Best Lines From Donald Trump's Republican Convention Speech

PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence stand on the stage together as balloons drop on the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016.PlayTannen Maury/EPA
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Trump gave a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, one that was defined by anger toward the status quo of American politics, and marked by some surprises, including references to the LGBTQ community.

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Here are a few highlights from the speech:

On the perceived failure of American leadership

"Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint."

"I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice."

"This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level."

On Hillary Clinton

"Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now -– poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad -– will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes."

"When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes."

"In fact, [Hillary Clinton's] single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it –- especially when others have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come."

On security

"When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country."

"We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror."

On the LGBTQ Community

“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me.”


"We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice."

"We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share."

"We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And We Will Make America Great Again."