Donald Trump tried to reboot his campaign with a speech on ISIS that may have backfired and destroyed his candidacy.
Trump’s ISIS speech began with the Republican nominee literally reading a list of recent terrorist attacks. Trump went on to argue that Obama and Clinton have created terrorism and ISIS. Trump managed to tell three lies about the Iran deal in twenty seconds. The Republican nominee claimed that Obama and Clinton unleashed ISIS.
Donald Trump claimed that Obama is intentionally suppressing information about ISIS.
Video of Trump claiming a conspiracy:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 15, 2016
Trump claimed to remember President Obama’s address in Cairo well, but one wonders if he is remembering Obama’s speech the same way that he remembers Muslims celebrating on the streets of New York after 9/11. Trump, who claims to oppose the war in Iraq, blamed Obama for the rise of ISIS because the troops didn’t stay in Iraq.
Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton lacks the “mental and physical stamina” to take on ISIS.
The Republican nominee asked voters to believe him that he privately opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.
Trump didn’t give a foreign policy speech. What he offered a was low energy repetition of Republican conspiracy theories and a defense of many flip-flops. Donald Trump said that the US should not have been in Iraq, but nonsensically argued that the US should keep the oil. How can the United States keep the oil, when Trump says the country should not have gone into Iraq? The US can’t get the oil if they don’t go to Iraq.
The Republican nominee announced his goal of defeating “radical Islam.” As Trump’s campaign manager went to the bank to cash the latest check from Putin, Trump stressed that he believed that the US could have a good relationship with Russia.
Trump then went off on a jaunt about Hillary Clinton’s emails being a disgrace.
Donald Trump announced that he would require immigrants to pass an ideological purity test before being granted a visa:
Video – Trump lays out his “extreme vetting” immigration screening plan https://t.co/vMFWXGYDfy
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 15, 2016
The problem with Trump’s latest attempt to reboot his campaign was the candidate’s passive aggressive reading with low energy from the teleprompter. Trump spent the entire speech trying to be the “new Donald Trump” that the Republican Party wants him to be. Trump read all laundry list of Republican conspiracies against Obama with zero zeal.
It was clear that Trump didn’t know what he was talking about. Even if one gave him the benefit of the doubt, Trump didn’t seem to care about the speech.
Election Day is less than three months away, and Republicans are trying to convince voters that there is a new Trump. However, Donald Trump is clearly not putting any effort into being new Trump.
Just like New Coke, new Trump was a failure.
Trump promised to be America’s greatest champion and reject bigotry and hatred in all forms.
New Donald Trump was not convincing at all.
Trump may have destroyed his candidacy with an apathetic speech that was full of contradictory ideas that the candidate clearly did not want to be giving in the way that he was forced to deliver it.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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