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. . . .On people whose children were killed by illegal immigrants:
poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad . . . .
violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. . . .
180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens. . . .
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year. . . .
gangs, violence, and drugs are pouring into our communities. . . .
This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction terrorism and weakness. . . .
I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country.
These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer.Dark clouds loom, and wow are they dark.
I think this is a bizarre description of contemporary America, which is by most measures safer than ever before in history. I do think that some of the problems Trump points to are real; despite improvements we do still have major problems with violence, crime, and drugs, and the median family income really has gone down a little since 2000. But as always with Trump, there was not even the vaguest gesture of a program for doing anything about these problems. Sometimes he couldn't even keep straight what the problem is, viz., he denounced "fifteen years of war in the Middle East," which I applaud, but then promised "to defeat the barbarians of ISIS." All he offered was a promise to make America:
bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.I like Michael Barbaro's summation:
He conjured up chaos and promised overnight solutions.