Donald Trump needed to give the speech of his life–and he did that, and much more. He laid out an inspiring American Manifesto for our times.
From start to finish, it is muscular and bold, leavened only by appeals to racial harmony and pledges of compassion for all. It offers a prominent nod to Bernie Sanders’ supporters in a bid to get some to jump the Democratic ship.
Most important, it keeps faith with his campaign themes of putting forgotten Americans first. In contrasting his view with his opponent’s, the Republican nominee put it this way: “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.”
And “I will be your voice.”
And then this: “There can be no prosperity without law and order.”
On paper, the speech is powerful, and it was delivered with all the might Trump could muster. Passionate and occasionally strident, he revealed a full Trump Doctrine that weaves together what has often seemed random threads and instincts into a more coherent vision.