As Digby said, "What the hell?
Bragging about giving the longest political convention speech in over forty years and then measuring the applause time is supposed to mean what, exactly?
And making it into a political ad tells us something altogether different.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
It tells us that Comrade Trump,who is a cheap skate, is also a megalomaniac in the highest order.
Something his biggest supporter, Putin can relate too.
Olivia Nuzzi writes that this ad, "is strange in that it does something modern campaign ads so rarely do: it provides insight into the true character of the candidate."
“75 MINUTES TOTAL SPEECH TIME,” “24 MINUTES TOTAL APPLAUSE,” “33% TIME SPENT APPLAUDING.” — You are kidding yourself if you think Trump did not personally order some poor idiot on his staff, probably Dan Scavino, to watch the speech again and crunch those numbers.
Trump has no values, no internal world, no sincere desire to make concrete changes to this country to fix what supposedly ails us, he has only a primal need to know how long people cheered for him and how big of a deal that length of time is, given the total time of the event in question.
Trump told America that the reason he went on and on so long was because of all the applause he received which was a complete lie.
I'd say slowly shrieking every line of his speech is what caused it to be so long.