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Trump opens Republican National Convention

President Donald Trump went after his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and the Democratic Party Monday night during the Republican National Convention. The president is slated to speak each night of the Republican event in a rare move for a president.

“What they’re doing is using COVID to steal an election. They’re using COVID to defraud the American people, all of our people, of a fair and free election,” Trump said. “The only way they can take this election away from us is if it’s a rigged election. Don’t let them take it away from you.”

Trump warned Americans that if Biden is elected, the country would be overrun with immense violence. He continued to paint himself as the candidate of law and order and warned that Democrats want to take away rights such as owning guns and freedom of religion.

“Your American Dream will be dead,” he said referring to a Democrat victory in November.

The president highlighted his record on the economy, his successful trade agreements and his conservative appointments to the Supreme Court.

He also talked about how he believes Democrats are planning to use mail-in voting in an attempt to sway the election. He revisited the 2016 election when the Obama White House was accused of spying on his campaign.

“We caught them doing some really bad things in 2016. Let’s see what happens. We caught them doing some really bad things,” he said. “We have to be very careful because they’re trying it again, this whole 80 million mail-in ballots that they’re working on. Sending them out to people that didn’t ask for them. They didn’t ask, they just get them, and it’s not fair, and it’s not right, and it’s not going to be possible to tabulate, in my opinion.”

He warned Americans to be careful and watch the election very carefully.

“They are trying to do it with the whole post office scam, they’ll blame it on the post office. You can see them setting it up. Be very careful and watch it very carefully.”

Trump made appearances throughout the night and welcomed COVID survivors as well as six former hostages, all of whom thanked the president for his strong leadership. This was a smart strategic move of team Trump, as these survivors all spoke directly to the fears that lie within the hearts of every American right now and paint Trump as a trustworthy, competent leader in a time of crisis.

Trump will formally accept his party’s nomination on Thursday from the White House, another convention first. The decision to use the White House was met with criticism from both Republicans and Democrats but ultimately the president decided it was the right move. He said the cost savings for security alone is worth it.

PHOTO: Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

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