Donald Trump on Thursday will vow to restore law and order to the United States if elected president, making his case for why Americans should choose him over Democrat Hillary Clinton in a speech accepting the Republican Party’s nomination.
Trump, in his 10:15 p.m. EDT (0215 GMT on Friday) speech at the Republican National Convention, will tell Americans that he will speedily address the crime and violence that has dominated headlines.
“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 Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored,” Trump will say, according to speech excerpts released by his campaign.
Trump will also offer an indictment of Clinton, who was President Barack Obama’s first-term secretary of state, saying the United States is less safe and the world less stable since her time in that office.
Trump, a New York businessman who has never held elective office, needs a strong performance to improve his chances of getting a boost in opinion polls from the four-day Republican National Convention as Democrats prepare for their own, more scripted version next week in Philadelphia.
Trump and his aides have been unable to put to rest questions about whether they can mount a sophisticated campaign to take on Clinton’s well-oiled operation. He currently trails Clinton, who is seeking to become the first woman elected U.S. president, in most opinion polls.
The speech will set the tone for Trump’s next three months of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 8 election, explaining why he feels Clinton is unfit to lead and why he would be better at improving the U.S. economy and handling the threat of Islamic State militants.