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Trump emphasises "law and order" as he formally becomes Republican candidate

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

GOP 2016 Convention Carolyn Kaster Carolyn Kaster

A TRIUMPHANT DONALD Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination overnight, promising American voters that “safety will be restored” if they make him president.

Trump “humbly and gratefully” accepted the nomination before 2,000 raucous Republican Party activists in Cleveland, Ohio – offering a strikingly populist pitch for the White House.

Between chants of “USA” and “Trump, Trump, Trump” the businessman 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 widespread anxiety 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 common 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, offering him standing ovation after standing ovation and displaying none of the divisions that had plagued the four-day convention.

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© AFP 2016

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