Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president in Cleveland on Thursday, the last day of the Republican National Convention. In his acceptance speech, Trump painted a picture of an America sliding deeper into poverty, violence and corruption. He then said he is the only person who could avert disaster.
"Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," Trump said.
The billionaire portrayed himself as the champion of the men and women of America who work hard but were ignored.
"I am your voice," Trump said.
Law and order, LGBTQ protections
During his lengthy address -- one hour and 15 minutes -- Trump said he would bring back law and order. "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.
He also pledged to protect LGBTQ Americans, referencing last month's attack on patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Trump repeatedly slammed Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent. When the crowd chanted, 'Lock her up! Lock her up!" Trump first nodded, then shook his head. "Let’s defeat her!" he said.
A day after casting doubt on NATO security, Trump vowed foreign nations would be asked to pay for their "fair share" of mutual security burdens.
World takes note
Many international observers reacted negatively to Trump's speech.
Gary Kasparov, former world chess champion and now a dissident Russian politician, said "I've heard this sort of speech a lot in the last 15 years and trust me, it doesn't sound any better in Russian."
Ivanka: Trump’s policies close to Clinton’s
Trump would "change labor laws" to ensure equal pay as well as pursue universal childcare, according to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, who introduced her father.
"Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career," Ivanka Trump said.
These promises reflect a departure from policies emphasized by Republican leaders and put Trump closer to that of Hillary Clinton than others in his party.
FBI crime stats are suspect
When asked by CNN why Trump’s campaign emphasizes fears of rising crime levels even though FBI data shows a drop, Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said the FBI's statistics on crime should be viewed skeptically since the agency recommended that Clinton not be charged for her use of private email while she was secretary of state.
Republicans, including Trump, have criticized the recent determination by FBI Director James Comey that Clinton shouldn't face charges. Some in the GOP have expanded that sentiment to a broader questioning of the bureau.
"People don't feel safe in their neighborhoods. I'm not sure what statistics you're talking about," Manafort said. "The FBI is certainly suspect these days after what they just did with Hillary Clinton."