The American Republican Party is trying to reclaim its image as a party of the people.
In his first major speech in the House of Representatives, Donald Trump took aim at what he sees as its growing dependence on white men.
The speech was a major departure for the Trump campaign, which had largely eschewed overtly political messaging for a more populist approach that was at odds with many Republican voters.
The party’s chief strategist, Kellyanne Conway, also had to defend Trump’s rhetoric.
“The people of the United States are the people,” Conway said in a televised address.
“And they’re going to vote.
And they’re not going to go for people that are pandering to them.”
The speech also came as the US was dealing with a wave of shootings in the country’s most diverse city, Dallas, and as Trump’s supporters took to the streets in cities across the country to protest against the president’s policies.
Trump was a guest on Fox News on Wednesday morning, and he was asked whether the rhetoric was the result of “cultural shock”.
He replied: I think it’s cultural shock.
I think we are losing touch with what it is to be a person in our own country, what it means to be American, what makes us Americans, what we value.
Trump’s comments drew criticism from Republicans, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, who accused the president of “trying to distract from the epidemic of mass shootings in America”. “
It’s not a question of being politically correct, it’s a question about not caring what anybody thinks.”
Trump’s comments drew criticism from Republicans, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, who accused the president of “trying to distract from the epidemic of mass shootings in America”.
On the campaign trail, Trump had promised to “end mass shootings” in America.
His rhetoric, he said, would not be a “political football”.
“I will not be using the bully pulpit of the White House to tell other countries how to treat their people,” Trump said in August 2016.
The US is a country where nearly one in four residents live in poverty.
The average American household makes just over $30,000 a year.
The country’s unemployment rate is 14.5%, the highest in the world.
Trump’s speech in Dallas drew mixed reviews.
Some Republican lawmakers, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, praised the speech, saying that “our party should be embracing the people who live in the city and those who live on the street” and “not trying to change the culture of the city”.
The US Census Bureau said the city had a population of 1.28 million, but the Dallas Morning News newspaper put the figure at about 1.1 million.
The city is also the site of the US Army’s Fort Worth Training Center, which was founded in the 1970s by then-president Richard Nixon to train future US troops.
Trump has previously accused the US of having a “culture of violence” and of being “a society of killers”.