Caroline Amenabar / NPR
Updated at 11:31 PM ET
President Trump accepted the Republicans’ nomination for the 2020 race against Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday in a speech that sharply criticized his opponent’s record, railed against “breaking culture” and repeatedly invoked a sinister picture of a “socialist agenda”.
Throughout the week, spokesmen for the Republican National Convention have argued that Trump would restore “law and order” and make America a safer country than Biden. Republicans have often focused more on what they call a bleak future among Democrats than on the record of Trump’s actions over the past four years.
Trump’s address comes a week after Joe Biden promised to bring the country out of a “season of darkness.” (Read our note on Biden’s speech here.)
Trump, speaking at the end of other speakers’ Thursday night program, discussed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, for which he pledged a vaccine by the end of the year, Hurricane Laura and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the shooting of one of the black man Jacob Blake resulted from the Police protests, followed by another civilian shooting.
NPR reporters offer fact-checking and analysis of Trump’s remarks live. Watch a livestream of the convention and read the notes below.