Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday, promising Americans that they will be safer and richer if he is elected in November.
The Republican candidate painted a dire state of affairs in the United States and the world — instability abroad and crumbling infrastructure at home — and blamed those problems on President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“The situation is worse than it has ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton – death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” Trump stated.
Israel is ‘our greatest ally’
“We’re going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS, and we’re going to defeat them fast,” he proclaimed. “To protect us from terrorism, we must have the best gathering of intelligence in the world…
“We’re going to win, we’re going to win fast. This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel.”
Closing the four-day convention in Cleveland, Trump pledged that as president he will end crime and violence around the country. “We will also be a country of law and order,” he vowed, adding that this is a “moment of crisis for our nation… Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead this country.”
“I will enforce law and order in the United States… I am the law and order candidate,” Trump asserted.
Under his leadership, “safety will be restored,” he continued, adding that protecting the citizens is “the most basic duty of government… We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.”
Elaborating on the “poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad,” he said, “The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponent is that our plan will put America first… The American people will come first once again.”
He stuck to the controversial proposals of his primary campaign, including building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border and suspending immigration from nations “compromised by terrorism.”
Ensuring equality for minorities
In a nod to a broader swath of Americans voting in November, he vowed to protect gays and lesbians from violence and oppression and said he would ensure that young people in predominantly black cities “have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child in America.”
Unemployment and poverty among Hispanics and blacks more severe since Obama became president, he charged, adding that the Obama administration has profoundly increased racial divisions among Americans.
In typical Trump fashion, he cast himself as the only one who could solve America’s problems. “No one knows the system better than me,” he said. “I alone can fix it.”
He also claimed that Clinton is guilty of “crimes” much worse than those alleged in the email scandal.
Still, he set aside much of his usual bravado. As the crowd, fiercely opposed to Clinton, broke out in its oft-used chant, “Lock her up,” he waved them off and declared, “Let’s defeat her in November.”
He was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who announced a childcare policy proposal that the campaign had not mentioned before. “He will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all,” she said.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
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