The 71-year-old celebrity businessman's acceptance of the Republican nomination caps his improbable takeover of the GOP, a party that plunges into the general election united in opposition to Clinton but still divided over Trump. "I truly believe Mr. Trump is America's blue-collar billionaire", he told the delegates. "It got me here", said Trump, who has fired up crowds with promises to create jobs, be tough on national security and ensure that foreign policy keeps American interests firmly at its heart.
But his speech wasn't full of surprises - hours before he started speaking, a draft version of his speech was leaked online.
Democrat Clinton's top policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Trump's proposal showed he was "temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our commander in chief".
Republicans used their convention to begin their campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton's potential presidency.
Not so fast, said Hillary Clinton.
"Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens".
In a direct appeal to Americans shaken by a summer of violence at home and around the world, Trump promised that if he takes office in January, "safety will be restored".
The law and order theme increasingly plays a central role in Trump's campaign and is taken directly from Richard Nixon's 1968 nomination speech, a time when racial and civil turmoil burned.
Fallin also made headlines this year when she refused to follow a ruling by the Oklahoma state Supreme Court to remove a statue featuring the Ten Commandments from the state Capitol. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. Ask individual delegates about Mrs Clinton and they get a glint in their eye - she's "evil" a "liar" "dangerous". The candidate himself painted a frightening, if based in fantasy, picture of an America under siege by roving bands of cop-killing criminals and Isis operatives.
"I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our frightful and unfair trade deals". These are the forgotten men and women of our country.
Daughter Ivanka Trump introduced her father to the noisy crowd that packed Cleveland's basketball arena, telling them he is a "fighter" who became "the people's nominee". Trump's co-conspirators, who remain on the loose, have been identified as "millions of predominantly white voters who feel left behind in a demographically changing America".
She praised his fight during the Republican primary, saying that he was a "fighter" who "dug deeper" to prevail over a large field of candidates.
"My father not only has the strength and ability to be the next president, but also the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader that this country needs", she claimed.
As Trump and his minions held GOP stalwarts like Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House Speaker Paul Ryan hostage - their fear visible in televised speeches possibly delivered under duress - witnesses reported baffling scenes of disorganization and ineptitude.
"When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, effort and excellence". Throughout this long campaign we have seen Trump encourage and even advocate violent behavior, stand by while his Democratic opponent is accused of treason and murder, and evince little understanding of democratic processes or mores.