Donald Trump accepts nomination: Trump’s convention speech – as it happened

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Donald Trump accepts nomination: Trump’s convention speech – as it happened

The Republican national convention has concluded. Here’s what happened on the fourth and final day:

  • Donald Trump accepted the presidential nomination in an approximately 75-minute speech in which he promised to “restore law and order to our country”. A speech transcript is here.      
  • Trump described “a moment of crisis for our nation” born of a series of threats, from “illegal immigration” to violent crime to violence directed at law enforcement to transnational terrorism.
  • The details of Trump’s dire picture of a darkly violent America did not stand up to scrutiny, but the sense he communicated of a nation under siege seemed to resonate deeply with the packed crowd at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena, which repeatedly leapt to its feet, chanted and cheered.
  • “I have a message for all of you,” Trump said. “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 was preceded at the lectern by his daughter Ivanka, who promised the country that her father would work tirelessly to make America great again. The highest spike in Google traffic on the night, in terms of percentage, was for the question: “How old is Ivanka Trump?”
  • Ivanka Trump noted she was a millennial and said her father would fight for equal pay for women and paid family leave.
  • Donald Trump invited Bernie Sanders to join his “movement” and predicted that “millions of Democrats” would end up voting for him.
  • Litigious tech billionaire Peter Thiel, in his speech, told the crowd: “I’m proud to be gay,” and was applauded. A call to protect “the LGBTQ community” by Trump was also applauded, and he thanked the crowd for applauding.
  • At the end, thousands of balloons and confetti dropped from the ceiling as the candidates and their families took the stage.
  • Cleveland officials reported no RNC-related arrests on the day – but that may have been before Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin was pulled from the arena for protesting Trump’s speech.
  • Read our full news coverage here.
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  • guyaneseonline  On 07/22/2016 at 10:44 am

    Fact Checker
    Fact-checking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC

    Fact Checker: Trump’s 25 key claims — and how they differ from reality
    The portrait that Trump sketched in his acceptance speech relies on doomsday figures that fall apart upon close scrutiny.

    The dark portrait of America that Donald J. Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny. Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong.

    When facts are inconveniently positive — such as rising incomes and an unemployment rate under 5 percent — Trump simply declines to mention them. He describes an exceedingly violent nation, flooded with murders, when in reality, the violent-crime rate has been cut in half since the crack cocaine epidemic hit its peak in 1991.

    In his speech, Trump promised to present “the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper.” But he relies on statistics that are ripe for manipulation, citing misleading numbers on the economy, for example, through selective use of years, data and sources.

    Here is a rundown of 25 of Trump’s key claims — and how they differ from reality — arranged by subject. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention events.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/22/2016 at 12:15 pm

    Is this man for real? What is the GOP’s game plan? What is the game plan of the power elite who run the show?

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/22/2016 at 5:24 pm

    Perhaps you need to check out this New York Times article:
    How Donald Trump Picked His Running Mate – by Robert Draper

    One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before.

    As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination.

    But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

    When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

    The adviser asked: So then what would Trump be in charge of?

    “Making America great again” was the casual reply.

    Ultimately, Trump chose Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, not Kasich, to be his running mate. (Neither Donald Jr. nor Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, replied to multiple requests on Tuesday for comment for this article. After the article was posted, Donald Jr. disputed the Kasich adviser’s account.)

    On one hand, voters do not seem to care all that much about who the No. 2 is when they go to the polls. On the other, how a presidential candidate goes about picking that person offers an early look at the nominee’s executive style.

    In Trump’s case — based on the recollection of over half a dozen operatives and elected officials working with both the Trump campaign and potential running mates Trump considered — the winnowing of his initial wish list reveals a distinct blend of practicality, impetuousness and disengagement.

    In the middle of May, Trump’s two top advisers at the time, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, generated the initial list. It consisted of 16 names. They showed the list to Trump in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower. Trump perused it and, without suggesting any additions or deletions, nodded that it looked fine.

    The two advisers then brought the full list to the Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse, who famously vetted John McCain’s running-mate list in 2008 and concluded that the eventual pick, Sarah Palin, would be “high-risk, high-reward.” The Trump list did not feature any wild cards like Palin.

    Two were former primary opponents: Marco Rubio, whom Trump never formally asked (though both he and Manafort called Rubio frequently to discuss Florida politics); and Kasich, who was viewed with wistfulness by the Trump team as the perfect choice, but for the likelihood that he would be a prickly subordinate (as well as the nettlesome detail that Kasich seemed to have no interest whatsoever in the job).

    Five on the list were women — among them, former Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

    Before the list was drawn up, Trump also expressed interest in Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, but after Martinez did not return repeated phone calls from Lewandowski, Trump said that he was done with her — and then bashed the governor on a campaign stop in Albuquerque in late May.

    Governor Haley’s overt lack of interest in the job made her an early scratch as well. The last name on the list was Condoleezza Rice – she was not interested in the job.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/22/2016 at 5:38 pm

    Imagine that …?? The Republican-Tea Party Fools will elect Donald Trump to be President of the United States of America, and Trump will appoint someone to run the administration – from the Trump Tower, I suppose??

    They still do that across the pond from Buckingham Palace – Isn’t that how the Boston Tea Party got riled up and started the vandalism, way back when???

    240-years later – the more things change …. the saying goes ….!!

    • De Castro  On 07/23/2016 at 11:45 am

      Sorry will defend Royalty UKPLC
      on the grounds that they are not
      democratically elected.
      Hilary or Trump are.
      Although queen is officially head of
      state she does not make the decisions/laws that parliament
      debate and implement.
      So my friend do not draw
      the comparison with USA
      UK political Cl-asses.
      Our queen has the “power” but
      never overrides her democratically
      elected government.
      Why employ a dog and bark !
      The president of USA has the power
      and uses it.
      Subtle differences of systems of government.
      How can one person know what is
      best for all ?
      Unless your name is Putin !
      Have a rethink…hands off our queen
      and her family.
      Thank you
      Lord lamtan

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2016 at 11:36 am

    Donald Trump is as backward as he appears:

    Check out Max Hastings in Daily Mail Online —

    The veteran U.S. columnist George Will is a lifelong Republican, yet now says that he wants to see Hillary Clinton win all 50 states. He told me: ‘Don’t listen to anybody who says Trump is not as bad as he is made out. He’s worse.’

    Will abandoned the Republicans after spending some hours alone with Trump, an experience that convinced him the candidate is quite as stupid and ignorant as he seems.

    Will’s is one of many voices — especially influential because of his long history as a Republican sage — warning that with Donald Trump, what you see and hear is what you will get, with disastrous consequences.

    All I got to add is don’t read all this and count Donald Trump out – ever!!

    • De castro  On 07/23/2016 at 11:54 am

      In Politricks nothing seems impossible.
      In Religion nothing is impossible.
      In Economics everything is possible.

      Go Work it out ?
      Hilary will be next CIC.
      We shall soon find out.
      Lord kamtan

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2016 at 6:21 pm

    de Castro: I know you have a 200-word limit – most people reading your post on this blog are unaware of dat. Your response shows dat you did NOT read any of the stuff dat is posted above my comment – but you saw something about Buckingham Palace …

    …. and you A-S-S-U-M-E

    Your scolding about the Queen was unwarranted.

    • De caatro  On 07/24/2016 at 1:10 am

      And so was your comparison
      my friend.
      Chalk and cheese.
      Scolding stands !
      Forgiven not forgotten.
      Lord kamtan

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