Was Donald Trump's acceptance speech successful? | The Tylt
Donald Trump made the most important speech of his life Thursday night, making his case to the American people as to why he should be chosen as our next leader. Did Trump's speech successfully convince viewers to vote for him in November? We've gathered perspectives on his speech below, take a look and VOTE!
Was Donald Trump's acceptance speech successful?
As always, how people received the speech depended a great deal on what they thought about Trump beforehand. His critics thought it was dark, angry, and racist; his fans thought it was "a home run."
Many criticized Trump's fast-and-loose approach to the facts. His claims about crime in America were largely untrue.
On the other hand, his appeals to Americans' fears about crime and terrorism resonate with a lot of voters. True or not, even Plato agreed that characterizing a nation as on the verge of violent meltdown can be an immensely effective strategy.
He definitely appealed to viewers' emotions, and left many with a sense that he had both expressed their feelings of frustration and fear, and could make them feel safe and secure again.
Rudy Giuliani loved it.
But so did David Duke. 😳
Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) July 22, 2016
Trump reached out to the LGBT community by referencing Orlando and the "wonderful Americans" who perished in the mass shooting there in June. He was praised for being the first Republican nominee to mention gay rights in a convention address.
Conservative commentator John Podhoretz strongly objected to Trump's characterization of the United States as a dystopian wasteland, overrun by violence and crime.
While many commentators called the speech dark, negative, and disturbing, a CNN poll showed that it went over big with many viewers.
DYSTOPIAN: The word the MSM has been ORDERED to use to describe Trump's speech.— slone (@slone) July 22, 2016
OOPS! Too bad CNN poll says 75% Trump's speech POSITIVE
The speech went long, and many critiqued Trump for rambling and random transitions.
Two other common critiques: Trump didn't do much to reach out to undecided voters, and while he spent a great deal of time on the problems the country faces, he gave scant details on how he would actually fix them.
Many called the speech racist, xenophobic, and an attempt to pit white Americans against immigrants and people of color.
The real question about Trump's speech politically is whether white voters accept the frame that they are under assault by people of color.— Adam Servianski (@AdamSerwer) July 22, 2016
Trump was applauded for branding himself as an outsider, free from corporate, media, and lobbying interests. Presenting himself as a change candidate could pose a powerful challenge for the Clinton campaign.