Reducing immigration: Trump's said violence is "spilling across our border" because of US immigration policies, but Americans do not overwhelmingly support curtailing immigration in general.
Donald Trump will lay out a searing indictment of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as corrupt and ineffective and portray himself as a friend of the working class who will restore law and order in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination.
He's leading the crowd in chanting "all lives matter".
As the crowd, fiercely opposed to Clinton, broke out in its oft-used refrain of "Lock her up", he waved them off, and instead declared, "Let's defeat her in November".
He offered himself as a powerful ally of those who feel Washington has left them behind. "He will fight for you all the way, all the time, every time".
"This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness". Fear of foreign trading partners that, thanks to "disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton", have destroyed American manufacturing. That anti-immigrant stance grew into the promise of "a big, attractive wall" along the U.S. -Mexico border, one that would be paid for by Mexico via Trump's self-proclaimed negotiation skills and sheer toughness.
"Her bad instincts and her bad judgment - something pointed out by Bernie Sanders - are what caused numerous disasters unfolding today", Trump said. He also vowed to protect gays and lesbians from violence and oppression, a pledge that was greeted with applause from the crowd.
Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, will introduce the candidate. "My father", she said, "will change the labor laws [and] will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all".
This dark scene painted, Mr Trump turned to a scowling attack on the entire post-war consensus that America, as a military and commercial superpower of boundless ingenuity, has more to gain than lose from openness to global trade and skilled migration.
Before Donald Trump speaks at the RNC on Thursday, a draft of his speech leaked out onto the Internet. Ted Cruz's dramatic refusal to endorse the GOP nominee from the convention stage.
One interpretation, suggested by Trump's recent interview with the New York Times, is that a Trump administration would be willing abandon North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies if they didn't spend enough on their own defense.
His remarks will also be closely watched overseas, where there is significant concern about the prospect of a Trump presidency, exacerbated by a New York Times interview Wednesday in which he cast doubt on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security guarantees.
One founder told a panel discussion at the convention that the bitter, backward-looking message was turning off a younger, more ethnically-diverse generation that should be voting Republican because it shares some of its entrepreneurial and free-market values. And Trump's own exposition of his foreign policy views was rattling allies at home and overseas.
"The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First", the transcript reads.
"These are the forgotten men and women of our country", he said.
"People who work hard but no longer have a voice -- I am your voice", he said.
Trump nicknamed him, "Lyin' Ted" and implied that Cruz's father, Rafael, was somehow connected to President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
In May, with the GOP nomination all but clinched, Trump's campaign was described by the New York Times as "a hostile takeover of one of America's two major political parties".
By night's end, Trump's campaign hopes voters see the real estate mogul as a candidate who, despite his unorthodox political temperament, is prepared to lead the nation.
Shortly after Melania Trump gave a widely-praised speech about her husband, a Twitter user named Jarrett Hill noticed an oddity: chunks of her speech appeared to be lifted from Michelle Obama address at the 2008 Democratic convention. Clinton was on the verge of naming a running mate to join her in taking on Trump and his vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, in the general election. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has emerged as her top choice.