Editorial Board

Donald Trump's Dark Vision

The candidate's speech was much like his campaign.

A scary speech.

Photographer: Remote 3 Chip Somodevilla

Donald Trump was true to form Thursday in his speech accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president of the United States. He stoked fears by painting a dark, dystopian image of a country overwhelmed by violent crime and under siege by illegal immigrants. He made pie-in-the-sky promises that were divorced from both reality and rationality. He called for a new era of isolationism in which America would retreat from the world order that generations of citizens sacrificed so much to build and sustain. And beyond the slogan he never tires of repeating, he offered no sense of faith in America’s great strengths.

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