tv Laura Ingraham Billionaire at the Barricades CSPAN November 4, 2017 8:00pm-9:01pm EDT
situation from one generation to another. each spurred on by the other. taking its influence and enthusiasm for the breakthroughs occur neglect previous generation. we going to see that happening time and time again, and i this whole odyssey of black detroit. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org. [applause] >> now, on to the main event. it's now my pleasure to introduce today's keynote speaker, america's most listened to woman in political talk radio, laura ingraham. she can be heard locally between 10:00 and 12:00 on am850. laura is a former white collar defense attorney and supreme court law clerk. her nationally syndicated talk
show, the lawyer ingraham show, i ranged in the nation's top 10 rated shows and heard coast to coast in nearly 250 markets. she is the editor in chief and doe founder of -- and a best selling are author, including obama diaries, power to the people, shut up and sing, and the hilary trap. laura has been a guest host on many fox news channels and a contribute you're to abc's this week and also recently announced she would be headlining fox news new primetime tv show, the ingraham angle, which will debut in the 10:00 hour one week from today. [applause] >> fox news has said that laura aims to cut through the
washington chatter to speak directly with unexpected voices and the actual people who are impacted by the news of the day. during today's speech, we look forward to her bringing this same candor as she deairlines how president trump remade the reagan revolution in his own image, attracting a new coalition of voters. laura will also reveal previously unreported details behind the president's victory and the possible pitfalls that lay ahead for his ambitious agenda. topics found in her new book, "billionaire at the barricade" on sale in the lobby, thanks to our partner ship with the palm beach book store. without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, laura ingraham. [applause] >> thank you, everybody. i really appreciate it. i want to thank everybody here
at the forum. amazing group. it's great to sell out and i just want to say it's good to be with the little people in palm beach area. the regular people. apparently this just came in. you guys are busy to maybe you didn't see this. apparently my kids are looking for halloween costume. i have 12-year-old, nine-year-old and a 7-year-old at home, and apparently there's been a run on rhinestone cowboy hats. have you seen that? i don't know what they're talking about. apparently they're different colors, green, blue, red. kind of like that homeland security code system remember, red, green -- but there's ryan -- rhinestones fall off easily to be careful you. know it's bad for the american media and for politics, i guess,
when former president of the united states, jimmy carter, gives an interview and the title of the piece after his interview is -- in "the new york times --" the tiedle of the piece is "jimmy carter defends trump in wide-ranging interview." i thought, did i wake up on april fool's? how can this possibly be a title of a piece today. and i was getting ready for radio at wftl. and indeed, president carter at age 93, has an enormous amount of perspective and wisdom, and i would say he has some practicing na tim and how he is -- pragmatism and how he looks at the united states now and the rest of the world. i don't agree with president carter probably on a lot but i
thought it was so heartening to have him give an interview to "the new york times" and say that -- i'm paraphrasing -- in his lifetime, he hasn't seen an american president treated in the way that donald trump has been treated. hasn't seen it. he went on to burst "the new york times" bubble by saying that he didn't think that russia changed the outcome of the election. nor did he see any evidence of any type of collusion with russia, and he went on to say that china and russia and japan are on the rise, and that the united states is being challenged, really challenged. he said that our standing in the world had taken a hit, had been
dill minimum issued and that -- diminished and that decline preceded donald trump. now, i guess "the new york times" and the lame stream media -- they could say this is pa just part of the right wing -- the vast right wing conspiracy that hillary is still talking about. will that book tour of hers ever end? my god. she was giving an interview a ham radio host in berlin yesterday. i was like, she's really -- i mean, look, my book was just -- by the way, just could came in. my buie book is now official lay "new york times" best seller. but to quote hillary, what difference does it make, you're all here. but hillary is kind -- she has this book tour and reminds me of the oriental rug stores. they're always have -- always going out of business. lost our lease, going out of business. real final sale and it's like that or the cher farewell tour,
always her final concert, barbara streisand will never perform again and low and -- lo and behold it's 500 bucks a ticket in las las vegas. hillary clinton said in an interview with a radio host in the united kingdom, she said that she was on the platform at the inaugural and it was kind 0 of a misty day in washington. i was on the rise are, maybe about 25-yard 30 yards. pretty cool place to sit. i was up here on the side and they were here, obviously at the president, president trump is giving his address, he is sworn into office, hand up, then he speaks. hillary said that she was sitting there and donald trump -- he was talking about what happened to country and how things had flat-lined, median income has actually declined in
real dollar terms, and that people wanted a new approach to the border to the trade deals, et cetera. and hillary says that george w. bush looked at her and said, this is craziest, weirdest bunch of horse hockey i've ever heard, laughing. to hillary. and the media loved that. they loved when a republican, like george w. bush, or pick your uk republican, mccain mark, lindsey graham, everflake, go on and on -- they love it when a republican trashes a conservative populist, especially a republican president in office, like donald trump. and i thought to myself, that kind of really does -- that little vignette of bush snickering with hillary,
laughing at donald trump, that explains this. trump didn't come out of nowhere. he didn't kind of just pop out of a vacuum and didn't win by the way because of jim comey or the russians. he didn't win because he is a celebrity. he didn't win because he was self-financed. didn't win because of facebook ads. donald trump won the election because americans in the critical states that make up our electoral college, were kind of sick of being snickered at. they're kind of tired of being laughed at. they're tired of being told one thing in the campaign season and having governance being another thing. [applause] >> and the bipartisan establishment i write about in "billionairety barricade" had for about 25 years or so kick
the people that i come from to the curb. where die come from? i come from middle class town, a middle class neighborhood in connecticut, not greenwich, not one of the fancier areas of connecticut. i had a -- don't get me wrong. love my public school, love me community. but i come from working people. i don't like calling them ordinary americans, by the way. have to stop myself. reagan never like that, either, or average americans. because my mother waited tables until she couldn't carry the trays any longer. she couldn't carry a tray any longer at age 74 because her hand had such terrible arthritis. she was someone who didn't take a penny from the government because she didn't believe that people who had two hands and two feet and a mind should do anything but work.
she taught me that there's dignity in every job. there's respect for everybody. who puts in the effort to work every day. at every level of society. my father ran a car wash. he worked for a time at a pratt and whitney aircraft engine in east hartford, really important manufacturing firm, still it, smaller. in connecticut. my mom didn't go to college. she was very smart, very street smartment she would have loved trump. she had twink until her eye and fight. five feet tall. parents are polish immigrants. she didn't take a lot of guff from people. think that's where i got it from, my mother. but she is with me today. she animated what i do on a daily basis. i was a lawyer, working at a big law firm, and it was good life,
don't get me wrong. it was great. i enjoyed it. glad i had that experience, clerking for justice thomas on the circuit court of appeals in manhattan, and then at a big litigation firm. taught me a lot. big -- working for a big law firm taught me a lot. what wanted to do and didn't want to do. think in the end i ended up picking my way in a circuitous path to what i'm doing now. tried to hold ton where i came from. my mother, when he was really sick, back in 1999, she had lung cancer, she said never, ever forget where you came from. when i just started in the media. just began my television show, back then for msnbc in the morning. my show was called "watch it." apparently not puff people did but it was called -- well, learned a lot since then. i learned a lot from my being
fired. i learned a lot from losing a couple of jobs, and what i was go at. i wasn't so good at. but she really never let me forget that. i worked in a -- i worked in a thread factory, she said. we grew up with a stove and a kitchen and all had to sleep in. you grew up in a rambler house with six people and one little bathroom, your three boys slept in one room, you slept in the den. that's where you grew up and what you need to take with you every day. not that she didn't want me to be success. you but shed did. she is watching us right now. she wanted me to be successful but she wanted me to remember, which i try to do every day -- don't always succeed but really try -- that this country is such a blessing to us. our freedom. [applause]
our liberty, our independence, the ability of a man or a woman, regardless of where you came from, what your political party is, your race, your -- to make a decent living. even if you didn't get to go to a good school or a college, but you could actually support a family. i mean, we could support a family in the 19 -- i was also kid in the 1960s, 1970s. you could support a family with -- by being a waitress, jobbed that americans will do bill the way. being a waitress. owning a little small business. putting your nose to grindstone you kid will mow lawns. that's what we did. pick fruit. that's what i did. we delivered newspapers. that's what all my brothers did. we baby s.a.t., anything we needed to do to make money, to
save to have a better life. we did it not thinking we were middle class or poor or lower middle class. we just did it. that's what you do. this is america. you don't wait for someone else to do the job. you do it. kind of pragmatic thinking. not all that political but pragmatic. so when i hear people talk about, well, you know, trump is like -- tweets too much or he is too -- takes things to personally or fights with everybody, i say to myself, well, what the heck did both political parties do to this country over the last 25 years? what happened to america as the sole military super power, unrivaled after world war ii? what gradually happened since about 1988 onward? how did china develop the
largest standing military in the world? people understand that? they have 2.3 million standing army, china. how does it that china have a $360 billion -- with a b -- trade surplus with the united states last year. how did that happen? how did it happen that china has a plan called the made in china 2025 plan, you know what that is? it's not as exciting at what fredricka wilson overheard on the phone, realize. hough exciting is that. but it's really important, because guess what china is planning to do? dominate every major industry in the world. "wall street journal" piece today, china pushes domestic electric car battery. seems like, well, so big deal. last month beijing began
requiring all automakers, foreign and domestic, to begin making electric and other alternative energy vehicles by 2019. while china hopes to clear its applauded skies its primary objective is to help its domestic industry leapfrog foreign rival bits creating a large captive market for their products, analysts say. electric vehicle production is one of the ten high-tech industries that beijing is prioritizing through its flagship, made in china, 2025 strategy. trade and other economic experts in the united states are saying this is protectionivity, it's blatant. third rules are blatantly favoring chinese domestic companies. that's shocking. that a country would try to protect its manufacturing base. laura, this is a free market. this is great. all the free market. china -- well, right. okay.
i guess what donald trump is doing? this doesn't get the publicity. going back to this piece for a moment. u.s. trade representative -- this is donald trump's cab it -- land an investigation into whether chinese policies are forcing u.s. companies to risk their propoet tear technology to do business in china. among other issues, he is expected to examine chinese rules requiring many foreign companies, including auto companies, to form local joint ventures to be allowed -- no order to deallowed to operate in china potentially, what, jeopardizing their intellectual property. boeing, one of the most important american companies, in a joint venture -- well in china, on commercial aviation -- donald trump, they think it's
important to actually look at these deals carefully. what happens if america is eclipsed in commercial jet aviation? what do you think happens to seattle? do we care? do we care what happens to american manufacturing or think everybody can write code? your alternatives to work at dws shoe warehouse or br -- be some type of hedge fund guy or write code? maybe work in some -- whatever shopping malls are left in the united states. that can't be. so when people say, you're protection -- you're aplexist. no, no, no. there is a trade war being rage expelled we're losing it. we're looking it because until donald trump came along, we had a number of presidents who frankly were asleep at the switch. who were not examining the key question. the key question for me is, what type of country do we want to
live in? do we want a country where we have super rich and everybody else? because i think we have seen how that's work out in south america. it's been -- that's a pretty tough deal. doesn't work too well for too lock. our middle class, the so-called ordinary americans, had been ignored, and derided, and kicked to the curb, year after year are year. from 2000 to 2008, our last two term republican president, who had a lot on his plate and a lot to deal with. it was difficult. but you can't expect things to go well for your party when you start off with 53,000 median income in the united states, 57,000 -- and end at 53,000 when you finish. is that sustainable?
i mean, last time check our incomes were supposed to be going like this, but of course, there are lot of big companies and big corporations who -- they don't lose sleep ore flatlining wages but the people i came from do can't put a kid through college today, can't do it with any sense of ease without huge anxiety, if you have wageses that in real terms actually going down. so donald trump comes along in 2016, not out of a vacuum or -- not because he's a little -- he's brash. yeah, he can be brash, sure. think for the first time in a long time, people thought, well, maybe we need kind of a bully to beat back the bullies. we're not deplorable. we are not irredeemable. we don't cling to our guns and our religion -- well, maybe we do cling to the guns, but sometimes that's okay.
but this is america. we're proud of who we are. and it's okay to conserve what is good about america. i'm a conservative. conserving is goodment the philosophy of conservatism, taken to its -- in its purest form -- libertarians say way want open boarders and open markets. hillary said this during the campaign in that private speech at golden max, open borders and open markets. to end is that? an open border in the age of al qaeda and isis, ms-13, human trafficking, really? open markets. well, i guess. how is that working out for us? we have special trade status right now with mexico and canada. it's great. they're great ally.
but it's coming at a huge price. the vast russ belt of the united states rosen up in 2016 and i had -- other than adopting my first child i don't think -- i think it's probably -- i think other than adopting maria in guatemala nine years ago, the most fun i've had was on election night. i think that was -- [applause] because all of these people who are paid to know what is going to happen, who were two hours earlier they were in the fox hallway, pollsters, who were telling me, well, doesn't look good for you guy. i say about 410 electoral votes for hilary. 399.
400. said, ooh, that's bad. that's bat for trump. hmm. well, than i hi just tart repeated the old -- well, pennsylvania is going to be his waterloo. how many time us did you hear that? leading up to election night. and let me tell you when i for sure now that donald trump was going to win. i had a pretty good sense just because on the radio, you get an instant focus group every day. the radio is so valuable imcould hear what was on people's minding, disdiscounting all the chatter and side issues keeping the presidency busy. it was sunday night, before the election, and i get a call at about -- must have been 5:00 in the afternoon. was sitting down -- we have a sunday dinner my house, my sir good at surrogate parents parene were sitting and laverring and having good time. i get a phone call and it was
someone from the campaign and spade what are you doing some i said having dinner. what are you doing some shay said do want to come to leesburg, virginia? donald trump is going make a final stop in virginia and he's in five states today, and he's going to wind up in virginia at 9:00. i'm like, okay, it's an hour and a half or so drive ump said, definitely i'm going. hello, yeah. you want to speak? of course, i pile friend inside my car, grab my daughter, school night, who cares, it's history. but on an extra jacket marks ria, we'll be fine. we drive up there, and i'm thinking, this is a last-minute thing which could be a total disaster in politics. you just never know what's going to happen. so, woe pull up and i'm like, why am i doing is? i'm already exhausted. it's late, one of those really cold november nights.
and so i'm like, what is this backup? and must be an accident. we rolled down the window and the police officer said, who are you? where are you going? i said i'm supposed to speak tonight. he's like, there's a 14,000 people trying to get into a place that holds 1900 people. so, i don't know if you're going to get. in if don't know if you're going to get in. so we find this back road through the woods, and we drive -- and i am not kidding you, people with kids on their shoulders, blankets, coolers, american flags, little down coats, babies had blankets, plaid blank blankets. veterans with their hats on, korean war, vietnam war, and i
got out hoff of the car and felt baud because these people wouldn't get. in i jumpedded out of the car and people said -- i said, you guys, it's freezing. go back. you're knost going to get in the event is already full. it was an each amphitheater and one after the other said, we don't care. we want to be there. one after the other. finally make it to the venue, and the line -- just the individual line is snaking -- in the dark, mind you -- snaking, snaking, all the way up the hillside and so i went with my producer and we started walking the line, because i just wanted to talk to people. this where is you get the real story. and we walked and walked and walked, people quiet, people seemed to patient, and pitch black. and i finally -- there was an older gentleman, maybe in his -- i don't are in -- late 70s, early 80s in a wheelchair and
he had a u.s.a. cap on, and i asked him -- looked like his daughter. said do you want me to bring you guy advertise front? i will get you in but he shouldn't be out here in the cold. can't standded when people let elderly people or women wait in line. ill bring you to front. and he looked at me and without skipping a beat he said, ma'am, where i come from, people don't cut in line. like that. [applause] >> and i said, okay, how are those redskins? he cut me to the quick. and that kind of summed it up. that little vignette about the goodness of america. i think a lot of those people last night thought it what's last stand for the country. the traditions they loved,
beliefs in america first, that our policies from domestic, to trade, to spending, immigration, foreign policy, the policies are for the people. the government works for us, north the other way around we're not the servants. and so no one left. the venue was full and the all stayed. and they weren't complaining like i probably would have been, complaining. they weren't. i thought, wow. this is incredible. trump is supposed to show up at 9:00. jerry falwell jury -- we were there stretching, stretching as long as possible. this is -- he's not here...
at midnight we are be back of the pavilion and i'm getting jump dated. he's not going to make it. eat been in minnesota, pennsylvania, ohio, hopscotching across the country. then you see a line of the suvs rolling up the hill. right? so they left me stand out in back with my daughter. somehow i thought, a little girl from an orphanage in guatemala, meeting who i thought was going to be the future president of the united states, like, i know it's selfish but i wanted to see that. i've known donald trump for a long time. i know what is in his heart. stood there, he helps out of the suv, he is exhausted. 70 years old, five states. gets out and he looks at me, he's like, ingraham, you're really late. i said, nice try. really funny. and then he said, you didn't think i was going to win until
tonight. right? he said you see that crowd? i said, it's unbelievable i. said you are going to win and he is like, let's go. ... i don't think i've ever seen him look happier and i don't think i've seen her look happier. it was awesome. it was just a great moment, love it. [applause] the country was waiting for someone on conventional, someone
who would hold up a mirror to the failures of both parties and someone who would put the interests of quote ordinary americans first. donald trump has done that. [applause] in 10 months without republicans passing obamacare repeal, voting seven times to do with when it didn't matter and when they finally could do it they couldn't. unbelievable, unbelievable. i think he was truly shocked by that. they can't pass obamacare repeal. he does keystone pipeline he gets neil gorsuch on the supreme court and he is nominated dozens of phenomenal federal appellate court judges and district court judges. he has begun to untangle a necessary federal regulations. of course they are on their way to passing tax reform.
we have growth that is stunning right now. in the market we finally have more than 3% gdp just revised upward. we have the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. if this were a democrat president and those were the statistics in october of his first year what do you think the media would be saying about that president? what do you think the media would be saying today after maxine waters congresswoman said over the weekend that she was going to "-- quote take trump out. this after barack obama george w. bush hillary clinton and pretty much everyone else who resist the trump movement says that words matter. this is after las vegas, for thick shooting and this is a steve scalise. people forget about what happened to steve scalise. horrific. words do matter. we all can do better.
i certainly can always. but people say we want the country united. do you know when the country was united? for a short time after 9/11 we were united and her two-hour -- two years after pearl harbor we were united. america is a place where people argue. good debate should happen. we should really lock horns not on personalities so much that the substance. i think what happens and what has happened until trump is that the media and the political powers that be they love having these sides because it allowed them to go behind closed doors and cut deals with each other without the american people really being included at all. for that we got transpacific partnership. remember they could reveal what was then that until the last minute. we got the stimulus bill.
we have obamacare, all these things behind closed doors. we have the gang of eight amnesty bill behind closed doors and suddenly they announce these things and it turns out they are not very popular. turns out that americans want policies that come down to their benefit. real growth, real accountability accountability, real borders, a foreign policy that puts america's interests first while respecting the course of our allies, military interventionism interventionism. i don't know we talk about exporting democracy abroad but the same people would who talk about exporting democracy abroad never seem to mention china. there is a lot that donald trump has to do. some of his wounds can be self-inflicted. he's not perfect. all of our wounds are self-inflicted over the course of our lives but the barricades i write about in this book are some of the same barricades of my old loss ronald reagan had to
clear. big media apparatus that was almost, almost all of it was aligned against him. they called them stupid. they said he slept during the day. they said he was just an actor. they called him ronnie ray gun. they ridiculed him at every turn. i know because i was there. he had to clear that and he did. he had to clear the democratic party that occasionally would work with them but oftentimes didn't. ronald reagan had to clear the other barricades from 1976 and of course 1980 the old g.o.p. establishment the old rockefeller republicans. the more globalist he was the more big spending he was. how did reagan do that? he did that by keeping his eye trained on the american people. if i could get donald trump any
advice and i'm sure on my new fox show occasionally i well it would need to remember that, that long after he is gone these issues in these debates will continue. this movement, this conservative populist movement that wants to return more power to the people at every level, this movement continues and they can get rid of trump tomorrow. they can try to the impeach him or maybe beat him in 2020. i don't know we'll see how it goes with these issues are issues. what will the world look like if china is the dominant superpower? what will the world the like if we lose another major manufacturing sector to asia or beyond? what will the world look like if we decide that maybe it's time to really change the way we think of citizenship in the united states. maybe noncitizen should vote.
is that what we wanted the country? is that the kind of country once? is up to the people to decide that these issues that he first raised when he started to discuss running for president, these are the big issues of the day. we have north korea. we have still a challenge with russia. china on the rise. we have unbelievable problems in the african continent which again in today's discussion with frederica wilson they are not going to discuss those issues that it will go on. i would say the donald trump focus on the fact that you are a temporary occupant of this white house. always keep it focused on the american people. ronald reagan famously said in 1980 when he was running, he was reminded -- he kind of had a thin budget early on in the campaign and john connolly was running against him. one of his advisers said
connolly has got tons of money from new york in manhattan and he has got a lot of dough. read -- reagan famously said let's not worry about that. it is rather have main street on my side than wall street. trump says the same thing. [applause] so trump clears all these barricades in front of him and he returns on his promise to drain the swamp, returns power back to the people. we continue to see this economy doing as well as it is an better which i think it's going to do with this tax reform passes, and i think this conservative populist movement will have just started. other than reagan in 1980 i haven't seen anything like this and it is no wonder that the obama's, the clintons, the bushes and the chamber of commerce all the big media
outlets, they are all aligned against it. ask yourself why. a lot of them have gotten and happy off of the status quo. but the curtain has been pulled back. it's up to people to decide where they want to take it but just as i was reminded by president reagan the last time i walked out of the oval office, make it matter. i was on my way to law school and i didn't even know that he knew my name. this is a short ride we have in this country. we will all be gone within the blink of an eye. what kind of country do we want to leave behind? i'm going to try to make it matter on fox. i hope it will make you laugh at the end of the night tickets we all have lives that are all over the place. we want to tell you what's really going on in the story behind the story, not just the headlines and not just the shiny objects that the rest of the media want you to pay attention
to. i'm really looking forward to it. it's a new chapter 4 me. i hope you all turn in -- tune in and i hope this book the host oracle frame from reagan to be canon to ross perot all the way to the tea party movement and donald trump i hope you understand after reading this what happened and why it happened and why it will continue long past donald trump. thank you very much everybody. i really appreciate it. [applause] [applause] >> thank you. there's a question in the back. nancy pelosi. go ahead nancy. [laughter] >> i'm really upset your remarks. her first questions are coming from our students.
this first in from suncoast high school will stand and introduce yourself who would like to begin the q&a. >> my name is delaney walsh. our first question for you is having worked with the reagan administration as a speechwriter how would you at eyes the president to stay on message especially considering he often speaks without the teleprompter? >> was the last part about the teleprompter? >> he often speaks without one. >> well i find that refreshing frankly. [applause] i write in the end of the book about message discipline. the reagan administration we had a message a day so if the focus of the week was let's say tax cuts.
early on the reagan administration pushed major tax reform. every cabinet department that had anything to do with taxcutting was on board and everybody in their own way was amplifying the message. that really works well. it was really well coordinated. but i've got to say this is a different world. people say can you tell him to stop tweeting? iselle -- i say tell the sun not to come up in the morning. he's going to tweet. everyone should just stop talking about will he stop tweeting because he's not going to stop tweeting. i think in his own way which again is unconventional but he won unconventionally remember, he manages to hold up the mirror to where we are in the culture of politics at any given time and there is value in that. at times it's a little bit of a rollercoaster and it's true it can be a little like whoa
however i think when you think about him in alabama couple of weeks ago. remember when he went down there for the rally with the establishment pick. he went for the establishment guy against this guide roy moore for jeff sessions senate seat. he is there on stage and i guess the other teleprompter for some of his remarks but i have no idea -- this is in my supposition. i think he pretty much knew that luther strange wasn't going to win because he saw a lot of roy moore supporters in the crowd. i think half of the crowd was roy moore and they love trump so he's in an odd situation there. he is there for luther strange and the crowd are probably half of them for roy moore he got advice by bob corker, he's now gone. trump is up there and he has such good political ethics. he's up there, what about that nfl?
what about the players that can stand for the national anthem? i started getting these text from people, can you believe that? trump is off on a different topic. why is he talking about the nfl? type inc. it was unplanned but it was showing his political instincts. these values issues that he raises media unfairness standing for the national anthem, i think those are actually really important issues and i think we have seen all the people that day go back and look at what twitter was saying about donald trump that day. he is off message. he lost his train of thought. no, he didn't. he saw what was happening. he wanted to be popular and he knew that if he brought this issue up of the nfl that the country would rally to the flag and to patriotism, pacific pride and what happened? again yesterday the nfl had him
him -- [applause] so i mean is the traditional message discipline? no, it's not. it's a trump? yes. he did that on the campaign trail. it's the way people speak. it's the way people are so when you have obama on the teleprompter, president obama i don't find him particularly to be an enthralling speaker. he is magnetic but when he has the teleprompter is an exciting? i don't know. reagan was phenomenal. believe me i can read it teleprompter. it's hard. it takes practice. it's kind of the art but speaking off the cuff it's much more compelling i think and i think obama if you are a democrat obama was great off-the-cuff.
so trump is a different cat. he's a different kind of cat. he's going to do with his own way. i don't think the old rules of well you have to spend a certain amount of money in pennsylvania to win. you can't win florida unless you do media buys up and down the state. i think those old rules are gone gone. i think they are gone and i say good riddance frank lee. you you're going to be a trump like ivy reagan. you might not think it now but watch your going to give the next four years the next eight years if i had to guess right now you people are going to look back 20 or 30 years and you were going to say trump republicans. you're you are not going to say you are a bush republican. you are going to say you are a trump republican. i say i'm a reagan republican. john continues the conservative position that but i don't see anyone else on the rise to fight for the american people like he
is. thank you everyone. thank you for being here. >> is the second student is ready please introduce yourself. >> the adults get no play. their feature. >> i'm a grad student in the transition program. my question is who is one of your contemporaries who hold up using -- opposing viewpoints from your own that you truly admire and respect than why? [laughter] let me by a foul. i have actually adjust this before. it's a great question. i've actually reached out to her on a few occasions and suggested we do a little-somethings across the country just for good mojo and maybe some stuff for
charity. don't any of you gasp when i say this but rachel maddow on "msnbc." why do i say that? why to why say that? i think you ask a really good question. number one, she puts on a nightly show that she writes, she believes it, she is pushing the agenda for america that she thinks is the right agenda and she is fighting every night. i know a lot of you guys don't watch her. i like to see what other people are doing that that's what it's all about. it's a big country and i think it's good for us to listen to different angles and sharpen your own arguments by talking to others and listening to others. i think when i was younger i didn't listen enough to other people.
this was always going to be right and in my view i improve my own delivery and my own approach by watching and listening other people understanding where they come from. it's interesting that people come from different points of view, same issues completely 180 different point of view. sometimes it's good to do that. i respect her. i respect the fact that she's out there fighting. doing a nightly show it seems kind of glamorous. it's a great privilege but it's a lot of work and she is a woman doing it in prime-time totally opposite me. i hope i do a back-and-forth thing with her at some point. maybe we can do it for one of our usual favorite charities. i hope that answers it. [applause] payment do you see president
trump emulating reagan's model for working with tip o'neill as a legislative model for moving to people forward? >> i think donald trump is going to work with anyone who will advance his agenda and i think that's what the country wants. i was happy to see him work with the democrats on a temporary lifting of the debt ceiling. i thought that was a really smart thing to do especially after republicans couldn't get their act together on obamacare. trump is looking around saying i tried this for months and months. i'm going to work with these guys because i want to put pressure on the republicans to get this tax reform done before the end of the year. suddenly that got everybody's attention. he got everybody's attention with that. the reagan tip o'neill analogy is a little worn and historically it sounds better as we are describing it now than it was. reagan was a warrior for
conservatives. he was a warrior against the old washington way and it didn't happen overnight but he was able to transform america and he was ridiculed and reviled by all the elites until they really realized whoa this guy one and a near landslide and then won in a landslide in 1984 and by the way i was speaking someone close to the person the other day and he said what is your goal here? what is your goal? i said i goal is the conservative populist movement continued anti-trump agenda is advanced in large part and my goal is to make that come to fruition. my goal would be a landslide for trump in 2020. like you should go everywhere in the country and so conservative populist i would go to california and it got upstate new york and massachusetts. i go everywhere.
go to the parts of the country where republicans and conservatives aren't popular. reagan was in the bronx two weeks before the election. spread the gospel. there are some unsavory characters but there is an enormous amount of running room for this agenda a better trade gil smart immigration law and order power to the people, get america back on track. american businesses first. i think there is a huge upside and beyond identity politics too. [applause] >> laura everyone would like an opportunity to perhaps get a picture with you so we are going to wrap up the q&a. we thank you very much for coming to see me. i actually have a cardboard cut out of rachel maddow. thank you everybody.
going to try to work in as many as i can. obviously people turned on you and you needed support. you were spent at. he received what look like lovely families but with closers that dad was wearing a t-shirt that says hillary more than monica does but not like monica. and you were taken aback. wait a second they have children with them. >> there was that and the father with two kids and his wife probably wearing a shirt that called hillary clinton a cons. there was a man who wore a shirt that said i wish hillary married o.j.. i don't care what your political beliefs are. i don't care if you think democrats of all the wrong ideas are republicans have all the wrong ideas for this country. hillary clinton was brutally -- to death in 1990s. that is a war beyond what should
be acceptable for common decency and for behavior let alone politics. >> you got to know trump supporters and this is boston but i'm sure there are many in this room and faith wrote to ask you spoke about running into a trump supporter before a rally who helped you with your hair, an act of kindness. >> you can't take an entire group of supporters with a broadbrush. if that was a huge mistake to call donald trump supporters deplorable. you don't go after voters in this country and i don't take it's a good idea to say this swath of voters are a bunch of racist xenophobe's misogynist, whatever name you want to ascribe to them. they are a varied group of people from a number of different socioeconomic backgrounds.
some of them voted for president obama in the past and a lot of them were women. there are a variety of supporters and at the same time they were people who oftentimes would probably live their lives in a very polite way, a nonoffensive way but there was something about walking into a trump rally that allow people to shed all of those rules, to shed those burdens. i write in the book the trump had a halo of crudeness and in that halo of crudeness he allowed everybody else to be crude around him. he said whatever he wanted. he never backs down and a lot of people found that repulsing. people that couldn't tell a joke any longer because it was a politically incorrect joke, people were worried that they had to watch what they said and watch what they did and thought that their patriotism was being mistaken for racism. they walked in there and they
said i can say and do whatever i'm thinking. >> we talked earlier about covering the primaries and very early on i was in iowa. you could see the lines at the trump rally they are and was calling back and saying i am meeting a lot of young people in particular young man who try to decide between bernie sanders and donald trump. >> man would wear tank tops and big make america great again hats. that college fraternity culture that would show up in like the enthusiasm of the events are the same sort of people that would say and this is kind of a broad russian i apologize for the demographics i'm talking about either likes bernie sanders or donald trump. they want an outsider.
they wanted somebody different somebody refreshing it was a part of the establishment somebody whose name they haven't been hearing all of their lives like hillary clinton somebody he wasn't afraid to take on the system. bernie sanders had the quality and so the donald trump and they both had jobs messages. these are young people who were either just in the middle of the search for a job or soon will be graduating from college and they wanted a better opportunity. spin a one-day disruptor two. i constantly saw people who stop things that people on the left might see as appalling like those t-shirts you mentioned and they thought they were perfectly acceptable. all reality of what they may have seen. for instance when george w. bush bush, the invasion of iraq and there were so many people against that.
if you had gone to the antiwar rally in washington you would have seen people wearing disparaging t-shirts about george bush and they really felt it was the same. >> there's an argument to be made for that. that's a sign of how corrosive our politics and our public discourse has become. the question is where does it go from here? do we correct it? does it get better for 2020 or 2024 or are we going to see even more crude language, crude behavior? is there going to be a line that is a bridge too far? where do we go? >> host: now we are live from boston for the texas book festival founded in 1995 by former first lady laura bush. several authors for you this ek