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thank you. we'll go looiive to the republi national convention. senator mitch mcconnell is about to begin. >> i consider my responsibility to look out for the middle america. president trump knows, he inherited the first generation of america who could not promise their children a better life. he made it his mission of this administration to change that. i know because i work besides him everyday. today the democratic party does not want to improve life for the middle america. they prefer all of us decide how we should live our lives. they want to tell you when you could go to work or when your kids go to school. they want to talk your jobs out of existence.
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they want to tell you what kind of car you can drive or what information are credible and even how many hamburgers you can eat. they want to defund the police and take away your second amendment rights. they want free healthcare for illegal immigrants and offering no protection for unborn americans. they want to codify all this. now you understand why democrats spent an entire week telling us about who joe biden is and not what he intends to do. i am proud of the work the republican senate have done. we are the firewall against nancy pelosi's agenda.
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like president trump we won't be bullied by liberal media. we'll stand our posts on the half of millions of americans destroyi destroying us in today's newspaper. we'll continue to support the american family as we defeat the coronavirus and return our economy. the stakes have never been higher which is why i am asking you to support republican senate candidate across the country and reelect my friend, president trump. >> many of life's valuable missions are learned on the field and the ability to over come adversities.
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>> this embodies the american spirit of pushing boundaries. >> always striving for greatness. you finish the fight, lead to beautiful places. we are celebrating the great people and you win all. >> usa! usa! >> it is an honor to be in the company of great, great people. we can't wait to see what's next. never give up, never ever quit, keep working.
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>> i am dana white, president of the ufc. many of you know who i am and what i do and i am friends with the president. i spoke at this convention four years ago and i am back because i believe we need president trump's leadership now more than ever. before the pandemic president trump built the greatest economy in our nation's history and created an opportunity for all americans like no one before him. financial markets have hit an all time highs and unemployment was at an all time low and we did not face the destruction that's now occurring in a few of our break ins. it blows my mind how quickly some of the leaderships in this country forgotten the critical role first responders play in our society. police departments and other law enforcement and even some fire departments have faced oppositions for many in this country but they are always the
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people who are asked to step up when things are at their worse and put themselves at risk. that's certainly been the case of this ongoing pandemic. come on america, defunding these vital positions is not the answer. the first responders have always been taken care of us and now more than ever we need to take care of them. now, let's talk about covid and let's be honest about it. no one person and no one place could have anticipated the challenges that covid would bring. but, president trump has faced all these obstacles head on. he immediately put protective measures in place and he reached out to the best and leading american businesses across industry to discuss what he and the administration can do to get the economy backup and running safely. let me give you more details. early april president trump
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ordered a task and business leaders across the country and i was fortunate enough to serve on that task force. i witnessed how hardworking president trump was. i personally observed his ability to listen and understand the issues and unpacking americans of all backgrounds. it was clear, his highest priorities was the health and safety of everyone and our country and not just republicans, not just supporters but every single american. president trump recognized that one of the small ways to instill normalcy to people ee's looifrio bring back entertainment. the president figured out a way to overcome the challenges of staging live sporting events in the middle of the pandemic. we did. the ufc is the first to do it
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and we continue to do it. now other sports have joined us in so and some of the lessons learned are being used to open other businesses and schools. make no mistake about it. we have a long way to go and that's why we need a leader with president trump's unique attribute at this time. he's one of the most loyal human beings i have ever met. the man has unstoppable energy and no one is going to out work this guy. he truly loves and believes in our country. he believes in the people of this country. america is a place everyone wants a solid job, they want to take care of their family and support the community and assist the less fortunate and enjoy the freedom this country provided to all of us. while we certainly experienced a ton of negativities in 2020,
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president trump's mindset is to work tirelessly to help restore america. he did it once and he'll do it again. president trump may be the only president in modern times who actually done everything he said he would do during his campaign. there is this quote that i love from ronald reagan where he said "there is not any problems we can't solve if government will give us the facts and tell us what needs to be done and get out of the way to let us have at it." what it means is as americans we work hard and face the tough times head on. what yunites us is freedom, equality and opportunity.
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that's what it means to be an american. ladies and gentlemen, let's reelect president trump and figure out what the problems are and continue to find solutions to those problems. i would like to close with this. while it is critically important to reelect president trump, this pandemic also taught us to be very, very careful who you select as your next governor, senator, congressperson and may mayor. it is so important to vote. don't think your vote does not matter. to be honest with you it has never mattered more than it does right now. thank you and have a great evening america. >> this is the part where we pop up zp sand say some of what yout heard is forcefully. i am sorry we have to do this but we don't relish this but especially on the issue of covid when they are distributing
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deliberately false information misinforming the public while we are still during a pandemic and let you know what they said is wrong. moments ago we were speaking with dr. gupta of how bad it has been the past three nights of what they lied about. we got a new barrel of stuff that we want to get a reality check from you. let me give you some of these. no one person could anticipate the challenges that covid would bring as dana white said. it was anticipated that it would likely be coronavirus from china. that's the next global pandemic.
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there was anticipation of this, was there? >> oh, you bet there was, rachel. there is so much i can say there. the president did not listen to experts. italy listened to experts and south korea listened to experts. they had mini spikes but nothing like we are experiencing. listening to experts would have done a lot for us. that's just the beginning. dana white, just because you say it does not make it true. yes, it would be fantastic if the school districts across the country could afford the testing that the ufc was able to access and access on a daily basis. they are not rich enough to do that unlike the ufc. unless dana white wants to moralize and tell us across the country, most people can't afford what the ufc affords. what the president -- we did
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have faulty testing and he proposed chloroquine and bad leadersh leadership characterized his leadership the last months. >> he put protective measures in place. the president spent january to march saying that the coronavirus would go away and that it would magically disappear and that we had a contained airtight and the number would go to zero. the president then started publicly questioning whether or not masks were effective and started mocking people who wore masks including his presidential opponent joe biden. we see him tonight in late august this far into it with 180,000 americans holding an event where masks are not required and few are in sight.
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kamala harris made a statement that all we need is a competent president. is that fair to say? >> i bet it is fair to say. let me give scientific facts. as we shut down in the first week of march, we would have saved 80% of lives and we would have a different course of this pandemic. number two, if americans adopted masking, 95% of americans adopted masking in masks, we would save more lives. that's clear and proourven fact here. the president is not modelling
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the example. he's not demonstrating that behavior himself with masks. >> very quickly, dana white said em gnphatically that donald tru helps not just supporters but early americans. there were a lot of back and forth where donald trump said governors need to get their own ppe and fought with governors like the governor of new york. had there not been this back and forth where donald trump were saying democratic governors were to blame and they should help themselves. do you think that statement is true that he prioritized everyone regardless of party? >> no, i don't think that's true at all. to your second question i would say the big issue when we think about the last six months is the
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delayed of implementing the production act. how many times did we have this conversation because states needed to get vents and masks. the president put a production act early and quickly to get vents where they were needed and proper ppe. yesterday we were talking about this. most of the ppe we had in april was important overseas. we did not have the right equipment and equipment he did provide was faulty. >> dr. gupta is joining us from the icu. we hope we do not have to keep coming back to you tonight. we hope this is the end of the bad misinformation of covid. thank you, sir. >> i will mention -- we'll take a quick break. right before dana white we had mitch mcconnell saying that joe biden and kamala harris tell you what kind of cars you can drive and how many hamburgers you can eat.
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this is an extension of they want to take your farm animals away. >> is there footnote? where did that come from? >> i think he's just the hamburger. >> as a mom i love to raise a child with unlimited hamburgers. >> he wants to control the number of hamburgers i eat. >> we'll be right back. it is early, watch out. e right k it is early, watch out if you look close... jamie, are there any interesting photos from your trip? ouch, okay. huh, boring, boring, you don't need to see that. oh, here we go. can you believe my client steig had never heard of a home and auto bundle or that renters could bundle? wait, you're a lawyer? only licensed in stockholm. what is happening? jamie: anyway, game show, kumite, cinderella story. you know karate? no, alan, i practice muay thai, completely different skillset.
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>> president trump administration have opened their ears and listened. >> it has been improving public housing that we are appreciative. this administration have come and shined the light on what's going on and bringing real solutions to a real problem. >> hello, i would like to introduce you my husband, david, father of five and father of 12 and grandfather of 10 and friends to thousands. he was the most kind and dedicated loving life partner i could have hoped for. he had a big smile. he was blessed with a gift and
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that gift enabled him to touch souls and inspire young people. hero how kids loved him and they loved him back. dave was all about service. he served 38 years in the police department and six years as chief of police at the police department. after 44 years he retired from law enforcement but he never retire from helping a friend in need. since he befriended every person he met, he was a very busy man. one example of that was his friendship with mr. lee. david met him when lee was just a kid. dave took a special interest with the boy and they bonded and friendship grew and remained strong throughout the year. lee opened a pawnshop and he trusted dave and asked him to help with security.
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dave agreed. one of the shop's alarms would go off and dave investigated. he would wake me up he was going to make sure everything is all right. most of the times they were false alarms triggered by a storm or animals but never rested easily. the alarm went off the morning of june was for real. it was a violent night in st. louis. at least five businesses were damaged and looted. the coordina- after i have gone
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dave received a call from the alarm company, the front door pawnshop had been breached. this time he did not wake me up to tell me. he probably knew i would try to stop him or insist ongoing with him. as i slept, looters were ransacking the shop. they shot and killed david in cold blood. his last moment on earth, david's grandson was watching the video on facebook realtime, not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk. i learned of all this around 4:00 a.m. when our doorbell
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rinrin ring, the chief of police was standing outside. i wondered why david was not answering the door. it was not uncommon for him to be watching tv at this time. i called out to him several times and there was no reply. he was not there. i let in the chief and fighting back tears and gather words -- i relive that horror in my mind every single day. my hope is that having you relive with me now will help shake this country from this nightmare we are witnessing in our cities and bring about positive peaceful change. how did we get to this point where so many young people are callous and different towards human lives. this is not a video game where you can commit mayhem and hit
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reset and bring all the characters back to life. dave is never coming back to me. he was just murdered by people he did not know. he would have done anything to help them. they do not save guard black lives. they only destroy them. president trump understands this and offered federal help to restore our communities and in time when police departments are short on resources and manpower, we need that help. we should accept that help. we must heal before we can affect change. we can't heal in devastation and kchaos chaos. president trump knows that we need more daves in our community and not fewer. we need to come together in peace and remember that every
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life is precious. good evening, i am ben carson. a retired neural surgeon and a public servant. before i began, i would like to say that our hearts go out to the blake family and the other families who have been impacted by the tragic events in kenosha. as jacob's mother as urged the country let's use our hearts and our love and our intelligence to work together, to show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other. america is great when we behave greatly. in order to succeed and change, we must first come together and love of our fellow citizens. history reminds us that
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necessary change comes through hope and love, not senseless and destruction. abraham lincoln once said to america divided that "your purpose then plainly stated that you will destroy the government unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the constitution as you please on all points of disputes between you and us. you will rule or ruin all events." these words of warning are relevant today. we have a choice, do we want big government that controls our lives from cradle to grave or do we believe in the power and wisdom of the people and their ability to self-govern with help from a limited federal
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government. our president, donald trump, believes in the people. he is one of us, he make promises and he keeps them. he is transparent and we certain li ly know what he's thinking. he does not submit to political correctness. he isra real. right now we need courage. we can't coward in the corner and hoping that no one calls us names and believing that will keep us safe. that's not courage. that'll not lead us to a good and just place. we must remember all those who sacrificed everything in order to give us freedom. we must be willing to do the same who comes after us. president trump does not dabble an identity politics. he wants everyone to succeed and
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believes in a rising tide lifts all boats. many loves to claim that president trump is a racist, they could not be more wrong. jesse jackson gave donald trump an award for the economic equality that he created for black people. one of the first thing he did as president was bring to office of black colleges and universities into the white house so that it can get proper attention and financial support. before the pandemic, african-american unemployment was at an all time low. president trump accomplished prison reform. he created and sentenced to encourage investors to become involved with economically deprived areas of america.
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he strongly supports school choice, fully recognizing that no matter what circumstances a person is born into, they can achieve success with a good education. it was true for me when my mother forced me to rebooks about doctors and entrepreneurs and inventors and scientists, i began to recognize that the person who has the most to do what happens to you in life is you. my mother always told me, ben, you can do anything but i will never allow you to become a victim. it was then that i stop listening to the people who were trying to condition vince vinces a victim and others responsible for my victim hood. african-americans have the highest abortion rate.
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president trump is the most pro-life in american history. america is that shiny city. we are the beacon of hope for the world. at this moment in time president trump ises t the man with the courage, vision and the ability to keep it shining brightly. >> our housing secretary, ben carson, with his remarks tonight. we'll take a quick break here. i will tell you in terms of what's coming ahead. we are expecting remarks from rudy giuliani and we are expecting remarks from tom cotton, on the issue of foreign policies and national security
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and at the end of the night we'll expect remarks from donald trump. he'll be introduced by his daughter, ivanka. that's all ahead, stay with us, night four of the republican national convention. al conventi. we'll replace your windshield with safe, no-contact service. ♪ upbeat music >> tech: and that's service you can trust when you need it the most. ♪ upbeat music >> tech: schedule at safelite.com. ♪ upbeat music >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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we are back. we are awaiting rudy giuliani's speech. it should be pointed out that
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rudy giuliani is urnnder investigation. >> he was under investigation by new york. that was known publicly before willi william barr came down and ousted the u.s. attorney there. a lot of speculation to whether or not he was trying to undo any potential prosecution for rudy giuliani. >> interestingly that a person of all that of what she said, you have done an excellent job of signaling how fictionallize the covid stuff is. here he is. >> i am a former mayor of new york city. in 2013, my city elected a self-described progressive democrat as mayor. new york city has become by the mid 1990s of american's safest,
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largest city. today my city is in shock. murders and shootings and violent crimes are shooting at a percentage that's unheard of in the past. we are seeing a return of rioting and looting. during riots this democratic mayors -- even when arrests are made, liberal, progressive d.a.'s release td the riots. how did we getov overwhelmed by crimes. the democrats are urging you to vote for a defective candidate. biden has changed his principles
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so often that he no longer has principles. he's a trojan horse with bernie, pelosi and black lives matter and his entire left wing just waiting to execute their antipolice socialist policies. the whole unprecedented -- it began with a truly just cause, the unforgivable of police killing of george floyd in minneapolis. peaceful protests began all over the land. the condemnation of the killing was universal. it seems for a few brief signing moments that democrats and republican leaders would come together with a unified proposal to reduce police misconduct. this possibility was dangerous to the left. they had a president and a
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country to destroy. it would also make president trump appears to be an effective leader. they could have knonone of that black lives matter and going into action and in the flesh they hijacked the peaceful protests into vicious and brutal riot. soon protests turned into riots, almost all democrats. people beaten and shot and killed and police officers routinely assaulted and badly beaten and murdered. police handcuffed by progressive democratic mayors from doing anything but observing the crimes. the worst is innocent young people with their whole lives
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ahead of them. 17-year-old basketball star, brandon hen strategdricks kille bronx mention. one-year-old davin guard jr. was shot and killed in his stroller and caused no outrage in brooklyn. for president trump and for us republicans, all black lives matter and the lives of brandon mattered to us. all lives matter to us. these continuous riots in democratic cities give you a good view of the future under bid biden. all five of the top cities for homicides like top cities for rioting and looting or govern by progressive democrats, using the
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progressive democrats approach for crimes which is to do nothing. go to war with the police, the only group with the capability to protect u.new york citizens. it is clear that a vote for biden and the democrats create the risk that you will bring this lawlessness to your city a and town and suburb. there is also no question that president trump will fight with all his might to preserve our way of life. in critical times in our history, america has always been
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blessed with the right person to handle the crisis. washington, roosevelt, reagan were perfect for the challenges they faced and brought our nation through glorious. president trump with his love of the country and all our people, his disciplined work ethics and exceptional ability to inspire and deep understanding of our citizens of the government and the strength, the man we can trust and improve our way of life. mr. president, make our nation safe again. >> rudy giuliani. kind of in the moment. i am going to interject there just for a moment. he says new york city once described as america's crime capital have become the mid-90s of america's safest city and now
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today my city is in shock of murders and crimes. >> so far this year, there are 259. the district attorney don't release rioters so as to disrupt the rioting. this gives you a good view of the future under biden. donald trump is president right now and he also -- >> rudy giuliani says black lives matter and they hijack and protests turned into riots and almost democrats - just to note and be clear for the audience. there has been zero black lives matter members arrested for setting fires and causing -- we have seen in kenosha of the young 17-year-old and in
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minneapolis after george floyd was killed in may, you had a white supremacist arrested for breaking windows and there are others coming into this protests a protests -- >> i have more to say about rudy giuliani. we'll go live to senator tom cotton. we'll be back after this. >> i am senator tom cotton. a lot has changed in four years. back then we gathered in an arena and tonight you are probably at home and i stand alone. stand alone. the original band of brothers from the normandy beaches to the iraqi deserts we fought alongside each other but we are always prepare to stand alone. we lead the free world but we'll stand alone if we must to defend america. donald trump understands this. he puts america first.
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that's why america is safer now than four years ago. joe biden would return us to the weak and dangerous path. barack obama's own secretary of defense said joe biden has been wrong on nearly every major national security decision over the past four decades. let's compare the records of joe biden and donald trump. joe biden slashed defense spending again and again. president trump rebuilt our military and added the space force. joe biden let isis terrorists rampage across the middle east. president trump eliminated isis' leader and destroyed their caliphate.
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joe biden sent cash -- president trump ripped up the dangerous iran nuclear deal. joe biden treated israel like a nuisance. president trump moved our embassy to jerusalem and broke the peace deal in the middle east. president trump fight against communism in america's backyard and arnound the world. on the communist party of americhina, fl there is no comparison. president trump stands up to china's cheating and stealing and lying. joe biden allowed chinese
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fetanyl -- joe biden says chinese are not our competitors. president trump is clear eyed about the chinese threat and he's making china pay. china is not giving up. they are rooting for joe biden. america's other enemies won't giv give up either. joe biden will be as wrong and weak over the next four years as he has been for the last 50. we need a president who stands up for america. not one who takes it. a strong america is a safe america, safe from our enemy and war. no one seen the face of war. too many of our fellow americans are already honored at the hollow grounds of arlington. if we want peace, we must be
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strong, weakness is provacative. president trump's strengths kept us out of war. joe biden won't stand up for america. donald trump will. so this november, let's stand with the president and vote to keep america great. >> arkansas senator, tom cotton. we'll interject here. our national security advisor ben rhodes. we still have more to talk about in terms of what rudy giuliani just said. i want to giver y you a chance giver us a reality check of what we heard from senator cotton. i want to ask you what stood out to you. at the out set of him saying that joe biden cuddled dictators while president trump has been standing up to china and clear eyed about the chinese threat.
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that struck me as something we should interject about. >> there are two important points here. one is all of donald trump's leaders around the world are dictators, vladimir putin, kim jong-un in korea. donald trump alienated all of our allies. as they put themselves forward, tom cotton is the one proposed using military intensity peaceful protesters. that completely eviscerate america's world standings around the world. our capacity stand for democratic values suffered from the last four years because of the brand of politics practiced by donald trump and tom cotton.
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not only the trump's policy being all about drawing conclusions from dictators and away from our democratic values. they portray those values at home so we have no standing support around the world. >> you have to take me through the fact pattern here. joe biden let isis terrorists rampage across the middle east. donald trump put that in motion, no? >> yes. and nicole, i would like to be very clear, any analysts including our colleagues who is under obama and trump, anybody analysts will tell you that barack obama had put a plan in place int of that plan, the
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kurds, donald trump betrayed them because one of the dictators called him and asked him to withdraw the u.s. forces who were protecting those kurds and they were killed and they had to flee all because donald trump put the advice of a dictat dictator. no. they continued their campaign and then they pulled the plug and betrayed the people that fought for that coampaign on th ground. >> thank you. i mentioned that we also want to add some sort of reality check to some of what we just heard,
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the sort of fire hose speech, an animated rudy giuliani talking about new york as a hellscape. we have called mia whiley. she's currently a professor at the news school and she is publically weighing a run for mayor herself. thanks for joining us. it is good to have you here. >> it is great to be here. tell us about the tail that mayor giuliani just told us in which there is no more policing and it's all the fault of democrats. >> let's just say one thing. as you said earlier, we have at
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least half the murder rate that giuliani had in his best year. and the reality is rudy giuliani spent more time focussing on busting low-level crime than fixing the broken windows that he said were the cause of them. and i think what's important here to remember is we have a trump administration that has given us record unemployment. it's easier to get a gun in the city than it is to get a job for far too many people. and what we know from the research is get people jobs, we don't from murder rates. it is all about the opportunities. and this is the administration that ensured us that covid became a crisis for the economy and that is a serious concern for new york city. >> mia, hey, it's joy. rudy giuliani seemed to be upset about the idea of police
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accountability. can you describe the differences between the giuliani administration approached police accountability and the way police accountability is approached under mayor de blasio because it seems to be that mayor giuliani believes that black lives matter is allowed to run the city and police are not allowed to police the protests. >> yeah. let's remember that a lot of what was being called criminal activity in new york city that began under rudy giuliani was essentially walking while black for latino, talking while black or latino. it was called stop and frisk. what it meant was far too many people going about their business were getting stopped and frisked. and almost no one was getting charged with a crime. but what that meant was a lot of police encounters with a lot of residents complained of abuse,
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and that is what we had to address in the recent years and that is the accountability that people are protesting for. >> previously serving as adviser for mayor de blasio. thank you for being with us on short notice tonight. we will get back to the republican national convention. a featured speaker, someone who has received a pardon from president trump. >> good evening. i was once told that the only way i would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse. but by the grace of god and the compassion of president donald john trump i stand before you tonight. and i assure you i'm not a ghost. i am alive. i am well. and most importantly, i am free. in 1996 i began serving time in
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prison, life plus 25 years. i had never been in trouble. i was a first-time non-violent offender. what i did was wrong. i made decisions that i regret. some say you do the crime, you do the time. however, that time should be fair and just. we have all made mistakes. none of us want to be defined forever based on our worst decision. while in prison, i became a play wright, a mentor, a certified hospice volunteer, an ordained minister and received a special olympics event coordinator of the year award for my work with disabled women because the only thing worse than unjustly imprisoning my body is trying to imprison my mind. my transformation was described
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as extraordinary. true this. there are thousands of people just like me who deserve the opportunity to come home. i never stopped fighting for my freedom. my christian faith and the prayers of so many kept hope alive. when president trump heard about me, about the injustice of my story, he saw me as a person. he had compassion, and he acted. free in body thanks to president trump, but free in mind thanks to the all mighty god. i couldn't believe it. i always remembered that god knew my name even in my darkest hour. but i never thought a president would. when i was released on june 6th, 2018, i ran across that road and
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hugged my grandchildren for the first time. i'll never forget that feeling. and then i remembered the promise i had made to the men and women i left behind, that i would never stop fighting for them and i haven't. i'm using my voice to tell their stories, and i pray that my face reminds you of those forgotten faces. six months after president trump granted me a second chance, he signed the first step act into law. it was real justice reform, and it brought joy, hope and freedom to thousands of well deserving people. i hollered hall lieu yeah. my faith in justice and jmercy was rewarded. imagine getting to hug your loved ones again and to think
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this first step meant so much to so many. i can't wait because we're just getting started. the nearly 22 years i spent in prison were not wasted. god had a purpose and a plan for my life. i was not delayed or denied. i was destined for such a time as this. i pray that you will not just hear this message, but that you will be inspired by my story and your compassion will lead you to take action for those who are forgotten. that's what our president donald trump did for me. and for that, i will be forever grateful. god bless you. god bless president trump. and god bless america.
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thank you. ♪ >> alice johnson speaking on the fourth and final night of the republican national convention. we'll save the analysis for later. i will tell you, boy, is she a good speaker, just if terms of her message there, i think probably the best speaker we have seen throughout the four nights of the convention thus far. i am interjecting to let you know what is coming up. we are heading into what brian williams would call the shank of the evening. we're having an introductory video from the trump cam pain right now and then we will be two major speakers, ivanka trump, who is the president's eldest daughter is going to give a speech from the white house and the president will give a speech from the white house. it is weird, and that's a technical term, that this is happening from the white house. we want to talk about that for a second and get a reality check
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on that for a second. michael, can you talk to us about those two things tonight from a historical perspective why it is unusual, why we should be making a double take about the fact this is happening from the white house and that there is a presidential daughter and senior adviser in one person who will be giving the introductory process here. >> the hatch act is supposed to keep political cam paining away from federal employees and federal property. instead we see the campaign with campaign banners and donors and the south lawn which for 220 years has been kept above partisan politics. the south lawn of the white house is now turned into the floor of a republican convention. that house belongs to all of us. it just doesn't belong to someone who is particularly a president. and even worse, rachel, in
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america's democracy, we are never supposed to merge the symbols of our state with political campaigning and a political party. that's what dictatorships do. that's what this looks like tonight. and also another thing that dictatorships do is they emphasize the individual leaders, part of almost a personality cult. all this weeknight after night donald trump, it is the kind of thing we don't see at a normal convention and members of his family, even the girlfriend of one of his sons, this is not normal. remember what barack obama said last year, do not let them take away our democracy. >> michael, it's nicole. thank you so much for spending some time with us and putting that historical frame on the abnormalities. i want to ask you about the response to the abnormalities. when the violations of the hatch act were raised, the chief of staff mike meadows said nobody
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cares. if you have got a white house chief of all the other staffers who says nobody cares about the laws, that to me was an extraordinary window into the lawlessness of the white house staff. >> absolutely. and, nicole, did it surprise you? is it any different from almost anything we have seen for the last three and a half years. >> richard painter was my ethics advisers so i couldn't get a coke paid for by a reporter. >> i know you wouldn't have tried. >> i guess my question is what do we do? how do you take and explain this to the country that it's so corrupt that the person in charge of making sure the entire white house staff follows the law, doesn't think the law matters. >> you keep on telling them that this is abnormal. this is not the way the constitution wants it to be. not the way our founders want it to be. if we do not stop this, we are in real danger of losing our
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democracy next year if donald trump is re-elected and goes further. >> nbc news presidential historian. that's sobering. thank you very much for being with us, michael. to have that warning, frankly, issued from other politicians, let alone from observers is one thing. to have that from somebody who makes presidential history their life's vocation, that's very sobers. nevertheless, we tgo to the whie house where the president's daughter is going to give remarks that will lead into the president's acceptance speech this evening. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome ivanka trump. [ applause ]
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good evening. before i begin, i want to send a special message to everyone who has been affected by hurricane laura. our hearts are with you. the president will continue to support you every step of the way. and just like americans always do, the nation will come together to help you rebuild your homes, businesses and communities stronger and more resilient than ever before. [ applause ] >> fur years ago, i introduced to you a builder, an entrepreneur, an outsider and the people's nominee for president of the united states. tonight i stand before you as the proud daughter of the people's president.
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[ applause ] >> he is our commander in chief, champion of the american worker, defender of common sense and our voice for the forgotten men and women of this country. he is our president and my father, donald j. trump. [ applause ] >> this evening i want to tell you about the leader i know and the moments i wish every american could see. i want to tell you the story of a president who is fighting for you from dawn to midnight when the cameras have left, the microphones are off and the decisions really count. when jared and i moved with our three young children to washington, we didn't exactly know what we were in for, but our kids, our kids loved it from the start. my son joseph promptly built
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grandpa a lego replica of the white house. the president still displays it on the mantle in the oval office right over there so that he can show world leaders just so they know he has the greatest grandchildren on earth. i agree. over the last four years, we have learned a lot. i have seen in washington it's easy for politicians to survive if they silence their convictions and skip the hard fights. i couldn't believe so many politicians actually prefer to complain about a problem rather than fix it. i was shocked to see people leave major challenges unsolved so they could blame the other side and campaign on the same issue in the next election. but donald trump did not come to win praise. donald trump came to washington for one reason and one reason alone, to make america great
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again. my father has strong convictions. he knows what he believes, and he says what he thinks. whether you agree with him or not, you always know where he stands. i recognize that my dad's communication style is not to everyone's taste. and i know that his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered. but the results, the results speak for themselves. [ applause ] >> he is so unapologetic about his beliefs that he has caused me and countless americans to take a hard look at our own convictions and ask ourselves what do we stand for. what kind of america do we want to leave for our children? i am more certain than ever before we want a future where
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our kids can believe in american greatness. we want a society where every child can live in a safe community and go to a great school of their choice. we want a culture where differences of opinion and debate are encouraged, not canceled, where law enforcement is respected, where our country's rich diversity is celebrated and where people of all backgrounds, races, colors and creeds have the chance to achieve their god-given potential. this is the potential my father is working to build each and every day. [ applause ] >> building, after all, is what he's done his whole life. he has admired and befriended construction workers on countless job sites. but it has been a new and profound experience for him and for me to see these stoic machinists and steel workers come to him with a tear in their
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eye and thank him for being the only person willing to go to the matt for them, for their jobs, for their families and for their futures. to the hard working men and women across america and here tonight, you are the reason my father fights with all of his heart and all of his might. you are the reason he ran for president in the first place, and you are the reason he is going to keep fighting for four more years. [ applause ] >> four more years. i remember one evening in early february of 2018 we were in the oval office with my father's top economic advisers, and the
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president was pushing to keep the promise he made to renegotiate the bad trade deals that had gutted millions of middle class jobs. most of his advisers argued that the economy was so strong following our historic tax and regulatory cuts, that it didn't make sense to risk rocking the boat. after the meeting as i walked with my father back towards the residence he said, you know, the reason this has never been done before is because our leaders haven't had the guts. when the economy is good, they settle for good and when things are bad they don't have the will or ability so they kick the can until it's someone else's problem. he was right. if my father didn't take on these fights, no one would. in the months that followed, president trump refused to settle for a good deal. he wanted a great deal. and ultimately, that is exactly what we got. [ applause ] >> i remember each time he was
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updated on the progress of the new trade deal with mexico and canada. he would say, don't let down those dairy farmers i met in wisconsin. i don't want them to like this deal. i want them to love it. [ applause ] >> today in the midst of this unprecedented global pandemic, it is more clear than ever that our president was absolutely correct to take on trade when he did and bring our jobs, our factories and our life saving medicines back to the usa. [ applause ] >> as our nation endures this great trial, i pray for the families who are mourning the loss of a loved one, for those who are battling covid-19 and for the first responders and the health care heroes who remain on the front line of this fight. the grief, sorrow and anxiety during this time is felt by all.
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i have been with my father and i have seen the pain in his eyes when he receives updates on the lives that have been stolen by this. i have seen him make the most difficult decisions of his life. i sat with him in the oval office as he stopped travel to europe. i watched him take the strongest and most exclusive economy in a lifetime, the lower unemployment in a half century and the highest wage increase for working families in decades and close it down to save american lives. [ applause ] >> it is why our president rapidly mobilized the full force of government in the private sector to produce ventilators within weeks, to build the most robust testing system in the world and to develop safe and effective treatments and very, very soon a vaccine. my father isn't deterred by defeatist thinkers. the world impossible, well it
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only motivates him. donald trump rejects the cynical notion that this country's great achievements are behind us. he believes that nothing is beyond our reach and that the best is yet to come. [ applause ] >> i have seen all of my life how my dad believes in the potential of each individual. earlier this evening, we were all inspired by the incredible testimony of alice johnson, a great grandmother who was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time non-violent drug offense. i was with my father when he decided to commute alice's life sentence. together we watched alice leave prison after nearly 22 years. as she ran into the arms of her family and they celebrated a joyful reunion, my father got very quiet. i could see the emotion on his
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face. after a long silence he looked at me and said, imagine how many people there are just like alice. from that point on, he became a voice for those that had been unfairly silenced in our prison system. president trump rectified the 1994 biden crime bill that disproportionally hurt african-americans. [ applause ] >> against all odds, he brought together republicans and democrats and passed the most significant criminal justice reform of our generation and we're just getting start ied. [ applause ] >> my father did not campaign on this issue. he tackled this injustice because he has a deep compassion for those that have been treated unfairly. more than rhetoric and political prose, the ability to achieve
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bipartisan success will help us heal our country's racial inequities and bring us forward together. president trump is advancing the american values of work and family. four years ago in cleveland i said president trump would deliver for working women. last year over 70% of all new jobs were secured by women. [ applause ] >> four years ago, i told you my father would focus on making child care affordable and accessible. in president trump's first term, we secured the largest ever increase for child care funding, giving more than 800,000 low-welcome families great child care at a cost they can afford. as part of republican tax cuts, in 2019 alone, our child tax credit put over $2,000 into the pockets of 40 million american
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families. [ applause ] >> democrat politicians recently introduced a plan to increase the child tax credit. yet, when i was fighting less than three years ago at the president's direction to get congress to double the child tax credit not a single democrat voted to pass the law. we got it done anyway. [ applause ] >> four years ago i promised that president trump would support mothers in the workfo e workforce. in his first year in office he signed into law the first ever national paid leave tax credit. today eight million more americans have access to this benefit. [ applause ] >> four years ago i said that americans needed an economy that permits people to rise again. during president trump's first three years in office, 72% of all new jobs went to americans
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who had been outside of the workforce. [ applause ] >> four years ago, i told you i would fight alongside my father, and four years later, here i am. [ applause [ applause ] >> many of the issues my father has championed are not historically republican priorities. yet, where washington chooses sides, our president chooses common sense. where politicians choose party, our president chooses people. [ applause ] >> since the day he took the oath of office, i have watched my father take on the failed policies of the path and do what no leader has done before. recently he took dramatic action to cut the cost of prescription drugs, despite fielding angry calls from the ceos of nearly every major pharmaceutical company. now when we see attack ads paid
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for my big pharma, my dad smiles and says to me, you know, we're doing something really right if they're hitting us so hard. [ applause ] >> this spring, our president saw that american crops were going to waste because food supply chains were disrupted by the virus. he directed secretary purdue and me to find a way to get this nutrition food, fresh food, vegetables, meat and dairy to families most in need. we launched the farmers to family food box program, which has now delivered over 100 million meals into the hands of american families. [ applause ] >> to protect the most vulnerable among us, i have worked alongside the president as he signed into law nine pieces of legislation to combat
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the evil of human trafficking. [ applause ] >> i have stood by my father's side as he's received our fallen heroes, and each time it has steeled his resolve to finally stop, finally stop the endless foreign wars. [ applause ] >> to change the paradigm in the middle east, he took a fresh approach. i heard foreign leaders beg him not to move the american embassy to jerusalem. yet, he delivered on a promise also made and unfulfilled by past presidents because my father knew that it was the right thing to do. defying all expectations just weeks ago he re-wrote history again by making a peace agreement in the middle east, the biggest breakthrough in a quarter century.
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>> for the first time in a long time, we have a president who has called out washington's hypocrisy, and they hate him for it. dad, people attack you for being unconventional, but i love you for being real. and i respect you for being effective. [ applause ] >> our president refuses to surrender his beliefs to score point with the big political elite. to my father, you are the elite. you are the only people he cares about scoring points with. if these problems were easy to solve, previous presidents would
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have done so. but you don't achieve different results by doing things the same way. washington has not changed donald trump. donald trump has changed washington. [ applause ] >> america doesn't need another empty vessel who will do whatever the media on the fringe of his party demands. now more than ever america needs four more years of a warrior in the white house. [ applause ] >> tonight i could not be more proud to introduce my father, a man i know was made for this moment in history. my fellow americans, our first lady and the 45th president of
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the united states, donald j. trump. ♪ and i'm proud to be american where at least i know i'm ♪ and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me ♪ and i'll gladly stand up next to you ♪ and remember still today ♪ because there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ god bless the usa ♪ the president and the first lady at the white house. obviously we have been remarking this evening on how unusual it is for a campaign event, a partisan political event for a particular candidate or campaign to be used -- to use the white house as its backdrop, but they're going for it tonight in every possible way. so we are expecting a long
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speech from the president tonight after what was a lengthy speech in its own right from the president's eldest daughter ivanka trump. the visuals here are also important. there are more than 1,500 press, as many as 2,000 chairs set up at the white house. almost all of them full, none of them six feet apart and there are very, very few masks in evidence at this event. if you are an american who has made sacrifices and changed your life so as to avoid potentially being part of the spread of coronavirus in our country, these images of this packed event are gonna land in a way that may put that in ironic context. all right. let's listen in. ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to
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me ♪ and i'll gladly stand up ♪ next to you and remember still today ♪ because there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ i love this land ♪ god bless the usa. [ applause ] four more years! four more years! four more years! >> thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. friends, delegates and distinguished guests, please. i stand before you tonight
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honored by your support, proud of the extraordinary progress we have made together over the last four incredible years and brimming with confidence in the bright future we will build for america over the next four years. [ applause ] >> we begin this evening our thoughts are with the wonderful people who have just come through the rath of hurricane laura. we are working closely with state and local officials in texas, louisiana, arkansas, mississippi, sparing no effort to save lives while the hurricane was fierce, one of the strongest to make land fall in 150 years. the casualties and damage were far less than thought possible
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only 24 hours ago. [ applause ] and this is due to the great work of fema, law enforcement and the individual states. i will be going this weekend and congratulations. thank you for that great job out there. we really appreciate. we are one national family, and we will always protect, love and care for each other. here tonight are the people who have made by journey possible and filled my life with so much joy. for her incredible service to our nation and its children, i want to thank our magnificent first lady. [ applause ]
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>> thank you. >> i also want to thank my amazing daughter ivanka for that introduction and to all of my children. ivanka, please stand up. thank you. and all of my children and grandchildren, i love you more than words can express. i know my brother robert is looking down on us right now from heaven. he was a great brother and was very proud of the job we are all doing. thank you. we love you, robert. [ applause ] >> let us also take a moment to show our profound appreciation for a man who has always fought
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by our side and stood up for our values, a man of deep faith and steadfast conviction, our vice president mike pence. [ applause ] >> and mike is joined by his beloved wife, a teacher and military mom, karen pence. thank you, karen. [ applause ] >> my fellow americans tonight with a heart felt of gratitude and optimism, i profoundly accept this nomination for president of the united states.
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>> usa! usa! >> the republican party, the party of abraham linking goes forward united, determined and ready to welcome millions of democrats, independents and anyone who believes in the greatness of america and the righteous heart of the american people. [ applause ] in a new term as president, we will build again the greatest economy in history, quickly return to full employment,
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soaring incoming and record prosperity. [ applause ] >> we will defend america against all threats and protect america from all dangers. we will lead america into new frontiers of ambition and discovery and we will reach for new heights of national achievement. we will rekindle new faith in our values, new pride in our history and a new spirit of unity that can only be realized through love for our great country. >> because we understand that america is not a land cloaked in darkness. america is the torch that enlightens the entire world. [ applause ]
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gathers here at our beautiful and majestic white house known all over the world as the people's house, we cannot help but marvel at the miracle that is our great american story. this has been the home of larger than life figures like teddy roosevelt and andrew jackson, who rallied americans to bold visions of a bigger and brighter future. within these walls lived tenacious generals like president grant and eisenhower who led our soldiers in the cause of freedom. from these grounds, thomas jefferson sent lewis and clark on a daring expedition to cross a wild and unchartered continent in the depths of a bloody civil war, president abraham lincoln
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looked out these very windows upon a half completed washington monument and asked god in his providence to save our nation. two weeks after pearl harbor, franklin delnor roosevelt welcomed winston churchill. and just inside they set our people on a course to victory in the second world war. in recent months, our nation and the entire planet has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy. like those brave americans before us, we are meeting this challenge. we are delivering life saving therapies, and we'll produce a vaccine before the end of the year or maybe even sooner.
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[ applause [ applause ] >> we will defeat the virus and the pandemic and emerge stronger than ever before. [ applause ] what united generations past was an unshakable confidence in america's destiny and an unbreakable faith in the american people. they knew that our country is blessed by god and has a special purpose in this world. it is that conviction that inspired the formation of our union, our west ward expansion, the abolition of salavery, the space program and the overthrow of facism, tyranny and communism. this towering american spirit has prevailed over every
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challenge and lifted us to the summit of human endeavor. despite all of our grateness as a nation, everything we have achieved is in danger. this is the most important election in the history of our country. [ applause ] >> thank you. at no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies or two agendas. this election will decide whether we save the american
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dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny. [ applause ] >> it will decide whether we rapidly create millions of high paying jobs or whether we crush our industries and send millions of these jobs overseas as has foolishly been done for many decades. your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding americans or whether we give free rein to violent agitators and criminals who threaten our citizens. and this election will decide whether we will defend the american way of life or whether we will allow a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it. that won't happen.
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[ applause ] >> at the democrat national convention, joe biden and his party repeatedly assailed america as a land of racial, economic and social injustice. so tonight i ask you a simple question: how can the democrat party ask to lead our country when it spends so much time tearing down our country? [ applause ] in the left's backwards view, they do not see america as the most free, just and exceptional nation on earth. instead, they see a wicked nation that must be punished for its sins. our opponents say that re demgs from you can only come from
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giving power to them. this is a tired anthem spoken by every regressive movement throughout history. but in this country, we don't look to career politicians for salvation. in america we don't turn to government to restore ourselves. we put our faith in almighty god. [ applause ] >> joe biden is not a savior of america's soul. he is the destroyer of america's jobs and if given the chance he will be the destroyer of american greatness. for 47 years, joe biden took the donations of blue collar workers, gave them hugs and even
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kisses and told them he felt their pain and then he flew back to washington and voted to ship our jobs to china and many other distant lands. joe biden has spent his entire career outsourcing their dreams and the dreams of american workers, offshoring their jobs, opening their borders and sending their sons and daughters to fight in endless foreign wars, wars that never ended. four years ago, i ran for president because i could not watch this betrayal of our country any longer. i could not sit by as career politicians let other countries
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take advantage of us on trade, borders, foreign policy and national defense. our nato partners, as an example, were very far behind in their defense payments. but at my strong urging, they agreed to pay $130 billion more a year the first time in over 20 years that they upped their payments. [ applause ] >> and this $130 billion will ultimately go to $400 billion a year, and secretary general staltonberg who heads nato was amazed after watching for so many years and said president trump did what no one else was able to do. thank you.
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[ applause ] >> from the moment i left my former life behind, and it was a good life, i have done nothing but fight for you. i did what our political establishment never expected and could never forgive breaking the cardinal rule of washington politics, i kept my promise. [ applause ] >> together, we have ended the rule of the failed political class, and they are desperate to get their power back by any means necessary. you have seen that. they are angry at me because instead of putting them first, i
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very simply said america first. [ applause ] >> thank you. days after taking office, we shocked the washington establishment and withdrew from the last administration's job killing transpacific partnership. i then immediately improved the keystone excel and dakota access pipelines. ended the unfair and very costly paris climate accord and secured for the first time american energy independence. [ applause ]
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>> we passed record setting tax and regulation cuts at a rate nobody had ever seen before. within three short years, we built the strongest economy in the history of the world. washington insiders asked me not to stand up to china. they pleaded with me to let china continue stealing our jobs, ripping us off and robbing our country blind. but i kept my word to the american people. we took the toughest, boldest, strongest and hardest hitting action against china in american history by far. [ applause ] >> they said that it would be impossible to terminate and replace nafta. but again they were wrong. earlier this year i ended the
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nafta nightmare and signed the brand-new mexico/canada agreement into law. and right now auto companies and others are building their plans and factories in america, not firing their employees and not deserting us for other countries. [ applause ] >> in perhaps no area did the washington special interist try harder to stop us than on my policy of pro american immigration. [ applause ] >> but i refused to back down. and today america's borders are more secure than ever before. [ applause ]
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>> thank you. we ended catch and release, stopped asylum fraud, took down human traffickers who prey on women and children and we have deported 20,000 gang members and 500,000 criminal aliens. [ applause ] >> we have already built 300 miles of border wall, and we are adding ten new miles every single week. the wall will soon be complete, and it is working beyond our wildest expectations. [ applause ] >> we are joined this evening by members of the border patrol union representing our country's courageous border agents. thank you very much for being
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here. thank you brave, brave people. >> you see this country loves our law enforcement. they do. they do. they really do. love and respect. when i learned that the tennessee valley authority laid off hundreds of american workers and forced them to train their lower paid foreign replacement, i promptly removed the chairman of the board and now those talented american workers have been rehired and are back
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providing support to georgia. they have their old jobs back. and some are here with us this evening. please stand. thank you. thank you very much. you have been through a lot. thank you very much. last month i took on big pharma. you think that's easy? it's not. and signed orders that will massively lower the cost of your prescription drugs and give critically ill patients access to life saving cures. we passed the decades long awaited right to try, right to t
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try. we also passed va accountability and va choice. our great veterans, we're taking care of our veterans. 91% approval rating this month, the va given by our veterans. first time anything like that has happened. by the end of my first term, we will have approved more than 300 federal judges, including two great new supreme court justices. and to bring prosperity to our forgotten inner cities, we worked hard to pass historic criminal justice reform, prison reform, opportunity zones and long-term funding of historically black colleges and universities. and before the china virus came
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in, produced the best unemployment numbers for african-americans, hispanic americans and asian americans ever recorded. [ applause ] >> and i say very modestly that i have done more for the african-american community than any president since abraham lincoln, our first republican president. and i have done more in three years for the black community than joe biden has done in 47 years.
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and when i'm re-elected, the best is yet to come. >> four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! four more years! >> thank you very much. when i took office, the middle east was in total chaos. isis was rampaging. iran was on the rise, and the
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war in afghanistan had no sight. i withdrew from the terrible, one-sided iran nuclear deal. unlike many presidents before me, i kept my promise, recognized israel's true capital, and moved our embassy to jerusalem. but not only did we talk about it as a future site, we got it built. rather than spending $1 billion on a new building as planned, we took an already owned, existing building in a better location.
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real estate deal, right? and opened it at a cost of less than $500,000. many things like that that government is doing right now. we also recognized israeli sovereignty over the golan heights. and this month we achieved the first middle east peace deal in 25 years. thank you to uae. thank you to israel. in addition, we obliterated 100% of the isis caliphate and killed its founder and leader, abu bakr al baghdadi.
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then in a separate operation, we eliminated the world's number one terrorist by far, qassem soleima soleimani. unlike previous administrations, i have kept america out of new wars, and our troops are coming home. we have spent nearly $2.5 trillion on completely rebuilding our military, which was very badly depleted when i took office as you know. this includes three separate pay raises for our great warriors.
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we also launched the space force, the first new branch of the united states military since the air force was created almost 75 years ago. we have spent the last four years reversing the damage joe biden inflicted over the last 47 years. biden's record is a shameful roll call of the most catastrophic betrayals and blunders in our lifetime. he has spent his entire career on the wrong side of history. biden voted for the nafta disaster, the single worst trade deal ever enacted. he supported china's entry into the world trade organization, one of the greatest economic disasters of all time. after those biden claalamities,
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the united states lost one in four manufacturing jobs. we laid off workers in michigan, ohio, new hampshire, pennsylvania, and many other states. they didn't want to hear biden's hollow words of empathy. they wanted their jobs back. as vice president, he supported the trans-pacific partnership, which would have been a death sentence for the u.s. auto industry. he backed the horrendous south korea trade deal, which took many jobs from our country and which i've reversed and made a great deal for our country. he repeatedly supported mass amnesty for illegal immigrants. he voted for the iraq war. he opposed the mission to take out osama bin laden. he opposed killing soleimani. he oversaw the rise of isis and cheered the rise of china as a
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positive development for america and the world. some positive development. that's why china supports joe biden and desperately wants him to win, i can tell you that upon very good information. china would own our country if joe biden got elected. unlike biden, i will hold them fully accountable for the tragedy that they caused all over the world, they caused. in recent months our nation and the world has been hit by the once-in-a-century pandemic that china allowed to spread around the globe. they could have stopped it, but they allowed it to come out. we are grateful to be joined tonight by several of our incredible nurses and first responders. please stand and accept our profound thanks and gratitude. [ cheers and applause ]
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many americans, including me, have sadly lost friends and cherished loved ones to this horrible disease. as one nation, we mourn, we grieve, and we hold in our hearts forever the memories of all those lives that have been so tragically taken. so unnecessary. in their honor, we will unite. in their memory, we will overcome. and when the china virus hit, we launched the largest national mobilization since world war ii, invoking the defense production act, we produced the world's largest supply of ventilators. not a single american who has
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needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator, which is a miracle. [ applause ] good job heading the task force by our great vice president. thank you very much, mike. please. please stand up. please. [ applause ] we shipped hundreds of millions of masks, gloves, and gowns to our frontline health care workers. to protect our nation's seniors, we rushed supplies, testing kits, and personal -- to nursing homes, we gave everything you can possibly give, and we're still giving it because we're taking care of our senior citizens. the army corps of engineers built field hospitals, and the navy deployed our great hospital
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ships. we developed from scratch the largest and most advanced testing system anywhere in the world. america has tested more than every country in europe put together and more than every nation in the western hemisphere combined. think of that. we have conducted 40 million more tests than the next closest nation, which is india. we developed a wide array of effective treatments including a powerful antibody treatment known as convalescent plasma. you saw that on sunday night when we announced it, that will save thousands and thousands of lives. thanks to advances, we have pioneered, the fatality rate -- and you look at it, and you look at the numbers. it has been reduced by 80% since april, 80%. the united states has among the lowest case fatality rates of any major country anywhere in
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the world. the european union's case fatality rate is nearly three times higher than ours, but you don't hear that. they don't write about that. they don't want to write about that. they don't want you to know those things. all together, the nations of europe have experienced a 30% greater increase in excess mortality than the united states. think of that. we enacted the largest package of financial relief in american history. thanks to our paycheck protection program, we have saved or supported more than 50 million american jobs. that's one of the reasons that we're advancing so rapidly with our economy. great job. as a result, we have seen the smallest economic contraction of any major western nation, and we are recovering at a much faster rate than anybody. over the past three months, we have gained over 9 million jobs,
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and that's a record in the history of our country. unfortunately, from the beginning our opponents have shown themselves capable of nothing but a partisan ability to criticize. when i took bold action to issue a travel ban on china very early indeed, joe biden called it hysterical and xenophobic. and then i introduced a ban on europe very early again. if we had listened to joe, hundreds of thousands more americans would have died. instead of following the science, joe biden wants to inflict a painful shutdown on the entire country. his shutdown would inflict unthinkable and

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