Donald Trump becomes more moderate
Donald Trump conquers the Republicans
Applause. Applause. Applause. Donald Trump spoke for over an hour, adhering to the script in a disciplined manner. Professionally read from the teleprompter, only the unfamiliar toggling of the jacket testified to the efforts of the media professional. Even if there was nothing left to shake in the nomination for the presidential candidate and everything went smoothly in the end, a lot was at stake in these last hours of the four-day Republican party conference, which took place this year in Cleveland, Ohio.
Donald Trump divides the Republicans, and the party establishment in particular has long been reluctant to accept that he of all people had won an immovably clear majority in the primaries. On the evening before last, the Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, had publicly refused to support the wealthy New York businessman. And even a few hours before Trump's closing speech, it was not difficult to meet delegates and guests who made no secret of their concern about the future of the Republican Party.
But after the speech there is a new time ahead. At least that was the mood in the large multi-purpose hall in Cleveland. The hundreds of balloons that rained from the sky during the final applause in the national colors popped almost symbolically: A knot seems to have burst.
Henry and Vivian Childs: "Today he showed that he can behave."
"He said everything we wanted to hear," say Henry and Vivian Childs. Even if they have been supporting Trump for months, the Georgia couple found their tone, their rude manner, bitter over and over again. "Today he showed that he can behave. He will be a good leader." This is the opinion of many who pour out of the hall with beaming faces into the night.
Rejection turns into hope
Charlee Ottersberg: "Hillary Clinton mustn't win."
Also Charlee Ottersberg from Cleveland. She doesn't really like Donald Trump. Many of his ideas are too radical for her. And it is his verbal failures that repel them the most. "That was better today. He pulled himself together. That gives a little hope." She also hopes that the content of some of his positions will be moderated. For example, his extreme immigration policy or the strict rejection of free trade agreements. "Hillary Clinton mustn't win," says the young woman. And to prevent that from happening, Trump has to move more towards the center.
What she liked best was Ivanka, Trump's successful daughter. "Hopefully she has a lot of influence on her father." If Ottersberg had their way, she should be the first woman to move into the White House as president.
Sandra Yeh-Kane (r.): "You have to take a hard line."
Sandra Yeh-Kane convinced Trump's ideas of a strict immigration policy. It is right that only those who obey the rules are allowed to immigrate to America. And terrorists have no business here. And that you then have to take a hard hand. For them it is clear: Donald Trump showed tonight that he is a winner. In their opinion, he is a man of the people who understands the concerns of the working class. The ophthalmologist particularly appreciates this.
Marc Reisman argues similarly. "It is good that he speaks openly about the problems with the illegals. We have to stop political correctness."
Hope for the successful businessman
Workers and jobs are also in the foreground for Phil Mallow. His eyes almost glow with enthusiasm. "Donald Trump will finally be able to bring work back into our country, he understands how to run a business. And we need that now, someone who knows how to do it," says the man with a white hardhat from West Virginia .
Phil Mallow: "Donald Trump will finally bring work to our country again."
He too was concerned about how the party congress would go. But like the large, large majority that evening, he firmly believes that America, with Donald Trump at the helm, will finally be at the forefront again. "Of course we help other countries, but first we have to take care of ourselves and put America first."
Juli Mitchell and Paula Anderson made the special trip from California - and they are totally happy: "We are more than happy. The atmosphere is great. We are all in a good mood and can really take off now."
The goal is clear. Hillary Clinton must be prevented. And after that evening, the vast majority seems at least reconciled to doing so with Donald Trump at the helm.
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