tv President Trump at NRA Convention CSPAN May 5, 2018 6:09am-7:01am EDT
as well as on twitter. thank you so much for the update. >> thank you for having me. >> we will bring you the debate on yucca mountain nuclear waste storage when the house returns next week. they will also review a consumerl financial role on auto financing. watch live coverage of the house on c-span, and the senate on c-span2. >> monday morning, we are in lincoln, nebraska for the next stop on the c-span bus 50 capitals tour. nebraska governor pete ricketts will be our guest on the bus during washington journal starting at 9:45 a.m. eastern. >> president trump spoke at this year's nra convention taking place in dallas, texas.
my friend, our great vice president, mike pence. i also want to recognize our great texas leaders. we love texas. do we love texas? abbott, my friend. where is greg? governor abbott. he is running and i have already done it but greg, i fully endorse you. you are endorsed. he has done a great job. i tell you, you had your water pouring down on top and you kept coming and coming. he kept calling. we need more money. and you know what question mark week -- and you know what?
you.ve it to fully endorsed. attorney general ken paxton. tremendous. have my fully, you endorsement and my -- and your wife, angela has my full endorsement. senator john cornyn has been with me right in the beginning. thank you. thank you john. full endorsement for this man. ted cruz, where's ted? >> [applause] [booing] [applause] president trump: thank you.
boy, that was very rousing. [laughter] president trump: that's a good sign. congressman pete sessions and congressman michael burgess, great friends. >> [applause] trump: we are also joined by pete ricketts and diamonds and silk. where are they? they are so great. richard hudson. pete brownell and leslie run sick -- and leslie rutledge. finally i want to thank all of , you, the true american patriots of the nra who defend our rights, liberty, and our great american flag. thank you. >> [applause]
president trump: the people in this hall have never taken our freedom for granted. never. and you have never stopped fighting for our beloved constitution. incredible people. thank you. >> [applause] president trump: you give your time, your energy, your vote, and your voice to stand strong for those sacred rights given to us by god, including the right to self-defense. >> [applause] president trump: and now thanks to your activism and dedication you have an administration fighting to protect your second amendment, and we will protect your second amendment. and we will protect your second amendment. >> [applause]
president trump: your second amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as i am your president. >> [applause] president trump: all of us -- thank you. 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. >> [applause] president trump: and we support the men and women of law enforcement. >> [applause]
president trump: 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. we proudly stand. >> [applause] "usa"]nting, president trump: what great people. this is your record crowd. your all-time record crowd, you do know that right?
nice to set records. we love our country, and 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. >> [applause] president trump: 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 do in 2018. you watch. you watch. get out and vote. don't be complacent. don't be complacent. you know history says that when , you win the presidency, you
get complacent. we all know the feeling. you know the feeling? not too many. 90% of the time you win the presidency and lose the midterm. we can't let that happen. the word is complacent. i kept thinking to myself, why is that? a lot of you said, i wonder why. think about it, you have this great win, you take a breath. you relax. 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. unthought of. if we said that during the campaign, people would have said, what a horrible exaggeration. that is so terrible. they wouldn't have believed it. 3.2 million, the unemployment rate today, fell under 4% for
the first time since the beginning of this century. >> [applause] president trump: i heard it was about 19 years. i said, wait a minute, the beginning of the century sounds better. so i say the beginning of the century. [laughter] president trump: more beautiful. african-american unemployment has reached another all time in history record low. in history. and by the way, kanye west must have some power.
because you probably saw, i doubled my african-american poll numbers. we went from 11 to 22 in one week. thank you, kanye. thank you. >> [applause] president trump: when i saw the number, i said, that must be a mistake, how could that happen? even the pollsters thought it was a mistake. now we have come a long way. you remember i come into big rooms, big audiences. i say, what do you have to lose? the democrats are horrible on crime, horrible on education. horrible on everything. i say what do you have to lose. and they voted for me and we won but now, the numbers are much higher than they were with african-americans. and we're happy. >> [applause]
president trump: and the same thing with hispanic american unemployment, which is also at the lowest level in history. unemployment, lowest level in history, and women, many women, is at the lowest level in almost 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. >> [booing] president trump: just when i'm walking on the stage, a highly respected judge in virginia made statements. it says -- wall street journal, it says "judge questions mueller's authority to prosecute manafort."
>> cheering] president trump: now paul manafort is a nice guy. he worked for a very short period of time for me, literally, what, a couple months? then what happened? he worked for ronald reagan, bob dole, he worked at the firm for john mccain. he worked for others. does anybody say that? no. but he is out fighting, on fake , news cnn. >> [booing] president trump: i think nbc may be more distorted and worse. >> [booing] president trump: no, but on cnn they have a headline, "judge in manafort case, mueller's aim is to hurt trump." do you believe that? this is what we are up against. i said, give me that article, i want to read it. a federal judge questions
special counsel robert mueller's authority to bring tax and bank fraud charges unrelated -- d the016 election against former trump campaign manager chairman paul manafort. he was there for a short while, but he is a good person. i really believe he is a good person. the judge, who is really something special i hear from many standpoints, he is a special person, suggested the charges before the court for the eastern district of virginia, which is part of the mueller team designed to pressure mr. manafort into giving information on president donald trump. i have been saying that for a long time. it's a witchhunt. then, none of that information has to do with information related to the russian
government coordination and the campaign of donald trump. it doesn't have anything to do -- it's from years before. then, how does this have anything to do with the campaign, the judge asks? let me tell you folks, we are all fighting battles, but i love fighting these battles. >> [applause] president trump: it is really a disgrace. thank you. can you imagine if we ever called for a rally in washington, d.c.? there wouldn't be enough room. we have a lot of love going on. people don't realize we have a lot of love going on in this country.
it's right here. by the way, you just saw the recent poll that came out, the rasmussen, 51 or 52. the highest level i have ever been at. how does that happen when you only get bad publicity? how does that happen? that's because people realize a lot of what you read and a lot of what you see on television is fake. the people are smart. you have a battle also. you have the battle to keep those rights. you have to say, you were not sure trump is going to win but you all went out there and you voted. >> [applause] president trump and there were : times they said, a week
before, i remember they came out with a lot of phony polls. you know what that's called? suppression. they convince you you are wasting your time. why should you vote? go to a movie instead. come home and watch the results. very few people in this room and in this country did that. we really had a big night. remember they said there is no way, electoral college, no way to 270 for me. there is no way to 270, and they were right. but 306 was ok. >> [applause] president trump: 306. so we had a great time, and i think we are doing better than we have ever 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 -- by the way 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 cut bill, we also got rid of the individual mandate, which is the worst part of obamacare, right? i don't if the people in texas are going to like this, but we also got nwar out of alaska. i don't know if you're going to like a little competition. you know what it is? it is called energy for this country. that we like. so ted, i think they are happy with that, right? i think. so we've delivered.
when we were running, i would say we are going to this, going to that. a certain person that is not a very fair person in the media said, i have to say, trump has delivered more than he promised, which is probably the first time people heard that statement. we actually delivered more than we promised. let me tell you this, we are really doing well with north korea. right? >> [applause] president trump: we are doing real well. remember, they said it is going to be terrible. they were actually saying three months ago when the rhetoric was sharp -- do we agree? i won't use the rhetoric. now i want to calm him down a bit.
he goes -- use it. i know you come from texas, whoever you are. look, for years they've had this problem. everyone 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. we have no comment. please, please, oh my god. >> [laughter] president trump: same thing with
iran. remember? we are signing 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? who marches? they are saying death to america and we have the former administration -- >> [booing] president trump: as represented by john kerry. >> [booing] president trump: 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 and broke his leg. that was the only time. >> [applause] president trump: i said don't tell them you broke your leg, just stay inside, you don't want to negotiate, you will make a much better deal. but he broke it. at 73 years old, you never go
into a bicycle race, trust me. >> [laughter] trump: 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. being weak gets you nuclear war. >> [applause] president trump: so let's talk about guns, shall we? paris, france has the toughest gun laws in the world. the president just left washington, emmanuel, great guy.
nobody has guns in paris. nobody. and we remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly wounded. you notice nobody ever talks about them. they talk about the people who died, but they never mention that 250 people had horrible, horrible wounds. i mean, they never mentioned that. but they died in a restaurant and various other close proximity places. 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, come over here, boom. if you are in one of those rooms, one of those people, and
the survivors said it just lasted forever. but if one employee or just one patron had a gun or if one person in this room had been there with a gun aimed in the opposite direction, the terrorist would have fled or been shot, and it would have been a totally different story. am i right? >> [applause] president trump: right? we all know what is going on in chicago. but chicago has the toughest gun laws in our country. they are so tough. but you know what is happening? it seems like if we are going to outlaw guns like so many people
want to do, democrats -- you better get out and vote. 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 ban immediately all trucks. maybe all cars. let's not sell anymore cars. i love you too, thank you. >> [applause]
president trump: 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. that's right, they don't have guns. they have knives, and instead there is blood all over the floors of the hospital. they say it is bad as a military war zone hospital. knives, knives, knives. london hasn't been used to that. they are getting used to it. pretty tough. we are here because we recognize a simple fact, the one thing that has stood between the american people and the elimination of our second amendment rights is conservatives in congress
willing to fight for those rights. and we're fighting. >> [applause] president trump: we are fighting to defend our freedom. we need the people and wanting to support our candidates, the people that have to raise their hand. they say we have a majority. of what? a majority of one person. that is not really a majority. we need republicans to do it right. to get the things we want, we got to get the republicans elected. we've got to do great in 2018. those midterms, we have to do them. we need judges who will enforce our laws, protect our sovereignty, and uphold our american way of life.
the constitution can't 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] president trump: in my first year, i nominated and the senate confirmed more circuit judges than any new administration by far in history, and we will have the all-time record very soon. >> [applause] president trump: president obama was very nice to us because he he left us a lot of judges. almost 140. that is a lot of judges. we were incredibly happy.
we put an incredible new justice on the supreme court, judge neil gorsuch. yet virtually every single democrat opposed neil gorsuch, just like they have consistently opposed judges who will protect your basic freedoms, and by the way, the way they are slow walking people that are supposed to be working for us in government. if you look at what they're doing, in the history of this country, there has never been anything like what the democrats are doing on great people who gave up their jobs and lives to take up a job as an ambassador or people working for our government and they can't be approved because everyone is being slow walked by the democrats and it has never happened before. i hope we have long memories. it doesn't matter because we will be there at long time.
but what they are doing is disgraceful. what they are doing is disgraceful. what they are doing to the wall and immigration is disgraceful. you take a look at the border. take a look at what is happened. my administration and conservatives in congress were elected to uphold your rights. to rebuild our military, which we are doing a great job of rebuilding. to restore our prosperity and defend our borders. we have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world, but i will tell you it is not easy for people to come in. we have the worst laws. after years of defending the borders of other countries, we
go into wars with other countries -- we shouldn't be there. we don't defend our own borders. we are going to start defending our country. we are going to start defending our borders. >> [applause] president trump: you have seen on television the illegal migrants pouring up through mexico, flooding the borders. many from central america, honduras, all of them coming up by the thousands. we are stopping them different fronts, but we don't have laws. we have laws that were written by people that truly could not love our country.
illegal immigration must end. illegal immigration must end. we are going to have strong borders. i will tell you, we have maxed out every law. we're going to have truly strong -- and we are to take people into our country based on merit, not based on picking somebody out of a bin. >> [applause] president trump: we are not going to let our country be overwhelmed, and we are going to demand congress to secure the borders in the upcoming cr. it is going to be very soon. in recent months, democratic lawmakers have voted against against legislation to close deadly immigration loopholes, like catch and release. we caught them, release them, bye-bye. welcome to america.
that's what we have. we will keep the violent criminals out. senate democrats -- you saw what he did to one of the finest people in our country. what he did to the admiral is a disgrace. bill nelson and bob casey voted against a law made for a girl gunned down by a five-time deported illegal immigrant. you saw what happened with that court case. can you believe the result of that court case? the same sentence -- along with every other democrat also voted to protect something that is becoming very unpopular, sanctuary cities. democrats and liberals in
congress want to disarm law-abiding americans at the same time they are releasing dangerous criminal aliens and savage gang members onto our streets. these countries send up their worst. remember my opening speech, i got criticized for it. they are not sending their finest. that, i can tell you. we are getting some real beauties in here. we are taking ms-13, horrible gang members, we are getting them out, because our guys are much tougher than theirs. that is the only language they understand. my administration believes cities should be safe havens for
americans, not for criminals. >> [applause] president trump: we believe violent gang members must be thrown out of our country immediately, not let to stay, to fester, and to get larger. we are taking them out by the thousands. >> [applause] president trump: if we had the right laws, which we can have it very quickly with cooperation, we wouldn't even have a problem. it would be so much easier. we believe that politicians who put criminal aliens before american citizens should be voted out of office immediately. >> [applause]
president trump: as we secure our borders, we are also supporting the heroes who fight crime and secure our streets, our brave men and brave women in blue, we love them. >> [applause] president trump: in in my administration, we have a central policy, we will protect those who protect us. you saw what i did with the excess military equipment that was sitting all over the country never to be used again. other administrations they do not want to give it to the police. they said it is too much protection, it looks too strong, it looks like a military. guess what? it is now being distributed to all of our police forces. >> [applause] president trump: and it is better than could ever buy. today, our prayers go out to the
family of slain dallas police officer santander who was murdered last week in the line of duty very close to this arena. we ask god to help others who were wounded and they will be better and they will be back. send our love. so important. thank you. and we mourn together with the entire dallas police department -- it is a great police department. a police force that has lost many heroes, but has never lost its will to protect and serve you. >> [applause] president trump: we are also taking very strong action to secure and protect our most valuable resource, our children. >> [applause]
president trump: all of us here today are deeply committed to school safety. nothing is more important than protecting innocent lives. and i will tell you, wayne and chris and all of the people at the nra, we speak of it all the time, these are great americans, these people have great heart. they know what they are doing. our entire nation was filled with shock and grief by a monstrous attack in parkland, florida. andourn for the victims their families. these are incredible people. our hearts break for every american who has suffered the horrors of the school shooting. in the aftermath of the terrible attack, i met with the survivors, the parents of school shooting victims at the white house. i was inspired like all of you were by their incredible courage. we agreed it is not enough to
simply take actions 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. we are working to improve early warning systems so when the police are called, when they see the red flag which they saw in parkland all over the place, there has never been a case or more red flags have been shown. swift action is taken by the authorities. law abiding gun owners want to keep firearms out of those who pose a danger to themselves and others. we all want that. >> [applause] president trump: i recently signed legislation that includes more than $2 billion to improve school safety, including funding for training and metal detectors
and security and mental health. mental health is a big one. they don't like to talk about mental health. that was the number one example. that legislation also made vital improvements to our background check system, which everybody wants. finally all of us agree we must harden certain schools. at the same time, the police have to be able to get into schools if there is a problem. we want armed guards. we want to be able to get in. i saw some of the craziest plans. you can spend a fortune. nobody knows more about construction than i do. you will make it so hard that you can't run through the doors. it is a tractor.
there is one problem is one of these maniacs can get in. you have to be careful. we strongly believe in allowing highly trained teachers to carry concealed weapons. they are highly trained. >> [applause] president trump: and we want highly trained security guards. 98% of mass public shootings have occurred in places where guns were banned, just so you understand. tragically, as we have seen, there is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares this school is gun free zone. come in and take us. >> [applause] president trump: 98%.
you know they are cowards. you saw that in the recent case, where he did all of his damage. then he slinked out of the school. the policeman outside caught him in a different community. that policeman did a good job. but they are cowards. when they know their are guns inside, they are not going in. we just don't understand that. we can't get that word out. at the same time there is no stronger deterrent for a sick individual than the knowledge that their attack will end their life and end in total failure. we support the second amendment not only because we believe in freedom but because we trust in every day talented wonderful
people. they love our students. >> [applause] president trump: and by the way, they love their students, these teachers. they will not let anyone harm their students but you have to give them a chance. in america, we trust the people to be good. we trust them to take responsibility for themselves, their families and communities. that is why we have always trusted the people to keep and bear arms. >> [applause] president trump it is fitting : that we gathered today in the
great state of texas, 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 through the nra convention and speaking there is controversial. it might not be popular. you know i've said? bye-bye, got to get on the plane. >> [applause] president trump: because we have to do the right thing. >> [applause] president trump: this crowd today would not exist if not for a handful of determined and defiant texans who refuse to surrender their rights.
you know what i'm talking about. in 1835, soldiers from santa ana's army marched into 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. >> [applause] president trump: they were not about to give up their only means of self-defense. in response, santa ana's army returned with a large group of additional people. they had men all over the place. the army was big. this time they were met by dozens of settlers, soldiers, and ordinary citizens who had
president trump: like those early texans, americans will never surrender. we will never, ever surrender. we will never give up our freedom. americans are born free. we will live free and we will die free. >> [applause] president trump: so again, it is a great honor to be with you. very special people. we truly appreciate your support. i'm doing the right thing. i am doing it for you, but i'm doing the right thing. we are doing the right thing together.
>> today on c-span, washington journal is next with your phone calls. institutionrookings discussion about president trump's first year in office. and later, president trump travels to cleveland to talk about tax reform. about an hour, dave leventhal of the center for public integrity talks about the federal election commission's ability to oversee
campaign-finance laws. then, prepare for the upcoming advanced placement u.s. government example with teachers andrew and daniel larson from the alkali stephen -- adlai stevenson high school. ♪ host: good morning. it is saturday, may 5, 2018. yesterday, president donald trump gave a campaign style speech at the nra's annual meeting in dallas, praising the group and its supporters and vowing to protect america's gun rights. it is the first annual meeting of the nra since the shooting at a parkland, florida high school. gun control advocates are vowing to make none reform a key campaign issue in the 2018 midterms. president trump's