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Trump attacks Biden and casts himself as an insurgent in his acceptance speech

President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention on Aug 28. Here’s what you missed from his speech to a crowd in front of the White House. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Trump delivered a scathing and wholesale attack on Democrat Joe Biden and fiercely defended his stewardship of a nation buffeted by historic crises on Thursday night, appealing to voters for a second term in an election he said would either preserve or destroy the “American way of life.”

In formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination from the South Lawn of the White House, Trump cast himself as an insurgent rather than the incumbent he is, railing against Biden as eminence of “the failed political class.” He blamed the former vice president and his Democratic Party for the nation’s chronic socioeconomic problems as well as for the anger and unrest coursing through the country today.