Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, warning against the election of Hillary Clinton as president.
“I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” he said, speaking days after he was confirmed as the Republican nominee.
“We are a team,” he declared to applause, adding, “Together we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity and peace.”
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon – and I mean very soon – come to an end. Beginning on Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored,” said Trump, who then warned that “America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy. Let's defeat her in November.”
He pointed out some of Obama's mistakes, as he views them, such as the deal with Iran and the attack on the consulate on Benghazi, Libya, which occurred while Clinton was Secretary of State.
“I am certain it is a decision that President Obama truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused so many of the disasters unfolding today,” claimed Trump.
“In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS wasn't on the map. Egypt was stable. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was somewhat under control. After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region and around the world. Libya is in ruins. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, forcing the military to take control. Iran is on a path to nuclear war. Syria is engulfed in war,” he said, pointing out some failures he attributed to Clinton.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton - death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” declared Trump.
“But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” he continued. “The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them.”
“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,” promised Trump.
If elected, he said, “Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.”
“Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all.”
“With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country. This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and the railways of tomorrow.”
“This, in turn, will create millions more jobs.”
“We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice,” said Trump, adding, “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.”
Clinton, he warned, “will keep our rigged system in place.” Her message, he said, “is that things will never change. My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now!”
“In this race to the White House, I am the candidate of law and order. This administration has failed America's inner cities.”
Trump also vowed to defeat ISIS and defeat it fast.
“The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been proven over and over. Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted the LGBTQ community. No good, and we're going stop it,” he declared.
Fighting radical terrorism, he said, means “working with our greatest ally in the region – the State of Israel.”
“We will make America great again. God bless you and good night!” he concluded.