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Trump Speaks: Last Day Of The RNC




A cardboard cutout of US President Donald Trump stands next to the TV as people watch his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention in the office of San Diego County's Republican Party in Rancho Bernardo, California on August 27, 2020.
A cardboard cutout of US President Donald Trump stands next to the TV as people watch his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention in the office of San Diego County's Republican Party in Rancho Bernardo, California on August 27, 2020.
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President Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden as a hapless career politician who will endanger Americans’ safety as he accepted his party’s renomination Thursday on the South Lawn of the White House. While the coronavirus kills 1,000 Americans each day, Trump defied his own administration’s pandemic guidelines to speak for more than an hour to a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd.

Facing a moment fraught with racial turmoil, economic collapse and a national health emergency, Trump delivered a triumphant, optimistic vision of America’s future. But he said that brighter horizon could only be secured if he defeated his Democratic foe, who currently has an advantage in most national and battleground state polls.

We recap the speech, plus the rest of the RNC. 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets at @NPRrelving