Donald Trump "humbly and gratefully" accepted the GOP nomination as the presidential candidate today.

His normally volatile relationship with religious and evangelical groups took u-turn today when he thanked the religious community for their support in his campaign.

Trump also made a strong point of protecting the LGBTQ community, and following the applause, said "as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said."

The Republican candidate stressed the importance of law and order, even declaring himself the law and order candidate.


"The crime that afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he said, "safety will be restored."

Trump was critical of trade deals which he said don't benefit America. He claims the Iran deal "will go down in history as one of the worst deals in history."

Trump said he wants to help the American working class join the American middle class.

He is proposing restrictions and penalties on companies moving manufacturing overseas.

"The TPP," he said "will destroy our manufacturing."

"I will not sign any trade agreements that hurt our workers."

Of course, Hillary Clinton was attacked in the speech, concluding the greatest theme of the convention.

When Clinton took over foreign policy, he said, Isis did not exist and Syria was peaceful.

"Syria is now engulfed in a civil war, and a refugee crisis threatens the West," he said.

"The situation is worse than it's ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death destruction, terrorism, and weakness."

On the email scandal, he said: "[Clinton's] single greatest achievement is committing such an egregious crime, and getting away with it."

Trump showed some sympathy for Bernie Sanders, another anti-establishment candidate, say the rigged system bought him down just as it does the American people.

Trump ended his very long speech with these lines: "to all Americans tonight, in all of our cities, and all of our towns. We will make America strong again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again, and we will make America great again."



: Ivanka Trump is taking the podium to introduce her father. Ivanka is the second-eldest of the Trump children.

"Real change will only came from outside the system," says Ivanka.

As a child, Ivanka says, she saw Trump read about down-and-out people in the paper, he would invite them to the Trump tower and do his best to get them a job.

Trump is "color-blind and gender neutral" says Ivanka. There are more women than men in Trump's workforce, she says, and they are paid equally to men.

Ivanka says Trump will champion wage equality across America.

"Trump is incapable of thinking small," she says, "he will take on the bold and lofty fights."

1.44pm: More republican jams and dancing. This time, the song has been written specifically for Trump, with the lines "we're gonna make America great again."

1.25pm: Peter Thiel is on pronouncing he's proud to be a gay republican.

Thiel says he doesn't always agree with party lines, but believes Trump is a friend of the LGBT community.

12.57pm: More republican dancing has broken out as the band sings "when the house is a-rocking, don't bother knocking."

12.44pm: Lisa Shin, head of Koreans for Trump, is on saying America is a land where immigrants can prosper.

"Hillary Clinton is a direct threat to the American dream," Shin says, "with extreme carelessness she has compromised our national security and our safety."

"She is not qualified to be our next President."

12.37pm: Marry Fallin, the first female Governor of Oklahoma, says America is losing its sense of unity and hope: "Our spirits are nearly broken."

Trump, says Fallin, stands for the values of unity and opportunity.

12.29pm: Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn says "the American people have had it. They are ready for change."

"Trump believes in the American dream, because he has lived the American dream," she says.

12.22pm: It's time for some more conservative country music.

12.19pm: Brock Mealer is delivering a story about a car crash which killed his father and damaged his spinal cord.

12.04pm: Pastor Mark Burns is giving an explosive speech and working up the crowd.

"It is so important to come together and defeat Hillary Clinton and those race-baiting democrats," he said.

"All lives matter," he screamed.

He's leading the crowd in chanting "all lives matter."

Burns says Donald Trump will make sure all Americans will have jobs.

11.57am: Sheriff Joe Arpaio is on decrying the U.S immigration policies.

"Trump will stand with me and other law enforcers to protect our borders. Donald Trump will build that wall," he said.

11.51am: Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University and evangelical leader, is on stage. He said "history will repeat itself with Donald Trump," referring to Reagan's years in office.

"Donald Trump is one of the greatest visionaries of our time," he said.

"Donald Trump is America's blue-collar millionaire."

Falwell Jr., says liberal universities are indoctrination camps for democrats.

11.27am: Country artist Ayla Brown is singing the National Anthem and doing a great job of it.

11.26am: The pledge of allegiance was led by veteran Tony Perkins.

11.13am: We're kicking off with some republican jams. The crowd is getting down to the easy listening live music.

The dancing crowd stands out as one of the highlights of the convention.

11.05am: Donald Trump says he wants to focus on helping people who have been - in his words - "neglected, ignored and abandoned."

Excerpts of his speech later Thursday night at the Republican National Convention are coming out now, and he's singling out the middle class.

He says that under his leadership, middle-income Americans "will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone."

Trump says a combination of tax cuts and fewer regulations will allow trillions of dollars to flow into the country. He also says he'll improve the roads, bridges and other public works - and that'll create more jobs.

On education, he promises to "rescue kids from failing schools" by giving parents more of a say in where they send their children.

- Additional reporting from AP