2016 Republican National Convention {Video} Donald Trump Presidential Nomination Speech Scares America

Published On July 22, 2016 | By admin | Local & Worldwide News

Donald Trump formally took his spot atop the 2016 Republican ticket.

“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” Trump told thousands of Republican activists packed into Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night.

Trump, who throughout his campaign has ridiculed politicians for reading prepared remarks, nevertheless read his 4,000-word speech off a teleprompter, focusing on crime, illegal immigration, terrorism and international trade.

“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation,” Trump said. “The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”

The cause of these problems, Trump made clear frequently, was the leadership of President Barack Obama and his first-term secretary of state, now Trump’s Democratic opponent.

“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction terrorism and weakness,” he said, adding, in echoes of Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign: “In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate.”

At an hour and 16 minutes, Trump’s acceptance speech was the longest of any of his prepared addresses ― of which there have been but a handful in the last year. He largely stuck to the script, as well, and avoided the personal insults that are common in his typical free-form stump appearances. Clinton, for example, was never “Crooked Hillary,” his favored nickname for her.

Trump again promised the top policy proposal of his campaign since he entered the race in June 2015, a border wall with Mexico, but otherwise offered few concrete ideas. Some even contradicted each other. He promised the largest tax cut of any candidate this election, for example, but then also pledged massive investments in “roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow.”

Neither on Thursday nor in his year of campaigning has he explained where the money for such projects would come from, except for the suggestion that his tax plan would expand the economy so dramatically that it would generate tremendous amounts of new revenue.

Typically, though, the promises were far more general and based on his own purported abilities. Crime and violence would “very soon, and I mean very soon, come to an end.” The trade deficit? “We’re going to fix that.” The Islamic State? “We are going to defeat them.”

Trump tied most of these woes to a “rigged system” ― but then suggested his experience in manipulating that system through the years would now work to the country’s advantage. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” he said.

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