During the greatest crisis, Donald Trump celebrates himself above all in his nomination speech. What he is missing on this evening is the political instinct of yore.
For a few minutes, you could get the feeling that Donald Trump had grown a little into the dignity of his office in the past three and a half years. When the US president stepped down the stairs of the south portal with his wife Melania on Thursday evening and began the nomination speech for the upcoming election, he spoke of the great predecessors who had lived here.
About the slave liberator Abraham Lincoln, about Thomas Jefferson, who sent the explorers Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the west, about the “great national family” that the USA is. About looking after each other in this country.
But Trump’s role as the father of the nation did not last long. He quickly reverted to the boasting he has been known for five years now. He thinks he has created the best economy in the world, the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico is on the way, everything would go well if it weren’t for the “China virus”, as he persistently calls the coronavirus.
Trump found words of sympathy for the more than 180,000 pandemic deaths. But a few seconds later, the self-praise continued. Nobody tests as much as the USA, the death rate is as low as in hardly any other country. And everything he has created in recent years is now at stake – if Joe Biden wins the election. The Democrat was “a Trojan horse of socialism,” shouted the 74-year-old president, and spent the rest of the prolonged speech railing against his challenger.