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The speech of Donald Trump’s life: In his own words

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Thursday night in Cleveland, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump reiterated the themes of his campaign. Here are excerpts from his acceptance speech:

  • 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. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country…. Beginning on Jan. 20 of 2017, safety will be restored.
  • Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.… One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.
  • After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the entire world. Libya is in ruins, and our ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West.
  • Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America. 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.
  • My plan will begin with safety at home — which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order…. Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored and abandoned. People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.
  • In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone. This administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime.
  • Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Fla., 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBT community. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.
  • I have made billions of dollars in business making deals — now I’m going to make our country rich again. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones…. Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others will be totally renegotiated. That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America.
  • 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.
  • To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things. We must have the best intelligence-gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria…. Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.
  • We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports. We’re going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people…. We will completely rebuild our depleted military…. We will take care of our great veterans like they have never been taken care of before.

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