Posted: 4:29 pm Thursday, July 21st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
On a day in which the Republican Primary seems like it still hasn’t ended, Donald Trump readied his acceptance speech for a party that may have only grown more restive during this convention week, resisting efforts by the Trump campaign and GOP officials to unify for November against Hillary Clinton.
“I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you,” Trump was expected to say in excerpts of his speech released by his campaign.
After initially brushing off the non-endorsement speech to the GOP convention last night by Ted Cruz, Trump lashed out at the Texas Senator on Twitter today, as officials from the Cruz and Trump camps again traded barbs through the day.
Ted Cruz talks about the Constitution but doesn't say that if the Dems win the Presidency, the new JUSTICES appointed will destroy us all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016
“Other than a small group of people who have suffered massive and embarrassing losses, the party is VERY united,” Trump added in another tweet.
Trump this afternoon stopped by the Quicken Loans Arena to check out the stage for his speech tonight – but it’s a stage he’s been on twice this week already, as Trump introduced his wife on Monday, greeted his running mate on Wednesday, and spoke to delegates via video on Tuesday.
As for Cruz, he went before Texas delegates this morning, but did not receive a hero’s welcome, as the meeting only tore the bandage off the Trump-Cruz divide, and even left delegates screaming at each other outside in the hallway.
While most of the GOP knives were out today for Cruz, John Kasich met with Ohio delegates for the very first time, and again made clear he was not on board with Trump either.
“I think you can all understand why I didn’t show up to speak at the convention after what you saw last night,” Kasich said, referring to the Cruz speech.
Kasich made a surprise visit to the morning breakfast of the Ohio delegation, which is in a hotel about a mile from the convention floor – that’s as close as the Governor would get.
“I can tell you when you stand on principles, sometimes you stand alone,” Kasich acknowledged.
It was a raucous end to a convention week that has seemingly only reinforced the vision that the Republican Party remains divided into several different camps, which isn’t usually seen as the best way to win an election for President.
Trump has the chance in his speech tonight to change the dynamic, after a week that included some unplanned drama in almost each convention session.
As for what he will say – here were some speech excerpts released by the Trump campaign:
Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.
Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored. …
America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.
I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused many of the disasters unfolding today. …
But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. …
As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change when I take office. …
My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned. …
Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.
Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.
Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as 2 trillion dollars a year, and we will end it. …
With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country. This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow.
This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a
safe school of their choice. …
So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight:
I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.