Let me be honest with you for a moment.
By yesterday afternoon, #RNCinCLE was starting to get me down. Apparently, being exposed to that much hate and negativity day after day can do that to a person. I even started to wonder if maybe ...maybe... Donald Trump might even have a small chance of winning.
This sour feeling lasted until about 10 minutes into Donald's awful, miserable, dire, shouted, boo-filled screed, when I realized that swing voters across the country were already tuning out. I am positive that the American people will not elect a red-faced maniac who screams at them that everything is horrible. That's just not who we are as a nation. We are better than that. And he just gave the Democrats a huge opening to successfully make a positive, substantive and uplifting case next week in Philadelphia.
Then I started to relax...even while continuing to be horrified for over an hour. Odd combination of feelings, I know. Anyway, thank God it's finally over!
A sampling of the reaction:
Honest gut reaction: This speech is awful. His message is repellent on all levels. He will never be president.— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) July 22, 2016
This is Trump's Nightmare in America speech.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 22, 2016
This is maybe the single most negative speech I've ever heard.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 22, 2016
This is a fascist speech— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) July 22, 2016
The way Trump wins is convincing Obama voters in battleground states to support him or stay home. On that measure, this speech is a disaster— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 22, 2016
This is not a normal speech. This is not a normal candidate. Do not forget that.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 22, 2016
Any sane Republican listening to Donald Trump's speech is quaking in terror right now. The crazy ones? They're cheering. And tweeting.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 22, 2016
Ivanka: My father is a warm, kind man who believes in each of--— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 22, 2016
Trump: SHOUTS ABOUT FOREIGNERS FOR TWO HOURS
It's the worst candidate convention speech I've ever heard, one of the worst convention speeches period. Uninspiring and rambling.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 22, 2016
Will never be president. #TrumpSpeechInFourWords— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) July 22, 2016
We are better than this.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016