President Donald Trump will hammer his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, when he makes his convention acceptance speech Thursday evening according to excepts from the speech reported by Politico. Trump’s speech will be the capstone of the four-day Republican National Convention.
Trump will give his speech from the White House lawn, the first president to give a convention acceptance speech at the White House since Franklin Delano Roosevelt did so in accepting his party’s nomination in 1940. The venue was chosen due to concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic that forced both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to take an unconventional approach to their events.
Fox News reported that the President will draw a stark contrast between the Democratic nominee and himself as he seeks reelection in November. “At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” an excerpt from Trump’s speech reads. “We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years. At the Democrat convention, you barely heard a word about their agenda. But that’s not because they don’t have one. It’s because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee.” Trump will also posit that Joe Biden’s agenda is “made in China,” while the President’s agenda is “made in America.” The argument against the Democratic contender will be summed up simply, “Joe Biden is weak.”
The President’s acceptance speech will continue the lines of attack enumerated in Vice President Mike Pence’s acceptance speech given on Wednesday evening. In his speech Pence said, “The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with African American neighbors to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns. The hard truth is … you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Let me be clear: The violence must stop — whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha.”
Biden initially attempted to run as a centrist during the Democratic primaries but veered sharply to the left after Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) surged into the lead with their appeals to the party’s left-wing base.
Trump is expected to lay out his agenda for a second term while touting the many accomplishments of his first 4 years in office. The speech will reflect one of the Trump 2020 campaign’s themes – “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”
The President’s speech will also contain uplifting messages of hope during a very difficult time in American history. The coronavirus pandemic, violence in cities across the nation, and the devastation of Hurricane Laura have combined to create serious problems for many Americans. Trump is expected to say, “The Republican Party goes forward united, determined and ready to welcome millions of Democrats, independents and anyone who believes in the greatness of America and the righteous heart of the American people. This towering American spirit has prevailed over every challenge and lifted us to the summit of human endeavor.”