Trump Text: ‘I Am Your Voice’

Donald Trump’s remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 GOP convention according to a draft obtained by POLITICO Thursday afternoon.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.

Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.

Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.

It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.

I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.

So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week.

But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.

These are the facts:

Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.

Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore.

In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years-old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law.

I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family. But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders. What about our economy?

Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper: Nearly Four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.

Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year. The budget is no better.

President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing. Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.

Now let us consider the state of affairs abroad.

Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint.

This was just prior to the signing of the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran $150 billion and gave us nothing – it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever made. Another humiliation came when president Obama drew a red line in Syria – and the whole world knew it meant nothing.

In Libya, our consulate – the symbol of American prestige around the globe – was brought down in flames. America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.

I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused the disasters unfolding today. Let’s review the record. In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map.

Libya was cooperating. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was under control. After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the world. Libya is in ruins, and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos.

Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.

This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.

But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes. Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America.

The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change in 2017.

The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order. On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.

A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit.

Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.

That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.

I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.


I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.

When innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to look the other way.

And when a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.

When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes.

In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it – especially when others have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.

I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.

But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade. Millions of Democrats will join our movement because we are going to fix the system so it works for all Americans. In this cause, I am proud to have at my side the next Vice President of the United States: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.

We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana. He is a man of character and accomplishment. He is the right man for the job. The first task for our new Administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.

America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were brutally executed. In the days after Dallas, we have seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials. Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Tennessee.

On Sunday, more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three were killed, and four were badly injured. An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans. I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country.
Donald Trump tests the teleprompters and microphones on stage at the start of the final day of the Republican National Convention.

I will work with, and appoint, the best prosecutors and law enforcement officials in the country to get the job done. In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone.

This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.

When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.

Every action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?

To make life safe in America, we must also address the growing threats we face from outside America: we are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS. Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism.

Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning.

The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been over and over – at the World Trade Center, at an office party in San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon, and a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBT community. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things.

We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror.

This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel. Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.

My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.

Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?

These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer. Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.

We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s Border Patrol Agents, and will work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful immigration system.

By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve.

Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied – and every politician who has denied them – to listen very closely to the words I am about to say.

On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone.

But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.

Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness. Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals, further reduce your jobs and wages, and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape from poverty.

I have a different vision for our workers. It begins with a new, fair trade policy that protects our jobs and stands up to countries that cheat. It’s been a signature message of my campaign from day one, and it will be a signature feature of my presidency from the moment I take the oath of office.

I have made billions of dollars in business making deals – now I’m going to make our country rich again. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones. America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country.

Never again.

I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and to America – and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences.

My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class. She supported NAFTA, and she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization – another one of her husband’s colossal mistakes.

She supported the job killing trade deal with South Korea. She has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP will not only destroy our manufacturing, but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments. I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries.

No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands. We are going to enforce all trade violations, including through the use of taxes and tariffs, against any country that cheats.

This includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation. Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others, will be totally renegotiated. That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America – and we’ll walk away if we don’t get the deal that we want. We are going to start building and making things again.

Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules. While Hillary Clinton plans a massive tax increase, I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has declared for the presidential race this year – Democrat or Republican. Middle-income Americans will experience profound relief, and taxes will be simplified for everyone.

America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country. Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it. We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy. This will produce more than $20 trillion in job creating economic activity over the next four decades.

My opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and steel workers of our country out of work – that will never happen when I am President. With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.

This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans – We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.

My opponent would rather protect education bureaucrats than serve American children. We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share.

We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before. My opponent dismissed the VA scandal as being not widespread – one more sign of how out of touch she really is. We are going to ask every Department Head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it. We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution.

The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. My opponent wants to essentially abolish the 2nd amendment. I, on the other hand, received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association and will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe.

At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.

An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.

I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans. We can accomplish these great things, and so much else – all we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again. It is time to show the whole world that America Is Back – bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.

In this journey, I’m so lucky to have at my side my wife Melania and my wonderful children, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron: you will always be my greatest source of pride and joy. My Dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew. I wonder sometimes what he’d say if he were here to see this tonight.

It’s because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people. He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians and I have a lot of that in me also. Then there’s my mother, Mary. She was strong, but also warm and fair-minded. She was a truly great mother. She was also one of the most honest and charitable people I have ever known, and a great judge of character.

To my sisters Mary Anne and Elizabeth, my brother Robert and my late brother Fred, I will always give you my love you are most special to me. I have loved my life in business.

But now, my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country – to go to work for all of you. It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people. But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past.

America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.

Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.

Instead, we must choose to Believe In America. History is watching us now.

It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.

My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her”. I choose to recite a different pledge.

My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”

I am your voice.

So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m With You, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you.

To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again.



Author: craigcrawford

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89 thoughts on “Trump Text: ‘I Am Your Voice’”

  1. Calling all fact checkers.  We will need extra employees working overtime for this one.

  2. So Trump is gong to protect “the gays” from foreign threat

    who is going to protect the LBGTQ community from Pence

  3. I think I’m going to pass on Trump as my voice.  The very idea makes me throw-up a little

  4. I think the Dems should go the whole convention and never mention Trump and his band of flying monkeys

    Instead, focus on the MANY achievements of the Obamarama administrations and how Clinton will continue that

    and the question should be  –how do you feel about the last Republican president

  5. Mine eyes glaze over trying to finish reading this draft, think I’ll wait and listen to it in the original German

  6. Sorry Donnie. Didn’t sway me. You’re just a wannabe who never will be.


    Note to GOP; Next week democrats will show you what a political convention looks like. Prepare to have your words used against you often and at length in the coming months.

  7. ps, that was not a Richard Nixon speech. Nixon was far more subtle if every bit as sinister.

  8. You have not seen the modern or new GOP!   Why do you think the dinosaurs like Cruz are not welcome.  Why do you think the beautiful speech by Peter Thiel was placed on such an important time slot.

    Can you get over it.  Just like I shared a few days ago.  The NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY is the most OPEN, Be WHO YOU ARE, Truly understands what a Republic stands for, and that new GOP under Donald J Trump is open and loving.

    Open your minds and your hearts.  Join us

    And as so many in Orlando have discovered, Trump supporters are not the Old GOP,  They are not bigots.  As I shared the stories of my LGBT friends that shared their story of the love they have received following the Islamic Terror attack in Orlando from the Trump supporters. He was surprised but he let his prejudice drop to understand the change. Come and join the movement.

    You know something must change.

  9. Regarding the Platform


    Donald let the old guard have their final stand.  Smart Political move by the Donald.

    I think Anderson Copper was moved!!!!!!

  10. The NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY is the most OPEN, Be WHO YOU ARE, Truly understands what a Republic stands for, and that new GOP under Donald J Trump is open and loving.”


    provided that you are not Gay,Lesbian,Female Hispanic,Muslim, Asian, etc. etc. etc. yada, yada yada. Other than the exceptions which almost always move to the top of the talking points list. Republicans are very accepting and loving.

    Seriously? For Christ’s sake  Give me and every one else with an IQ above 90 a break!

  11. The only point proved by the end of the GOP convention is that eventually the trash will take itself out.

  12. Jace,

    Sorry you have that feeling.  I hope you open your mind and move on with us.

  13. Sorry, Ping,


    …no one wants to join your party of hate, spite, fear, and lies.  You have fun, though.

  14. Trump says up above “anyone who endorse violence is not welcome in this country”.  He endorses violence at every one of his rallies.

  15. Ping ,

    I appreciate your passion but I won’t join you, Mexico is not going to pay for Donald’s wall, and the jobs that have left this country are not miraculously going to return simply because Lyin’ Donald says so. I am not inclined to sign on to fantasies or those who promote them.


    Thanks for the offer, but no thanks.

  16. so now the goops are the party of childcare, equal pay and minority youth employment
    not remotely presidential





  17. I feel bad for fact checkers. More private sector jobs created in the last six years than the Republicans added in their last 8 years.

  18. Give it time.  I know it is hard to accept the true change.  I am a Republican and I will vote for Trump.  Cruz is who you think of as a republican.  He is OUT.

    I must say,  Had Obama and Hillary held the Red Line in Syria, Maybe we would not have had the red line hit Orlando.

    Give it a chance

    Maybe  he is correct

  19. I respect Cruz more than ever after last night- He and Kasich are the only Cons with a spine.

  20. so it appears donald is going to federalize education and the police

    oh no the balloon drop won’t make the 11 oclock new

  21. I like Kasich.  Cruz no way.  He is as arrogant as Obama just on the other spectrum.  As Trump grows up and gets past his agreed childish rants we will have the most open and strongest President.  I am sick of Obama and Clinton taking away from our country and our people by allowing the illegal immigration taking jobs.  They put our American Citizens Second.

    !!!!  WOW – The off script comment was the most powerful !!!!


  22. Nothing wrong with picking fruit.  Honest job and better opportunity than what I see in many of our communities.  Honest hard work is good for all.

  23. The longer he goes the less presidential…the more……well fascist he sounds

  24. Sadly there is nothing he could say to a closed mind that will make a difference.  But of those that are open and still searching for a choice, He is hitting a home run and the program tonight will capture many.

  25. Another campaign screw up –speech is way over time and people are going to bed

    this is a terrible start even though he didn’t wet himself but there will be no convention bounce and maybe for the first time

    I predict a convention dip

  26. I must say,  Had Obama and Hillary held the Red Line in Syria, Maybe we would not have had the red line hit Orlando.


    I as a gay person find the Republican Right wing meme that Pulse and the carnage on Gays was an Isis hit insulting.. LIE LIE LIE!

    It was a HATE CRIME.. No proof the killer was in contact with ISIS.. Shall i label the mass killings committed by Christian white men terrorist acts inspired by Christian Religions?  You and the Republican’s stop using gays as a Prop.. Gays you don’t even support civil unions for.. Trans gender people you won’t even allow to use the proper bathroom.. The party platform is shameful no wonder you want us to pay no mind to it., Oh and Thiel is a disgrace to his people..

    Your a nice man and better than this.. You see the light and come our way. Hillary is the only answer for true believers such as yourself.

  27. Trump has no government.experience.  Know what that makes him?  A naive neophyte.


    quack quack

  28. I have a suggestion for eliminating waste in Trump’s first 100 days (god forbid)  he should quit

  29. West Coast is still watching.

    Good Night….  I am all IN!

    Great message and Thanks Craig for the draft so I can go to bed….

    Give it a chance and realize this is not the GOP of just a few years ago.  This is the new leadership and the right choice for America.  Hillary is more of the same failure.   She might not be evil, but she is not honest and does not respect American’s first.



  30. I must say,  Had Obama and Hillary held the Red Line in Syria, Maybe we would not have had the red line hit Orlando.”

    Hey Ping,

    Remember the Bush/Cheney credo. If we fight them  over there we won’t have to fight them over here.

    We fought them over there and we are fighting them over here. Republican foreign policy hasn’t learned a damn thing.

    Sorry to have such a long memory but republican fuck ups are hard to forget.

    Think the Great Depression, war in Iraq and the great recession of 07/08. I don’t fault them for the conditions. Their great sin is that they fail to learn from their mistakes. And so it goes, nothing ever changes with the party of stupid. The names are different, but the moral and intellectual bankruptcy continues unabated.

  31. Obama and Clinton taking away from our country and our people by allowing the illegal immigration taking jobs.

    Oh Ping

    Nice to read but you’re killin me! I worked at GM in Michigan for years since i was 18.. Manufacturing jobs aren’t gone because of undocumented workers. Trade deals and cheap labor from foreign countries. Republican’s used to have unions to blame, now most unions gone except government so now you blame brown people.. Oh i live for the day of a Latino majority.. When straight white men are the minority.. ?

  32. Trump just said…don’t believe the media or your lying eyes….believe me

    starting with his lies about the crime stats
    what an ass

  33. Tony,

    I agree the platform is a disgrace in many points, I got over it.  It means nothing and was a great political move by Trump to stay out of that meaningless element.  So get over that worthless document.

    I live in Downtown Orlando.  I hope someday all will get past the identity labels as I simply saw 49 individuals lost.  I was impacted by this terror with some close impacted.  I look so forward to the day that all stop using these identity labels for their agendas.  When all are respected for who they are and we lose these labels.

    Change is hard to accept but it is here.

    Trump voters are not haters.  I am a supporter.  If they are haters they made a choice to not attend the convention.

    Give it a chance.  As was discovered here in Orlando by LGBT that Trump supporters are not haters but provided great support following the terror attack.  I am one of many.

    I hope you will give it a chance and be open to this change.

  34. Oh Ping

    Italy had Il Duce.  The Republicans have Il Douchy

    It was one lie or exaggeration or distortion after another


  35. Ping

    I don’t doubt that you and the people of Orlando cared about those slain.  It is the blaming of this awful crime on Muslims, Isis, et al.  that is offensive.  It is the constant stream of hatred and repression coming out of Congress.  It is the platform that may be the last gasp of a dying breed but more likely just the folks passing their prejudices on to their children.

  36. Anyone who says he’ll give nuclear weapons to the saudis is a terrorist enemy of the US. Anyone who supports him is a supporter of terrorism who should definitely be disarmed and put on the no-fly list, and possibly renditioned to Guantanamo for a military trial.

  37. The ‘new republican party’ smells like the ‘new nixon.’ “Lock her up!” and calls for a firing squad don’t sound like your hippie-dippie open and loving party is very open and loving, ping.

  38. Hard to believe I  could not stay awake long enough to learn the America I live in does not exist. I have no doubts there are many looking for the scapegoat, just as each immigration wave was the scapegoat of the previous wave, of their meager existence.  That I do believe there are many more millions who do live in the real America is how I can hope for a strong finish for Hillary, and the defeat of the DTs.

  39. Splat!  The sound of Melania, the white rabbit, stepping in it and that’s not shinola!   Once I followed her down the rabbit hole?  What a crappy convention…more people of color onstage than as delegates of color.  Snafus that would have gotten trump fired on his own fake reality show!  Nothing about the party and any future leaders…just the trump family.   Thiel, however, didn’t disappoint.  He wants to rebuild the infrastructure so he can take an expressway through the ghettos of Oakland as he races out of SF.  His mention of the distracting gender pee laws?  I believe he said ‘who cares?’  He said this in front of a birthers!  The ones who demand a birth certificate to enter the stall or whatever, they care too much about this issue.

    …no one wants to join your party of hate, spite, fear, and lies.  You have fun, though.
    i will agree with that……

    While there are those who DO want to join their party of hate, spite, fear, and lies, just to have somewhere to “belong”, no one who has progressed beyond 4th grade mentality will find any affinity with the GOP.

  41. trumps next book?  The Art of the Dud.

    I felt like I was at a real estate seminar last night.

  42. THC found in Hugo, Colorado water supply ( a dry town…some counties in Colorado are not part of the marijuana revolution…mostly rural and republican.  However, medical marijuana is allowed in these counties.)

  43. “Italy had Il Duce.  The Republicans have Il Douchy”

    Jamie, good line but the last word could also be spelled “douche” (as in bag)

  44. and speaking of il duce,

    drumpf’s “Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.” should have been followed with “the trains WILL run on time and you WILL, while clicking your heels and saluting, address me as your magnificent majesty.”


    theme song last night (with creative nod to our own blueid):

    feed them turds.  trumpence a piece.

  45. Craig…caught your 9:18 line...listen to the original in German.  Very funny.

  46. the republican flaks are
    spinning spinning spnning  it won’t help
    Clinton is going to step all over it with the vp announement

    and the stupid goops will go down the rabbit hole with Trump and seriously does anyone think having Ivanka talk about childcare and pay equity will make a difference   Trump takes all the credit for his kids  what about their mothers?

    can’t wait for 2020..the cruz convention

  47. hey Corey did you see someone did a Rick Roll for Melania Trump

  48. Yep! That was great! I’m sure that Rick Astley appreciates all the attention he’s getting this week. LOL!

  49. Alexandra petri: Donald Trump’s creepy fascist infomercial

    He is the way, the truth and the life. None shall be saved except through him.

    He will protect you. He will fix your aching bones and your bad hearing and when you walk home at night you will know that nothing can harm you, because Trump is there. You will get a good-paying job. The thing in the shadows that frightens you will melt away as if it were never real to begin with. (And perhaps it wasn’t.)

    Praise Trump from whom all blessings flow. Believe him.

    He will also build a wall. It will be as tall as you want it to be. If you want the moon (Newt Gingrich does!) he will throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you. He will solve all your problems.

  50. Patd

    Drat.  That was my original spelling then checked Urban Dictionary and they had the spelling used.  Douchey it is.

    Now that we have seen the photoshopped speechwriter and Donald Drumpf, I want to see pictures of baby Ivanka playing with legos.


  51. Tried to watch a bit of it last night…  the Red Sox game was fabulous…  they won 13-2.  Rick really wanted to watch Trump’s speech….  said it was history.  I showed him this posting so he could read some of it.  He said… wow, it’s really dark (thanks Craig for posting it early enough).  We watched 5 minutes.  Couldn’t take the shouting.  We went to bed…   sounds like we made the right choice.

  52. Man, talk about bandwidth.  Whew.  Transcript of an 80 minute commercial for trumpf.  Like Renee, I saw about 5 minutes of it when I tried to tune in to the Daily Show – which was delayed until the  end of the blathering.  Set up coffee and brushed teeth with him in the background and heard all I could stand.  Fell asleep before the Daily Show started.  I imagine it was good – Trevor certainly had plenty of material to work with.

  53. Trumps wants to make America great again. All these patriots at the RNC and Trumps walks out on stage to music by Queen and then The Beatles……both British rock bands.

  54. The pride that the (mostly Democrat) Clevelanders take in their City was palpable. It is a pride I share as, in my heart, I’ll always be a Clevelander. Go Indians!

  55.  Only I can save you from a DARK America, and make you weaklings safe.

    mussolini wouldn’t have said that. trump is more like charles manson. Or, david koresh.

  56. Flatus – my spouse is from Cleveland – Parma to be exact.  It was strictly blue collar in those days.  Lunch was a pitcher of beer and a shot (or more).  It is surprising many did not end up squished in the presses or full of holes from drills and punches.

  57. It’s interesting to read rip up licans position trump as the Universal Savior, and cast Canada ted as Judas Iscariot. They’re building up to a stab-in-the-back myth. Fortunately, most trumpistas are geriatrics.

  58. the atlantic: It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin

    The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

    I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators.

  59. New definition in Urban Dictionary

    trumpster fire “When a rabid racist rant is fueled by a shitstorm of word salad.”

  60. BB

    There was a good reason that lunch hours were only 30-minutes. I must ask, with you being an avid sailor, was your spouse an anchor baby?

  61. I have today’s WSJ editorial pages open. They don’t evince a cheerful outcome for the Republican candidate. Although a calamity is not specifically forecast, the number of contingent ‘ifs’ in Trump’s performance make it so.

    Also of significant interest is an oped piece by Charles Koch. he states, “There are dangerous signs that the U.S. is turning its back on the principles of a free and open society that fostered the nation’s rise.” No politicians’ names are mentioned in the piece. But, I certainly don’t see it being supportive of the Trump platform.

    All-in-all, not an ebullient issue of the paper. 🙂

  62. Tim Kaine better than Vilsak and from a state with a Dem gov at least for the time being

  63. Former KKK leader David Duke, citing Trump, announces Senate bid

    Duke, a strong supporter of Trump, said he was “overjoyed” to see the businessman’s campaign  “embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years,” including the nationalist and protectionist notion of “America First.”

    The former KKK grand master made the announcement one day after Trump officially claimed the Republican White House nomination.

    “We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of people whose forefathers created America,” Duke said in a video posted to his website.

  64. Flatus – spouse and family avoided most of Erie and the Cleveland rivers as too dangerous, they could catch  on fire.  She did not care for sailing then.

  65. from the hill via msn news:

    Bernie Sanders blasted Donald Trump on Twitter Thursday, firing off live criticism during the Republican presidential nominee’s acceptance speech in Cleveland.

    During the speech, Trump cited Sanders’s criticism of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s judgment. The GOP pick said supporters of the Vermont senator will join his campaign after the “rigged” primary season.

    “Those who voted for me will not support Trump who has made bigotry and divisiveness the cornerstone of his campaign,” Sanders tweeted in response, using the hashtag #RNCwithBernie.


    Trump: “I alone can fix this.”

    Is this guy running for president or dictator? #RNCwithBernie

    – Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016

  66. Hillary Clinton on Friday met privately with the families and friends of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando more than a month after a gunman killed 49 people there.

    The gathering came just ahead of a roundtable community meeting with city leaders, LGBT activists and religious leaders.

    “I’m really here to listen to what your experiences have been,” Clinton said during the meeting.

    She noted that the attack on the gay club highlights the dangers that LGBT people in America face, including higher risk for hate crimes.


    …at the meeting, the mood was somber. Clinton entered from a side door to a virtually silent room.

    Some members of the community — still reeling from the tragedy — offered thanks for her decision to wait until several weeks had passed before traveling to the city.

    “Thank you for not politicizing it and for waiting until we were ready,” said Patty Sheehan, an Orlando city commissioner.


    Later, Clinton left flowers at the memorial for the shooting victims outside of the shuttered nightclub. She was joined by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and first responders.

  67. Urp, uck, gag.  I just saw the clip of the DT “greeting” his daughter after her speech.  No father of any daughter out of diapers should ever put his hands below her waste and on her rear.  Trash.

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