It was presidential. It was disciplined. It was the longest presidential nomination speech since at least 1972. And it was the highlight of a four-day convention marred by foibles and missteps.
Donald Trump was as fiery as ever as he delivered his acceptance speech late Thursday. He was also deeply negative – offering a bleak view of crime and security in America. But he also offered a beam of hope, declaring, “I am your voice.”
And he shouted so much he grew hoarse as he drew near the end. But he spoke with greater precision, with surprisingly few mentions of “God” and surprisingly many mentions of “LGBTQ.”
The speech, annotated.
Next up: The Democratic National Convention, next week in Philadelphia.
And the polls open nationally in 109 days. Let’s get started.
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