Republicans nominated President Trump as their candidate at a scaled-back convention in North Carolina and Washington with the president and his allies offering ominous warnings about electing Democrats in November.
Throughout the daylong, two-city event Monday, speaker after speaker praised the president—particularly for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy—and conjured images of riots in the street, an uptick in crime and a flood of policies that could bankrupt taxpayers if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins. The tone at times contrasted with the uplifting message that Mr. Trump’s campaign said would characterize the event, though it ended with more positive remarks from two high-profile speakers.
Mr. Trump, meanwhile, used a Monday afternoon speech in Charlotte, N.C., to again question the accuracy of mail-in voting.
“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” Mr. Trump said, alleging that Democrats were trying to steal the presidency. He added that he doesn’t believe it would be possible to accurately count mail-in ballots.
In Charlotte, where Mr. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, more than 300 delegates gathered for a unanimous roll-call vote on their nominations, underscoring the grip the president has on a party that only four years ago harbored deep reservations about his candidacy.