Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention.
“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” he told the delegates gathered in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
“Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.”
He said the convention occurs at a moment of crisis for the country, with attacks on police and terrorism threatening its way of life.
“Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country,” he said.
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.”
He reviewed Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state, saying that he was sure President Obama regretted his decision to appoint her to that position.
“After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”
But he said that Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy, and that the country’s problems will last only as long as it continues relying on the same politicians who created them.
He said that his plan would put “America First” and place an emphasis on “law and order.”
“My plan will begin with safety at home — which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.”
Trump spoke of the attacks on law enforcement officers since the deadly Dallas ambush earlier this month.
“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans,” he said.
He added that he had a message “to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country.”
Trump slammed the “irresponsible rhetoric” of President Obama, “who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone.”
He said Obama has failed inner cities “in every way on every level.”
He said that when he is president, he will work to ensure that all kids are treated and protected equally.
“Every action I take, I will ask myself: Does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have the same right to live out their dreams as any other child in America?”
Trump said that while Hillary Clinton asks her supporters to speak a “three-word loyalty pledge” (“I’m With Her”), he chooses to recite a different pledge: “I’m with you — the American people.”
He said, “I am your voice.”
I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight:
I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.
To all Americans tonight, in all of our cities and in all of our towns, I make this promise:
We will make America strong again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And we will make America great again.
God bless you and goodnight.
Watch Part 1 of the speech.
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