Coming on the wings of a campaign rebound, Donald Trump gave the media the detail that it wanted months ago, but now has very little room to attack.
Speaking at a historical American battleground and symbol of the Civil War that formalized the division between liberal cosmopolitan cities and practical, realistic heartlands, Trump tackled present-day divisions in the nation. He mentioned being inspired by Lincoln, the president who (in theory) held the nation together.
At that point, Trump named the enemy: “the system is rigged” in both Washington and on Wall Street. He mentioned the loss of jobs, many in poverty, and one in five households where no one is working. Trump has re-spun Mitt Romney’s “47%” from parasites into victims, and he is blaming the established interests instead.
Describing his campaign as “the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” Trump launched a discussion of his major themes, or the manifestations of the problem of a rigged system in everyday life: Continue reading