New York billionaire businessman Donald Trump has formally accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for the US president.
“I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” Trump told the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.
Trump ended the GOP convention Thursday night by repeating his position on various issues; attacking the political establishment, playing to voters’ fears of crime and immigrants, and making bold promises to repair America’s ills.
He also vowed to defeat presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the November US general election.
Trump said the “legacy” of the former secretary of state is “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”
“Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity and peace,” he said.
Trump’s speech portrayed the US as a violent country, where disorder and crime “threaten our very way of life.” He cast himself as someone who could end the violence immediately, without explaining precisely how.
“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,” he added.
Trump’s speech laid out stark differences between his agenda and that of Clinton. He described her as a captive of her financial donors.
“She is their puppet! And they pull the strings!” Trump said. “That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. Never ever. My message is that things have to change, and they have to change right now!”
Clinton senior adviser John Podesta rejected Trump’s speech as depicting “a dark picture of an America in decline” and said this is a reminder that the the business tycoon “is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.”
Podesta noted that the Republican nominee is not offering any real solutions but rather more prejudice and paranoia.
He pledged that next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will offer a more positive vision.