Donald Trump "Humbly and Gratefully" Accepts GOP Nomination
Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president and leads the RNC crowd in chant of "USA! USA!" after taking the golden stage.
Donald Trump "humbly and gratefully" accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night.
Taking the golden stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump led the crowd in chant of "USA! USA!"
"Who would have believed this?" he asked.
Introduced by daughter Ivanka Trump, his remarks bring a close to the four-day Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
His speech followed along closely to both the excerpts previewed to media by his campaign and a leaked draft released ahead of his primetime address on Thursday. According to Politico, a super PAC backing Hillary Clinton, Correct the Record, obtained and leaked the draft from a Republican source.
Trump spoke about the country's recent violence, including the police officers who were attacked in both Dallas and Baton Rouge, pledging to bring safety if he is elected.
"An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans," he said. "In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate."
He also spoke about immigration and took direct aim at Hillary Clinton and her legacy: "This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness."
He vowed to defeat the "barbarians of ISIS" and recounted the terror attacks in France, Orlando and San Bernardino.
Of the Orlando attack on the LGBT community, Trump appeared to comment off-script: "No good, and we're gonna stop it." He added, "I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.
He then ad-libbed: "As a Republican, it was so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said."
He delivered on his promise to build a border wall, saying, "We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration." Adding, "It won't be happening very much anymore, believe me."
The gold podium was brought out to the stage before Ivanka Trump walked out to "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles to introduce her father. "Real change is only going to come from someone outside the system," she said in her speech. "My father is a fighter."
"He is colorblind and gender neutral," she added, earning the loudest cheers when talking about equal gender pay. "He will fight for equal pay, for equal work, and I will fight for this too right alongside of him."
Before she took the stage, a Jon Voight-narrated video played. The actor chronicled Trump's life, including his business accomplishments and his family, who have been a key focal point throughout the convention. Trump's children, Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric all spoke during the video.
When Trump did his microphone check at the Quicken Loans Arena earlier in the day, he joked, "I love the media. They're such honorable people," which got a huge cheer from the floor. "It's about time I said that," he added. During the rehearsal, he stood behind the gold podium to practice his speech.