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Trump on teleprompter, same message, different cadence, plenty of volume

Donald Trump delivered his speech in, um, full-throated fashion on Thursday night.
Donald Trump delivered his speech in, um, full-throated fashion on Thursday night. AP

This story has been updated to remove a tweet from an account now known to be a Russian troll.

If you didn’t hear Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday night, it might be time to check in with the audiologist.

Even the hosts on the Fox News Channel noted almost immediately afterward that he SHOUTED.

It’s a Trump tic. For the guy who’s been known for his off-the-cuff public appearances, this was a departure. He used the teleprompter he’s often ridiculed other politicians for relying on as a crutch.

But when Trump talks from a prepared speech, he tends to raise his voice.

Otherwise the theatrics were the usual convention stuff. A short autobiographical film, a gushing introduction, a long speech, family comes on stage, vice presidential candidate’s family joins them, balloons fall, music plays, delegates dance and head out for celebratory drinks.

Meantime, the TV panels dissect whether it was good or bad, effective or flat. The consensus was that this had little surprise. It echoed a primary campaign where Trump attacked politics as usual and illegal immigration, that he was a winner who would make Americans rich.

“Trump is Trump,” said CNN’s John King.

Before, during and after, Twitter buzzed with chatter. If your feed was set to track #RNCinCLE, the tweets spun down quicker than even Evelyn Wood could comprehend. On Ivanka Trump’s intro, on the party’s prospects, on Donald Trump’s suggestion that America is home to third world airports.

Apparently angling for the techy geek vote, Trump tweeted before the speech that people unsatisfied with cable TV video, where he had to share the screen with those annoying chryons, could see his speech streamed in 360-degree glory on YouTube.

From any view, it brought out the H8rs.

Even when he made history by backing civil liberties for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual Americans, the left wasn’t buying. While Trump has not been in line with the right wing of his party on the issue, the convention’s platform was seen as hostile to the gay rights movement.

Mostly, viewers picked up on the way Trump turned his voice up to 11.

And apparently he set a certain tone that carried on into the small hours of the morning.

After the speech that said “Americanism, not globalism,” the arena boomed with the classic rock “All Right Now” by the British band Free. Next played the U.K.’s Rolling Stones reminding America that “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”