If you didn’t see the first night’s speeches from the Republican National Convention, you missed the coming out party of the Republican Party’s newest rock star. Her name is Melania Trump. To fully appreciate Mrs. Trump’s speech, I think it’s important to first watch it, then read the transcript of Mrs. Trump’s speech. Here’s the video of Melania Trump’s speech:
Thinking about Melania Trump’s speech from a visual standpoint, I’m left with a surprising thought. From a visual standpoint, Melania Trump delivered a speech that could be thought of as elegant as one delivered by Jackie Kennedy.
If that’s all you took from Mrs. Trump’s speech, though, you didn’t get how powerful Mrs. Trump’s message was. The best way to understand how powerful Mrs. Trump’s speech was, you should read the transcript of Mrs. Trump’s speech. I don’t know who Mrs. Trump’s speechwriter is but whoever it is, they’re fantastic.
One of the most powerful parts of Mrs. Trump’s speech came early in the speech:
After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City twenty years ago and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life. On July 28th, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States, the greatest privilege on planet Earth. I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this. I would like to take this moment to recognize an amazing veteran, the great Senator Bob Dole.
While the video showcased Mrs. Trump’s physical elegance, something that the political world has long known about, the transcript shows Mrs. Trump’s substantive side:
Yes, Donald thinks big, which is especially important when considering the presidency of the United States. No room for small thinking. No room for small results. Donald gets things done. Our country is underperforming and needs new leadership. Leadership is also what the world needs. Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it. We should not be satisfied with stagnation. Donald wants prosperity for all Americans.
With perfect elegance, Mrs. Trump powerfully stated what most Americans know — that America has underperformed the past 8 years. That’s an indictment against this administration.
Later, Mrs. Trump said “Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it.” That’s an indictment against Hillary Clinton. She’s the status quo candidate. It’s as if Mrs. Trump was saying “if you’re satisfied with 8 more years of stagnation and rapidly increasing terrorist attacks, Mrs. Clinton is your candidate. If you want a great America that lives up to its history, Donald Trump is your candidate.’
From a literary standpoint, that’s brilliant. It’s brilliant because the speechwriter, I suspect intentionally, framed it as a binary choice: stagnation with Hillary, greatness with Trump.
Technorati: Melania Trump, Citizenship, Donald Trump, Change Agent, Make America Great Again, Leadership, Patriotism, Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Stagnation, Status Quo, Democrats, Election 2016
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