Recap: Donald Trump's Speech
“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the Presidency of the United Sates,” Donald Trump said in his opening remarks last night at the Republican National Convention.
Speaking before a packed house at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, he unveiled his plan for improving safety both home and abroad, defeating ISIS, securing U.S. borders and implementing economic reform, among other things. He praised Israel, calling the nation “the greatest ally in the region.” He also slammed the controversial “Iran deal” brought about by the Obama administration.
Trump was frequently interrupted by the crowd chanting, “USA.”
He described how the GOP has experienced an exponential rise in voter turnout. “Who would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16th…we would have received almost fourteen million votes, the most in the history of the Republican party and that the Republican party would get 60% more votes than it received eight years ago,” he said, calling it a team effort.
“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.
He offered shocking statistics about the state of violence and poverty in our nation. “It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation,” he said. “…Things have to change and they have to change right now!” He also spoke out against political correctness in America.
Trump referred to ISIS members as “barbarians.” The way to protect ourselves from such terror, he said is to rebuild our military and create an even stronger intelligence community. He also called for “renegotiating trade deals” and enacting massive tax reform.
Exhibiting a sense of urgency in the need to fix the problems in the U.S; he said “history is watching us now. We don’t have much time, but history is watching…it’s waiting see if we will rise to the occasion and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.”
Trump said “at this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical and religious community because I’ll tell you what: the support that they’ve given me and I’m not sure I totally deserve it, has been so amazing and… such a big reason for me being here tonight.”
“A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes,” he said, vowing to fix our broken nation.