• By The Financial District


President Trump was nominated for a second term on Monday as delegations formally cast their votes and the Republican National Convention got underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, the New York Times reported early on August 25, 2020.

Trump — who took the stage in an previously unannounced visit as the crowd chanted “Four more years!” — began with a provocation. “If you want to really drive them crazy, you say 12 more years,” he said. Trump, who is seeking re-election amid a pandemic that his administration has failed to contain, widespread economic pain and racial unrest, used his unannounced speech in Charlotte to rally the party by focusing on the strength of the stock market, attacking governors who imposed restrictions during the coronavirus crisis, launching incendiary broadsides against his opponents and continuing his assault on voting by mail.

He repeated his unfounded allegations that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his opponent in the coming election, had spied on his campaign in 2016. “We caught them doing really bad things,” he said. “Let’s see what happens. They’re trying it again.”

Trump criticized Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, saying to the crowd gathered in Charlotte, “You have a governor who is in a total shutdown mood,” and claiming Democratic governors across the country would reopen their states on Nov. 4, the day after the election, implying they were implementing safety precautions amid the pandemic to hurt his political chances. “We just broke a record on jobs, an all-time record,” he said. “There’s never been three months when we’ve put more people to work. We’re just about ready to break the all-time stock market record.”