President Trump at NRA Convention CSPAN May 4, 2018 3:37pm-4:28pm EDT
i think trump is doing a good job. i think he has done more in fightinger a year everybody and he still accomplishes a lot. anyway, i support him. guns for honest people to protect their families and i think trump has done a good job of expanding that. appreciate all of your calls. ahead, a speech that just national riflehe association gathering.
they will never ever be under siege as long as i am your president. thank you. all of us here today are united by the same timeless values. we believe liberty is a gift from our creator and that no government can take it away. we believe in the rule of law. and we support the men and women of law enforcement. we have pride in our history and respect for our heritage. we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance and we all proudly stand for the national anthem.
president trump: what people, what great people. this is your record crowd, all-time record crowd, you to know that. nice to set records. we believe our citizens deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return. for the last 15 months that is exactly what we have been doing. we are all finally putting america first.
and we are seeing the incredible results. as a result of our massive tax cut and everybody is benefiting and everybody is happy. and the democrats are concerned. you watch how well we are doing in '18. don't be complacent. presidency says when you win the presidency you get complacent. 90% of the time you win the presidency and lose the midterm. i kept thinking to myself, why is that yeah, you have this great win and now you take a breath.
blacks. they are fighting like hell and you are complacent. we cannot get complacent, we have to win the midterms. because since the election we have created 3.2 million jobs. if we would have said that three years ago in the campaign people would have said what a horrible exaggeration. the unemployment rate just felt the need for percent for the first time is the beginning of this century. i heard it was about 19 years. i said the beginning of the century sounds better.
so i say the beginning of the century. more beautiful. african-american
unemployment has reached another all time in history record. and by the way, kanye west must have some power. i doubled my african-american poll numbers. we went from 11 to 22 in one week. thank you, kanye. [applause] when i saw the number and that must be a mistake, how could that happen?
even the pollsters thought it was a mistake. now we have come a long way. i say, with you have to lose? horrible on crime, horrible on education. i say what do you have to lose . now the numbers are much higher , than they were. and the same thing with his now the numbers are higher with african-americans and the same thing with hispanic unemployment, which is at the lowest level in history. women, unemployment -- women, many women, is at the lowest level in 20
years. think of that.
we have the best unemployment levels we virtually ever had. and yet, all we hear about is this phony russia witchhunt. that's all we hear about. just when i'm walking on the stage, a highly respected judge in virginia made statements. it says judge questions mueller's authority to prosecute
manafort. now paul manafort is a nice guy. he worked with me for what, a couple of months? then what happened? he worked for ronald reagan -- -- worked for ronald reagan, john mccain, i think others. he is out there fighting on fake
news cnn. i think nbc may be more distorted and worse. headline -- have a it's called a witchhunt. i said give me that article. i want to read it. just happened a few minutes before i walked on stage. a federal judge questions special counsel robert mueller's authority to tax and bank records unrelated to the 2016 elections against former trump campaign manager chairman paul manafort. he was therefore a short while, but he is a good person, he is. the judge, who is really
something very special i are from very -- many standpoints, he's a respected person, should -- suggested the charges be put before the court which is designed to pressure manafort into giving information on president donald trump. i have been saying that for a long time. it's a witchhunt. none of that information has to do with information related to the russian government coordination and the campaign of donald trump. it's from years before. then, how does this have anything to do with the campaign the judge asks? areme tell you folks, we all fighting battles, but i love fighting these battles. [applause]
president trump: thank you. can you imagine if we ever called for a rally in washington , d.c. ?? .here wouldn't be enough room you have to have a lot of love going on here. we have great love going on in this country. it's right here. you just saw the recent poll that came out, the highest level i have ever been that. -- been at. how does that happen when you only get that felicity?
bad publicity? that's because people realize a lot of what you read and a lot of what you see on television -- you realize the people are smart. you have the battle to keep those rights. you have to say, you were not sure trump is going to win but there and youut voted. outek before, they came with a lot of phony polls. you know what that's called? suppression. they convince you you are wasting your time. very few people in this room and in this country did that. we really had a big night.
remember they said there is way for 270 for me. there is no way to 270, and they were right. 306 was ok. [applause] we had a great time. i think we are doing better than we have before. i think we are more popular now from the standpoint. when i was running we said we're , going to give you a tax cut for we are decimating obamacare. we got a bad vote the evening we were going to terminate obamacare. you know about that? , right? that was not a nice thing, that
was an unexpected vote. if you look at the massive tax bill, we got rid of the individual mandate, which is the worst part of obamacare, right? i don't of the people in texas are going to like this, but we .ar out of alaska a little competition. you know what it is? a strong energy. i think they are happy with that, right? so we've delivered. when we were running out of say we are going to this, going to that. a certain person is not a very fair person in the media said, trump has delivered more than he promised, which is probably the first time people heard that. we actually delivered more than we promised. let me tell you this, we are
really doing well with north korea. right? [applause] >> we are doing real well. they were actually saying three months ago when the rhetoric was .ather sharp for years, they had this problem and everybody has said don't talk, don't talk. please don't talk. the last administration had a policy of silence.
don't talk. you may make them and him angry. don't talk. if a horrible statement is made about the united states, don't say anything. [applause] same thing with iran. we signed that horrible deal and they are marching in the streets saying death to america. i say, who signs a deal when they are marching, saying death to america and we have the former administration as represented by john kerry.
not the best negotiator we have ever seen. he never walked away from the table except to be at that bicycle race where he fell in broke his leg. that was the only time. them you brokell your leg, just stay inside you , don't want to negotiate, but he broke it and i learned from that. at 73 years old, you never going to a bicycle race. [laughter] >> you just don't do that. i'm not 73, he was. but, i will be there. but, we have great things going on. with respect to north korea, remember how strong it was and
they were saying this is going to be nuclear war. you know what gets you nuclear war, weakness gets you nuclear war. that is what gets you nuclear war. [applause] about guns. paris, france about guns. has the toughest gun laws in the world. the president just left washington. great guy. nobody has guns in paris. remember more than 130 people plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded. nobody talks about them. they talk about the people that thatbut they never mention 200 50 people had horrible, horrible wounds. they never mention that.
had horrible, horrible wounds. they never mention that. they were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. they took their time and gunned them down one by one. boom. come over here. boom. rooms, onein those and the people survivors said it's just lasted forever. but if one employee or just one patron had a gun, or if one person in this room had been terroristsa gun, the would have been shot and it
would have been a whole different story. i mean, right? [applause] right? know
what is going on in chicago. has the toughest gun laws in our country. happening.w what is it is seems like if we are going to outlaw guns like so many people want to do. democrats. you had better get out and vote. and you know what i'm going to say. we are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all trucks which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists. right?
they take a truck and they run over eight people. it is happening all over so let's than immediately all trucks, maybe all cars. how about cars. let's not sell any more cars. [laughter] [applause] i recently read a story that in london, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds. guns, they have knives. blood all over the
floors of the hospital. bad as ait is as military war zone hospital, knives, knives, london has not been used to that. they're getting used to it. it is pretty tough. we are here because we recognize a simple fact. the one thing that has always stood between the american people and the elimination of hassecond amendment rights been conservatives in congress willing to fight for those rights. [applause] we need the people in washington to support our freedom, to support our candidates, to support the people that have to raise their hands.
they say we have a majority. we have a majority of one person. that is not really a majority. we need republicans to do it right, to get the kind of things we want, we have got to get republicans elected. midterms, we have to sweep. we need judges to protect our sovereignty and uphold our american way of life. the constitution cannot be changed by judges, bureaucrats or the united nations. that is why we are appointing federal judges who will interpret the law as written. [applause] in my first year, i nominated in the senate confirmed, more
circuit judges than any new administration by far in history and we will have the all-time record very soon. president obama was very nice to us because he left us a lot of judges and i said it is a lot of judges. almost 140. that is a lot of. i was very surprised, very happy and we put an incredible new justice on the supreme court. judge neil gorsuch. virtually every single democrat in the senate opposed him, just like they have consistently opposed judges who will protect your basic freedoms. way they arehe slow walking people that are supposed to be working for us in
the history of this country, there has never been anything like what the democrats are who givegreat people up their jobs in their lives to take a job as an ambassador or people working for our government and they cannot get approved because every single one of them is being slow walked by the democrats and it has never happened before and you know what, i hope you have long memories but i hope we do not have to worry about it because we will be there for a long time. doing is are disgraceful. what they are doing to the wall is disgraceful. take a look at the border. take a look at what is happening. anddministration conservatives in congress worried elected to uphold your rights. our military which we
are doing a great job of. prosperity, to secure our communities and defend our borders. [applause] we have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world but i will tell you what, it is not easy for people to come in, i will tell you, we have the worst laws. after years of defending the borders of other countries, we go into wars with other countries, we should not be there. defend theirrs to borders, we do not defend our own importers. we are going to start defending our country. we are going to start defending our borders. [applause]
you have all seen on television, the illegal papers, migrants pouring up through mexico, flooding the borders, many from central america, honduras, all of them coming up by the thousands. we do not have laws, we have laws. who were written by people did not love our country. [applause] illegal immigration must end. illegal immigration must end. to have strong borders, i will tell you, we have maxed out every law. we will have truly strong -- and we'll
take people in and they will come in by merit, not by picking people out of a in.
bin.t of a to secureng to demand the borders. it is up -- it is coming up soon. lawmakers have
voted against laws to close deadly immigration loopholes like catch and release. how about that one. we caught them, oh release them. welcome to america. that is what we have. we are going to keep the violent criminals out. democrats like jon tester, you saw what happened there. what he did to one of the finest people in our country. what he did is a disgrace. [applause]
bill nelson and bob casey voted who waslegislation named for someone gunned down by an illegal immigrant and you saw what happened with that court case. can you believe the result of that court case? along with nearly every democrat also voted to protect something that is becoming very unpopular, sanctuary cities. can you believe -- people are finally starting -- want tos and liberals americans while they are releasing his savage gang members into our streets. remember what my opening speech, i got criticized for? guess what.
we are getting some real beauties this year. horribleking ms 13, killer gang members, we are getting them out because our guys are much tougher
than theirs. ande is not even a contest that is the only language they understand. [applause] these are savage killers. my administration believes our -- our cities should be safe havens, not sanctuaries for criminals. [applause] we believe that violent gang members must be thrown out of our country immediately. stay to fester and get larger. we get them out and we are taking them out by the thousands.
if we have the right laws, which we can have quickly, with cooperation, we would not have a problem. it would be so much better, so much easier. politicians who put criminal aliens before american citizens should be voted out of office immediately. as we secure our borders, we are who fightrting heroes crime, serve our citizens and secure our streets. our brave men and brave women in blue. we love them. in my administration, we have a simple policy. we will protect those who protest -- protect us.
other administrations did not want to give equipment to the police. they said it is too much protection, it looks to stronger, it looks like military. guess what, it is now being distributed all over to our police force. it is better than they could ever buy. you cannot buy stuff like that. today our love and prayers go out to the family of a slain dallas police officer who last week was murdered in the line of duty very close to this arena. we ask god to help the others who were wounded and they will recover, they will be better, they will be back. send our love, it is so important, thank you.
we mourn together with the entire dallas police department. it is a great police department. a police force that has lost too many heroes that has never lost its will to protecting to serve you. we are also taking very strong action to secure and protect our most valuable resource, our children. all of us here today are deeply committed to school safety. nothing is more important than protecting innocent lives. we speak about it all the time, these are great americans. they have great hearts. we know what they're doing. our entire nation is filled with shock and grief by the attack on
a high school in parkland, florida. we mourn for the victims and their families, we have gotten to know some of those families. our hearts break for every american who has suffered the horrors of the school shooting. in the aftermath of the attack, the survivors, the parents horrors of the school shooting.e at the white house. i was inspired like all of you were by their incredible courage. we agreed it is not enough to take action that makes us feel like we are making a difference. we must ensure that we will actually make a difference. my administration has pursued an aggressive strategy on community safety. working to improve early warning systems so that when police are called, when the community sees the red flag which they saw in parkland all over the place, there has never
been a case where more red flags have been shown. swift action is taken by the authorities. law-abiding gun owners want to keep firearms out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves and to others. we all want that. we all want
that. [applause] i recently signed legislation that includes more than $2 billion to improve school safety, including funding for training and metal detectors and a security and mental health. mental health is a big they one. don't like to talk about mental health. mental health. that was the number one example in parkland. that's legislation made vital improvements to our background check system which everybody wants. finally, everybody agrees that we must harden certain schools. at the same time, the police
have to be able to get into those schools if there is a problem. guards.armed we want to be able to get in. i saw some of the craziest plans. you can spend a fortune. nobody spend a so much, knows more about construction than i do. you will spend so much. he will make it so hard that he a da throughda -- the door. maniacs gets in -- it is so hard, and you can't get in. we believe in allowing highly trained teachers to carry concealed weapons. [applause] we want highly trained security
guards. 98% of mass public shootings have occurred in places where guns are banned. just so you understand. tragically, as we have seen, there is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a signed n- then a sign -- than a sig that declares this school is gun free zone. come in and take us. 98%. they are cowards. you saw that in the recent tapes where he did all of his damage. and then he sort of slinked out of the school. the policeman outside caught him in a different community. that police man did a good job. [applause] they are cowards when they know there are guns inside they are
, not going in. we do not understand that, we cannot get that word out, but had betrayed people -- at the same time, there is no strong deterrent than the knowledge that their attack will end their totalnd will end in failure. they are not gonig in. ing in.are not go we support the second amendment not only because we believe in freedom but because we trust every day wonderful people. they love ever students. -- they love our students. by the way, these teachers they love their students. they lovestand that their students and they are not going to let anybody hurt their students. you have to give them a chance.
in america, we trust the people to be wise and to be good. we trust them to take responsibility for their selves, their families and communities. that is why we have always trusted the people to keep and bear arms. [applause] it is fitting that we gathered in the great state of texas, a place that churches their rights like no other. -- a place that cherishes their rights like no other. before i left today, a couple of people came up to me. good political people. they said going to the nra convention and speaking, it might not be popular. you know i've said? bye-bye, got to get on the plane.
[applause] because we have to do the right thing. we have to do the right thing. [applause] this crowd today would not exist if not for a handful of determined texans who refused to surrender their rights over two centuries ago. you know who i am talking about. in 1830 five, soldiers from general santa anna's army marched into the texas town of gonzales and ordered those settlers to surrender their strong cannons they relied on to protect their lives and their
homes. the texans refused [indiscernible] they were not about to give up their only means of self-defense. in response, the army returned with additional people. they had men all over the place, the army was big. this time they were met by dozens of settlers and soldiers who had rushed to gonzales to and theirir rights freedom. the brave texans raised the flag for all to see. you know what it said, on the banner, they painted a canon along with forwards that i could -- along with four words that
freedom. americans are born free. we will live free and we will die free. [applause] so again, it is a great honor. very special people. we appreciate your support. i'm doing the right thing. doing it for you, but i'm doing the right thing. we are doing the right thing together. [applause] i want to thank again all of our friends and patriots from the nra. we will never fail and we will always protect your second amendment. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. thank you all. [applause]
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