Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump assailed globalism in his 2016 convention speech, where he aligned himself with the American people over the political elites.
“Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight,” Trump declared. “No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.”
During the speech, Trump condemned the regime change wars that had been promoted by the political elites, echoing former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
“Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before,” Trump said. “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.”
He also proclaimed his commitment to “Americanism”, a new vision that puts America First, over the globalist agenda promoted by institutions such as the United Nations (UN).
“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,” he stated, to heavy applause. “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. This will all change in 2017.”
Trump’s historic speech showed his desire to break from the status quo and take a refreshing, new approach to American trade and security. With his poll numbers rising nationally, he may well buck expectations once again in November.