CLEVELAND – Donald Trump cast himself as the answer to escalating violence and the threat of terrorism, declaring Thursday that he was the voice of the “forgotten men and women of our country” as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination to cap a tumultuous convention.
The New York businessman’s prepared remarks, a mix of tough-talking rhetoric and a softer embrace of working-class issues, were aimed at winning over skeptical Republicans still mistrustful of his campaign and damaging Democrat Hillary Clinton, who accepts her party’s nomination next week.
“To every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.”
Offering lofty promises but few specifics, he said he would slash taxes, boost infrastructure spending and rescue children struggling in failing schools. His most sweeping vow, though, was a blanket promise to bring security and safety to the nation.
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end,” he said. “Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.”