Republican nominee promises to ‘put America first’
by Janet Hook and Rebecca Ballhaus
Donald Trump ended his party’s convention Thursday the way he began his history-making campaign: attacking the political establishment, playing to voters’ fears of crime and foreigners, and making bold promises to fix America’s ills.
“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves,” the first-time politician whose populist message helped him defeat more than a dozen more experienced lawmakers and capture the Republican presidential nomination said.
The speech painted a grim view of the U.S. economy and world affairs under President Barack Obama, and Trump presented himself as uniquely equipped to lead the nation in a “moment of crisis.”
“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” he said.