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tonight, it's show time in cleveland. donald trump delivers the biggest speech of his life. can the man behind the art of the deal sell himself to the nation, and the woman who's being called his secret weapon, his daughter, ivanka, can she help win over women? the final night of the republican national convenon, our primetime coverage, begins right now. good evening, everyone, from the quicken loans arena. virtually every usable seat here filled tonight as we await donald trump to take the stage on this last night of the republican national convention. this building is saturated with camerasos
virtually every angle from the podium to the convention floor, as mr. trump accepts the nomination and outlines his vision for america. his daughter, ivanka, about to introduce him, but first let me introduce our panel. chuck todd, savannah guthrie, tom brokaw and nicolle wallace. good to have you all here again. if i could get a sentence of what you're looking for tonight. >> instill confidence, look like a president not a celebrity. >> chuck. >> can he speak outside the arena. he always feeds off a crowd inside the arena, but the audience outside matters more tonight. >> tom. >> all those prominent senators and congressmen who are republicans and stayed away have been waiting for him to pivot. we'll see if there's a pivot tonight. >> and nicolle wallace. >> he has passed the strong leader test as well as the test of whether he relates to people, normal people. i want to see if ivanka and donald trump can pass the test of softening some of donald trump's rough edges. >> and let's not forget there are two audiences
delegates, people who many of them have signed on and saw the donald trump of the primaries. then you have, of course, the audience at home. you pointed out, chuck, that could be very different. >> he feeds off of the electricity and there's real electricity in here now. by the way, the delegates are just watching a very well done video by the trump campaign just now. great biographical video. >> let's take you down to the podium right now. ivanka trump, the 34-year-old daughter of donald trump, executive vice president of the trump organization about to take the stage. >> good evening. thank you. one year ago i introduced my father when he declared his candidacy. in his own way and through his own sheer force of will, he
and he prevailed against the field of 16 very talented competitors. for more than a year, donald trump has been the people's champion, and tonight he is the people's nominee. like many of my fellow millennials, i do not consider myself categorically republican or democrat. more than party affiliation, i vote based on what i believe is right for my family and for my country. sometimes it's a tough choice. that is not the case this time. as the proud daughter of your nominee, i am here to tell you that this is the moment and donald trump is the person to make america great aga.
real change, the kind we have not seen in decades, is only going to come from outside the system, and it's only going to come from a man who has spent his entire life doing what others said could not be done. my father is a fighter. when the primaries got tough, and they were tough, he did what any great leader does. he dug deeper, worked harder, got better, and became stronger. i have seen him fight for his family. i have seen him fight for his employees. i have seen him fight for his company. and now i am seeing him fight for our country.
it's been the story of his life, and more recently the spirit of his campaign. it's also a prelude to preaching the goal that unites us all, when this party, and better still this country, knows what it is like to win again. if it's possible to be famous and yet not really well known, that describes the father who raised me. in the same office in trump tower where we now work together, i remember playing on the floor by my father's desk, constructing miniature buildings with legos and erector sets while he did the same with concrete, steel and glass. my father taught my siblings and me the importance of positive values and a strong ethical compass. he showed us how to be resilient, how to deal with challenges, and how to strive for excellence in all that we do.
he taught us that there is nothing we cannot accomplish if we marry vision and passion with an enduring work ethic. one of my father's greatest talents is his ability to see potential in people before they see it in themselves. it was like that for us too growing up. he taught us that potential vanishes into nothing without effort and that like him, we each had a responsibility to work not just for ourselves, but for the betterment of the world around us. over the years on too many occasions to count, i saw my father tear stories out of the newspaper about people whom he had never met who were facing some injustice or hardship. he'd write a note to his assistant in his signature black felt tip pen and request that the person be found and invited to t
he would talk to them and then draw upon his extensive network to find them a job or get them a break. and they would leave his office, as people so often do after having been with donald trump, feeling that life could be great again. throughout my entire life i have witnessed his empathy and generosity towards others, especially those who are suffering. it is just his way of being in your corner when you're down. my father not only has the strength and ability necessary to be our next president, but also the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader that this country needs. my father has a sense of fairness that touches every conviction he's hold. i worked alongside of him for
trump organization and i've seen how he operates as a leader, making important decisions that shape careers and that change lives. i have learned a lot about the world from walking construction jobs by his side. when run properly, construction sites are true meritocracies, confidence in the building trades is easy to spot and incompetence is impossible to hide. these sites are also incredible melting pots, gathering people from all walks of life and uniting them to work towards a single mission. there have always been men of all background and ethnicities on my father's job sites, and long before it was common place, you also saw women. my father values talent. he recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. he
he hires the best person for the job, period. words and promises, no matter how visionary they sound, will only get you so far. in our business, you're not a builder unless you've got a building to show for it. or in my father's case, city skylines. most people strive their entire lives to achieve great success in a single industry. my father has succeeded in many on the highest level and on a global scale. one of the reasons he has thrived as an entrepreneur is because he listens to everyone. billionaire executives don't usually ask the people doing the work for their opinion of the work. my father is an exception. on every one of his projects, you'll see him
super, the painter, the engineers, the electricians. he'll ask them for their feedback. if they think something should be done differently or could be done better. when donald trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, effort and excellence. this has long been the philosophy at the trump organization. at my father's company, there are more female than male executives. women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out. [ applause ]
women represent 46% of the total u.s. labor force, and 40% of american households have female primary breadwinners. in 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man. single women without children earn 94 cents for each dollar earned by a man, whereas married mothers made only 77 cents. as researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy in this country, motherhood is. as president, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. he will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all. as a mother myself of three young children, i know h
family, and i also know that i'm far more fortunate than most. american families need relief. policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm. politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career. he will fight for equal pay for equal work, and i will fight for this too right alongside of him. americans today need an economy that permits people to rise again. a trump presidency will turn the economy around and restore the great american tradition of giving each new generation h
for brighter opportunities than those of the generation that came before. in donald trump, you have a candidate who knows the difference between wanting something done and making it happen. when my father says that he will build a tower, keep an eye on the skyline. floor by floor a soaring structure will appear, usually record-setting in its height and iconic in its design. real people are hired to do real work. vision becomes reality. when my father says that he will make america great again, he will deliver. we have a chance this year to reclaim our heritage as a country that dreams big and makes the impossible happen. fortunately, donald trump is incapable of
when i was a child, my father always told me, ivanka, if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. as president, my father will take on the bold and worthy fights. he will be
unafraid to set lofty goals and he will be relentless in his determination to achieve them. to people all over america, i say when you have my father in your corner, you will never again have to worry about being let down. he will fight for you all the time, all the way, every time. maybe it's the developer in him, but donald trump cannot stand to see empty main streets and boarded-up factories. he can't bear the injustice of college graduates w
crippled by student debt and mothers who can't afford the cost of the child care required to return to work to better the lives of their families. other politicians see these hardships, see the unfairness of it all, and they say i feel for you. only my father will say i'll fight for you. the hard-working men and women of this country identify with my father. he is tough and he is persevering. he is honest and he is real. he's an optimist and he's a relentless believer in america and all of her potential. he loves his family and he loves his country with his heart and his soul. politicians ask to be judge by their promises, not their results. i ask you to judge my father by his results. judge his values by
instilled in his children. judge his competency by the towers he's built, the companies he's founded and the tens of thousands of jobs he's created. he is the single most qualified person to serve as chief executive of an $18 trillion economy. my father will call upon the best and brightest people from all industry on both sides of the aisle. a new set of thinkers to face our country's existing and future problems with fresh perspective and brave, new solutions. come january 17, all things will be possible again. we can hope and dream and think big again. no one has more faith in the american people than my father. he will be your greatest, your truest and your most loyal champion.
this is the fighter, the doer that you have chosen as your nominee. in ways no one expected, this moment in the life of our country has defined the mission and given it to an extraordinary man. he is ready to see it all the way through, to speak to every man and every woman of every background in every part of this great country, to earn your trust and to earn your vote. hearing that and much more from me a long time ago, i've loved and respected him my entire life and i could not be more proud tonight to present to you and to all of america my father and our next president, donald j. trump. [ cheers and applause ]
>> a more traditional introduction for donald trump than the rock star one we saw earlier in this convention, greeting his daughter, ivanka, who is one of his closest advisers. making a strong pitch for women voters, acknowledging a serious gap that trump faces there. >> it was not a subtle pitch whatsoever. ivanka is there, number one, to humanize and be a character witness, but also it was remarkable to hear her talk about equality for women and there were times when it sounded more like a democrat speech than a republican -- >> i was just going to say. >> using even talking points and statistics about women earning less on the dollar that usually conservatives dispute and can't stand. but clearly, this is a campaign that knows it needs to appeal to women. >> it's a speech that could be given next week.
and that the republican party would get 60% more votes than it received eight years ago. who would have believed this? who would have believed this? the democrats, on the other hand, received 20% fewer votes than they got four years ago. not so good, not so good. 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 of 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
violence personally. some have even been its victims. i have a message for all of you, that crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and i mean very soon, come to an end. beginning on january 20th of 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
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. go there.
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% in america's 50 largest cities. that's the largest increase in 25
in our nation's capital, killings have risen by 50%. they're up nearly 60% in nearby baltimore. in the president's hometown of chicago, more than 2,000 people have been the victim 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% compared to this point last year. nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records ordered deported from our country are tonight
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
nebraska. there he ended the life of an innocent young girl named sara root. she was 21 years old and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 grade point average, number one in her class. her killer was then released a second time and he is now a fugitive from the law. i've met sara's beautiful family. but to this administration, their amazing daughter was just one more american life that wasn't worth protecting. no more. one more child to sacrifice on the order and on the altar of open borders. what
again, i will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper. nearly four in ten african-american children are living in poverty, while 58% of african-american youth are now 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 $4,000 since the year 2000. that's 16 years ago. our trade deficit in goods reached nearly, now think of this, think of this.
billion. think of that. $800 billion last year alone. we're going to fix that. the budget is no better. president obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion and growing. and yet what do we have to show for it? our roads and bridges are falling apart. our airports are third world condition. and 43 million americans are on food stamps. now, let us consider the state of affairs
not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another, one after another. we all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by the iranian captors at gunpoint. this was just prior to the signing of the iran deal, which gave back to iran $150 billion and gave us absolutely nothing. it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever negotiated. another humiliation came when president obama drew
in syria, and the whole world knew it meant absolutely 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. let's defeat her in november. okay?
i am certain that it was a decision that president obama 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.
iraq was seeing really a big, big reduction in violence. iran was being choked by sanctions. syria was somewhat under control. after four years of hillary clinton, what do we have? isis has spread across the region and the entire 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 now threatens the west. afr
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 in the first place.
americanism, not obalism, 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, the respect that we deserve. 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's because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit, believe me, it's for their 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 every single thing she does. she is their puppet, and they pull the strings. that is why hillary clinton's message is that things will never change, never ever. 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, and they are forgotten, but they're not going to be forgotten long.
>> protester holding up a sign build bridges not walls. there were people there that tried to take the sign away from her. we're seeing police move in there. >> it's code pink again, lester. we saw this same group and in particular this woman is someone who i believe lives in washington. i've seen her at a lot of hearings over the years. she's a code pink protester. >> these would be moments in a trump rally that he would usually seize upon.
>> she is leaving! thank you. i have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, of which there is so much, 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 still worse, has sold out to some corporate lobbyists for cash, i am not able to look the other way, and i won't look the other way. and when a secretary of state illegally stores her e-mails on a private
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, ever before in our country. when the fbi director says that the secretary of state was extremely careless and negligent in handling our classified
terms are minor compared to what she actually did. they were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible, terrible crimes. in fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such 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 and millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign
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. never had a chance. but his supporters will join our movement because we will fix his biggest single issue, trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and strip us of our wealth as a country. 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.
he's a man of character and accomplishment. he's the 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 our communities. america was shocked to its core when our police officers in dallas were so brutally executed. immediately after dallas, we've 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 very, very 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
believe me, believe me. i will work with and appoint the best and brightest prosecutors and law enforcement officials to get the job properly 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
made america a more dangerous environment than frankly i have ever seen and anybody in this room has ever watched or seen. this administration has failed america's inner cities. remember, it has failed america's inner cities. it's failed them on education, it's failed them on jobs, it's failed them in crime, it's failed them in every way and on every single level. when i am president i will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally and protected equally. every
myself, does this make better for young americans in baltimore, in chicago, in detroit, in ferguson, who have really in every way, folks, the same right to live out their dreams as any other child in america. any other child. to make life safe for all of our citizens, we must also address the growing threats we face from outside the country. we are going to defeat the barbarians of isis and we're going to defeat them fast.
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, tennessee, and many, many other locations. only weeks ago in orlando, florida, 49 wonderful americans were savagely murdered by an islamic terrorist.
we must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that hillary clinton pushed in iraq, in libya, in egypt and in syria. instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying isis and stamping out islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly, we're going to win, we're going to win fast.
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 and very importantly, 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. we don't want them in our country.
my opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in syrian -- think of this, think of this, this is not believable but this is what's happening. a 550% increase in syrian refugees on top of the existing massive refugee flows coming into our country already under the leadership of 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 onl