Donald Trump Says He Stands for 'Law and Order'; 'Safety Will Be Restored'

By Susan Jones | July 22, 2016 | 8:36am EDT
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - Republican Donald Trump used the phrase "law and order" four times in his hour-plus speech Thursday night, beginning with his fourth sentence:

"We will be a country of generosity and warmth," he said. "But we will also be a country of law and order."

Trump pointed to recent images of street violence and "chaos in our communities."

"Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims," he said. "I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored."

He did not explain how that would happen, but he did call for a "straightforward assessment of the state of our nation."

"I will present the facts plainly and honestly," he said. "We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore."

Trump criticized the Obama administration's "rollback of criminal enforcement." He pointed to the rising number of homicides in the nation's 50 largest cities, including Obama's hometown of Chicago, where "more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office."

"The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens," he said.
Trump promised to put America and the American people first: "My plan will begin with safety at home, which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order."

Referring to the murderous attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Trump said, "An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans. I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country."

In his fourth reference to law and order, Trump told Republicans that "I am the law and order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone."

Not only did Trump repeat the phrase "law and order" four times, he used the words "safe" or "safety" ten times in his speech, as in "safe" neighborhoods, police "safety" and "safe" schools.

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