Friday, April 19, 2024

“Americanism, not Globalism, will be our Credo”: Trump’s 2016 RNC speech

The date is July 21st, 2016. The Republican party is hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. After a months-long presidential primary season, Donald Trump came out on top with the most delegates in the GOP’s crowded presidential primary.

Donald Trump was set to face Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November 2016. However, Trump must unite the Republican party behind him first, and the 2016 RNC was the perfect opportunity to achieve this goal.

On the final day of the RNC, Donald Trump accepted the party’s presidential nomination and gave a 75 minute address to the Republican party and the nation at-large. The result was that Trump gave one of his best speeches ever and electrified the Republican party faithful.

We all know how the story ended in 2016. Donald Trump pulled off one of the most improbable upsets in American political history by defeating the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

Personally, President Trump’s 2016 RNC speech is one of my favorite speeches in American political history, and I thought it would be appropriate to review this speech since President Trump has now sewn up the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

The 2024 RNC is going to occur in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this summer from July 15-18. Fortunately, I will be in attendance for the 2024 RNC because I was selected as an alternate RNC Delegate for the state of Louisiana.

The 2024 RNC should be an incredible event, and I look forward to sharing my experience there once it’s all said and done. But to truly appreciate this year’s RNC, we should take a step back and review Trump’s fantastic 2016 RNC speech.

In honor of President Trump’s 2016 RNC speech, let’s look at three key excerpts from his speech:

Tonight, I will share with you for action for America. The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America first. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. The respect that we deserve. The American people will come first once again.

America First! That effective slogan encapsulated what set President Trump apart from the other GOP presidential candidates in 2016. Not since Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential run had the Republican party witnessed a candidate who holistically promoted a “America First” platform on trade, immigration, and foreign policy.

In just one year, Trump moved the Republican party from the Establishment, neo-con ways of George Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain to a populist party that represented “middle America”. The “MAGA movement” now made up a majority of the Republican party electorate, and President Trump tapped into that demographic during the GOP primaries before cruising to victory at the RNC in July 2016.

Globalism would not longer be the primary ideological directive of the Republican party. Instead, “Americanism” or “America First” would become the guiding principle of the GOP.

I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders. He never had a chance.

President Trump was not a politician when he announced his presidential campaign in the summer of 2015. Through his experience in the business world and media, Trump knew how corrupt the political system is in this country. Yet, he knew that it would take one person to take a stand against the American Regime in order to put this country back on track after the failed presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama.

Trump was the man of the hour in 2016.

To close his speech, President Trump illustrated the sharp contrast between his candidacy versus his opponent Hillary Clinton’s. In 2016, Clinton represented America’s corrupt political class that had failed the American people in both domestic and foreign policy. Trump positioned himself as the leader of the “forgotten man” in America’s hinterland–whom Hillary Clinton glibly mocked in her “basket of deplorables” soundbite.

“My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: ‘I’m with her.’ I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: ‘I’m with you the American people.’ I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you. To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise:

We will make America strong again.

We will make America proud again.

We will make America safe again.

And we will make America great again!

God bless you and goodnight! I love you!

If you have the time, then I’d highly recommend that watch President Trump’s speech at the 2016 RNC–especially the beginning part of it.