Trump began by saying we are a nation of believers and that “together we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer.” Democrats want prayer out of the public sphere.
Trump called the Las Vegas shooting a “horrific mass murder” and an “act of pure evil.” Democrats blame the guns and want to take yours away.
Trump honored the heroes of Las Vegas, including the police officers and other first responders. Democrats elevate thugs and view our protectors in blue with disdain.
Trump quotes scripture. Democrats ridicule those who do.
Trump stresses unity. Democrats divide American society into victims and oppressors.
Trump says, “We love our country.” Obama went on an international apology tour.
Trump says, “We cherish the sacred dignity of every human life.” Democrats murder babies.
Trump says, “We believe in strong families.” Democratic policies pull them apart.
Trump says, “We are proud of our history.” Democrats tear down monuments.
Trump says, “We respect our great American flag.” Democrats take a knee.
I could go on. There’s much, much more in Trump’s speech that’s fodder for conservative thought.
The first instinct among Democrats, moderate Republicans and other anti-Trumpers will be to point out that many of these statements are wrong. But does that really matter? This is what Trumpers believe. The more you condemn these beliefs, the more they will be ensconced among the Trump faithful. The real question is whether or not it is possible to change a few hearts and minds on at least some of these issues.
Read Leonard’s entire piece in the Kansas City Star