he often does at rallies. When the crowd chanted "lock her up!" about Clinton, Trump parried rather than backing it up. "Let's win in November," he said.

"I am your voice," Trump, reading from a teleprompter, told a thousands of Republican delegates and supporters. "To every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I'm with you, and I will fight for you and I will win for you."

Trump attacked Clinton on her record as secretary of state, saying that she would continue a policy that would allow potential terrorists to enter the US. Referring to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East, he said the legacy of Mrs Clinton was “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness”.  There were fewer personal attacks on opponents and more focus on issues, such as Clinton's foreign policy record and the growing national debt under President Obama.

Compared to his announcement, Trump has clearly turned his attention away from Obama, who he mentioned five times by name compared to 11 times a year ago. He didn't mention Clinton at all in New York. But on Thursday, in a sign that Trump is now in general election mode, he attacked her 11 times by name. 

"Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change," Trump said. "My message is that things have to change—and they have to change right now."

Trump refused to apologise for his blunt message, saying that, “I will present the facts plainly and honestly”.

Compared to his announcement speech a year ago, Trump's speech included fewer superlatives (no promise of being the "greatest jobs president that God ever created"), made no mention of his own businesses, and relied much less on the kind of antagonistic language that first launched his campaign on June 16, 2015.  After descending the golden escalator of his own New York City skyscraper last year, Trump sounded alarms about Mexican rapists and Chinese domination, Bloomberg observed. But in the 57 astounding weeks between launching his candidacy and accepting his party's presidential nomination, the former reality TV show host has painted a picture of an America on the verge of an apocalyptic ending.

On Thursday, there was none of the humor that attracted thousands to his rallies and neutralized rivals in 11 GOP debates. Instead, he spoke about "death, destruction and weakness" in America and the country suffering "international humiliation." 


But only he can pull the nation back from the brink, Trump said. "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," the billionaire said.

Bloomberg summarized the shift in Trump's speeches starting with his June 2015 announcement speech and culminating with last night's acceptance speech.

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An instant poll of the overall reaction to Mr Trump’s speech conducted by CNN/ORC found that 57 per cent were “very positive” and 18 per cent were “somewhat positive”, while it had a “negative effect” on 24 per cent of those polled.

According to the FT, the speech was described by supporters in the convention hall described as an honest depiction of the state of America.

Others, however, disagreed violently.

Tony Fratto, a former top Republican official in the administration of George W Bush, said the speech was the “darkest, most negative acceptance speech of a major party” that he had heard in his lifetime. “Trump’s anti-immigration, antitrade rants are further dividing the party. He continues to double-down on a narrow, nativist, xenophobic segment of the electorate, at a time when he needed to try to expand his appeal,” said Mr Fratto. “The Republican Party today is an incoherent coalition with opposite views on key policy issues. It feels tonight like the GOP’s place as a national party is coming to an end.”

Bloomberg went even further: "Donald Trump completed his hostile takeover of the Republican Party on Thursday with one of the most ominous speeches of his campaign, showing his already dystopian view of America has darkened considerably since he first announced his campaign."

As was to be expected, Hillary Clinton’s campaign immediately panned Donald Trump's GOP nomination acceptance speech, arguing the country can do far better than “prejudice and paranoia.” During his speech, she tweeted: "we are better than this."

"Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline. And his answer – more fear, more division, more anger, more hate — was yet another reminder that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President of the United States," campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement shortly after Trump wrapped his lengthy address.

"He offered no real solutions to help working families get ahead or to keep our country safe, just more prejudice and paranoia. America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. Next week in Philadelphia, Democrats will focus on issues, not anger. We'll offer a positive vision for the future based on lifting America up, not tearing Americans down."

Democrats across the board joined Hillary's criticism and hammered Trump's speech as too doom and gloom instead of hopeful.  But Republicans generally applauded the speech and saw Trump as prescribing a solution to eight years of Democratic policies. 

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So the real question emerges: is Trump merely fearmongering, as the Democrats accuse him of doing, or is he painting an accurate picture of US - and global - society, one which touches on the ugly cracks behind the glitzy veneer of the "recovery" propaganda.

The answer will be revealed on November 8.

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Barney Fife's picture

Men that are obsessed with terrorism are cowards.

Stu Elsample's picture

so which is it....."men", or "cowards"??

Barney Fife's picture

I find males that are politically obsessed with this issue to be weak minded useful idiots for the globalists. We are in this police state mess because of the cowards that shit their pants when the terrorism boogeyman is trotted out.

They are the reason that the hegelian dielectic works so well. It relies on weak hearted weak minded people to manipulate. Eager fools.

beemasters's picture

I wish he had mentioned and named the real terrorists in DC...including Bush-Cheney, military industrial complex and corporate forces behind them.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



"Apocalyptic" Fearmongering


Global warming bitchez........we're all gonna die!

CheapBastard's picture

I agree. I'd much rather hear the liberal Democrats like Obama and Clinton talk about how they are bombing the heck out of thousands of people in Libya and Syria and created chaos there.

It's so soothing to hear his screeching voice or cankles manly voice.

jbvtme's picture

no mention of the following in the speach:

largest prison population in the world
police brutality
legalize pot and all drugs
end the wars in the mid east
privatize education
get rid of the federal reserve

fuck him

VinceFostersGhost's picture



It's down the list......we'll get to it.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I have a number of objections to Trump's speech. Firstly, claiming that you want to be a 'voice' for all Americans, does little to console minority groups in America who are very unhappy with how they being  treated. It's as much of a smack in the face as saying 'All Live Matter' to Black Lives Matter protesters with legitimate grievances about police racism. Secondly, I think it's extremely unfair to say that Hillary's legacy is one of 'death' and 'destruction'! Hillary never started a single war - Libya and Syria were humanitarian interventions in which the US helped the people of these countries rise up against tyrannical regimes. How is that a bad thing? Lastly, his fear mongering about what America will look like under a Hillary administration is absolutely disgraceful, and he should retract those statements immediately. Criticize Hillary's policy positions if you will, but don't try to scare the public into voting for you - that's just plain wrong!



Bokkenrijder's picture

Trump is paving the way for Patriot Act 3.0 and all you ZH suckers who voted for him will seriously regret this one day when the IRS is waterboarding you in order to find out where your gold coins are stashed away. 

otschelnik's picture

Oh really? Then, may we deduce you and MDB will be voting for Trump then? 

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) otschelnik Jul 22, 2016 7:05 AM

I can confirm no dumpsters were on fire this morning ... but things are just okay

froze25's picture

Hillary Clinton = "stay asleep"

Donald Trump = "Wake up, Please Wake up! We are in trouble!"

jbvtme's picture

all of the fake isis violence world wide lately has been a perfect set up for trump.  looks like he might be their guy.

McCormick No. 9's picture

I'm afraid you're right. The question is, who will do PA 3.0 first, Hillary or Trump?


DrewJackson's picture

Right beause Hillary would never pass Patriot Act 3


ATM's picture

And what are the Democrats paving the way for, Patriot Act infinity?

ZeroIntelligence's picture

when the IRS is waterboarding you in order to find out where your gold coins are stashed away


Paranoid Comment of the Day!  

I mean, geez I've read some paranoia on here but this one kind of takes the cake..

techpriest's picture

Maybe. Hillary is going to do the same thing. Johnson is likely to sell out given his recent moves and statements. That's the Farce - it isn't going to matter which major party wins, or even the minor parties for that matter. The only hope is for individuals to get their own lives in order, then to take back their LOCAL community, etc.

There's little point talking about how to switch out the President if you can't even put up a decent Sheriff.

SweetDougisaTwat's picture

The laying down of the paver stones began on 9/12/01.  Haven't you been paying attention these last 15 years or so?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



If I was gay I'd ask you for a date......well......if Milos turned me down.


But still.

Bill of Rights's picture

Fuck the Minority's I'm THE MINORITY! sick and tired of hearing we owe people something... fuck you ....

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

You should check your privilege. Minorities such as African Americans, Native Americans and women are still owed reparations for hundreds of years of oppression. Don't think you can simply ignore your responsibilities and absolve yourself of the burden your ancestors passed down to you. We all need to do our part to make America a fairer, more equal place, and we need to remind ourselves that America has never been great for many oppressed minorities.


VinceFostersGhost's picture



I took my white privilege into Starbucks.......couldn't buy a damn thing with it.


But I had a gift it worked out.

pods's picture

"Will that be cash, check or do you want to just use your White Privilege?"

Bumpo's picture

Its not "dark' if you're the flashlight pointing out the cockroaches infesting you're home. It's the cockroaches that need to go.

IndyPat's picture

I hardly think we have time for a handjob right now, Vince.

JRobby's picture

We have not paid for the full cost of consumption for 300 years.

There is a group that has profited handsomely from this and accumulated excesses as it's result. Look there for reparations.

Soros is a parasitical burden.

ATM's picture

We have not paid for the full cost of consumption in 45 years. (Fixed it for you,. We used to have a gold window.)

Hopeless for Change's picture

LOL.  Thank you for the comic relief.  Sadly, there are many people out there who actually think and argue like this, which is part frightening and part infuriating.

neokulak's picture

Wow, inherited guilt?  Sounds kind of like some sort of eugenics-based racism to me, MDB.  What a pathetic troll.  Can't Soros hire better killjoys than this for $15/hr?

TalkToLind's picture

Good morning, MDB.  Question:  Who the hell appointed you as spokesperson for blacks and native americans?

eatthebanksters's picture

Well, then let let the families of white people who were slave owners pay them many people, my American roots started well after slavery was dead in this country (my immigrant parents cam here in the 50's).

James T. Kirk's picture

I can not be held responsible for the actions that people took before I was even conceived in the womb. The ATTEMPT to make me responsible for what OTHER people did hundreds of years before I was born is actually racist, you twit. This is because it is 'white' people LIVING NOW who apparently owe all these reparations you speak of. You are truly a mouthpiece for mind-control bullshit of the left. I owe no one anything except to love them and treat them fairly NOW, in MY OWN LIFETIME. Why don't we check your genealogical record, MDB, and see if you have any ancestors that committed crimes, so we can sue you for damages?

ToursLepantoVienna's picture

I really have to thank you, MDB.


Instead of having to wade through the turgid, tendentious tomes of America-haters like Zinn and Chomsky, I can get the same "insights" from you in precis form here on ZH.

valjoux7750's picture

My family never owned slaves so I don't owe Jack shit. I never owned slaves and neither did anyone alive today. These looser need to get a job and quit looking for hand outs. And as far as equal treatment goes we all went to the same public schools with the same opportunity to learn and get an education. It's nobody's fault but their own!

Fuck em!

Chauncey Gardener's picture

You need to have your doctor increase your meds. Until then STFU, Soros Shill.

California Nightmares's picture

@ MILLION_DOLLAR  Judging from the number of down arrows, it looks like you whiners will have to shut the fuck up and get fucking jobs at McDonald's because soon your checks will no longer be coming in the mail. White boy is onto your shakedown scam.

valjoux7750's picture

My family never owned slaves so I don't owe Jack shit. I never owned slaves and neither did anyone alive today. These looser need to get a job and quit looking for hand outs. And as far as equal treatment goes we all went to the same public schools with the same opportunity to learn and get an education. It's nobody's fault but their own!

Fuck em!

drendebe10's picture

Fuk the establishment republicant turds. Fuk the progressive liberal democrap turds who are aming the nastiest disrespectful intolerant human turds on the face of the earth. Dr. Carson was spot on about their bullsht political correctness.  Fukemall. 

Trump spoke of and identified all the crap enabled by the fudgepacker that every corrupt elected politician turd including the lying cheating criminal cunt sweep under the rug. 

NumNutt's picture

The people complaining are the Demorats and the establishment Rublicans, which are two sides on the same coin. All those assholes are interrested in is keeping the gravy train moving forward so they can continue to stuff their pockets with my money, fuck all of them.

froze25's picture

1.4.% of the white population owned slaves, their descendants now make up less than .01% of the population. Its total bull and and excuse not to take self responsibility for your own situation in life. What BLM is asking for is slavery of anyone that doesn't look like them.

Katos's picture

The people who owned slaves are the same.people who are enslaving you now. The elites. These assholes who never worked a day in their lives, yet inherited billions from dear old grandad,"who was a slave owner) but actually earned his fortune. These rich entitled douchebags who grew up with platinum spoons up their asses, have determined that they are the exceptional ones because their dad's told them they are and he has the money to prove it. They get 0% interest loans from their uncles who own the banks so they can start companies that pay slave wages and no benefits  to stupid Americans who worship at the feet of the wealthy. The mindless stupidity of the masses who run to kiss the asses of rich  ans famous douchebags , while they laugh all the way to the bank with the stupid massesmoney. Groveling groupies pay large for tickets to see some phony ass movie star or "artist " while they drive around in their Lamborghini and live in their 10 million dollar mansion. Americans love their subjection,  they love being the victim and relish at the thought of being spit on by Beyonce of JZ. Boy we're stupid!


Sofa King's picture

"Libya and Syria were humanitarian interventions"...Holy Shit, that's pure gold!!!

Do you get paid to post this nonsenmse or are you really that fucking stupid?


root superuser's picture

He is paid agitator. Soros and his ilk dont give a shit about people of color. They want race war to consolidate power over all of us. And MDB is being paid to make people angry to get things going. And if that wont be enough Soros & friends will find actors that will start killing on your behalf.

johngaltfla's picture

Gary Kasparov had it right:


Tweet of the Night Reviewing Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech


"I’ve heard this sort of speech a lot in the last 15 years and trust me, it doesn’t sound any better in Russian."

monk27's picture

Gary Kasparov is a sore loser. He used to be a great chess player but ever since he lost to Deep Blue all the way back in '97, he's been a changed man. Bitter, petulant and boring...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

These days, a computer can best him.

So I understand his frustrations of irrelevance. Mazel Tov, Gary.

Greater Fool's picture

These days, no human can beat a computer of any reasonable sophistication at chess. Get used to it.