President Donald Trump’s demagogic convention speech played out before a spectacular but norm-crushing White House backdrop in a potential super spreader viral event.
It exemplified why Democrats warn he must be driven from power at all costs — and why he may win a second term anyway.
After a GOP gathering that amounted to one of the most sustained displays of propagandizing in the modern history of Western democracy, Trump painted an apocalyptic vision of a nation on the cusp of a takeover by “violent anarchists,” agitators and criminals who would exploit a “weak” Joe Biden to destroy America. He claimed that Democrats view America as a “depraved” and “wicked” country that must be punished for its sins.
After two weeks of dueling conventions, the choice before voters in November could not be more clear — or more certain to deepen the national estrangement that may hobble the next presidency, no matter who wins. The two sides in the election are not just feuding over what America’s future should look like, they are operating from vastly different understandings of the meaning of the republic itself.
While his rival and ex-President Barack Obama, warned last week that a Trump second term would crush American democracy, the President argued that the survival of traditional — implicitly White — American society was on the ballot.
“Your vote will decide whether we protect law abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to violent anarchists, agitators and criminals who threaten our citizens,” Trump warned. “And this election will decide whether we will defend the American way of life, or whether we allow a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it.”
Trump, largely sticking to a teleprompter, delivered his speech in a grinding monotone that emphasized the nightmarish prospect he was describing. Read More………….