19 July 2016 at 0:52 GMT
Republican National Conventions are often marked by patriotic speeches and balloon drops. But this year's will be defined by their presumptive nominee, who responded to the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday with a dire warning about the direction the nation was headed. "It will only get worse!" Donald Trump tweeted. Trump's official coronation unfolds this week with a sharply divided electorate processing ominous and steady outbursts of chaos and disorder around country -- and the world. On the eve of the convention, he made clear that he believes that his path to the White House depends on convincing voters that only he can protect them from a dark future.
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