Today (July 21) marks the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and, per tradition, the party's nominee for president took the stage to officially accept the nomination and lay out his vison for America. Donald Trump wasted no time diving into his strategies for tackling terrorism, immigration and crime.
"Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism of our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country. Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims. I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon, come to an end. Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored."
He went on to talk about police killings, but not the violence officers seem to be routinely committing against black bodies. Instead, he focused on the deaths of officers, saying that that number has risen by almost 50% over last year—a statement that runs counter to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund's own stats, which report an increase of 8 percent.
Trump also said that his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, will be remembered for her legacy of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness."
Judging by her timeline, Clinton was neither impressed nor amused.
You are not our voice, @realDonaldTrump.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016
We are better than this.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016
"I’m with you*" —@realDonaldTrump— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016
*Not included: women, African Americans, LGBT people, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants...
It looks like the candidates are gearing up for a major fight. The Democratic National Convention will run July 25 – 28 in Philadelphia.
Remember back in the day, when Donald Trump's bid for President of the United States seemed like a strange joke borne by reality TV ratings and social media likes? Well, that seems like a quaint, long-ago time when politics still had a shred of morals and citizens still had faith that the integrity of the body politic would weed out a blowhard, racist bigot long before ballots were actually cast.
In the past year, Donald Trump has gone from fringe element to frontrunner to leader of the Republican party at lightning speed. And tonight, at the Republican National Convention, less than 24 hours after his wife Melania Trump embarassed herself in front of the world for plagiarizing her speech, Trump accepted his party's nomination for the White House.
Announcing Trump's nomination for president, Chairman Paul Ryan said Trump received 1,725 votes — well over the 1,237 he needed. Ted Cruz received 475 votes, John Kasich got 120, Marco Rubio received 114 , Ben Carson got seven, Jeb Bush three and Rand Paul received two — a literal upside-down version of what pundits predicted back before the Iowa caucus.
"One man, Donald Trump, was not intimidated. He would not be silenced," said Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, among the first to endorse Trump, as he officially put Trump's name into the nomination. "He spoke the truth, he gave voice to the people's concerns, he said that the hyped trade deals have hurt America and hurt people, that our border must be secure and our nation must be strong, that we must defeat the terrorists who threaten us, that we must restore law and order and support our courageous law enforcement offices."
As Trump formally accepted victory, the words "Over the Top" displayed on the mega-screens in gold letters as fake fireworks went off around them. Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" played at top volume as the real estate mogul and reality star became the leading member of the GOP.
There's no turning back now.