President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term on Thursday and painted a stark choice for voters this November: a second term for himself or voting for Joe Biden, a man who would ‘demolish’ the nation.
‘Despite all of our greatness as a nation, everything we have achieved is now endangered,’ the president warned in his acceptance speech, given on the South Lawn of the White House. ‘This is the most important election in the history of our country. At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas.’
‘This election will decide whether we save the American Dream, or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny,’ he said.
‘For 47 years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue collar workers, gave them hugs and even kisses,’ Trump said, pausing as the audience roared with laughter. The president grinned after he delivered it, as if knowing the effect it would have.
‘And told them he felt their pain – and then he flew back to Washington and voted to ship their jobs to China and many other distant lands. Joe Biden spent his entire career outsourcing the dreams of American Workers, offshoring their jobs, opening their borders, and sending their sons and daughters to fight in endless foreign wars.’
He also attacked Biden’s ties to China at multiple times in his speech. As vice president, Biden visited China as part of his diplomatic duties. But the Trump campaign has tried to turn Biden’s foreign policy experience into a negative, arguing he was working against the United States instead of promoting American interests overseas.
‘Joe Biden’s agenda is Made in China. My agenda is made in the USA,’ he said.
And he conducted the official business at hand early on, formally accepting the party’s nomination for a second term – a line that always gets a candidate applause.
‘My fellow Americans, tonight, with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism, I proudly accept this nomination for President of the United States,’ he said.
The 1,500 strong crowd burst into cheers, jumping to their feet and shouting ‘four more years.’ But also audible throughout the president’s remarks were the air horns and sirens from the protesters outside the White House, protesting the president’s use of the executive mansion for his speech to a political convention.
Trump outlined his plans for his second term, including rebuilding the economy decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, and reaching for ‘new heights of national achievement.’
‘In a new term as President, we will again build the greatest economy in history – quickly returning to full employment, soaring incomes, and RECORD prosperity,’ he said.
‘We will lead America into new frontiers of ambition and discovery, and we will reach for new heights of national achievement. We will rekindle new faith in our values, new pride in our history, and a new spirit of unity that can only be realized through love for our country. Because we understand that America is not a land cloaked in darkness, America is the torch that enlightens the entire world,’ he added.
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