DONALD TRUMP’S convention speech took even his worst critics by surprise as he offered the world a more presidential demeanour.
The billionaire businessman delivered a rousing speech on Thursday night as he formally accepted the Republican Party nomination for president.
The controversial real estate mogul told the raucous Republican National Convention (RNC) crowd he was “the voice of the forgotten men and women of our country”.
During his speech, Mr Trump continued to double down on his controversial immigration and free trade policies.
However, his controlled reaction to the crowd when they began to clamour for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned took many by surprise.
The audience began to chant “lock her up” as Mr Trump unleashed a tirade against his presidential rival
However, unlike previous chants in his speech, Mr Trump refused to join in with the crowd.
Instead, he appeared to wave his hands to quiet them down as the chant continued to grow louder.
Mr Trump simply responded: “Let’s defeat her in November.”
The chant, which has been a popular anti-Clinton slogan during the RNC, has not impressed other Republicans who have refused to back Mr Trump.
Alex Triantafilou, the Republican Party chairman of Hamilton County, Ohio, said: “I wasn’t a fan of the ‘Lock her up’ chant. That’s not my style.”
Users on social media took the reaction by surprise as one tweeted: “Did he really just silence the RNC crowd?”
As Mr Trump took a more measured and presidential tone, he promised to “restore law and order”.
He said: “The forgotten men and women of our country — people who work hard but no longer have a voice: I am your voice.
“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 to our country. Believe me. Believe me.”
He then added: “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.
“But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy.”
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