Donald Trump Took My Advice

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Donald Trump Took My Advice

Trump apparently decided to hang up his New York City schtick. In a May, USMC post I wrote,

“Beyond individual policy stances, and the lack thereof, Trump’s biggest problem is that he appears to think his in-your-face New York City schtick plays well throughout the nation. It does not. Voters are looking for answers to serious questions; they neither care about insults based on irrelevant issues, nor do they find them amusing. Peoria ain’t New York. Neither is Atlanta, Des Moines or even Chicago.”

No, I don’t honestly think Trump or anyone else in his organization read my post, but his speech at the Republican National Convention was an about-face from previous in-your-face rhetoric.

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Screenshot from Trump’s speech at the RNC on July 21

Addressed the issues and stayed on topic

He addressed many of the troublesome issues facing our country and stayed on topic. One of the problems Trump addressed was Hillary Clinton’s all but certain Democrat candidacy.

Trump referenced turmoil in the Middle East, the rise of ISIS and concluded, “After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness. But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy.”

Free of personal attacks

While his speech took Clinton to task for events that have occurred during her tenure in public office and as Secretary of State, they were free of the personal attacks that have earmarked many of his previous statements.

Americanism, not globalism

The reaction to Trump’s speech has been completely predictable. CNN ran a feature quoting the negative response from leaders of foreign countries, (like that’s news). Judging by the quotes published by CNN, the prevailing sentiment expressed by foreign leaders and pundits is that Trump’s speech was earmarked by its focus on Americanism rather than globalism.

Apparently, some people abroad find it unacceptable that Trump had the temerity to say,

Instead, we must choose to Believe In America. History is watching us now. We don’t have much time, but history is watching. It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.”

Picking Fly-poop out of the pepper

NPR chimed in by posting what could qualify as the ultimate in schlock journalism, poorly disguised as a “fact check.” I’m sure it greatly disturbed the NPR critics that they had to validate many of Trump’s statements. But for the most part, the clearly left-leaning NPR writers went on with numerous other “annotations” that were largely attempts to “pick the fly poop out of the pepper”, and/or were defenses of Hillary Clinton.

Yet in spite of charges of demagoguery, protectionism, isolationism, and a “dark tone,” Trump’s speech showed previously unseen levels of restraint and refinement.

Finding no New York schtick, rather than expressing displeasure with tone, or labeling the speech “trash talk,” most Trump detractors responded by trash-talking statements within the speech.

That’s an interesting turn of events. Maybe Trump did take my advice.  (Insert smiley face here)

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