UPDATE 2 - Trump To Call For Party Unity, Slam Biden 'Radical' Agenda At RNC Finale

WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 28th August, 2020) US President Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech is expected to call on the Republican Party to unite in addition to asking Democrats and independents to support his campaign and others who believe in the "righteous" heart of America.

The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) has kicked off with hundreds of anti-Trump protesters gathering behind the White House.

At the end of Thursday night Trump will deliver his acceptance speech on the White House south lawn. The RNC kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week, then Vice President Mike Pence gave his remarks Wednesday Night at Fort McHenry in Baltimore in front of a crowd where no social distancing was being enforced.

"The Republican Party goes forward united, determined, and ready to welcome millions of Democrats, independents, and anyone who believes in the Greatness of America and the righteous heart of the American people," Trump will say in his speech according to excerpts obtained by Politico.

In a recorded message, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats want government to control all facets of American life and warned that they want the nation's capital, Washington, DC, which he referred to as "the swamp" to become the 51st state. He asked voters to ensure the Democrats do not take control of the Senate.

"They want to tax your job out of existence... they want free healthcare for illegal immigrants," McConnell said.

Ja'Ron Smith, the highest-ranking Black official in the White House said that he has seen Trump's deep empathy for the families of loved ones killed in senseless violence including the deaths of people like George Floyd and other people of color.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a recorded clip warned that the Democrats want to defund police and destroy the economy with socialism. The Trump administration is also prepared to counter the "invisible enemy" called COVID-19, he added.

Several ordinary Americans also appeared in videos who claimed they were once Democrats but were sick of suffering from socialistic policies.

Many members of the Republican Party have distanced themselves from Trump, including the anti-Trump Republican group called the Lincoln Project and more than 70 former Republican diplomats and national security officials who endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a letter on August 20.

In addition, Republican staffers who worked in the George W. Bush administration and for the late Senator John McCain, including Senator Mitt Romney, have rejected Trump and endorsed Biden.

Trump is expected to attack Biden on his so-called radical agenda during his acceptance speech. Trump is also expected to try and tear Biden down on matters related to trade, the US economy, his record on China, immigration and crime.

"We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years. At the Democrat convention, you barely heard a word about their agenda. But that's not because they don't have one. It's because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee," Trump said in the prepared remarks.

Other speakers at the RNC tonight include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Senator Tom Cotton and Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

The White House said Trump will also highlight the administration's new deal to purchase 150 million rapid COVDI-19 test kits with Abbott Laboratories.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Trump's speech on the White House lawn, according to CBS, which noted that some have been critical at the lack of social distancing amid the pandemic. Guests were lining up in front of the White House more than five hours before the speech, NBC reporter Garrett Haake said.

Trump is expected to speak at 10:30 p.m. The RNC will also hold a fireworks display near the Washington Monument after Trump's speech. The park service will closed down roads until 2:00 a.m. EST.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he was prepared to postpone his scheduled acceptance speech tonight to Monday instead in light of the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, which he also noted was far less destructive than was initially anticipated.

Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris gave a rebuttal speech to the RNC earlier on Thursday, where she defended the ongoing racially-charged protests reignited with the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday. The Senator also criticized Trump of failing to protect the American people with his "incompetence" towards the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

US election day will take place on November 3, although some Americans will receive mail-in ballots next week. Trump has claimed mail-in ballots will help the Democrats steal "millions" of votes, but has failed to provide any proof to support the notion.

According to an average of the most recent surveys published on poll aggregator realclearpolitics.com (RCP), Biden is ahead in most of the major battleground states including Pennsylvania (+5.8%), Florida (+3.7%), Wisconsin (+3.5%), Michigan (+7%), and Ohio (+2.3%). Trump and Biden are tied in North Carolina but the US president leads by nearly 2% in Iowa.

Nationally the RCP average has Biden ahead by 7%, although the national polls are only a general barometer of the race because of the electoral college format which requires candidates to win states, not overall popular vote.