Trump Makes His Acceptance Speech

I’ll admit that I did not watch all of it, just snippets for a few minutes at a time. Reading the transcript, though, is very, very different from having seen it on TV. You truly lose the flavor, which, IMO, seemed angry and bellicose. Perhaps I missed the parts where Donald was soft. Rather than reinvent the wheel, let’s go to Leon Wolf at Red State

But as the speech wore on, Trump quickly reverted to the angry, yelling monotone of Will Farrell’s “voice immodulation syndrome” character from Saturday Night Live that characterized his prior teleprompter performances. And combined with the actual rhetorical content of this particular speech, it made for a long, depressing, angry night.

By the time Trump was about 20 minutes into the speech, you were left with the impression that you lived in some third world hellhole and you never knew it before tonight. Although Trump was saying words that probably appeal to the majority of Americans about supporting the police, he finished repeatedly with promises that he, personally, would “RESTORE LAWWW AND ORRRDER” which ought to have raised the hackles of anyone with a single libertarian cell in their body.

Then things got ugly when Trump veered off script for the first time during the speech when discussing the Syrian refugees and angrily declared “WE DON’T WANT THEM IN OUR COUNTRY!!” The tone of Trump’s delivery got progressively worse and angrier the longer he went into his speech, to the point that by the end, he even sounded angry and confrontational when he was discussing the fact that he loved his family.

Even the crowd seemed confused about how to respond emotionally – or perhaps they were simply under the effect of some sort of bizarre mass hypnosis….

Watching the audience, they did seem confused. During the pauses, both planned an unplanned, many were just sitting there. Many broke out into chants of USA USA time and again (something you’ll never hear at the DNC), yet many were looking around, unsure as to what was going on. I don’t think I’ve ever hear a campaign speech from a presidential candidate like this one. This should have been the time to humanize Donald, to show his soft side, his caring, his ability to lead. Instead, what was probably passionate came off overly angry.

I’ll liken this to corporate trainers who speak really really loud. Have you ever had one? I’ve been in a few like that, and you start losing interest in listening to what this person who is YELLING AT YOU is saying.

Yes, there were times to be angry. Islamic terrorism for instance. But, it can’t mostly be loud. This was the speech the hardcore Trump supporters wanted, not the one needed to truly introduce Trump to the country as the GOP candidate.

It all leads to the question, what did they undecideds think? What of those who are on the fence regarding voting Republican against Hillary? Did this sway #NeverTrumps, or harden their position?

Here’s another point Leon Wolf makes

What was depressing to me – but by no means surprising – is that there was almost no attempt to articulate or defend the ideas of limited government or liberty under the constitution. As Aaron noted, Trump barely bothered to even mention the words (and didn’t mention “liberty” at all). Moreover, almost all of the concepts Trump mentioned throughout his speech of necessity involved expanding both the scope and intrusion of the Federal government.

This is something I’ve mentioned several times, here and on Twitter, as well as in Real World conversations. What are Trump’s notions of liberty, freedom, limited government, and adherence to the full Constitution? He doesn’t talk about this much.

Nor did Trump attempt to reach out to “heal the divisions” that arose during campaign season, and have even continue since Trump gained the necessary number of delegates. It’s not up to the aggrieved to heal nor put those aside. And Trump will need all the Republicans who are on the fence, and even those who are #NeverTrump to win. His hardcores work overtime to insult people who haven’t jumped on the Trump train. Trump could fix this. He doesn’t, and seemingly won’t.

Now, we await the polls to see if the speech moved the needle.

What are your thoughts?

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23 Responses to “Trump Makes His Acceptance Speech”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Americans think America is headed in the wrong direction, but Trump is trying to take America in an even more wrong direction! A direction of tribalism, race-based, religious and heritage hatred. And all for him to score points for his ego and brand.

    Did he talk about HOW he would fix America other than vague, tyrannical big-government solutions, more laws, more police, more government?

  2. formwiz says:

    Why would you go to Erick Erickson,m the ultimate NeverTrumper for a review?

    A less biased source might be more useful.

    Anyhoo, He got the crowd on its feet enthusiastically and kept them there . Not too many acceptance speeches do that. Cacklepants next week will get a couple of ovations, but it will almost be pro forma.

    In all, he did what he needed to do.

    And, if the polls are honest, he will get some kind a bounce. Given they’re spotting the Hildabeast 8 points, it may not be big, but you’ll see it.

  3. drowningpuppies says:



  4. Jeffery says:

    And the Trumpling creepily grabbed his daughter’s ass on national TV.

  5. Jim O'Neil says:

    I thought the speech was well done. I read somewhere that it was the longest acceptance speech on record. None the less he held the attention of the audience in the hall and mine at home throughout.I came away with a completely different take than yours that many in the audience seemed confused or unsure what was going on.

    Yes we are living in a 3rd world hellhole when our system of law is so Byzantine that most of us routinely and unknowingly violate regulations that could put us in jail if we attract the wrong attention while the elites are above the law.

    Yes the speech did show anger and was bellicose, in my opinion that’s necessary to beat Hillary.

    Also, in my opinion, of the 17 contenders Trump is the only one that can beat Hillary, the MSM, etc. We the people and the GOP made the right choice.

    To close William; If all you can see is an orange haired bellicose buffoon out to expand the reach of the feds, you’re might just end up with Hillary.

  6. Hank_M says:

    Just read the speech. An excellent speech.

  7. JGlanton says:

    OMG, the FBI refused to investigate Bush/Cheney after so many lunatic ravings from leftist conspiracy theorists, Code Pink, Chicago communists, and black victocrats???? I’m SHOCKED! The FBI needs to conduct investigations on the basis of the unsettled emotions of lunatics and revolutionaries. Otherwise they aren’t being inclusive.

  8. Jeffery says:

    Garry Kasparov, Russian dissident and Putin foe, tweeted:

    Garry Kasparov

    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.

    But the propaganda outlet for the Russian gov’t, RT (formerly Russia Today), loved the speech.

    The world has never heard a major American candidate give such a dark, isolationist, protectionist and nativist speech before.

    A British newspaper described it as Evening in America, in contrast to Reagan’s Morning in American.

    And why wasn’t the greatest Republican of all time not an isolationist, protectionist or nativist? In fact, Mr. Reagan would not be welcome in the new GOP. He just didn’t hate foreigners enough.

  9. Jeffery says:

    Trump is the only one that can beat Hillary

    According to every poll ever conducted, that is just not true.

    Many of the very conservative but not sociopathic competitors could have beaten Secretary Clinton head to head in a general election. She trailed “nice-guy” conservatives like Kasich by 10 points.

    Kasich, Christie, Bush, Rubio, Scott Walker, maybe Paul, Jindal. The others would have had a hard time – Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, Cruz, Trump.

    The Repub base selected a racist, misogynist, xenophobe because that suits them, but it is not good politics for the general election where normal folks vote. There’s a 90% chance that the spittle-flinging far-right shot themselves in the foot by nominating Trump – largely because they care more about making statements than winning elections.

    The Clinton machine hasn’t even started to campaign against Trump. His videoed statements, his court records, his bankruptcies, his wives, his affairs, the abortions he’s paid for, rape allegations, his crooked business deals, his NY/NJ mob connections etc etc.

  10. Hank_M says:

    Jef says that “According to every poll ever conducted, [Trump is the only one that can beat Hillary} is just not true.

    Wrong as usual.
    April 22nd ABC?Washpo shows Trump winning by 2%
    May 23rd RCP Poll shows the same.
    There’s more. Get some help using google.

    as to the rest of your nonsense, get some help.

  11. Jim O'Neil says:

    When one starts shouting racist, misogynist, xenophobe or the polls all show I suspect they’ve lost, and know they’ve lost, the argument in the arena of ideas.

  12. Hank_M says:

    Agreed Hoagie. And someday they’re going to come to the same conclusion.

  13. david7134 says:

    In respect to your first comment, the other was far to stupid to waste time on (Jindal can’t even return to Louisiana and if you have stats on it then they are wrong). Now 70% of Americans think Obama has screwed up and that the country is in trouble and going wrong. Trump wants a 180 and that is apparent. As to how? Good God, I have heard that criticism sense I was 6. It is a dumb comment. The guy is supposed to give a direction, not an complete plan. Grow up.

  14. david7134 says:

    Good picture, and true. Lyin crooked Hillary.

  15. david7134 says:

    Oh, sense is supposed to be since.

  16. Jeffery says:


    No offense, but the statement “Trump is the only one that can beat Hillary” is just not true.

    That is not the same as saying, “Trump cannot beat Hillary”. As I pointed out polls showed that Kasich could easily beat Hillary. See?

    Apology accepted.

  17. Jeffery says:


    So you use a racist cartoon to prove that someone else is racist. Introspect much?

    No. Of course not.

  18. Liam Thomas says:

    A direction of tribalism, race-based, religious and heritage hatred.

    Funny thing this thought of yours.

    In American all the Blacks segregate into their OWN communities and its DANGEROUS FOR NON BLACKS to go there.

    In America The Vietnamese settled in their own communities and its dangerous to go there.

    The Chinese? Yep.

    The Native Americans are on their own lands, segregated from every one else.

    In Alaska Native Eskimos Despise the White man….a loose term for those not of NATIVE ALASKAN DESCENT.

    Hawaii…yeah you got it Hawaiians segregate and loathe those who invaded their peaceful tropical paradise.

    What about those Chicanos….are they filling up the white, and black and Chinese neighborhoods? That would be a NOOOOOO they are not.

    In short Jeffery Blacks do not like white people, do not want to be around them, do not want to live with them and in short….Are racists.

    However when you look at the rest of the world guess what? Its segregated almost every nation you go to visit that has a proportional mixture of races.

    You comment is Bizarrely STUPID and reflects your total lack of understanding of America the Beautiful or France the Segregated.

    Perhaps you should leave the projects and look around….mostly we dont bite…..mostly….and its okay to come out at night in America………at least until curfews are instilled by the communist left as they seek more and more cop killing, terrorist rampages on their soil to justify stepping in to PROTECT THE CITIZENS with the all powerful government.

  19. Hoagie says:

    So you use a racist cartoon to prove that someone else is racist. Introspect much?

    No. Of course not.

    You aren’t that stupid. Or are you? The cartoon illustrates the racism of the left toward blacks. Racism is found in people, like you, not cartoons.

  20. Jeffery says:


    Minorities are segregated partly by choice, for protection from often violent majorities (in numbers is strength), and also by force, by discriminatory housing policies (ask Mr. Trump about this – his dad got into beaucoup trouble for this).

    Did you really use Native Americans as an example?

  21. Jeffery says:


    You are, once again, wrong. Of course cartoons can express racist sentiments, just as that cartoon did.

    Conservatives are incapable of understanding this, but it’s absolutely racist when you assume that Blacks are too ignorant to know for whom to vote. This idea that liberal whites have Blacks enslaved or on the “plantation” is self-serving and silly.

  22. Liam Thomas says:


    Pitiful response to try and deflect your retarded response to trumps supposed rounding up and initiating segregation.

    I do not believe you have ever been to an Native American reservation.

    all in all the more you speak Jeffery the more you make me believe you are sitting in your momma’s basement pounding out anger over what is reported on TV.

    RACES SEGREGATE BY CHOICE….in almost every nation. Tribalism is still a festering bane on our DNA and will take many 1000’s of more years to eradicate from our human genome.

    Jeffery get out of your momma’s basement and see the world….visit those commies and socialist countries you honor and adore and you will begin to understand that the reason slum lords exist is because the ruling ((((CLASSES)))) DEMAND IT!!

    Every government institutes rules and laws that force segregation on the masses and the people happily go along with it because IT BECOMES THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE.

    You can quote facts and figures and google with the best of them but I dare say you or John have never stepped foot into the HEARTS and SOULS of the countries you MIGHT HAVE VISITED.

    I have….Its a frightening sight. It would scare the hell out of these American commies/socialists who have a bizarre thinking of how commie/socialism will go down in America.

    Scary beyond belief.

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