Robert Reich Horrified By Trump’s Speech: The Most Negative Acceptance Speech I Have Ever Heard
Robert Reich joined "Real Time With Bill Maher" on the last night of the Republican National Convention to weigh in on Donald Trump's speech. Reich, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, was baffled by its demagoguery, even for Trump.
“Honestly, Ive never heard a speech that was as long-winded, as undisciplined, as full of fear," Reich told Maher, calling it "the most negative acceptance speech [he] had ever heard."
“If you look actually at what he has said, he wants the biggest tax cut for the wealthy in history and how is he going to afford that at the same time he delivers everything else he is talking about?" Reich asked.
Maher, on the other hand, called the speech "completely fact-free."
“All politics is somewhat fact-free but they have just taken it to a whole new level," the host remarked. "‘Hillary’s going to abolish the Second Amendment’—as if any Democrat ever said anything like that," Maher remarked, quoting one of Trump's new favorite lies.
"There’s also this fake populism. He tries to effect — he’s the working man — I love the line about ‘I know this system, I’ve worked this system.' Of course, because he’s got all kinds of corporate welfare, he has been making contributions to politicians to get special favors for years for his buildings. He knows the system; he’s practiced it," Reich pointed out.
Getting back to the fact-free aspect of the speech, the GOP nominee didn't just flub figures, he ignored clear trends.
"The number of undocumented workers is down. It was down last year from the year before, but he is using Orwellian logic. Did you hear him say tonight, ‘Hillary Clinton is dividing us.’ Hillary Clinton is dividing us? I mean, he is the biggest divider I know," Reich exclaimed.
“Trump is in a special position, he thinks, because he can distance himself from the Republican Party. So, he can say all of these terrible things that happened without acknowledging that it’s his Republican Party in Congress that actually been preventing any positive change," the former labor secretary concluded.