Posted: 11:31 pm Thursday, July 21st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
From Cleveland, Ohio –
Accepting the nomination of the Republican Party amid lingering divisions, Donald Trump declared that he would restore hope to millions of Americans, and change the way that the world deals with the United States in the future.
“I’m asking for your support tonight so that I can be your champion in the White House,” Trump told an excited GOP gathering.
“As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change when I take office,” Trump said.
Trump also vowed to restore law and order in America, arguing that “America is far less safe and the world is far less stable” under the Obama Administration.
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored,” Trump declared to cheers.
“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans,” Trump said to loud cheers.
Trump rattled off a litany of statistics about the Obama Administration, making the argument that voters should not give Hillary Clinton what would be the third term of President Obama.
In his speech, Trump belittled the record of Hillary Clinton, arguing her foreign policy achievements while Secretary of State were represented best by, “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”
At one point, the crowd broke into a huge chant of “Lock Her Up!” about Clinton – but Trump actually waved it off with his hands, and urged voters to deliver their verdict at the ballot box.
“Let’s defeat her in November,” Trump said, as he made the case that Clinton was part of the status quo.
Trump's not soft-selling it. He's calling Clinton a corrupt crook.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) July 22, 2016
“Things have to change, and they have to change right now,” Trump said to huge cheers.
“I am your voice,” Trump continued.
Before Trump spoke, Republicans used the final night of this convention to again urge change in the political status quo.
“What the hell is going on here?” asked NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, who said of Trump, “He gets stuff done.”
The Trump team also brought out two prominent religious conservative figures in Tony Perkins and Jerry Falwell, Jr., who made a direct appeal to conservative voters to back Trump.
Falwell praised Trump, labeling him a “blue collar billionaire” who would fight for average Americans.
Perkins – a former Ted Cruz supporter who had openly questioned Donald Trump’s fitness for office – declared that he would back the GOP nominee.
“Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party, and I will be voting for Donald Trump in November,” said Perkins. “I will urge my fellow Americans to do the same.”
The highlight – other than Trump’s speech – was the appearance of his daughter Ivanka, who gave her speech like she was the candidate, and had been on the trail for months.
In her speech, Ivanka said her dad was “color blind and gender neutral.”
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.