Donald Trump spoke for over an hour tonight as he gave his acceptance speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland. He mostly maintained a serious demeanor as he talked about the “crisis” the nation was facing including the recent attacks on police officers, terrorism in our cities, and Hillary Clinton’s “utterly lacking good judgment” and her unfitness to serve as President and Commander and Chief of the military. “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” Trump said. “But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” he shouted to the highly energized delegates.
He thanked evangelical voters for their support and humbly stated, “I’m not sure I totally deserve it.” He singled out members of the gay and lesbian community and vowed to protect them from violence and oppression. His major theme was his promise to govern from the perspective of law and order. He said several times that he would be the voice for the oppressed and those without power to fight against those in the authority. He accused Clinton of bringing corruption to a level never known before in American history. When the crowd shouted loudly, about Clinton, “Lock her up,” Trump amusingly said “No, let’s beat her”– the comment was classy. Trump hit a home run last night with this speech. He indeed is coming off as a blue-collar billionaire.
Trump was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who spoke very eloquently about her father. She announced a childcare policy proposal that the campaign had not mentioned before.