Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination as US presidential candidate on Thursday night, vowing to put America first and restore “law and order” in the country.
In his acceptance speech, Trump talked about America’s struggles with crime, terrorism and immigration and explained how he plans to address them should he win the elections. He capitalized on the recent events in the country, namely the attacks on police, to push his political agenda and promise safety for US citizens.
“The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean soon, come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored,” he pledged.
However, those who listened to the entire speech could not help but notice that it was filled with Trump-specific hyperbole and exaggeration, something he does in his attempt to convince voters that the country needs stricter legislation and dramatic changes.
At roughly 75 minutes long, Trump’s Republican convention speech in the US city of Cleveland was the longest since 1972. Besides promises that he would lead his party back to the White House, the presidential hopeful also criticised his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, condemning her legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” and accusing her that she allowed the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during her time as secretary of state.
The New York billionaire is a controversial figure on the American political scene, mostly due to his character, his temperament, and his impulsiveness, and that’s why many oppose his ascension in US politics.
He is being told off for his controversial campaign statements, such as calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and his intention to ban Muslims from entering the US.
Trump’s speech, which came after some of his major supporters and fundraisers took the stage, topped off a four-day Republican convention in Cleveland and was designed to set the tone for the general election campaign against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Americans will elect a new president on November 8.