I listened attentively to Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech, an address which was described as a "dark and frightening" vision of a United States with him as president, according to a former GOP speechwriter.
In an interview with CTV News, Mary Kate Cary, who wrote speeches for former president George H.W. Bush, says she was disappointed by Trump's address on Thursday night because he offered up "platitudes" without sharing any specifics about his policies or plans for his administration. His speech was also too long, and lacking in humour and anecdotes to make him seem relatable, she said.
Mr. Trump had nothing to offer except hate and division. He is using white people's anger and frustration for the advancement of his cause and political gain.
Other than the fear of the unknown -- which includes the immigrant, Muslims, Mexicans -- he brings little to the table.
How could he expect to bring people together by such politics of divisiveness?
How could he hope to gain the trust of the people -- all people, including blacks, Latinos and Muslims -- all of whom he has portrayed as villains?
He can be compared to a charismatic leader in South Africa during apartheid, representing only a small and specific segment of a country's population.
I can't stand to see politicians smearing refugees and portraying them as invaders whose mission is to take over the land.
These refugees haven't done anything wrong to anyone. Neither did they cause any harm to the U.S. They have long been the victims of our own invasions of their countries, meddling in their affairs and exploiting their resources.
These immigrants who are being portrayed as villains by Mr. Trump are noble people who were outstanding citizens in their countries until we brought death and destruction to their countries
Mr. Trump should also not forget that immigrants don't have colour or creed. In our especially volatile world, things could take a dramatic turn at any time -- perhaps he and his family could one day end up refugees themselves.
He shouldn't forget that these helpless refugees are honourable people who were leading productive lives in their own countries.
Immigrants are not to blame for the mishaps that are happening in the U.S. and around the world.
He should not forget that during the Second World War his ancestors were probably immigrants as well.
I didn't find any substance in his speech except rage, false promises and vilification of "the other."
His words were as though he was only speaking to white people exclusively, abandoning everyone else as less significant. I thought he was going to come up with a plan to purify America from those who have polluted its image and deport all people of colour to where they came from.
He drew a picture of gloom as if the U.S. is falling apart and here comes a hero, a Tarzan to save humanity at the brink of extinction.
I found it ironic that a man vowing to have the solutions to all America's problems is unable to put together a simple speech for his wife until she was forced to steal it from the wife of a president her husband accuses of destroying the country. Instead of vilifying the president, he should at least show gratitude to Mrs. Obama for the heartfelt speech which had caught the attention of the entire world.
As Cary tweeted, Trump's speech offered a "dark vision of the future," with no "uplifting vision or call to action" that Republicans can rally behind.
Mr. Trump ought to humble himself and avoid looking down at the people. Winning people's hearts and minds isn't the same as winning deals in the market.
Humans are not commodities for sale. They expect some respect and decency.
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