Democrats lambaste Trump’s RNC speech

‘Sounded like some two-bit dictator’

Democratic politicians swiftly condemned Donald Trump’s Republican nomination acceptance speech on Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as peddling in prejudice and paranoia without offering any real solutions to the problems facing the United States.

Some of the Democratic Party’s most influential voices, including Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, excoriated the real estate tycoon’s vision for the country before the night came to a close.

Warren, who has publicly feuded with Trump, called the four-day Republican National Convention “the nastiest, most divisive convention that we’ve seen in half a century” during an appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

“I’ve got to tell you, that speech tonight, he sounded like some two-bit dictator of some country that you couldn’t find on a map,” Warren said.

In response, Colbert joked that he sounded more like a “billionaire dictator” and that “two-bit dictator” is “insulting to the man.”

“He sounded like a dictator of a small country,” she continued, “rather than a man who is running for the highest office of the strongest democracy on the face of this Earth.”

In his speech, Trump lamented that the system was “rigged” against Sanders in an attempt to win over her formal rival’s supporters.

“I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders — he never had a chance,” Trump said. “But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade.”

Colbert asked Warren why Sanders’ supporters would not start backing Trump if he’s able to connect with them emotionally. After all, both believe the democratic process in the U.S. is rigged to favor establishment candidates like Clinton.

“The game is rigged. It fundamentally is,” she said. “Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists, armies of lawyers. It works for billionaires like Donald Trump. For the rest of America, it’s not working so well.”

She said Democrats want to use their voices and votes to take back the government and make it work for all Americans. But Trump, she said, tells his supporters to fear “every other American.”

Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist, who was live-tweeting during Trump’s speech using #RNCwithBernie, provided a similar explanation for why his supporters won’t climb aboard the Trump train: His campaign was built around bringing people together instead of driving them apart.

Those who voted for me will not support Trump who has made bigotry and divisiveness the cornerstone of his campaign. #RNCwithBernie

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

According to Sanders, Trump’s economic plans amount to the “same old, same old, trickle-down economics” that have not worked in the past. He further called Trump a hypocrite for vowing to “fix” trade while making products in low-wage countries overseas. And he took issue with Trump’s failure to address issues that were central to his own campaign, such as combating climate change, making college affordable and expanding health coverage to millions of Americans without insurance.

Trump’s economic plan: let states lower the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, already a starvation wage.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

Trump’s economic plan: $3.2 trillion in tax breaks for millionaires, cut programs for low-income Americans. #RNCwithBernie

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

Fix trade. Stop manufacturing Trump shirts in Bangladesh at 30-cents an hour. #RNCwithBernie

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

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?

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

Sanders similarly suggested that Trump sounded more interested in being a dictator rather than president. He cited the line “I alone can fix this,” saying Trump might not understand that he needs to work with Congress.

Trump: “I alone can fix this.” Maybe he doesn’t understand that a president has to work with Congress. #RNCwithBernie

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said that Trump’s speech made it clear that “we must elect” Clinton in November.

.@realDonaldTrump’s #RNCinCLE speech tonight made the choice clear: we must elect @HillaryClinton in Nov!

Join us:

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 22, 2016

And Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, accused Trump of exploiting the problems facing the nation without providing solutions.

“Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline. And his answer — more fear, more division, more anger, more hate – was yet another reminder that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President of the United States,” he said in a statement.

Much of Trump’s speech focused on turmoil abroad and rising crime rates domestically, blaming Clinton’s performance as former secretary of state for the former. But Podesta said the United States is “better than Donald Trump” and that the Democrats would offer a more optimistic alternative at their convention.

“Next week in Philadelphia, Democrats will focus on issues, not anger,” he continued. “We’ll offer a positive vision for the future based on lifting America up, not tearing Americans down.”