Though it was a foregone conclusion prior to the beginning of this week’s Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump is officially his party’s nominee following a speech at the White House on Thursday evening.
The formal address was delivered before a live audience on the South Lawn of the White House, and, according to Fox News, Trump decided to touch on accomplishments from his first term as well as lay out an agenda for his second.
“A shameful roll call”
From the substance of the speech itself to the convention’s production quality, many pundits noted that Trump struck stark contrasts with his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The Democratic National Convention was held last week.
The president’s speech came after a series of messages from supporters, including average Americans who said they benefited from Trump administration policies. A number of rising Republican stars also addressed the party during the four-day GOP convention.
Trump frequently cited his rival in the race throughout his lengthy speech. In his prepared remarks, the president described Biden as too old and ineffective to serve as commander in chief.
“Biden’s record is a shameful roll call of the most catastrophic betrayals and blunders in our lifetime,” he said, according to a transcript from Fox. “He has spent his entire career on the wrong side of history. Biden voted for the NAFTA disaster, the single worst trade deal ever enacted; he supported China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, one of the greatest economic disasters of all time.”
He went on to portray Biden as a vessel for the far-left faction of the Democratic Party, seeking to tie progressive politics with the increase in violent and destructive protests across the nation.
“The most extreme set of proposals”
Trump also focused on his own record, touting progress on campaign promises including deregulation, tax cuts, and immigration reform.
He contrasted that platform with the Democratic Party’s hidden agenda.
“But that’s not because they don’t have one,” he warned, according to Fox. “It’s because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee. Joe Biden may claim he is an ‘ally of the light,’ but when it comes to his agenda, Biden wants to keep you completely in the dark.”
The evening was capped off by an incredible fireworks display centered on the Washington Monument, including one burst that spelled “Trump 2020.”
After a speech many viewers found inspiring and engaging, the formal start of Trump’s re-election campaign might have been the boost he needs to close the gap with Biden.