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Trump accepts Republican nomination, calls Biden ‘destroyer of American greatness’

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Washington:  US President Donald Trump castigated his Democratic rival Joe Biden as “the destroyer of American greatness” and assured voters that he will end the raging coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the economy and quell the civil unrest, as he accepted the Republican nomination for a second term in office.

“This election will decide whether we save the American dream” or whether “we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny,” Trump, 74, said on Thursday amidst cheers from some 1,500 ardent supporters who were mostly maskless.

“My fellow Americans, tonight, with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism, I proudly accept this nomination for President of the United States,” he said in his 70-minute address from the South Lawn of the White House as hundreds of protesters staged a noisy demonstration outside  against his policies.

“I stand before you tonight honoured by your support. Proud of the extraordinary progress we have made together over the last four incredible years, and brimming with confidence in the bright future, we will build for America over the next four years,” Trump said.

“In a new term as President, we will again build the greatest economy in history – quickly returning to full employment, soaring incomes, and record prosperity!” he said.

“We will defeat the virus, end the pandemic, and emerge stronger than ever before,” he told the Americans as the country has witnessed over 180,000 deaths and over five million COVID-19 infections, making the the US the worst-hit nation.

Party’s delegates from across the country at Republican National Convention, which has been drastically scaled down at its original venue of Charlotte in North Carolina, on Monday re-nominated Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively.

This is for the first time in recent memory that a presidential candidate has delivered his acceptance speech from the White House.

Trump and Pence are being challenged in the November 3 elections by Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden and his running mate, Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris.

Trump slammed Biden’s record as a “shameful roll call of the most catastrophic betrayals” and said his victory will endanger the nation and destroy the American greatness.

“He is the destroyer of America’s jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness.”

“Biden’s record is a shameful roll call of the most catastrophic betrayals and blunders in our lifetime. He has spent his entire career on the wrong side of history,” Trump said.

The president said that despite all of the American greatness as a nation, everything that the US has achieved is now endangered.

“This is the most important election in the history of our country. At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” he said.

Trump told Americans that their vote will decide whether they protect law-abiding Americans, or whether they give free rein to violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten the citizens.

“And this election will decide whether we will defend the American way of life, or whether we allow a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it,” he said.

“Biden is a Trojan horse for socialism,” he said.

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