Donald Trump’s vision of doom and despair in America

From The Washington Post:

In Trump’s eyes, the United States is practically a third-world country with crumbling roads, aging bridges and decrepit airports. It’s led by “stupid people” — even Mexico has smarter leaders, he says — and the entire world is laughing at America and its “depleted military.” Cities have “exploded” with violence; Islamic State fighters posing as refugees might attack at any moment; and the economy is “doing lousy,” with a real unemployment rate that could be eight times higher than the official one.

Trump even compared the health of the nation to a friend who is dying of cancer and is barely holding on.

“If we don’t get tough, and if we don’t get smart, and fast, we’re not going to have our country anymore,” Trump said in a recent policy speech. “There will be nothing, absolutely nothing, left.”

Trump promises that if he becomes president, all of these problems will dissolve and he will fulfill his “Make America Great Again” slogan. But his current assessment of the state of the union is one of the most dismal and depressing messages ever pushed by a major party nominee, and has been amplified by a long line of convention speakers this week.

“The world has lost confidence in us. The inevitable consequence: weakness, decline, and, ultimately, chaos and oblivion,” South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster said on Tuesday night. “We feel an eerie unease.”

The overwhelmingly gloomy tone stands in stark contrast to previous conventions that struck a much more celebratory note, with nominees sharing their sunny vision for the future. Rather than Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America,” Trump talks of a dark and long night.

As Trump formally accepts his party’s nomination Thursday, there’s a chance …

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