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President Trump kicked off his reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando. VP Pence was the opening speaker, doing his usual polished job. First Lady Melania Trump spoke beautifully:
It has been my honor to serve as First Lady of this incredible country for the past two years. And I’m excited to do it for six more. I am proud of all my husband, this administration, and the whole family have done on behalf of the American people, in such a short time. He truly loves this country, and will continue to work on your behalf as long as he can. All of us will. Thank you all again for being here tonight. And now, I want to introduce my husband, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
President Trump was in fine form. He called out the Democrats and the media for trying to steal and then undo the 2016 election. He said the attack was on the voters, the people who had been put down and forgotten by career politicians. The president rehearsed the craziness and hatred coming from the Democrats, towards the American people, and warned Democrats must not be allowed back in control of the country. He especially pointed out Democrats’ reckless disregard for the most vulnerable Americans, who are most harmed by floods of illegal immigrants taking jobs, services, and increasing gang crime. He expressly claimed the Democrats’ immigration position is all about their own political careers.
President Trump then reviewed all the promises kept* and all the good news the media has desperately ignored or denied. He hammered on employment and wage growth for each group of Americans who had been left behind for so long. He called off every demographic by name and how much better they were now doing. The president pointed out foreign policy, both security and trade policy, and how each action was making America wealthy, secure, safe, or great again.
President Trump praised First Lady Melania Trump for her work on the opioid crisis, and his daughter Ivanka for job training and criminal justice reform. The president then praised and pointed to Senators Rubio and Graham. He praised Senator Tim Scott for opportunity zone legislation. He praised the governor, his wife, the female lieutenant governor, and each Republican member of Congress present. He even called up Sarah Sanders, hugging her, having her say a few words, then hugging her again as she left the stage, hinting that she might be running for something big.
After reviewing the craziness and extremism of the DNC as a whole and of the presidential primary candidates, President Trump outlined his positive vision, promises to keep over the next six years. I have corrected the following from the raw C-SPAN transcript:
Together we will keep 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 that strengthens our country, upholds our values, and protects our way of life.
We will enact trade deals that ensure more products are proudly stamped with the words “Made in the USA.”
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 systems. 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 opportunities zones so that no community is ever left behind. Thank you [Senator] 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 on with new medical frontiers. We will come up with a cure for 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 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 people worried about their children. They were concerned that their children wouldn’t have the same opportunity as they had. We are going to make that opportunity even better. We won a victory for every mom and dad who lost a job because our leaders waved 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 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 winning, winning, winning.
We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God.
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.
The C-SPAN video feed cut out a couple times. Here is an uninterrupted feed, provided by Fox10 out of Phoenix, Arizona:
* A point of criticism: The Donald J. Trump campaign owned PromisesKept.com is outrageously out of date. It shows nothing since 2018, and is mostly 2017. It is true that the White House official website is clearly communicating the president’s actions and results. However, President Trump is paying people to run a campaign operation as well, and they are stinking up the internet with the most basic form of website management incompetence. They are creating the impression that President Trump has accomplished nothing since the midterms, and mostly since his first year in office. That is basic political malpractice and needs to be fixed, immediately.