CLEVELAND – Donald Trump delivered an address largely centered around his message of law and order as he accepts the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention on Thursday night.
The Trump campaign sent out excerpts of the speech shortly before the Thursday-evening program. Politico obtained a full transcript.
“Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace,” Trump said in the speech. “We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.”
Following the line of most convention speakers so far this week, Trump described America as a nation in crisis.
“The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life,” Trump said. “Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
He continued: “I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.”
Trump also attempted to tame the language of one of the most controversial proposals of his campaign: his suggestion to bar foreign Muslims from entering the US.
“My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama,” Trump said, referring to Hillary Clinton, who is set to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention next week.
“She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people,” he said.
On another campaign promise – to build a wall on the southern border of the US – Trump doubled down.
“We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities,” Trump declared.
He also touched on veterans’ issues, trade, cutting taxes, and jobs.