Trump unwraps a shiny new campaign

Donald Trump spoke last night in Charlotte, North Carolina and gave a speech some are saying will mark a turning point in his campaign. Today he’s in Louisiana helping flood victims. Glenn Reynolds says it like suddenly he’s running a real campaign. Meanwhile, Hillary is resting until Sunday and Obama is on his 175th vacation to Martha’s Vineyard playing his 745th round of golf. Hillary hasn’t even made a statement on the Louisiana flooding.

Last night Trump said he wanted to talk about “the New American Future we are going to create together.” He talked about bringing jobs back to America, defeating Islamic Terrorism, controlling the borders, re-establishing law and order, ending the chaos and violence on our streets, and stopping the assaults on law enforcement. These assaults, he said, are attacks on all peaceful citizens.

After last night one thing that has nagged him lately has been cleared up. He is not in this on a lark. He’s serious and he really does intend to win. He really does want to win. Thanks. About time that was made clear.

Then he did something that will seem to many to be out of character for Donald Trump. He acknowledged that he has been a bombastic buffoon at times. Well, he didn’t use those words but he said so in so many other words. This is important to people like me who never understood why he thought he needed to viciously attack Ted Cruz they way he did. It was too unseemly and made us question his judgment, Ted Cruz is not the enemy, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are the enemy and that’s where Trump should be aiming his barbs. I think he gets it now.

He even seemed to apologize for his past transgressions:

Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.

But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth.

I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice.

I speak the truth on behalf of the factory worker who lost his or her job.

I speak the truth on behalf of the Veteran who has been denied the medical care they need – and so many are not making it. They are dying.

I speak the truth on behalf of the family living near the border that deserves to be safe in their own country but is instead living with no security at all.

Our campaign is about representing the great majority of Americans – Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives and Liberals – who read the newspaper, or turn on the TV, and don’t hear anyone speaking for them. All they hear are insiders fighting for insiders.

These are the forgotten men and women in our society, and they are angry at so much on so many levels. The poverty, the unemployment, the failing schools, the jobs moving to other countries.

I am fighting for these forgotten Americans.

Roger Kimball thinks last night’s speech in Charlotte was a turning point for the Trump campaign.

As Trump pointed out in his speech in Milwaukee earlier this week, all of the nation’s failed cities — Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, Memphis, Milwaukee itself — have been under Democratic control for decades.

Milwaukee, for example, has been Democratic since 1908. Do you suppose that there is a connection between the disasters — the poverty, the crime, the corruption — that have engulfed these cities, and the political complexion of their leadership? Or is it merely fortuitous?

To ask the question is to answer it.

And if pressed, I suspect that a future historian will point to last night’s speech, to Trump’s candid appeal for black votes and to black self-interest, as the pivotal moment.

Beyond that, I’ll wager that our future scribe will put his finger on Trump’s admission of error and expression of regret as the humanizing moment when people said:

Well, all right then, let’s give him another look.

I hope Roger Kimball is correct. I hope that from this day forward this thing is going to be a lot more fun than it has been up until now.

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