In the political justice system, the people will be represented by two separate yet equally important groups - the Republicans who arbitrarily decide what constitutes a crime and their presidential candidate who vows to prosecute the offenders. This is their story. For those of you hoping to catch a glimpse of the man beneath the ego, the posturing and the bluster, hopefully you tuned into his daughter Ivanka’s speech – because Donald Trump was clearly not interested in explaining his character through stories of his upbringing or relatable life struggles in an attempt to sway undecided voters. In what was the longest acceptance speech in decades, Trump was only interested in one, perhaps unsurprising thing: evoking the apocalypse and branding himself as the messiah.
So if Trump is Jesus it probably means that he will try to brand Hillary Clinton as Judas. Consider it debate prep, along with hopefully some fleshing out of his policies. Plus he can always binge on Law and Order episodes to up his skill in bringing prosecutorial style arguments against “Crooked Hillary”. But he shouldn’t worry too much – as the outsider and thus the underdog, Trump will go into the presidential debates with a hefty advantage, and he has already gained plenty of experience in taking down eloquent speakers in the Republican primary debates.
Branding himself as the law and order candidate against a backdrop of skewed crime statistics, railing against illegal immigration, terrorism and the failed justice system while simultaneously making a poor attempt to reach out to minority communities, and refusing to offer specific details about any of his policies probably failed to broaden his base – but that wasn’t the point of the night. An unrelenting negative view of a doomed America on the brink of crisis, along with sky-high promises of instantaneous solutions, has been a staple of Trump’s candidacy so far. It’s naive to think that he would change his magical formula on the biggest night of his candidacy when millions would be watching. And it’s also naive to automatically assume that his fearmongering messages won’t resonate with the millions of Americans who will vote in November.
Feel a President Trump heralds a dystopian America? Better get mad. Movie for your mood: Mad Max: Fury Road