Donald Trump’s full speech to the Republican National Convention

July 22, 2016 6:35 pm

Text of presidential nominee ’s speech to the Republican
National Convention, as provided in advance by the Trump campaign.
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Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of .
Who
would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16th of
last year we – and I say “we” because we are a team – would have
received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the
Republican Party, and that the Republican Party would get 60 percent
more votes than it received four years ago. The Democrats, on the other
hand, received almost 20 percent fewer votes than they got eight years
ago.
Together, we will lead our party back to the White House,
and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We
will be a country of generosity and warmth.

But we will also be a country of law and order.
Our
Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on
our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of
life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead
our country.
Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.
Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and
violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.
Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.
The
most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own
citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to
lead.
It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation. I will present the facts plainly and honestly.
We
cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So if you want to
hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media
myths_the Democrats are holding their convention next week.
But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.
These are the facts:
Decades
of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this
Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year
increased by 17 percent in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the
largest increase in 25 years.
In our nation’s capital, killings
have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby
Baltimore. In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000
people have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And almost
4,000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.
Nearly
180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from
our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.
The
number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so
far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are
being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no
regard for the impact on public safety or resources.
One such
border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he
ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21
years old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a
4.0 Grade Point Average. Her killer was then released a second time, and
he is now a fugitive from the law.
I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful
family. But to this administration, their amazing daughter was just one
more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to
sacrifice on the altar of open borders.
What about our economy?
Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly and your morning newspaper:
Nearly
four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58%
of African-American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are
in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less
than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce
entirely.
Household incomes are down more than 4 thousand dollars
since the year 2000 – 16 years ago. Our trade deficit in goods reached
nearly 800 billion dollars last year alone.
The budget is no better. President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than trillion dollars, and growing.
Yet,
what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling
apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and 43 million
Americans are on food stamps.
Now let consider the state of affairs abroad.
Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another.
We
all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by
their Iranian captors at gunpoint. This was just prior to the signing of
the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran 150 billion dollars and gave us
nothing – it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever
negotiated.
Another humiliation came when President Obama drew a red line in Syria – and the whole world knew it meant nothing.
In Libya, our consulate – the symbol of American prestige around the globe – was brought down in flames.
America
is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama
made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign
policy. I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets.
Her bad
instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders
– are what caused so many of the disasters unfolding today.
Let’s
review the record. In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map.
Libya was stable. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq was seeing a reduction in
violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was under control.
After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have?
ISIS has spread across the region, and the world.
Libya is in ruins, and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers.
Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control.
Iraq is in chaos.
Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons.
Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West.
After
fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars
spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has
ever been before.
This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.
But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy.
The
problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and
destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on
the same politicians who created them.
A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes.
Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America.
The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First.
Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.
As
long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then
we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with
respect.
This will all change when I take office.
The American People will come first once again.
My
plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods,
secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no
prosperity without law and order.
On the economy, I will outline
reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can
be used to rebuild America.
A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests.
That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit.
Big
business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the
campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged
system in place.
They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does.
She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.
That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change.
My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.
Every
day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all
across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned.
I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals.
These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.
I AM YOUR VOICE.
I
have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our
politicians put their personal agendas before the national good.
I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.
When
innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or
the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still,
has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to
look the other way.
And when a Secretary of State illegally
stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the
authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it
in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that
corruption has reached a level like never before.
When the FBI
Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and
“negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these
terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used
to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes.
In fact,
her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious
crime and getting away with it – especially when others, who have done
far less, have paid so dearly.
When that same Secretary of State
rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special
interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.
I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves.
Nobody
knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I
have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just
like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance. But
his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest
issue: trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and wealth.
Millions
of Democrats will join our movement, because we are going to fix the
system so it works fairly, and justly, for each and every American.
In this cause, I am proud to have at my side the next Vice President of the : Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.
We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana.
He is a man of character and accomplishment. He is the right man for the job.
The
first task for our new Administration will be to liberate our citizens
from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their
communities.
America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were so brutally executed.
Immediately after Dallas, we have seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials.
Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Tennessee.
On Sunday, more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Three were killed, and three were badly injured.
An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.
I
have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our
streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office
next year, I will restore law and order to our country.
I will work with, and appoint, the best and brightest prosecutors and law enforcement officials to get the job done.
In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate.
The
irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the
presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more
dangerous environment for everyone.
This Administration has
failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s
failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them in
every way and on every level.
When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.
Every
action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young
Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have the same
right to live out their dreams as any other child in America?
To
make life safe for all our citizens, we must also address the growing
threats we face from outside the country: we are going to defeat the
barbarians of ISIS.
Once again, France is the victim of brutal
Islamic terrorism. Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives
ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning.
The damage
and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been
proven over and over – at the World Trade Center, at an office party in
San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon, at a military recruiting center
in Chattanooga, and many more.
Only weeks ago, in Orlando,
Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic
terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community.
As
your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ
citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.
To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things.
We must have the best intelligence-gathering operation in the world.
We
must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change
that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we
must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS
and stamping out Islamic terror. This includes working with our greatest
ally in the region, the State of Israel.
Recently I have said
that NATO was obsolete, because it did not properly cover terror, and
also, that many of the member countries were not paying their fair
share. As usual, the United States has been picking up the cost.
Shortly
thereafter, it was announced that NATO will be setting up a new program
in order to combat terrorism — a true step in the right direction.
Lastly,
we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been
compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms
have been put in place.
My opponent has called for a radical 550
percent increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee
flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this
despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order
to find out who they are or where they come from.
I only want to
admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love
our people. Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not
welcome in our country and never will be.
Decades of record
immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our
citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers.
We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
On
Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by
illegal immigrants_Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw.
They are just three brave representatives of many thousands who have suffered so gravely.
Of
all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply
than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost
their children to violence spilling across our border.
These families have no special interests to represent them.
There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf.
My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain.
Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities.
But where was the sanctuary for Kate Steinle?
Where was the Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel?
Where was the Sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?
These wounded American families have been alone.
But they are alone no longer.
Tonight,
this candidate and the whole nation stand in their corner to support
them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will
save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.
We
are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to
stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into
our communities.
I have been honored to receive the endorsement
of America’s Border Patrol Agents, and will work directly with them to
protect the integrity of our lawful immigration system.
By ending
catch-and-release on the border, we will end the cycle of human
smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace
will be restored.
By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve.
Tonight,
I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been
denied – and every politician who has denied them – to listen very
closely to the words am about to say.
On January 20th of 2017,
the day I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a
country where the laws of the United States are enforced.
We are
going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest
compassion will be for our own struggling citizens.
My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton.
Americans
want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief. Yet
Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass
lawlessness.
Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals,
further reduce your jobs and wages, and make it harder for recent
immigrants to escape from poverty and join the middle class.
I have a different vision for our workers.
It begins with a new, fair trade policy that protects our jobs and stands up to countries that cheat.
It’s
been a signature message of my campaign from day one, and it will be a
signature feature of my presidency from the moment I take the oath of
office.
I have made billions of dollars in business making deals – now I’m going to make our country rich again.
I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great trade agreements.
America
has lost nearly one-third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997,
following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and
Hillary Clinton.
Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country.
Never again.
I
am going to bring back our jobs to Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and New
York, and Michigan and to all of America – and I am not going to let
companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way,
without consequence.
My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class.
She
supported NAFTA, and she supported China’s entrance into the World
Trade Organization – another one of her husband’s colossal mistakes.
She supported the job-killing trade deal with South Korea.
She
has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership – which will not only
destroy our manufacturing, but it will make America subject to the
rulings of foreign governments.
I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence.
Instead,
I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will
we enter into these massive transactions, with many countries, that are
thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads
or understands.
We are going to enforce all trade violations against any country that cheats.
This
includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property,
along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency
manipulation.
Our horrible trade agreements with China, and many others, will be totally renegotiated.
That
includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America –
and we’ll walk away if we don’t get the deal that we want.
Our country is going to start building and making things again.
Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules.
While
Hillary Clinton plans a massive tax increase, I have proposed the
largest tax reduction of any candidate who has run for president this
year – Democrat or Republican.
Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone.
America
is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Reducing taxes will
cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.
Then
we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest
job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as
much as 2 trillion dollars a year, and we will end it.
We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy.
This will produce more than 20 trillion dollars in job-creating economic activity over the next four decades.
My
opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and steel
workers of our country out of work – that will never happen when I am
President.
With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.
This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans.
We
will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the
railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs.
We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.
My opponent would rather protect bureaucrats than serve American children.
We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.
And we will fix TSA at the airports!
We’re
going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take
the pressure off these young people just starting out their adult
lives.
We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the
countries that we are protecting, at a massive cost to us, will be asked
to pay their fair share.
We will take care of our great Veterans
like they have never been taken care of before. My just-released Ten
Point Plan has received tremendous veteran support. We will guarantee
those who serve this country will be able to visit the doctor or
hospital of their choice. My opponent dismissed the VA scandal – one
more sign of how out of touch she really is.
We are going to ask
every Department head in government to provide a list of wasteful
spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days.
The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it.
We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution.
The
replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar
views, principles, and judicial philosophy. This will be one of the most
important issues decided by this election.
My opponent wants to
essentially abolish the 2nd amendment. I, on the other hand, received
the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association and
will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe.
At
this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical and religious
community in general who have been so good to me and so supportive.
You have much to contribute to our , yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.
An
amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens
religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they
openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to
repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.
We
can accomplish these great things, and so much more – all we need to do
is start believing in ourselves and in our country again.
It is time to show the whole world that America Is Back – bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.
In
this journey, I’m so lucky to have at my side my wife Melania and my
wonderful children, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron: you will
always be my greatest source of pride and joy.
My Dad, Fred
Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew. I wonder
sometimes what he’d say if he were here to see this tonight.
It’s
because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the
dignity of work and the dignity of working people. He was a guy most
comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians
and I have a lot of that in me also.
Then there’s my mother, Mary. She was strong, but also warm and fair-minded.
She
was a truly great mother. She was also one of the most honest and
charitable people have ever known, and a great judge of character.
To
my sisters Mary Anne and Elizabeth, my brother Robert and my late
brother Fred, I will always give you my love_you are most special to me.
I have had a truly great life in business.
But now, my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country – to go to work for you.
It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people.
But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past.
America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.
Remember:
all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want,
are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here
tonight.
No longer can we rely on those same people in the media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.
Instead, we must choose to Believe In America.
History
is watching us now. It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the
occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free
and independent and strong.
I’m asking for your support tonight so that I can be your champion in the White House.
My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her.”
I choose to recite a different pledge.
My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”
I am your voice.
So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight:
I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.
To all Americans tonight, in all of our cities and in all of our towns, I make this promise:
We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And We Will Make America Great Again.
God Bless You And Good Night.

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