The real estate mogul and reality TV star accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night with an “unusually vehement appeal to Americans who feel that their country is spiraling out of control and yearn for a leader who will take aggressive, even extreme, actions to protect them,” says The New York Times.
He “offered his grim portrait of the country and a law-and-order message in the hope of summoning an army of disaffected and forgotten voters large enough to topple the political status quo in November,” says Dan Balz in The Washington Post.
"In this speech, we have finally seen the answer to the perplexing question of just what political philosophy Donald Trump embraces. It is Caesarism: belief in a leader of great strength who, by force of personality, imposes order on a land plagued by danger,” says Jeff Greenfield in Politico Magazine.
(Meanwhile, a New York Times headline reads, “Ted Cruz mounts the convention stage in the role of Brutus.”)
Campaign speechwriters from both parties were “stupefied” by Trump’s speech, says a New York Times analysis.
“It’s a lost opportunity,” says Matt Latimer, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He says he’d expected Trump to tell anecdotes that would turn him, in the eyes of his doubters, from a cartoon into a flesh-and-blood human being.
But 56 percent of Republican insiders in The Politico Caucus say the speech makes them feel more confident in Trump’s candidacy.
Here is a fact check of Trump’s speech, from The Associated Press.