CLEVELAND — Pointing his finger at the camera with righteous indignation, Donald J. Trump painted a grim portrait of an America spiraling into an abyss of crime and terrorism and illegal immigration and, as he accepted Republican presidential nomination, proclaimed he is the only person who can rectify the litany of the country’s ills.
“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention inside the Quicken Loans Arena. “My message is that things have to change — and they have to change right now.”
Trump, whose unorthodox campaign style endeared him with the Republican electorate – while alienating and infuriating the GOP power brokers – hammered home his pledge to bring law and order back and fully threw his unambiguous support behind law enforcement.
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end,” he said. “Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.”
“There can be no prosperity without law and order,” Trump added as the throngs thundered inside the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fanning the flames of fear over the convention hall in Cleveland, Trump toted the line of demagoguery and frequently danced on the other side of the line of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric.
“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life,” he said. “Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
He also took aim at his two favorite subjects: Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton and immigration:
“We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities,” Trump said.
Trump attempted to blame many of the world’s travails could be blamed on Clinton.
“Her bad instincts and her bad judgment — something pointed out by Bernie Sanders — are what caused so many of the disasters unfolding today,” he said. “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction terrorism and weakness, but Hillary Clinton’s legacy doesn’t have to be America’s legacy.”
Only a change in leadership will fix the mess at home and abroad, he said, saying Clinton’s level of “corruption has reached a level like never before.”
“Her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it — especially when others, who have done far less, have paid so dearly,” he said.