Trump promises his presidency will bring ‘safety’

Trump promises his presidency will bring ‘safety’
July 22 20:46 2016

Donald Trump will promise fearful Americans that
”safety will be restored” if he is elected president, as he
accepts the Republican Party’s White House
nomination Thursday.
”I have a message for all of you: The crime and violence
that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end,”
Trump will say, according to prepared remarks.

In a speech that evokes recent racially-tinged shootings
and seemingly indiscriminate terror attacks, Trump will
present himself as the law and order candidate.
”Americans watching this address tonight have seen
the recent images of violence in our streets and the
chaos in our communities,” he said.

“Beginning on January 20, 2017, safety will be
restored.”
His tough on crime tone are reminiscent of Richard
Nixon’s election-winning strategy in 1968, and he
contrasts the dark mood with a bold promise for better
times come inauguration day.
Trump’s acceptance speech will be his first major
primetime address to the nation and an opening salvo
of November’s general election.

Trump will hope to put a wretched party convention
behind him, one that has been dogged by scandal and
rare shows of Republican discord.
Nationwide polls put the New York mogul, who has
never held elected office, almost neck and neck Hillary
Clinton, the former secretary of state heavily criticized
over an email scandal.
Clinton, who will formally accept the Democratic
nomination at her own convention next week, is
expected to steal the limelight on Friday or Saturday by
announcing her vice presidential running mate.

– Riven with doubts -
Team Trump will try to paint its candidate as a sheriff
and his general election foe as worthy of the local
slammer.
Throughout the four-day convention Republicans have
rallied around chants of “lock her up.”
Speakers lined up to denounce Clinton for the deaths of
their loved ones, for dodgy foreign policies and for
putting national security at risk by using a private email
server for sensitive government information.
Trump  accused the former secretary of state as
being a political insider with “bad instincts” and “bad
judgment.”
”My message is that things have to change — and they
have to change right now.”
”I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.”
It remains unclear if that message will be enough to
unite a Republican Party riven with doubts over his
candidature.

On Wednesday those doubts were laid bare when his
primary rival Ted Cruz pointedly refused to endorse
him.
”Vote your conscience,” Cruz said, leading to a chorus
of boos.
Cruz had at one point pledged to support the eventual
nominee, but he was defiant Thursday: “That pledge
was not a blanket commitment that if you go and
slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless
come like a puppy dog and say thank you very much
for maligning my wife.”
Before Trump takes to the stage, his daughter Ivanka
tried to warm up the crowd and soften her father’s
image.
In a slew of emails to supporters Thursday, she spoke
of a loving dad who encouraged his young daughter to
succeed, of an inspirational leader and a crack
negotiator destined to win.
”My father is someone you want fighting for you,” she
wrote. “He will outwork everyone in the room. He will
always stay one step ahead of his competitors.”

– Unorthodox campaign –

Trump’s campaign has defied political norms — fueling
ethnic tensions, offending key voting blocs, eschewing
big-spending ad buys or campaign infrastructure and
relying on heavy media coverage.
His roller-coaster campaign defeated 16 rivals and
steamrolled stubborn party opposition after being
written off as a joke.
He has shocked foreign leaders by questioning key
pillars of American foreign policy.
On Wednesday he qualified normally sacrosanct
support for NATO allies, warning it would depend “if
they fulfill their commitments to us.”
Responding to the comments, NATO chief Jens
Stoltenberg told AFP there was a need for solidarity.
”I will not interfere in the US election campaign, but
what I can do is say what matters for NATO,” he said.
”Solidarity among allies is a key value for NATO. This is
good for European security and good for US security.
We defend one another.”
It was left to Trump’s pick for vice president, the
socially conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence, to
try to overcome the Cruz debacle in delivering a speech
introducing himself to voters.
He fed the crowd self-deprecating jokes and a clear
conservative message, defending Trump as a man
”who never quits, who never backs down” in a message
given a standing ovation.