The Republic National Convention came to a close last night with a speech from the nominee himself, Donald Trump, and like most of his speeches, it was ripe for controversy.
Lasting for an hour and 15 minutes — one of the longest during an RNC in recent memory — the Republican nominee espoused what many media outlets and pundits are calling a “dark” and “ominous” vision of America.
Trump talked for a long time about returning law and order to the country, about drastic poverty and soaring unemployment.
“I plan to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned,” Trump said.
Despite such a promise, it wasn’t much of a surprise that the New York businessman did not have much to say about the problems faced by Hispanics in the United States, let alone African Americans or other minorities.
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Even more interestingly, much of what Trump said turned out to be untrue, or only partly true.
“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” Trump told the Cleveland crowd Thursday, July 21.
Trump’s claim that the border is not secure had been a long-running theme throughout the primary season. But as NPR’s fact-checkers report, there were 51,000 families stopped and apprehended at the border since October 2015, which far surpasses the 40,000 for the total of fiscal year 2015.
In fact, Trump at one point accused the US of having “open borders” — which he claims has resulted in a wave of criminals taking innocent lives — despite this being patently false: the country’s borders are anything but “open.”
Trump made sure to mention his plan to build a wall as well:
“We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.”
The only positive comment about Latinos made by Trump during the night’s speech served as a way to give a jab to President Obama:
“Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago,” Trump said.
Which is statistically true. But we’ll have to wait for Trump’s campaign to see what he’s actually going to do about it.