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Donald Trump at the RNC: Safety comes first, even for the LGBT community


Trump completes his acceptance speech saying, 'I'm with you -- the American people' 11:36 p.m.

Donald Trump completed his acceptance speech by knocking his opponent, Hillary Clinton. 

"My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: 'I'm With Her,'" Trump said. "I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: 'I'm with you -- the American people.'"

He made history in a lot of ways with Thursday night's acceptance speech. Trump worked in his support for the LGBT community and deviated from the more religious acceptance speeches typical of Republican candidates. 

Trump vows to 'make America rich again' -- 11:12 p.m. 

Donald Trump vowed to "make America rich again" by bringing jobs back to the country rif he is elected president. 

He said he would never sign bad trade deals again, citing President Bill Clinton's signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during his term of office. 

Trump said NAFTA would be renegotiated if he is elected, adding that he would not sign any trade deals that could hurt U.S. workers. 

Beyond laying out his ideas for reforming economic policy, Trump also vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Trump calls for the U.S. to suspend immigration from countries compromised by terrorism -- 11p.m.

Trump called for the United States to suspend immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism.

"I only want to admit individuals into our country who support our values and love our people," Trump said.

He said illegal border crossings would go down if he is elected in November.  

"We are going to build a great border wall," he 

Code Pink protester interrupts Trump's acceptance speech -- 10:52 p.m.

A protester from the organization Code Pink briefly interrupted Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night. 

The protester was carrying a banner that read "Build Bridges, Not Walls." 

As the protester was lead away, Trump said, "How great are our police? And how great is Cleveland?" 

Donald Trump accepts Republican Party's nomination -- 10:15 p.m. 

Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party's nomination Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

"Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States," Trump said, addressing the crowd. 

As excerpts from Trump's speech suggested, the presidential nominee focused on the theme of "law and order." 

Trump said he plans to focus on bringing down crime rates if elected. He cited FBI data, which he said shows an increase in certain types of violent crime. 

Although most of Trump's speech focused on his vision for the country, he also took aim at his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. 

"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," Trump said as those in the crowd chanted "Lock Her Up." 

Trump said Clinton's single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it. 

Ivanka Trump says her father will fight for the future of the country -- 10:03 p.m.

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention, saying her father is the right person to fight for the future of the country. 

 "Like many of my fellow Millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat," Ivanka Trump said, adding that this year's choice was clear. 

"This is the moment and Donald Trump is the person to make America great again!" she said.

Ivanka Trump said her father is "color-blind and gender-neutral," adding that he always hires the best person for the job. 

She concluded by saying her father will set lofty goals and fight to achieve them. 

Co-founder of PayPal makes history as first openly gay speaker to address RNC -- 9:32 p.m.

Peter Thiel made history Thursday night, becoming the first openly gay speaker to address the Republican National Convention. 

During his speech he declared that he is proud to be gay, but most of all proud to be an American. 

"I don't pretend to agree with every plank in our party's platform," Thiel added. 

But he said culture wars distract the country from the real issues like economic decline. 

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at RNC -- 9:09 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus took time Thursday night to outline what he considers the party's guiding principles. 

"What separates Republicans from Democrats is our belief in better. We believe in better schools. A better healthcare system. A better economy which rewards hard work no matter where or when you punch the clock," Priebus said. 

He also took a swipe at Hillary Clinton, saying she "has perfected the art of politics for personal gain." 

CNN is reporting that several elected officials are sitting in Trump's VIP section at tonight's convention. 

According to a campaign source, the following officials are in that section: Reps. Chris Collins, Lou Barletta, Sean Duffy, Tom Emmer, Jim Renacci, Michael Burgess, Lamar Smith, Mike Conaway, Tom Marino, and Sen. Thom Tillis and Gov. Rick Scott.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennesee says Trump can get the job done -- 8:45 p.m.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) made the case that Donald Trump can get the job done as president. 

She added that the American people are ready for change. 

"They are ready for someone to take the reins and bring us together," Blackburn said. "There is someone that can get the job done or as Larry the Cable Guy would say, 'Let's get 'er done."

Blackburn also made a subtle swipe at Clinton, referencing the email scandal. 

Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. tells Clinton joke at RNC -- 8:26 p.m. 

Jerry Falwell Jr, the president of Liberty University, addressed the crowd at the Republican National Convention Thursday, encouraging everyone to vote for Donald Trump. 

He also told a joke about Hillary Clinton. 

"In the days before my father passed away in 2007, he joked with CNN that he dreamed Chelsea Clinton had asked him in an interview about the three greatest threats facing the nation. He replied: Osama, Obama and yo Momma," Falwell said to the delegates.

Trump spoke at Falwell's evangelical university in January, where he accidentally cited "two Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians."

Excerpt from Trump's RNC speech: 'Safety will be restored' to America

Donald Trump is expected to formally accept the Republican party's nomination for president Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.  

His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is scheduled to introduce him. 

Excerpts released by Trump's campaign show that much of the real estate mogul's speech will focus on restoring unity and safety to America. 

"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 Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored," Trump plans to say. 

Trump is also expected to take aim at Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, pinning many of the nation's problems on her. 

"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," he will say, referring to Clinton and Obama's leadership. 

Tonight's speakers include RNC chairman Reince Priebus, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump. 

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