Things you should read:
Bernie Sanders live-tweeted during Trump’s acceptance speech at the RNC. A few samples:
Those who voted for me will not support Trump who has made bigotry and divisiveness the cornerstone of his campaign.
Trump’s big economic plans: Give trillions in tax breaks to millionaires, refuse to raise the federal minimum wage.
Trump is wrong. The real cause of instability in the Middle East was the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq. By the way, where is President Bush?
What a hypocrite! If Trump wants to “fix” trade he can start by making his products in the US, not low-wage countries abroad.
Trump: “I alone can fix this.”
Is this guy running for president or dictator?
Hillary Clinton also live-tweeted Trump’s speech, and with a sense of humor even.
Electoral Vote has a short and to-the-point summary of the acceptance speech, titled “Trump Swings and Misses“.
If you want a summary of the whole convention, even Politico calls it “Trump’s four dysfunctional days in Cleveland“, and giggles that after Trump’s speech the loudspeakers played “You can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones.
Speaking of fear, gloom and doom, Ezra Klein says “Donald Trump’s nomination is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid“. And then he clearly and succinctly explains why. It is useless to summarize something that is already the perfect length, so go read it.
UPDATE: Fortune points out the 8 ton elephant on the convention floor — the fact that during the entire convention (including the day supposedly about the economy), Republicans never once mentioned Governor Sam Brownback and his conservative revolution in Kansas (the state that is home to the Koch brothers). Why? Because Kansas is an utter mess, with their economy in a shambles. And yet the Republicans are still promoting the trickle-down economics that are such a disaster in Kansas.
As an added ironic twist, when the roll-call vote happened — which is when each state extolls their own virtues — the most prominent thing from the Kansas delegation was the Kansas City Royals baseball team, with the delegation wearing Royals T-shirts. As some of you may know, the Royals (as is Kansas City itself) is actually in the neighboring state of Missouri.
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