“Friends, delegates, and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency, Donald Trump said Thursday night in the longest acceptance speech since Bill Clinton's in 1972. Then he joined the crowd in their chants, “USA! USA!”
Casting the US as a chaotic nation, where disorder and crime “threaten our very way of life,” he portrayed himself as the man who could end it, almost immediately.”There is no prosperity with out law and order.”
Trump was introduced in glowing terms by his eldest daughter Ivanka.
He also spoke about immigration and took direct aim at his Democratic rival on every count of her foreign policy as secretary of state: "This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness," he declared. Trump went on vow to defeat the "barbarians of ISIS" and recounted the terror attacks in France, Orlando and San Bernardino.
“We must have the best, absolutely the best, gathering of intelligence anywhere in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation- building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, in Egypt, and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly. 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.”
Republican candidate then pledged: "I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”