EDISON - New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of bringing a “dark and divisive” tone to the Republican National Convention this week, and they say that the Democratic National Convention will have a much different tone.
During his speech, Trump vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border and stop immigration from countries connected to terror groups. He says that he will be the “law and order” candidate.
“Beginning on Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored,” Trump said.
Trump’s critics said that his speech did not set the right tone for a presidential election.
“It was not uplifting in any sense of the word,” Sen. Robert Menendez says of Trump’s speech following his acceptance of the nomination. “There was no clear picture as to how he might do any of the things that he suggested he might do.”
Other critics say that Thursday night’s RNC crowd chanting for Hillary Clinton to be “locked up” also fed into the dark imagery of Trump’s message.
“All they kept saying is she’s a crook, she’s a bum. The rhetoric is, I think, very, not just negative, but I think divisive in a way we really shouldn’t be doing. We just should not do this,” says Rep. Frank Pallone.
Rep. Pallone says that many prominent lawmakers were unhappy with Trump’s language, including Sen. Cory Booker.
Democrats are saying that their convention will send a different message.
“I think it’s going to be very much the opposite [of Trump]. I think the Democrats are going to point out that this is an America that includes everybody,” Pallone says.
The Democratic National Convention will begin Monday in Philadelphia.