On this day in 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy. I admit to not watching it live. As far as I knew he was a celebrity real estate mogul and that was that. I hadn’t watched any of his TV shows. While my family and I were initially Cruzers, we slowly warmed up to the incredibly successful Brooklyn guy who shared our common goals for America. After eight years of the muslim, Donald Trump was the right man at the right time, in the nick of time.
In fact, we didn’t view the speech until sometime in 2017. No matter, it is classic Trump at his engaging best. In our household we occasionally have it on in the background while doing chores, either followed or preceded by vids of the democrat-media pulling out their hair on election night 2016. Heh, heh.
From watching the video or reading the transcript, it’s clear why patriots love him and the Establishment had to destroy him. Our politicians don’t look out for American interests. They don’t know how to negotiate with other nations and don’t care. Before his campaign popularized “Make America Great Again,” and coined “We are going to drain the swamp,” the Establishment realized right away the danger posed by Donald Trump. He would assume office without owing political debts. Unlike Presidents since the early nineteenth century, he wouldn’t arrive in office with a legion of party camp-followers expecting patronage jobs. He didn’t need donors, so he was immune to lobbyists. He didn’t need the lobbyist grease that lubricates the payoffs, kickbacks and general criminality of Washington, DC.
To the quick, he promised to renegotiate trade deals, build a wall to stop the invasion across our southern border (and get Mexico to pay for it), repeal and replace Obamacare, destroy Isis, neutralize Iran and keep them from building nukes, rebuild our military, strengthen Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Cliff Notes to his speech:
Trade. America used to have victories, but not anymore. China beats us all the time. It’s not that the Chinese are so good at negotiating. I beat them all the time. It’s that the people we sent to negotiate were so awful. They didn’t know what they were doing and its killing America.
Tokyo did much the same. Try to find a Chevy in Tokyo. This is going to stop.
Invasion. The Mexicans laugh at us because they’re economically killing us. Not only Mexico, South America, but the rest of the world sends us their problems. They send us drugs, crime and rapists. They’re not good people. Probably middle-easterners come across too. This is going to stop.
Islamic Terror. Isis has the oil, and what they don’t have, Iran has. In Iraq, we’ve squandered $2 trillion, thousands and thousands of dead and wounded soldiers, whom I all love. And what do we have to show for it? Nothing. We leave our equipment behind for Iraqis to abandon after the first shot is fired.
Economy. Last quarter, our GDP was negative. Who ever heard of this? The horrible labor participation rate tied that of 1978 (Jimmy Carter). Real unemployment is about 20%. Don’t believe the 5.6%, don’t believe it. So many people can’t get jobs; there are no jobs because China and Mexico have our jobs.
Obamacare. It’s a big disaster, a big lie. Premiums and deductibles are going through the roof. It’s useless. Remember the $5 billion website? Five billion on a website and to this day, it doesn’t work.
The Establishment. Politicians are all talk and no action. Nothing’s gonna get done. I’ve been on the circuit listening to their speeches. They’re wonderful people and I like them. They ask for my support. I hear their speeches, and they don’t talk jobs or China. When was the last time you heard China is killing us? They devalue their currency to a level you wouldn’t believe. It makes it impossible for our companies to compete. But you don’t hear that from anyone else. I watch the speeches of these people; they say the sun will rise and the moon will set. And the people ask, what is going on? We don’t need rhetoric; we just want jobs.
Oh, and things are going to get worse because Obamacare really kicks in next year, 2016. While Obama’s playing golf, hey, maybe on one of my courses, Obamacare will kick in and be amazingly destructive. Doctors are leaving in droves. A doctor friend says he has more accountants than doctors working for him. We have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something else, something much better and cheaper.
I’ve dealt with politicians all my life. If you can’t make a deal with a politician there’s something wrong with you. And that’s who we have representing us, politicians controlled by the lobbyists, the donors, the special interests. Hey, I have lobbyists that can produce anything for me. We have to stop doing things for some people; they’re destroying our country. We have to stop, and stop them now. We need the leader that wrote, “The Art of the Deal.”
We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, manufacturing, military, and take care of our vets.
Leadership. America needs a cheerleader. I thought Obama was that leader. Being young and vibrant, I thought he was a leader, but he wasn’t. He was a negative force, the opposite of a leader. We need someone who can take the brand of America and make it great again. We need somebody who can literally take this country and make it great again. We can do that.
All my life I’ve been told the truly successful person can’t run for office. Just can’t happen, but that’s the kind of mindset we need to make America great again.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to Make America Great Again!
It can happen. Our country has tremendous potential. We have tremendous people. We have people who aren’t working, they have no incentive to work, but they’re going to have incentive to work because the best social program is a job. They’ll be proud, they’ll love it, and they’ll make much more, and they’ll do well . . . and we’re going to thrive, thrive as a country!
I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created. I tell you that. I’ll bring back jobs from China, Japan, Mexico, so many places. We owe China $1.3 trillion and more to Japan. So they come in, take our money, take our jobs, and then they loan us back the money and we pay them interest, and then the dollar goes up, so their deal’s even better.
How stupid are our leaders? How stupid are our politicians to allow this to happen? How stupid are they?
I’m going to tell you about the trade bill. I’m against it for a number of reasons. First, the people negotiating don’t have a clue. Our President doesn’t have a clue. He’s the one that did Bergdahl. We get a no-good traitor and they get five people they’ve wanted for years and who are back on the battlefield killing Americans.
He’s making a deal with Iran. Maybe Israel won’t exist much longer. Disastrous.
So, I’m a free trader, but you need really talented people to negotiate. If you don’t have people that know business and instead use political hacks that got the job just because they made a campaign donation, you are going to get awful deals. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we don’t have smart people. We have people controlled by special interests.
China charges big tariffs, and more. They wanted Boeing’s secrets and patents before they’d buy any planes. China is smart, so don’t get me wrong, I love China. I sold them apartments. The biggest bank in the world is from China and their American headquarters is located right here in Trump Tower. But, we just can’t sustain with getting ripped off.
We have all the cards, but our leaders don’t know how to use them. Our leaders don’t understand the game. They built a military island in about a year. We could never do that. We have a big military problem with Isis and a bigger problem with China. In my opinion, the new China, believe it or not is Mexico.
So let’s say Ford decides to build a $2.5 billion plant in Mexico. Not good. With me as president, I’d call up the head of Ford. I know him. I’d explain he wouldn’t get the zero tax and just sell them across the border in the US. I’d explain how Ford would pay a 35% tax on the cars and trucks.
Here’s how the 400 or so other republicans running for president would handle it. They know a plant in Mexico isn’t good. They’d be upset . They’re not stupid. But they’ll get a call from a donor or a lobbyist from Ford, who says, “You can’t do that to Ford because Ford takes care of me and I take care of you.” Guess what? No problem. They’re going to build in Mexico. They’re going to take away thousands of jobs. Very bad for us.
So, under President Trump, here’s what would happen. The head of Ford calls me back, maybe a day later to be cool. He’ll beg, and I’ll tell him “no.” Then he’ll set all kinds of political people on me, and I’ll say, “Sorry fellas, no interest,” because I don’t need anyone’s money. It’s nice, I don’t need donors. I’m not using lobbyists. I don’t care. I’m really rich.
This is the kind of thinking we need for our country, because we’ve got to make the country rich. Social Security is going to get destroyed unless we start bringing money in. I’m going to bring the money in and we’re going to save it. So after pleading from Ford and their lobbyists, I’ll get a call from the head of Ford who tells me he’ll build the factory in the US. They don’t have a choice.
There are hundreds of things like that. Here’s another one. Saudi Arabia makes $1 billion per day. When they get in a jam, we send our ships. If the right person asked them, they’d pay a fortune. They wouldn’t be there except for us.
I was right on Iraq. Such a terrible waste. Rubio and Bush took two days to answer a question about Iraq. How are these people going to lead us? How are they going to make America great again? They can’t. They can’t answer simple questions. They don’t have a clue.
So Ford will come back. They’ll all come back.
This is going to be an election based on competence. They’re tired of getting ripped off by everybody in the world. They’re tired of spending more money on education per capita in the world while are kids rank 26th. We’re becoming a third world country because of our roads, airports, infrastructure.
When you run for office you have to declare your net worth. That’s okay, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I started off with my father in a small office in Brooklyn and Queens. He was a great negotiator. I learned so much listening to him negotiate with subcontractors, while I played with blocks on the floor. He was a great negotiator. He used to say, “Don’t go into Manhattan. That’s the big leagues.” I told him I had to go into Manhattan. I gotta build those big buildings. I gotta do it.
After a few years in Brooklyn, I ventured into Manhattan and did a lot great deals. Grand Hyatt Hotel. So the pundits say, “Donald will never run. He’s private and probably not as successful as everybody thinks.” I’m really proud of my success. I’ve employed tens of thousands of people. So, a large accounting firm and my accountants have been putting together a financial statement, just a summary. It was reported yesterday that I had assets of $9 billion. That’s wrong. It’s over $9 billion in net worth, not just assets. Banks want to loan me money. I say “no,” I don’t need it. I’m not doing this to brag. I don’t need to brag.
I’m saying this because it’s the kind of thinking our country needs. We need that thinking but have the opposite thinking. We have losers. We have losers. We have morally corrupt losers selling this country down the drain.
To sum up, I would do some things very quickly. I will repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.
I will build a great wall along the southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for the wall.
Nobody will be tougher on Isis than Donald Trump. Nobody.
I will find in the military the next General Patton or MacArthur, the right guy to take our military and make it work.
I’ll stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and will never use a man like John Kerry who doesn’t know how to negotiate.
I will terminate Obama’s executive order on immigration. Immediately.
I fully support the Second Amendment.
End Common Core. It’s a disaster.
Rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
My company is building a hotel out of the old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. Wonderful property, great location. We bought it through the General Services Administration under Obama. Probably the most sought-after property in American history.
We have to rebuild our infrastructure. Look at LaGuardia airport. It’s third world quality. I fly to China, Qatar, other places with top notch facilities and then land at another third world airport in Los Angeles. We must rebuild.
And I will save Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid without raising taxes.
You save them by making America rich, by taking back all the money that’s been lost.
Renegotiate foreign trade deals.
Strengthen our military and take care of our vets.
The American dream is dead, but if I get elected I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.