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Trump’s Closing Argument: Forgotten Americans Find Their Champion

Last night, as he barnstormed the country the night before the election, Donald Trump punched the corrupt and selfish elite of this country square in the nose – and huge crowds across the country gave him a standing ovation. 

They chanted “lock her up” when he mentioned his opponent Hillary Clinton, and they chanted “string them Trump last rallyup” when he mentioned the corrupt establishment media. 

As they were when Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention, and in airport hangers and auditoriums since, audiences across the country were mesmerized. 

For this writer who has been around presidential politics for a long time and has watched the rise of Donald Trump with amazement it was also mesmerizing. 

Donald Trump’s closing argument was the most profound indictment of America’s ruling elite to be delivered since 1980 when Ronald Reagan took the Republican National Convention stage to say this:

The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership--in the White House and in Congress--for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. 

My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation

In Trump’s formulation the crisis and its authors were similar:

I am asking for the votes of all Americans, Democrats, Republicans, independents who are so desperately in need of change. 

My contract with the American voter begins with a plan to end government corruption, and take back our country ... from the special interests who I know so well. When we win tomorrow, we are going to drain the swamp. 

And more to the point from our perspective here at CHQ, Trump closed with the speech we asked for a month before the Republican National Convention in our column, “Trump Fall Campaign Key: Law And Order Versus The Elite.” 

And far from being dystopian, scary and dark as The New York Times characterized Trump’s closing argument, we found it to be uplifting and optimistic. 

And the optimism was not the kind whistling past the graveyard the Republican establishment does when presented with the litany of problems Donald Trump reviewed – it was in Trump’s recognition that the time to fix things is short and his unequivocal promise to do so that optimism shone brightly. 

But the key to Donald Trump’s campaign, and indeed a key to his entire political worldview, may be found in a few paragraphs of the speech he delivered to the Republican National Convention when he addressed America’s working men and women:

My dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew. I wonder sometimes what he'd say if he were here to see this tonight. It's because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people. 

He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians and I have a lot of that in me also. I love those people. 

Ask yourself if Hillary Clinton has ever even met a bricklayer, carpenter or electrician that was an actual working guy, not a highly paid union official?  

Not in a million years. 

And that knowing and that connection between Donald Trump and working America is key to Trump’s message and key to his strategy for victory in the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. 

The itinerary of Donald Trump’s closing tour summed-up his challenge to Hillary Clinton to throw down with him in the Rustbelt states that Democratic Party policies have devastated, as he put it:

America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country. Or frankly, any other country. Never ever again. 

I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences. Not going to happen anymore.

My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class. She supported NAFTA, and she supported China's entrance into the world trade organization. Another one of her husband's colossal mistakes and disasters. She supported the job killing trade deal with South Korea. She supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership which will not only destroy our manufacturing but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments. And it is not going to happen. 

The emotional appeal of Donald Trump’s message on the devastating effects of illegal immigration on real Americans is something for which Hillary Clinton has no counter, just as she has no counter to the emotional appeal of the law and order message when its face is the wives and children of murdered police officers and the national security and trust message when its face is Pat Smith. 

The establishment media no doubt sees Donald Trump’s message as dystopian and dark because it promises an end to the disastrous vision for America that they have helped Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton impose upon an increasingly hard-pressed and restive citizenry. 

As for us here at CHQ, we found in Donald Trump’s closing argument a glimmer of hope for the restoration of our country and the real change we’ve been campaigning for: My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned

Last night Donald Trump showed us that he understands what needs to be done, now it is up to us to turn-out the conservative – populist coalition that can win this election and then make sure, as conservatives did after they elected Ronald Reagan, that Donald Trump fulfills the long list of promises he has made. 

The hour is late, the battle is all but won, now is not the time to let up. Make sure that every one of your friends, family, fellow church members, civic club associates and all your other contacts who can be persuaded to vote for Donald Trump turn out to vote today.

CHQ Editor and “low information voter” George Rasley is a member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America’s most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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