- United States President Donald Trump is due to deliver a speech formally accepting his re-appointment as President.
- So far, speakers have painted a picture of Trump as including women, family, immigrants and black Americans at a time of deep political division within the country.
- The convention is being held as Hurricane Laura hits Louisiana with “insurvable force.”
- Protests and violence rocked Kenosha, Wisconsin, following a police shootout on a black man. A 17-year-old white teenager has been charged with murder after two others were shot and one seriously injured during the protests.
Here are the latest updates:
02:00 GMT – Grim portrait of violence in America
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York painted a grim picture of violence in the United States by saying that a vote for Democrat Joe Biden is a vote for “soft against crime” policies and risks prolonging the “Wave of anarchy” he says is ravaging the country.
He says the riots in American cities “give you a good idea” of what life would be like in a Biden administration, although the current violence is occurring under the Trump administration.
He says Trump is the only candidate who can be trusted to preserve the American way of life.
01:30 GMT – Widow pays heartfelt tribute
Ann Dorn, the widow of Dave Dorn, a retired St. Louis police officer and security guard who was killed by looters during protests in June, paid heartfelt tribute to her late husband.
“Looters were ransacking the store. They shot and killed Dave in cold blood and televised the execution and his last moments on earth live, ”Dorn recalls.
“How did we get to this point where so many young people are so callous and indifferent to human life? It’s not a video game where you can commit mayhem and then reset, ”she says.
Two men have been charged with Dorn’s death.
01:05 GMT – ‘Eternal support’
Jeff Van drew a The New Jersey congressman, who went from Democrat to Republican, said he deserted his old party when he “went from liberal to radical.”
He said Democratic candidate Joe Biden was not in control of his own candidacy and “the radicals who ran my old party were telling them what to do.”
Van Drew broke with his party and voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Last year, he changed parties to become a Republican and pledged Trump his “unwavering support”.
01:00 GMT – ‘An invisible enemy we didn’t ask for’
Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks more about the coronavirus pandemic than many speakers at the convention, but calls it “an invisible enemy we did not ask for.”
He thanked President Donald Trump for “unleashing a Marshall Plan for Main Street,” referring to the coronavirus relief program for unemployed Americans and businesses.
But like many other speakers, he called the pandemic an unforeseen tragedy that killed 180,000 Americans, not the virus that swept through Europe for the first time and which Trump played down at first before forming a task force. to the White House.
00:55 GMT – Republican National Convention opens with prayer
Reverend Franklin Graham, one of President Trump’s foremost evangelical supporters, opened the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention with a prayer for Trump and his family, asking God to “unite our hearts not to form only one nation ”.
Graham, the eldest son of Rev. Billy Graham, who built an evangelical empire and was for decades a spiritual advisor to the presidents of both political parties before his death in 2018 – is a staunch supporter of Trump and his platform.
“Our country is facing problems,” Graham said in his prayer, referring to “tens of thousands of people on the way to a deadly storm”. The pandemic, he said, “has gripped millions of fearful hearts. We are divided. We have witnessed injustice. Anger and despair poured into the streets. We need your help. We must hear your voice at this crucial hour. “
00:50 GMT – South Lawn of the White House, face masks not required
The White House South Lawn had never provided the setting for a national political convention before, but President Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination there.
Giant screens rang “Trump Pence” and white folding chairs were arranged close together for the expected 1,500 guests, not the recommended 6 feet.
Face masks are not required for the event, where Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to speak, and many guests will not be tested for coronavirus.
The White House says those who are “close” to Trump will be tested.
22:00 GMT – Trump’s Big Night
President Donald Trump is expected to stand on the south lawn of the White House in Washington, DC tonight to accept his party’s nomination for president, posing as the last barrier protecting an American way of life besieged by radical forces.
Trump should paint an optimistic vision for the future of the United States if he wins another term, including a possible triumph over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 180,000 people, left millions unemployed and rewritten many rules of the society.
“We have spent the past four years reversing the damage Joe Biden has inflicted over the past 47 years,” he was to say, according to speeches confirmed by his campaign. “At no time before have voters been faced with a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies or two agendas. ”
The Democratic agenda, according to excerpts from the speech, “is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party candidate.”
9:30 p.m. GMT – Mike Pence’s speech recap
Pence said the United States needed four more years from Trump in the White House, and lambasted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“When you consider their program, it’s clear: Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left,” Pence said. “The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher. “
He also stayed true to the theme of law and order, picked up by most of the speakers throughout the night.
“Joe Biden says America is systemically racist. And that law enforcement in America has a quote, “an implicit bias” against minorities. And when asked if he would support cutting funding for law enforcement, he said, “Yes, absolutely. “”
“The hard truth is… you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. ”
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