Washington – President Donald Trump tore into his election challenger Joe Biden as a threat to the “American Dream” in a bruising speech Thursday accepting the Republican nomination for a second term against a backdrop of racial tensions and the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Trump spoke at a grandiose event staged at the White House – the first time a president has ever held a party convention at the executive mansion – and followed up with a vast fireworks display on the National Mall.
In his address, Trump went after Biden as hard as he could, attacking him by name in an attempt to define the veteran centrist former vice president, who leads in polls ahead of the 3 November election, as a radical leftist.
“No one will be safe in Biden’s America,” he said.
“This election will decide whether we save the American Dream,” Trump said, rejecting Biden’s main campaign slogan about saving America’s soul.
“He’s the destroyer of America’s jobs and given the chance, he’ll be the destroyer of American greatness.”
This contrasted with Biden’s own acceptance speech at the Democratic nomination last week, and while delivering caustic critiques of the Trump presidency, he avoided mentioning Trump’s name.