The Big Theme Of Donald Trump's RNC Speech Was Really Pretty Dark
Traditionally, the last night of the RNC has been a time for celebration and hopeful promises for the Republican Party. This time around, however, the recently crowned GOP nominee relied more heavily on highlighting America's fears and problems. The overall theme of Donald Trump's RNC speech was rather dark and gloomy, and its message isn't much better. More or less, he painted America as a doomed nation wrought with violence. Of course, he implied that sad image could change, but only if voters choose to elect him.
Trump began with a cautionary tale and warned the nation that a politician who doesn't understand it isn't fit to be president. Obviously, he's talking about Hillary Clinton — the star of nearly every RNC speaker's speech.
The apocalypse might be coming. This seems like a great way of encouraging Americans to shut their blinds, lock their doors, and never set foot onto the sidewalk. Some would describe that as fear-mongering. Meanwhile, as people shuttered in their homes, Trump delivered a message that resembled a grim public service announcement.
If he wins the general election, safety will be "restored" on the very first day he takes office? Thanks to the frequent partisan gridlocks in Congress, most citizens are aware of the fact that nationwide problems can't be miraculously fixed by a man simply stepping foot into the White House. Spicing it up with some unfortunate statistics on crime in certain American cities, Trump transitioned into a criminalizing anecdote of an illegal immigrant who killed a smart, successful recent college graduate. The story, scarily enough, risks inspiring hatred towards Latino immigrants as a whole.
Further into his historically long convention speech, he directly addressed anyone who plans on causing harm to American law enforcement officials. Though it's certainly important that officers are protected while on duty, Trump opted out of addressing one of the underlying problems: racial profiling by law enforcement officials. Many have suggested new training programs for law enforcement officials or community involvement initiatives; Trump didn't offer any solutions.
Next, Trump moved onto more international concerns, such as radical extremism by ISIS. However, he referred to it as "Islamic terrorism," a generalization that can perpetuate negative stereotypes about peaceful Muslims. His suggestion that Syrian refugees be barred from entering the U.S. doesn't help.
More than once, Trump indirectly associated the nation's problems with specific groups of people, which can lead to dangerous profiling and discrimination. The notions that terrorism can be blamed on a religion practiced by peaceful people or that illegal immigrants are the sole cause of increased crime rates are far-fetched. Most scarily, they rely on fear to work properly.