It’s official, Donald Trump will carry the Republican standard into the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
Giving the longest nomination acceptance speech in modern U.S. election history, Trump promised “the truth, and nothing else.”
Trump used the opportunity to trash Democratic presumptive nominee Hilary Clinton, whose “bad instincts” he said were responsible for problems around the world.
“In Libya, our consulate – the symbol of American prestige around the globe – was brought down in flames. America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.”
The billionaire real estate mogul told a cheering Cleveland crowd he would return the country to prosperity, proffering himself as a champion to an American working class angry they have been left behind in a changing world.
“I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice!”
Trump also used the opportunity to hammer home a number of his key themes: a border wall with Mexico, and a suspension of immigration to people from “terrorist” nations.
The speech caps a convention fraught with controversy, including the embarrassing plagiarism in his wife Melania’s speech, and the refusal by his chief rival Ted Cruz to offer an endorsement.
Democrats kick off their convention next Monday.