When Donald Trump took the stage in Cleveland Thursday night to accept the Republican nomination, it surprised no one that the usual suspects in the media were put off by his (at first) relentlessly negative State of the Union address.
The fact checkers were out in force to disprove every claim, which is strange, considering that the same fact checkers seemed unfazed when the president declared (twice) that it was easier for a kid to get his hands on a Glock than a book in the United States. Meanwhile, people are working for starvation wages while climate change threatens to render the human race extinct. But at least there’s still hope and change in the pipeline; Trump’s speech, on the other hand, was just depressing.
Somebody should declare this Trump’s “Mourning in America” speech.
Ok political twitter, the Mourning in America line is played out. You've had your fun, time to go home.
— Zachary Snider (@zsnider2435) July 22, 2016
We said somebody, not everybody.
Let’s see how many people are doing the “mourning in America” joke
— Will Rahn (@willrahn) July 22, 2016
You want Reagan optimism? It's mourning in America. (I am I sure I'm not the only person thinking this) https://t.co/aLd3UBazqH
— Indira Lakshmanan (@Indira_L) July 22, 2016
Trump: "A nation in mourning."
Mourning in America?
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 22, 2016
Donald Trump: It’s mourning in America.
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) July 22, 2016
This is more like "mourning in America". Weak. Sad.
— Sam Seder (@SamSeder) July 22, 2016
New twist on Reaganism: Mourning in America
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) July 22, 2016
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) July 22, 2016
Mourning in America. Reagan rolling in his grave.
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) July 22, 2016
1980: Morning in America
2016: Mourning in America
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) July 22, 2016
It's Mourning In America
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) July 22, 2016
It’s mourning in America. #RNCinCLE
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) July 22, 2016
Wanna see an unoriginal tweet? Here it is:
Mourning in America. #RNCinCLE
— Jacob Lupfer (@jlupf) July 22, 2016
Crazy that Trump wouldn’t spend the first half of his speech praising the awesome job the Obama administration’s done. Even Hillary Clinton deployed secret weapon Bill with the tease that she’d put him in charge of revitalizing the economy, which obviously doesn’t need revitalizing.
This is the Mourning in America speech. Everything is dark.
— Clyde Haberman (@ClydeHaberman) July 22, 2016
Yes, but how dark? HOW DARK?
This is the darkest acceptance speech possible. No ray of light. Dystopia will engulf America unless it elects the strong man.
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) July 22, 2016
OK, that’s pretty dark. There was still an hour to go though, at which point things got quite a bit more optimistic, if you weren’t hiding under your covers and unable to see the TV.
Trump's words are darker than a Norwegian coal mine in winter. There isn't an iota of Americanism in this address.
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) July 22, 2016
This speech is a relentless, unyielding, humorless, hectoring appeal to fear and loathing.
— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) July 22, 2016
Ivanka hits perfect, uplifting notes and here were are right back in Monday night's dark dystopia.
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) July 22, 2016
Trump is painting a dark and dire portrait of a lawless, terrorized America as he accepts the Republican presidential nomination. #RNCinCLE
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 22, 2016
And yet when, say, Black Lives Matter paints a dire portrait of a lawless, terrorized America, it’s an important conversation that the nation needs to work up the bravery to confront.
This Trump speech is incredibly dark. Not the hopeful, optimistic tone you hear from many politicians.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) July 22, 2016
Trump speech tonight is the *full* Buchanan. Very very dark, dystopic. Straight up nationalism no chaser.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 21, 2016
"Death destruction terrorism and weakness"– dystopia is not a strong enough word for Trump's American hellscape.
— Suzy Khimm (@SuzyKhimm) July 22, 2016
This was a scary speech, by a scary man, who needs a scared electorate to have any chance to win: https://t.co/8I0ubd9da1
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 22, 2016
— James (@jamesleprof) July 22, 2016
A little light in here wouldn’t hurt, but how about some perspective too?
A Trump speech was always going to be dark, not Morning in America. Fact it's dark & sorta workmanlike in style prolly gains him some credit
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) July 22, 2016
To journalists noting 'dark' speech: Trump must have been reading your recent nation-on-edge, violence-leaves-Americans-anxious headlines.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 22, 2016