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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.

[applause] [cheering]

And we will live by the words of our national motto: “In God We Trust.”

[cheering]

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.

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.


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.

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There are 15 comments.

  1. Gary McVey Contributor

    Sometimes I wish the best, most astute Ricochet breakdowns of fact and current events would even be read and intelligently considered by people who don’t come to places like this site, people who probably have misconceptions about those of us on the internet who do.

    IIRC, the New York Stock Exchange had, possibly still has, “specialists” in a certain market. They function(ed) like web moderators, but had to put up their own money to do it. They strove to maintain an orderly market, which meant they’d usually buy until everyone else stopped selling. On Ricochet, Clifford A. Brown fulfills that role, maintaining a high level of new posts on every conceivable subject, as does Arahant; they keep Quote of the Day and the Themed Group Writing projects going month-to-month. They’re the Specialists who keep Ricochet’s intellectual market place “liquid”, with new ideas that aren’t always about today’s hot topic.

    EDIT: And of course, Clifford is right–@vectorman took over QotD. Thanks, V!

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    • June 19, 2019, at 2:46 AM PST
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  2. Franco Member

    Great summary. 

    I was happy he spent a good amount of time on the Democrat/media scandal(s) 

     

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:20 AM PST
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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    Sometimes I wish the best, most astute Ricochet breakdowns of fact and current events would even be read and intelligently considered by people who don’t come to places like this site, people who probably have misconceptions about those of us on the internet who do.

    IIRC, the New York Stock Exchange had, possibly still has, “specialists” in a certain market. They function(ed) like web moderators, but had to put up their own money to do it. They strove to maintain an orderly market, which meant they’d usually buy until everyone else stopped selling. On Ricochet, Clifford A. Brown fulfills that role, maintaining a high level of new posts on every conceivable subject, as does Arahant; they keep Quote of the Day and the Themed Group Writing projects going month-to-month. They’re the Specialists who keep Ricochet’s intellectual market place “liquid”, with new ideas that aren’t always about today’s hot topic.

    I appreciate your comments. Credit where credit is due: Vectorman is the cat herder for the Quote of the Day project.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:22 AM PST
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  4. Guruforhire Member

    Clifford A. Brown: 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.

    What I think worked in 2016 was that trump was fun and funny. I think it would be hilarious if Trump Jr, did a spot riffing off the old old spice commercials where he is walking speaking into the camera with some stuff in the background talking about how after the election MSNBC said that trump was going to put the gays into death camps. So in the background have fabulous gays being beat up and shot, and trump Jr walks into a GP medium and puts a chocolate on a scratchy green army blanket folded up on the end of a cot, and says something like “Trumps know a thing or 2 about hospitality.” Then cut away, and say, No this isn’t real because that would be crazy. This stuff isn’t real, none of this has been real, what has been real has been blah blah blah unemployment is way down and people are starting to find a better life especially gays and minorities.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:29 AM PST
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  5. Guruforhire Member

    I also think a riff on the libertarian dad jokes youtube video where 2 guys sit down and start cracking jokes.

    the eponymous example would be? What is the democrats favorite movie? Partial birth of a nation. and the other guy groans and says oh because of Northram, and the other racist guy, and then the rapist guy.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:31 AM PST
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I didn’t see the rally so I appreciate very much your summary. I especially loved seeing Melania, smart and beautiful as always, looking at ease and even happy. With all the grief she gets, it’s wonderful to see people expressing their love and support of her. As I watched her walking around, too, she seemed to be enjoying the people and the applause. I hope that she truly feels she has found her place. Thanks, Clifford.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 6:08 AM PST
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  7. Columbo Member

    He tried to tell us back in 2016 … Are You Tired Yet?

    • #7
    • June 19, 2019, at 6:22 AM PST
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  8. TempTime Member

    Gary McVey (View Comment):
    On Ricochet, Clifford A. Brown fulfills that role, maintaining a high level of new posts on every conceivable subject, as does Arahant

    I totally agree with you Gary. Clifford and Arahant are both great members of Ricochet, true talents. We all benefit from their efforts … of course, if I may say so myself, you are no slouch either! Thanks to all.

    It’s a big smile day to see Ricochet members all contributing, and publicly appreciating each others’ efforts.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 7:00 AM PST
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  9. cdor Member

    The Rally as a campaign method is Trump’s Golden Egg. He is great at it. He uses the pronoun, “I” very rarely. Especially when compared to the pronoun, “We”. . Like Don junor said in a warm up speech at the same rally, “My father didn’t need this job. He’s doing it because he loves this country and its people.” While the Democrats look to divide by creating every special interest group they can dream up, even to the point where they have begun to collide with each other –feminists and LGBQTURSVZ (sorry, I can’t keep track of them all)– in women’s athletics, for example, PDJT looks at all of us as a single people… Americans. As usual, whatever the Democrats accuse Trump of doing, it is exactly what the Democrats themselves are doing. Trump is not the divisive entity harming our country. It is the Left that excels at division. That is their entire strategy. Winning in 2016 was a miracle, one created by Trump’s indefatigable energy and confidence. Winning in 2020, as far as I am concerned, will be God’s way of saying our country is too good to be destroyed. Give this man enough time to solidify the direction change to common sense, pragmatic policy. We can only continue doing good for mankind by remaining strong. We must, as the airlines always say, put the oxygen masks on ourselves first, then look to help others.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 7:21 AM PST
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  10. Franco Member

    Yeah, who would have thought a President emphasizing “being American” would pose such a threat.

    We are supposed to be giving America away! We have an unlimited supply of ‘America’!

    We are so generous with our ( other people’s) money, our (other people’s) culture, other people’s children ( public education) and other people’s ( our military) lives in global deals.

    It’s not that we were so strongly nationalistic or in the least bit isolationist in the last several decades. We were focused almost exclusively on bringing up the rest of the world economically and granting de-facto world security, our leaders ( and many voters), forgot we were a country. All the other countries think they are a country ( except Europe, who is finding out why it’s a good idea to have sovereignty over your own country). Not such a difficult concept…

    These boiled frogs on the right aren’t even willing to go in the direction of a bit more nationalism and taking care of ourselves a bit more. They are sooo afraid. And many are very much invested intellectually and economically. I detest these people.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 7:45 AM PST
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  11. Columbo Member

    Franco (View Comment):

    Yeah, who would have thought a President emphasizing “being American” would pose such a threat.

    We are supposed to be giving America away! We have an unlimited supply of ‘America’!

    We are so generous with our ( other people’s) money, our (other people’s) culture, other people’s children ( public education) and other people’s ( our military) lives in global deals.

    It’s not that we were so strongly nationalistic or in the least bit isolationist in the last several decades. We were focused almost exclusively on bringing up the rest of the world economically and granting de-facto world security, our leaders ( and many voters), forgot we were a country. All the other countries think they are a country ( except Europe, who is finding out why it’s a good idea to have sovereignty over your own country). Not such a difficult concept…

    These boiled frogs on the right aren’t even willing to go in the direction of a bit more nationalism and taking care of ourselves a bit more. They are sooo afraid. And many are very much invested intellectually and economically. I detest these people.

    It’s just so “triggering” to those who grew up hating America and loving socialism …

    And so inspiring to those of us who grew up loving America.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 9:01 AM PST
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  12. Sweezle Member

    I adore our First Lady & she was was wonderful last night. TY for the recap of the best of the Trump rally !

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:55 PM PST
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  13. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Sweezle (View Comment):

    I adore our First Lady & she was was wonderful last night. TY for the recap of the best of the Trump rally !

    You are welcome.

    Question: any Florida R> have a read on the event and surrounding events/coverage?

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    • June 19, 2019, at 10:31 PM PST
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  14. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    It really doesn’t matter what promises he’s kept, or what signs of progress he’s pointed to, or what unrealistically optimistic goals he’s laid out – because it’s always “a dark speech.” Every speech he gives is DARK.

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    • June 20, 2019, at 2:17 PM PST
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  15. cdor Member

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    It really doesn’t matter what promises he’s kept, or what signs of progress he’s pointed to, or what unrealistically optimistic goals he’s laid out – because it’s always “a dark speech.” Every speech he gives is DARK.

    They can keep telling themselves that, while their colleagues shake their heads in agreement. What they don’t seem to understand is that normal people think they are crazy…except for maybe the two or three people still watching them.

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    • June 20, 2019, at 5:05 PM PST
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