Read the Full Transcript of the President’s Speech in Orlando, Florida
President Trump’s speech at his re-election launch rally in Orlando laid down the gauntlet like never before. In one of the best speeches of his presidency, he highlighted his Administration’s historic accomplishments in regards to the economy, trade, foreign policy, and immigration.
But most importantly, he highlighted the night-and-day difference between himself and the Democrats who oppose him. He did not mince words when he described the Democrats as an “angry, left-wing mob” who are out to destroy their opponents. From the phony Mueller investigation to the false allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the President drew a terrifying picture of what a country run by these hate-filled radicals would look like.
The event was everything it needed to be, and then some. And it could not be clearer that his message resonated, loud and clear, with the vast majority of Americans. As Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Twitter, the President’s re-election campaign raised $24.8 million in less than 24 hours on the day of his rally. This amount towers over the collective fundraising totals of most of the Democratic candidates; even the frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have not raised that much over the course of the entire first quarter of the year.
This proves two very important facts: Firstly, that there is far more energy and support for President Trump’s re-election than for any of the Democratic candidates. And second, it proves that most Americans fully understand just how much is at stake in 2020. This election is a battle for the future and soul of the nation. The Democrats wish to plunge our country into an abyss of political hatred, government suppression of our rights, and irrevocable social division from which we would never recover. President Trump wants to give our country another four years of success, strength, and peace. The correct choice could not be more obvious.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, we had such luck in Orlando, we love being in Orlando. Thank you. Thank you, Orlando. What a turnout! What a turnout! You know this is a very big arena for a Tuesday night. I said, you know, if we have about three or four empty seats, the fake news will say, Headlines: “He didn’t fill up the arena”, so I said, maybe we shouldn’t take a chance.
Maybe we shouldn’t go to Orlando as you go someplace else, then I said, “No, I think, we’ll go to Orlando.” And — and not only did we fill it up, but we had 120,000 requests. That means you folks have come out very, very good. Congratulations. I want to thank our great Vice President Mike Pence and his wonderful wife, Karen Pence, and our magnificent First Lady Melania, thank you.
I am thrilled to be back in my second home. That’s what it is. It’s my second home. In many cases, I think I could say it’s my first home, if you want to know the truth. It’s the great state of Florida, very historic, because exactly four years ago this week, I announced my campaign for president of the United States and it turned out to be more than just a political campaign.
It turned out to be a great political movement because of you. A great movement. A movement made up of hard working patriots who love their country, love their flag, love their children, and who believe that a nation must care for its own citizens first. Together, we stared down a corrupt and broken political establishment and we restored government of, by, and for the people.
Our country is now thriving, prospering and booming. And frankly, it’s soaring to incredible new heights. Our economy is the envy of the world, perhaps the greatest economy we’ve had in the history of our country. And as long as you keep this team in place, we have a tremendous way to go. Our future has never ever looked brighter or sharper.
The fact is, the American Dream is back, it’s bigger and better, and stronger than ever, before. 2016 was not merely another four-year election. This was a defining moment in American history. Ask them right there. By the way, that is a lot of fake news back there, that’s a lot. You know what I say, the amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes.
This was our chance to reclaim our government from a permanent political class that enriched itself at your expense. As I said, what a wonderful beautiful day at my inauguration, we did not merely transfer power from one party to another, but we transferred power back to you, the proud citizens of the United States of America.
We stared down the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests, who made a living, bleeding our country dry. That’s what we’ve done. We broke down the doors of Washington backrooms, where deals were cut to close our companies, give away your jobs, shut down our factories, and surrender your sovereignty and your very way of life, and we’ve ended it. We took on a political machine that tried to take away your voice and your vote.
They tried to take away your dignity and your destiny, but we will never let them do that, will we? Many times I said, “We would drain the swamp.”, and that’s exactly what we’re doing right now, we’re draining the swamp. And that’s why the swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently. For the last two and a half years, we have been under siege, and with the Muller report we won, and now they want a do over, they want a do over.
Let’s do it again, didn’t work out too well, let’s do it again. They want a do over. No president should ever have to go through this again. It is so bad for our great country. Our hopes, the great hopes. Our patriotic movement has been under assault from the very first day. We accomplish more than any other president has in the first two and a half years of a presidency and under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before, because we did in the middle of the great and illegal witch hunt, things that nobody have been able to accomplish, not even close.
Nobody’s done what we have done in two and a half years. We went through the greatest witch hunt in political history. The only collusion was committed by the Democrats, the fake news media and their operatives and the people who funded the phony dossier, crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC. It was all an illegal attempt to overturn the results of the election spy on our campaign, which is what they did and subvert our democracy.
Remember, the insurance policy, just in case Hillary Clinton lost. Remember the insurance policy? They appointed 18 very angry Democrats to try to take down our incredible movement. After two years, 1.4 million pages of documents, 500 search warrants, 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas, and 40 FBI agents working round the clock.
What did they come up with? No collusion. And the facts that led our great attorney general to determine no obstruction. No collusion, no obstruction. And they spent $40 million on this witch hunt, $40 million. That’s right, they spent $40 million, probably a hell of a lot more than that. And think about it, nobody’s been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.
Nobody. We call it The Russian hoax. Remember, President Obama’s famous line caught on the open mic, secretly telling the Russian president to quote, “Inform Vladimir that after my election I’ll have more flexibility.” Okay. Remember that? Remember that? Lot of people remember that, I remembered it. I saw it happen, I didn’t like it. They don’t bring it up. The fake news will never bring it up. And in September, just before the election, the FBI told President Obama about possible Russian interference and he did nothing because he thought that Hillary Clinton, Crooked Hillary was going to win, that’s why he did nothing.
He did nothing. I built up the military, imposed sanctions on Russia, and provided alternative energy sources for all over Europe that competed very, very strongly with Russia. We are, by the way, the No.1 producer of energy in the world because of what we’ve done right now, The Democrats don’t care about Russia, they only care about their own political power.
They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I’ve ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you. That’s what it’s all about, not about us, it’s about you. They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election, probably in the history of our country, and they wanted to deny you the future that you demanded and the future that America deserves, and that now America is getting.
Our Radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice, and rage. They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country, as we know it. Not acceptable, it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen. To understand Democrats ruthless tactics, look no further than the United States Supreme Court and our court system nationwide.
I will soon have appointed my 145th judge. President Obama was very nice to us. He didn’t fill the positions. I get there the first day. “How many judges do I have to appoint?”, they said, “Sir, 139.”, now it’s 145 and we’ve just finished number 107, already approved sitting on the bench, how about that?
And by the time we’re finished with the rest, we will have a record percentages. Our percentage will be a record except for one person. One person has a higher percentage than your favorite President Donald Trump. You know who that president is? He’s got a higher percentage than me and it’s devastating. His name is George Washington.
George is at 100% and there’s no way I’m going to get there no matter what I tell you. Got 100%. Well, he was first, so he just appointed them all and that was it. That’s going to be a hard record to beat. They want to take away your judges. They want to pack the court with far left ideologues and they want to radicalise our judiciary.
You know that, we already have a lot of that. Look at what they did to a great gentleman, Justice Kavanagh, highly respected. They didn’t just try to win. They tried to destroy him with false and malicious accusations. And thank you, Marco, and thank you Lindsey wherever you may be. Thank you, great job, thank you.
Stand up. Yeah, Lindsey Graham was doing okay in South Carolina, aint that great? Now he’s through the roof great. Thank you. Great job, thank you. Great people, great people, all of them. They tried to ruin the family of now, Justice Kavanagh. They tried to ruin his career, they tried to ruin his life. They even wanted to impeach him on fraudulent charges.
Those charges were a fraud. He did nothing wrong. All in pursuit of political domination and control. Just imagine what this angry left-wing mob would do if they were in charge of this country. Imagine if we had a Democrat president and a Democrat congress in 2020. They would shut down your free speech, use the power of the law to punish their opponents, which they’re trying to do now anyway, they’ll always be trying to shield themselves.
They would strip Americans of their constitutional rights while flooding the country with illegal immigrants in the hopes it will expand their political base, and they’ll get votes someplace down the future. That’s what it’s about. And we are building the wall. We’re going to have over 400 miles of wall built by the end of next year.
It’s moving rapidly, moving very rapidly. And you know we couldn’t get the wall approved by the Democrats, even though they voted for it four years ago and six years ago and didn’t get built, but they voted for it, all of a sudden, Trump is president, we don’t want a wall. Can you imagine, can you imagine those caravans without having the barriers and walls that we’ve already put up and that are up. This country would be a mess like you wouldn’t believe.
So the wall is moving along, it’s moving along rapidly. It’s beautiful, I changed the design, it’s stronger, bigger, better, and cheaper. Cheaper, a lot cheaper. You know sometimes when they don’t give you the money, you have to make it cheaper, not going to happen, but it’s going well. Instead of bringing us together as one America, Democrats want to splinter us into factions and tribes, they want us divided, not going to happen to the Republicans anymore, it’s not going to happen.
This election is not merely a verdict on the amazing progress we’ve made. It’s a verdict on the un-American conduct of those who tried to undermine our great democracy, and undermine you. And by the way, on July 4th, in Washington, D.C., come on down, we’re going have a big day. Bring your flags, bring those flags.
Bring those American flags, July 4th, we’re going to have hundreds of thousands of people, we’re going to celebrate America. Sounds good, right? July 4th, celebrate America. This election is a verdict on whether we want to live in a country where the people who lose an election refuse to concede and spend the next two years trying to shred our Constitution and rip your country apart.
You remember during one of the debates, when Crooked Hillary said, “If I win, are you going to support me?”, but I must be honest, I didn’t give her a great answer. That was a very — I might have been my hardest question during the debates. Isn’t it amazing that it worked the other way around, right? Is isn’t it amazing?
If you want to know how the system is rigged, just compare how they came after us for three years with everything they had, versus the free pass they gave to Hillary and her aides after they set up an illegal server, destroyed evidence deleted and acid washed 33,000 e-mails, exposed classified information, and turned the State Department into a pay-for-play cash machine.
33,000 emails deleted, think of it. I keep mentioning, you know, there was a lot of corruption on the other side, but you know the simplest thing, they get a subpoena from the United States Congress and they decide that they’re not going to give it so Lindsey Graham, they did delete and they acid wash, which is very expensive.
Nobody does it, they acid wash those emails, never to be seen again, but we may find them somewhere deep in the State Department. But can you imagine, if I got a subpoena, think of this, If I got a subpoena for e-mails, if I deleted one e-mail, like a love note to Melania, it’s the electric chair for Trump, 33,000 e-mails.
But let’s see what happens, we now have a great attorney general, let’s see what happens. So if you either shut down this rigged system once and for all, then show up November 3rd, that’s your day, big day, and vote, vote, vote, we’re going to have a big, big day. Thank you. And remember the only thing these corrupt politicians will understand is an earthquake at the ballot box, that’s what they will understand, and they’re going to see it. We did it once and now we will do it again, and this time we’re going to finish the job, and this time should be a lot easier because we have done so much with our military, with our vets, with the Second Amendment, with our regulations, with the biggest tax cut in history, with getting rid of so many different problems, so many different things, including, by the way, the individual mandate in Obamacare, one of the worst things anybody’s ever had to live through.
We got rid of the individual mandate. Right? How many people are happy? They no longer have to pay for the privilege of not paying for bad health insurance. How many people are happy? Bad health care. So every time you don’t have to make out a check in order not to have health care. Think of that, think of that.
This is the only country you pay for the very distinct privilege of not having to pay but you have to pay a lot. Now you don’t have to pay anymore. You don’t want it, you don’t have to pay. The individual mandate, Mike. We got rid of it. That was a big deal. The people tried to stop our movement are the same Washington insiders, who spent their careers rigging the system, so your losses will be their gains, you know that.
These are the same career politicians who presided over decades of flat wages, the loss of our manufacturing jobs. Sixty thousand, could you believe that? Sixty thousand, who would believe that number? And you know how I know it’s true, because if it wasn’t I’ve been using it a lot. The fake news would have headlines: Trump used a phony number., they’ll have headline.
It would be the biggest story: Trump used — well, they never corrected it, so I assumed, fellas, 60,000 shuttered factories. We closed up 60,000 factories, it didn’t seem right. It didn’t seem like it would be possible. And avalanche of job killing regulations, a growing wealth gap and one ruinous trade deal after another.
By the way, those trade deals are getting very good folks, you will see. We just completed the deal with South Korea. Great deal. We’re working with Mexico and Canada. We have to get the Democrats to approve it. We wanted to be bipartisan. As you know, you may have read a couple of things about China. I spoke to President Xi. Terrific president, a great leader of China, spoke to him this morning at length and we’ll see what happens, but we are going to have a good deal and a fair deal or we’re not going to have a deal at all and that’s okay too.
Because we are taking in billions and billions of dollars into our treasury and companies are leaving China because they want to avoid paying these large tariffs. And by the way, when the fake news tells you that you are paying, in the case of China, they devalue their currency, that helps them. And you know what else they’re doing?
They’re subsidizing those companies and you’re not paying very much if you’re paying anything at all, the case of China, and we are taking billions and billions of dollars in. And remember this, and you know it as well as I do, we have never taken in 10 cents from China, we would lose $500 billion a year with China.
We rebuilt China. They’ve done a great job, but they took us for suckers, and that includes Obama and Biden. We took — they took us for suckers. Five hundred billion, five hundred billion. Somebody said, “You mean five hundred million.” That’s a lot too, right? No, $500 billion, actually more than that, I don’t want to be too specific 507. We’re fighting against the same far left politicians that ravage our great cities and crush the dreams of African-American middle class, the same people who threw open our borders and allowed drugs, gangs, and illegal labor to devastate our poorest American communities, you know that.
Our political opponents looked down with hatred on our values and with utter disdain for the people whose lives they want to run. That’s the way they’ve been doing it and if you take a look at the African American community, how’s — how much progress has been made, the lowest unemployment numbers in the history of our country.
They called you and us, do you remember this? They called us deplorables, that was a mistake. That was a big mistake. I’ll never forget. I was making a speech after Hillary used the word deplorables, and I didn’t think it was that bad, you know why? She used another word. You know what the other word was?
She said, deplorables and irredeemables. I think that was worse, but it didn’t get picked up. You never know what’s going to get picked up. It didn’t. I think irredeemables is worst than deplorables, but I’ll never forget. I was making a speech the next day. We had a big crowd in a great, great state, and women, in particular, were wearing: We are deplorables, The deplorables love you.
And there were hundreds and hundreds of people wearing: We are deplorables, and I said, “I think Hillary Clinton made a big mistake with that speech, and that is the problem with politics, one word and your career is ruined. You never know, you have to be very careful with the fakers back there. I have news for democrats who want to return us to the bitter failures and betrayals of the past.
We are not going back we’re going on to victory, going on to victory. [Inaudible] take it away as fast as it came, and as Mike Pence said a little while ago, “That’s why we want a little more time. It’s going to be cemented, it’s going to be cemented.” You know we have a big decision to make. You know what I’m going to say, “We have to come up with a theme for the new campaign, right?
Is it going to be Make America Great Again, which is probably and possibly the greatest theme in the history of politics, I think. Make America Great Again, MAGA country, right? MAGA, MAGA, MAGA, we’re in MAGA country, that I can tell you. But you know today we had a massive day on the stock market. A lot of good things are happening, but we had a very big day and we’re very close to, I think, our 68 record.
You know we’ve hit all time records. This tremendous, I think it’s actually more than that, but it’s a lot. So now I say, we’ve made America great again, but how do you give up the No. 1 call it theme, logo, statement in the history of politics for a new one, but you know there’s a new one that really works and that’s called Keep America Great, right?
Keep America Great, right? Keep America Great. In other words make America Great Again, well, we’ve really done it. We’ve rebuilt our military, it’s still in the process. We’ve taken care of our vets. We’ve cut the hell out of regulations. You know, have cut more regulations than any president in the history of our country, regardless of the length of their term.
So now I say, we need– we have a lot of brilliant talent campaign people, they cost a fortune and they never give me any ideas. I’m only kidding. So now, I’m saying, what do we use as our theme as our statement, so I’m going to ask you to vote on it. I’m going to go, Make America Great Again and Keep America Great.
Let me just here by your cheers, what you like. So, in all fairness, Make America Great, the greatest of all time. I really believe that. The greatest of all time, how do you give up the greatest of all time with a new theme, because you know what’s gonna happen? If I do it with a new theme, I give up the greatest of all time and if I lose, people are going to say what a mistake that was, but we’re not going to lose so it’s not going to matter.
We’re not going to lose, right? We’re not going to lose. Are you ready? First, we do make America Great Again, then we do Keep America Great. Let me hear it. Ready? Make America Great Again. Not bad. I would have said that three years ago, wouldn’t be a contest, right? You’re ready? Keep America Great. Wow, I’m sorry MAGA country, but that wasn’t too close.
I thought you had it won, and then I heard this cheer. My eardrums will never be the same. Keep America Great. We’re going to keep on fighting for every man and woman and child all across this land. With every ounce of heart and mind, and sweat and soul, we’re going to keep making America great again, and then we will indeed Keep America Great.
I will keep it so great. Better than ever before. We’re going to keep it better than ever before. And that is why tonight, I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States. Thank you. I can promise you that I will never ever let you down. I won’t. And I am profoundly thankful to my family.
I have a great family Melania, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Barron, Lara, Jared, Robert, Maryanne, Elizabeth, and my late brother, Fred Jr., we’re joined tonight by many great patriots who fight right by our side. Florida’s terrific governor. Thank you, Ron. Our first lady, Casey DeSantis. What a job you are doing.
Thank you. Thank you, Ron, Casey. Thank you. What a job. And again, your great lieutenant governor, who I hear is fantastic, right? Jeanette Núñez. Jeannette. Thank you, Jeanette. Beautiful job. Your Florida CFO, Jimmy Patronis. Some really brilliant, tough, wonderful friends who have helped me so much, Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Rick Scott of Florida.
These are great people, they’re tough, they’re smart, and they love our country. Thank you very much. Rick, Marco, Lindsey, thank you. Members of Congress, warriors also. Boy, they’re up there, you want them protecting you, I’ll tell you. They don’t stop. Matt Gaetz, Ted Yoho, and Michael Waltz. And also, all of our friends and our supporters, you’ve been incredible.
This has been a tremendous night. You’ve really been incredible. Since the very first day I walked through the doors of the White House. I have never forgotten who sent me there, You did, you did, you did, you did, you did, you did, you all did. When I get behind my desk in the beautiful oval office, I think about only one thing: how the American people are going to win, win, win today.
And I’m fighting for you, and I think you see that, not easy, but I love it and the reason I love it because there have been few presidents that have been able to do what we’ve been able to do for you, and it is a great great feeling, thank you. Thank you. I love it. Together, we’re breaking the most sacred rule in Washington politics.
We are keeping our promises to the American people, because my only special interest is you. I don’t have a special interest, I don’t care, I don’t care. And by the way, by the way, a woman who has been so good, so talented, so wonderful and we’re sort of going to be losing. I have a feeling she’s going to be running for a certain gubernatorial position.
Don’t worry about it, Ron, it’s not going to be his last. It won’t be in Florida. I promise you, Casey. She’ll be tough, right? But a woman who’s, a special woman and right — and her father, by the way, he’s out there fighting for us all the time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Thank you, Mr. President. This has been truly the honor of a lifetime. One of the most incredible experiences anybody could ever imagine and that’s because I’ve had the chance to be on the front row of history and watch you drastically change our country for the better. You’ve made America great, you’re gonna continue to make America great.
I couldn’t be prouder to be part of your team. I’m gonna go spend a lot of time with my kids, but no one will be a stronger voice and a more fierce advocate for this president, because he’s fighting for all of the people in this room and for all of the people that you represent all over the country and he’s gonna have an incredible six more years to make our country as strong as it’s ever been. Thank you so much, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re going to miss her. We’re going to miss her. Thank you, Sarah. Incredible, a warrior. Since the election, we have created six million new jobs. Nobody thought that would be possible. They said it wouldn’t be possible. We have lifted more than six million Americans off of food stamps and we’re getting off of welfare and back into the workforce and they’re so happy.
They are so happy. The unemployment rate is the lowest rate it’s been in over 51 years, think of that. And as I said before about African-American, I now say also about Hispanic.-American and Asian-American unemployment have reached the lowest rates in the history of our country. Unemployment. And African-American poverty has also reached, by far, the lowest rate in history.
These are incredible numbers. And today, right now, as we speak, almost 160 million people are working, that’s more than ever before, it’s the first time ever, the number of people is almost 160 million and we’re going to be breaking that number soon. Women filled 60% of the new jobs created last year and women’s unemployment is now the lowest it’s been in 74 years.
Wages are rising at the fastest rate in many decades, and really what’s nice is they’re rising the fastest for the lowest income Americans. Isn’t that nice? Percentage wise, the Fed and our pledge to the American worker through Ivanka Trump, she has worked so hard, she’s worked hard, has secured commitments to provide private-sector training opportunities to nearly 10 million Americans.
It’s been an incredible story. It’s been an incredible story. Great job. To get relief to working families, we passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history, the largest. We doubled, the child-tax credit, and the typical family of four earning $75,000 has seen a tax cut of over $2,000 a year, and that money goes right back into our economy.
Our record-breaking regulatory reduction campaign has saved every American household an average of $3,000 per year, and we’ve ended the last administration’s cruel and heartless law on American energy. What they were doing to our energy should never be forgotten. The United States is now the No.1 producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world.
And something I want to make clear to the media, we have among the cleanest and sharpest, crystal-clean, you’ve heard me say it, I went crystal-clean air and water anywhere on Earth. We are creating a future of American energy independence and yet our air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been by far, and importantly, we are reversing decades of calamitous trade policies.
When I came into office, we inherited one of the worst trade deals ever negotiated, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Would it put you all out of work? TPP would have dealt the death blow to the US auto industry, which, by the way is doing great. Many, many plants are now under construction in Michigan and Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, they hadn’t built one in decades and now they’re all over the place.
In my first week, I withdrew the United States from the job-killing catastrophe that we know what that is: TPP and the Paris environmental accord, not too good, not too good. I thought I was going to take a lot of heat on that, I took none. Would have cost us trillions and trillions of dollars. And we’re replacing the NAFTA disaster with the brand new USMCA.
And USMCA, that’s Mexico and Canada, will create at least 75,000 new jobs for American auto workers and give a massive boost to our farmers and ranchers, and growers all across the Sunshine State and will hopefully soon have bipartisan support. Because everybody wants it to happen. It replaces one of the worst trade deals ever made, NAFTA.
NAFTA was a beauty. It was really good if you want to see everybody leave our country. Thanks to our tariffs, american steel mills are roaring back to life, you know that. And we’ve taken historic action to confront china’s chronic trading abuses. It should have been done a long time ago, but the days of stealing American jobs and American companies, American ideas and wealth, those days are over.
In the eight years before I took office, on average, we lost two thousand manufacturing jobs a month. Since my inauguration, we’ve added 16,000 manufacturing jobs a month. That didn’t happen by accident. Remember the statement from the previous administration you’d need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing.
Well, we’ll tell sleepy Joe that we found the magic wand. The sleepy guy. And to remedy past injustices, we passed groundbreaking criminal justice reform. We ended the Clinton era crime policies that unfairly affected the African-American community, so unfair. We are boldly confronting the opioid and drug addiction, and you know what’s happening, drug addiction is the scorch of our country and many other countries, and we have made so much progress, so much progress.
Opioid down 17, 18, 19, and 21% in some places. And I want to thank our first lady for having worked so hard on that, thank you, thank you. And we’re expanding, affordable health care, creating plans 60% cheaper than Obamacare, and we passed, something I’m very proud of, they’ve wanted to pass it for 45 years.
All of the gentlemen that are sitting here from Congress, your congressmen, your senators, they helped us. It’s called Right To Try. We have the greatest medical labs in the world. We have incredible things under advisement, and our people, if they were very sick, they were terminally ill. They couldn’t get anything because people said no, it might hurt them, they’re terminally ill.
So I said that doesn’t make sense, and these people, if they were rich or had money they’d go to Asia, they’d go to Europe, they’d go all over the world looking for a cure, because the FDA would not approve what we call Right To Try, what a beautiful name, Right To Try, and I got it approved after 44 years, I got it approved.
And I saw a beautiful young woman the other day on television, Miss Harp, incredible woman. Did anyone see her? She was incredible, and she was so thankful that she’s doing so well and they were giving her instructions on what you do when you’re dying, and then all of a sudden this happened, and now it looks like she’s going to be around for a long time, and there are many, many cases right there.
Right To Try. And I hope nobody in this room ever needs it, but we now have it. For the first time in half a century, we’ve reduced the price of prescription drugs and our amazing veterans are no longer left to languish and die on endless waiting lists, standing on line waiting for a doctor. We pass V.A. Choice, so they can see their doctor.
Our veterans were waiting on line for two days, seven days, three weeks, five weeks, you had veterans waiting on line that could have easily been taken care of. They waited so long. they became terminally ill in many cases, the stories are horrible. We passed V.A. choice. You go out now, you get a doctor, you fix yourself up, the doctor sends us the bill, we pay for it, and you know what it doesn’t matter, because the life and the veteran is more important, but we also happen to save a lot of money doing that, can you believe it? V.A. Choice for the veteran.
They’ve been trying to get that passed also for about 44 years. Now we also passed V.A. accountability so that when somebody does bad things or mistreats, our wonderful veterans, we couldn’t do anything with them. They were protected between civil service unions and all of the problems, it didn’t matter, you couldn’t do anything.
Now, you can just say, “You’re fired, get out, get out, get out.” And as we fight to make life better for all Americans, the Democrat Party has become more radical, more dangerous and more unhinged than at any point in the modern history of our country or no issue are Democrats more extreme and more depraved than when it comes to border security.
The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible. It’s the greatest betrayal of the American middle class and, frankly, American life. Our country, has a hole, nobody sees anything like it, people are pouring in, but we’ve stopped them, and now, as I said, we have other people helping us, including the country of Mexico.
Let’s see how it works out, but we need you to call your Democrat Congressman and your Democrat Senator and get them to pass legislation. Working with these great men over here to close up the loopholes and to solve the asylum problem which can be done in 15 minutes. Illegal mass migration brings in millions of low wage workers to compete for jobs, wages and opportunities against the most vulnerable Americans cutting off their path to the American dream.
Thanks to Democrat policies, schoolchildren across the country are being threatened by the vicious gang MS-13. That iCE, by the way, is taking out of our country and dropping them back home by the thousands, by the thousands. Mass illegal migration, reduces living standards and strains public resources. If Democrat officials had to send their children to those overcrowded overburdened schools, they would not tolerate it for one minute.
What’s happening with their policies are horrible. Our immigration laws are a disgrace and the Democrats can get together with the Republicans and solve the problem quickly. One meeting. Democrats in California even voted to give free health care to illegal aliens instead of helping homeless Americans in Democrat run cities.
Democrats support sanctuary cities. Thank you, Governor Ron, for ending that whole disaster. They release dangerous criminal aliens into our communities. Ron DeSantis, great job. Great. Really great, thank you. So small. It’s commonsense. It’s commonsense. Sanctuary cities are an open attack on American law enforcement and American families.
Sacrificing American lives in pursuit of a callous political agenda. That’s all it is. No one who supports sanctuary cities should be allowed to run for president of the United States, Republicans believe welfare, schools, hospitals, and public resources should be protected for all Americans. And yes, yes, we are doing things that few others have even tried to do we are making progress like nobody would believe.
Wait ’til you see some of the things that you’re going to be hearing about over the next few months. We believe our country should be a sanctuary for law abiding citizens not for criminal aliens, and we will always support and protect the heroes of ICE border patrol and law enforcement generally throughout our country.
Thank you. And in the ultimate act of moral cowardice, not one Democrat candidate for president, not a single one, has stood up to defend the incredible men and women of ICE and border patrol, the job they do is incredible, against all odds with the bad laws. They don’t have the character, the virtue, the spine to do it, we have to thank them and we have to thank, boy, law enforcement.
What a job they do. It’s time to pass Kate’s Law, end sanctuary cities, end catch and release, deport vicious gang members, which we’re doing, stop human trafficking, stop illegal immigration, and establish a modern immigration system based on skills contributions and based on merit. We want people to come into our country based on merit more than 120 Democrats in Congress have also signed up to support crazy Bernie Sanders socialist government takeover of healthcare.
He seems not to be doing too well lately. They want to end Medicare as we know it and terminate the private health insurance of 180 million Americans who love their health insurance. America will never be a socialist country, ever. Republicans do not believe in socialism, we believe in freedom, and so do you.
We will defend Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors. We will defend it like nobody else. And we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. Always, always. Virtually, every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth. Ripping baby straight from the mother’s womb, leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth.
You saw that. In Virginia, Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God. That is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late term abortion. Day by day, we are rebuilding our country, our home, we are restoring America’s standing all around the world. We are respected as a country again.
After past leaders slash military budgets, we are rebuilding the U.S armed forces with $700 billion last year and $716 billion this year, far more than ever before. And with the help of Vice President Mike Pence, we are creating the space force, that’s where it’s going to be, the space force. We’re insisting that our foreign partners and allies pay their fair share, and thanks to our brave warriors, the ISIS caliphate that you’ve been hearing so much about, has been totally obliterated 100%. We have repaired America’s friendship with our cherished ally, the state of Israel.
And as I heard, Mike, saying before, we recognized the true capital of Israel and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem and we recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. And I withdrew the United States from the disaster — i’s a disaster, a disaster, the disastrous Iran nuclear deal and imposed the toughest ever sanctions on the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism.
We’re charting a path to stability and peace in the Middle East, because great nations do not want to fight endless wars. They’ve been going on forever. Starting to remove a lot of troops. We’re finally putting America first. In Latin America, our country once again stands against corrupt communist and socialist regimes, and we support the people of Cuba and Venezuela in their righteous struggle for freedom.
Thank you, Marco. Thank you, Rick. Thank you, Lindsey. And nothing would make us happier than to be able to work with Democrats to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, to bring down drug prices, to compete with other countries and to dominate the future as one American team. It can happen. It can happen, it can happen.
It’s looking like the Democratic Party does not want to do that, but it can happen, and it very well might. There’s so many great things we can do right now in a bipartisan way, but they’ve been afflicted with an ideological sectors that protects foreign borders, but refuses to protect our borders that promotes jobs overseas, but allows our factories to close, that promotes democracy abroad, but shreds our Constitution at home.
That declares support for free speech and free thought, but relentlessly suppresses them both and that constantly savages the heroes of American law enforcement. We don’t want that, we don’t want that. No matter what label they use. A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.
So don’t ever forget, this election is about you. It’s about your family, your future and the fate of your country. We begin our campaign with the best record, the best results, the best agenda, and the only positive vision for our country’s future. Together, we will continue unleashing the power of American enterprise, so every American can know the dignity of work and the pride of a paycheck.
We will elect a Republican Congress to create a safe, modern, and lawful system of immigration. It will be a system of immigration that strengthens our country, upholds our values and protects our way of life. We will enact trade deals that ensure more products are promptly stamped with the words Made in the U.S.A. We will create a great health care system based on honesty, transparency, more options, and far lower costs for much better care.
We will give school choice to millions of underserved children who are trapped in failing schools and failing school system. We will continue rescuing our inner cities from disastrous reign of Democrats, who presided over the decimation of their education systems, the outsourcing of their jobs, and the devastation of their neighborhoods.
We will expand opportunity zones so that no community is ever left behind. Thank you, Tim Scott, great help. In the face of new threats, we will defend privacy, free speech, religious liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms. We will protect our Second Amendment. We will push onward with new medical frontiers.
We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases, including cancer and others, and we’re getting closer all the time. We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars and, above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that hold us together.
As one America, we believe in the American Constitution and the rule of law. We believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. We believe that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the true American way. We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag, and we will live by the words of our national motto: In God we Trust.
Powered by these values, we won a victory two and a half years ago, we won a victory for every parent worried for their children and worried about their children. They were concerned that their children wouldn’t have the same opportunity as they had, we’re going to make that opportunity even better. We won a victory for every mom and dad who lost a job, because our leaders wave the white flag of economic surrender, you’ve seen that too much.
We won a victory for American self-government, self rule and self determination. We have been blessed by God with the greatest nation on the face of the earth and we are going to keep it that way. We are going to keep it that way. With your help, with your love and your devotion and with your drive, we are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning.
We are one movement, one people, one family and one glorious nation under God. And together we will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America safe again, and we will make America great again. Thank you, Orlando. Thank you, Florida.
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AMERICA First is the newest nationally-syndicated radio show in the United States, part of the Salem Radio Network. The host, Sebastian Gorka PhD., served most recently as Deputy Assistant for Strategy to the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and is author of the New York Times bestselling book “Defeating Jihad.” His latest book is “Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies.” You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka, on Facebook, and on Instagram @sebastian_gorka. AMERICA First is available on the iTunes podcast app, streams live at www.sebgorka.com, and is on YouTube. You can contact him here.