From Cleveland: Trump thunders 'law and order' theme to close convention

The Republican candidate returned to controversial proposals such as building a wall on the Mexican border and stopping immigration from countries "compromised by terrorism" in his acceptance speech.

CLEVELAND: Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night with a speech focused on defining himself as "the law and order candidate."

Trump, sticking mostly with prepared remarks that leaked out hours earlier, promised to crack down on illegal immigration, stop terrorist attacks and violence against police officers, and build a wall on the Mexican border.

"Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life," he said. "Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country."

The Republican nominee also criticized Clinton’s record as secretary of state, a well-worn theme of the four-day Republican National Convention, by returning to the "America First" slogan he began using months ago.

"The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo," he said. "As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect — the respect that we deserve."

The real-estate magnate turned reality TV star also emphasized his bonafides to working class voters, claiming he will be a standard-bearer for them against elite interests.

"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. And they are forgotten, but they’re not going to be forgotten long," Trump said. "These are the people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice!"

Trump was introduced by his daughter, Ivanka, who repeatedly emphasized that her father goes out of his way to be a proponent of women. Trump is trailing Clinton by sizable margins with female voters, according to a pre-convention ABC News/Washington Post poll.

"My father not only has the strength and ability to be our next president, but the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader this country needs," she said.

Prior to both Trumps, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel endorsed Trump on the convention stage and became the first speaker to acknowledge he is gay at a Republican Convention. 

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