Doubts about experience, temperament and policy consistency have tracked Trump since he entered the race. His remarks here capped a week of heavy police presence, intense media scrutiny and largely peaceful protests.
Even Trump's convention proved unconventional. Revered party figures were few, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was booed off the stage Wednesday after he chose not to endorse Trump.
On Thursday, Trump tried to assure Americans he would fix what he deemed the mistakes of the Obama administration. He framed Clinton as incapable of improving conditions in the U.S. and making America more respected around the globe, citing her tenure as secretary of state.
Trump claimed Clinton left a legacy of "death" and "destruction," but said "that does not have to be our legacy." He ripped some of his other favorite campaign trails targets: China, business regulations and people critical of police.
He called to temporarily suspend immigration from nations that have "been compromised by terrorism," a watered down version of his constitutionally questionable call to suspend Muslim entry into the U.S. Many delegates on the convention floor stood in applause after the remark.
Trump bashed trade deals, a hallmark of his campaign, citing a loss of manufacturing jobs that may not be a result of those deals. He highlighted Clinton's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, once again courting spurned supporters of trade deal opponent Bernie Sanders.
Trump also also pledged to "do everything in (his) power to protect our LGBTQ citizens," to applause from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. It came after venture capitalist Peter Thiel earlier received applause when he said he was proud to be gay.
"As a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering what I just said," Trump said.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Trump's running mate and has received backlash in the past for a state law perceived as anti-gay.
Trump told a pro-gun crowd that Clinton wanted to "essentially abolish" the Second Amendment without offering evidence. He highlighted his endorsement from the National Rifle Association.
Trump wrapped up the hour and 15 minute speech with another pledge to "make America great again." His wife Melania and his children then joined him onstage.
Confetti and red, white and blue balloons rained from the ceiling, floating down to the delegates. The Trump family posed and as a fireworks animation played on the arena's video screen.
As delegates popped balloons and the crowd began to filter out, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" played through the arena's speakers.