CLEVELAND — Say whatever you want about real estate developer Donald J. Trump, he is the candidate of “love.”
“I love these people,” he said of the bricklayers, carpenters and electricians his father was most comfortable with.
“To my sisters, Mary Anne and Elizabeth, my brother Robert and my late brother Fred, I will always give you my love.”
His life in business, he has “loved.” But now it is time to go to work for America.
Even among his enemies in the media and the Democratic Party, he finds love.
“We love defeating those people, don’t we? Love it!”
To hear the media spin Mr. Trump’s magical and meteoric campaign for president, you would think he is full of so much hatred and vitriol. They say he hates Mexicans, women, Hispanics and probably children.
It is true he talks plenty tough. But hatred is not what he speaks.
Rather, he speaks the language of the truest love and sincerity. He talks of law and order.
The laws are there to be applied equally to all people, no matter who they are or who they think they are or how powerful they are. Laws are there to protect the innocent. Law ensures freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Order, meanwhile, is the product of those laws and shields poor from the avaricious and the weak from the brutal.
When a screaming protester interrupted Mr. Trump’s speech Thursday night, she was shouted down. The media swarmed to the tiny disruption of one amid the thousands who had come to hear Mr. Trump speak.
Even as security officers tried prying her out of her seat and cart her out of the hall, she continued her obnoxious rant.
Mr. Trump stepped back to the lecterns and boomed: “How great are our police!”
The crowd roared, and the woman was not heard from again. Law and order was restored. Love returned to the hall.
Mr. Trump continued his speech.
He spoke of building the wall to protect our border with Mexico and to clamp down on immigration from hotbeds of terrorism.
Call it the “wall of love.”
“I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people,” he said. “Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be!”
Mr. Trump also spoke of his love for those Americans who have suffered crime and violence at the hands of those who have been allowed illegally into this country by the peddlers of hate and human slavery who support open borders policies.
Of those victims and their families, Mr Trump said, “My opponent will never meet with them or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants sanctuary cities.”
Where, he asked, “was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?”
“Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them out love and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.”
As they like to say, “Love wins.”
• Charles Hurt can be reached at email@example.com; follow him on Twitter via @charleshurt.