Party of Lincoln: Hostile Takeover

Party of Lincoln: Hostile Takeover
In a 76-minute harangue, presidential nominee Donald Trump announced the official beginning of his general election campaign and the official end of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln. The GOP is now the party of fear mongering, resentment, race-baiting, xenophobia, anger, deceit, and hate.

Trump real estate, resorts, and “universities” are sold through Fear of Missing Out. In this sulfurous speech, the Trump presidency is being marketed though fear of marauding hordes of barbarians and brigands, a dystopian future American hellscape. How can we be saved? “I am The Way the Law and Order candidate,” declares The Donald.

But we all know that Mr. Trump is no statesman, he’s a Reality TV star. So how did his astounding diatribe rate as entertainment?

“Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech Paints Apocalyptic Vision From a B-Movie,” Maureen Ryan, Variety


“Donald Trump’s Caesar Moment,” Jeff Greenfield, Politico

“Why Trump sounded more like a strongman than a movement conservative,” James Hohmann, Washington Post

“Trump paints a grim portrait of the U.S. and casts himself as its only savior in GOP acceptance speech,” Mark Z. Barabak and Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times

“Donald Trump’s RNC Speech Was a Terrifying Display of Nightmarish Authoritarianism,”Peter Suderman, Reason

“Trump conjures a mythical vision of a dark America as he doubles down on campaign themes,” Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

“His Tone Dark, Donald Trump Takes G.O.P. Mantle,” Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin, New York Times

“Donald Trump Is Bidding to Transform the GOP Into a White-Identity-Politics Party,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Fact-checking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC,” Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee Ju, Washington Post

“Fact check: Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention,” Vox

“Fact-Checking the Crime Statistics in Donald Trump’s Convention Speech,” Ted Scheinman, Pacific Standard


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Image (“Party of Lincoln, after Bill Mauldin”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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