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2016 US ELECTION

Trump promises ‘safety’ to fearful Americans

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered a tough on crime message that was reminiscent of Richard Nixon's election-winning strategy in 1968/AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered a tough on crime message that was reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s election-winning strategy in 1968/AFP

CLEVELAND, United States, Jul 22 – A triumphant Donald Trump accepted the Republican White House nomination Thursday, promising fearful Americans to restore “safety” to a country mired in crises and losing its way.

Trump “humbly and gratefully” accepted the nomination before 2,000 raucous Republican Party activists in Cleveland, in a strikingly populist speech that offered a dark view of the American condition.

Between defining chants of “U-S-A” and “Trump, Trump, Trump” the mogul-turned-TV-star-turned-politico cast himself as the “law and order candidate” and vowed to champion “people who work hard but no longer have a voice.”

“I am your voice,” he declared pointing into the cameras, promising a return to more secure times with “millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth.”

Tapping into public angst over recent racially-tinged shootings and seemingly indiscriminate terror attacks, Trump offered a tough-on-crime message that was reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s election-winning strategy in 1968.

The “crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon, come to an end,” he said.

“Beginning on January 20, of 2017, safety will be restored.”

He repeated many of the controversial themes of his bruising primary campaign – banning foreigners from countries linked to terrorism, building a wall on the Mexican border and renegotiating unfavourable trade deals with China.

The party rank-and-file lapped it up, rising to their feet in standing ovation after standing ovation and displaying none of the divisions that have plagued the four-day convention.

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