(Background: Revolving spot lights and victorious loud music. Trump enters to thunderous applause from the crowd).
Dear friends, fellow Republicans, fellow Americans:
This election is not about me. This election is about you and your children and your grandchildren and it is about the greatest country that has ever been known on planet Earth in times ancient or modern. Our 240 year history as the guiding light based on rock solid principles of justice and freedom is now at risk because some of us have acquiesced to convenience and self-interest rather than truth and selflessness. This election is, in fact, a time for deciding. And what we have to decide is crystal clear. Do we want to make America Great Again, not only for the benefit of our own citizens but for people who yearn for freedom and safety around the globe – or are we willing to sink into mediocrity putting both ourselves and others on the planet at risk and jeopardy?
Let me be honest – something you will hear infrequently from my prospective opponent, Ms. Clinton. I never sought this office. I never had political aspirations. I loved doing what I have done all my life – building buildings and helping others by employing them. But I decided to enter this fray for one reason and for one reason only. The only way in which I was able to accomplish what I did was because I lived in a country which recognized and rewarded people who were willing to take a chance and to build something where there was nothing there before. I lived in a country which allowed people to prosper based not on some assumed privilege of genetics but because they took the time, sweated the tears and refused to give up until the finished product was brought to fruition for all to marvel at. I was only able to do what I did because I lived in the United States of America. And because of an accident of my birthplace I am both grateful and humbled.
Now over the course of the next few months, you may expect to hear the continuing drumbeat of the largely liberal media, lambasting me for this statement or that, for everything they consider a faux pas or a violation of their sacred rules of political correctness. I will be portrayed as little more than a blow hard and a showman. Well, I view this as a great departure from the status quo of , “Too much talk and not enough action” which is customarily what we hear from our elected officials. And beause I am going to be honest to myself, a quality that may be sorely lacking in my opponent, I don’t anticipate changing. But these charges reflect on style and are, at most, cosmetic. They are distractions to which we will all be subjected because they divert from the real and only important issue, that being, who has the best interest of the country and its people rather than personal ambition and self-aggrandizement at heart?
We should expect that I will be unfavorably compared to my prospective opponent, Ms. Clinton for lacking in “experience.” It is certainly an undeniable truth that I have never held elected office, let alone the most important one to which any American could aspire whereas Ms. Clinton has been a United States Senator and Secretary of State. She certainly has more public service experience than I do. But what has her experience done that has been to the benefit of the United States of America or its citizens? To speak of experience without speaking of the results that experience has brought with it is as foolish as to extoll the extraordinary experience of a bank robber who has pulled off twenty successful heists.
Let me be clear that what I lack in political insight, I more than make up for, if I may say, in common sense and good judgment. It doesn’t take a bureaucrat to realize that keeping, sending and receiving classified information on an illicit, non-secure personal server jeopardizes the people of this country and our remaining allies throughout the world. That is something I would never do. Furthermore, I would never lie, obfuscate, or evade with legalistic answers having done it should I ever have taken leave of my senses and actually committed those felonies.
Early in life, I realized that I was blessed to be a bit brighter than your average bear. But as smart as I might have thought I was, I realized there are always people who are a little bit smarter – at least in some particular field of expertise. If I have any genius at all, it is in admitting that there are people who know more than I on this subject or that. And the true trick of becoming successful is in identifying those people and building a team with them as the keystones, relying on them for their exceptional insights and keen understanding of the area in which they are uniquely qualified. The Trump/Pence team will do exactly that – and the result will be that we will again find our path that will lead to Making America Great Again.
But this can only occur if something happens on November 8, 2016 and the American people elect us to office. And it would be foolish for me not to admit that this is an uphill battle. Some political pundits have called this an election between whites and minorities. Perhaps there is some truth in that – perhaps not. But let’s take a moment to examine that issue.
First, to those American citizens who are of Hispanic background. We thank you for your contributions to the American melting pot, for the cultural enrichments you have brought to the United States and for your diligence and strong work ethic. You bided your time and waited with the longing shared by all immigrants to come to a land where the most you could achieve was how high you set your sights and how hard you were willing to work to achieve your goals. You looked to find a new home, free of government oppression in a country where you could and should deserve the protection of the law just as every other citizen, irrespective of race, religion or national origin. You came to America – the only country on earth that gladly welcomes one million newcomers a year.
But the safety and security that you sought is now threatened, not only for you but for every other American. Porous borders which ask nothing of a person’s background have brought with them an onslaught of people, some of whom have dubious backgrounds and potentially dangerous futures. I affirm my earliest comments in this campaign, to strengthen our borders, to deport those who break our laws and who are here illegally not for the security of just a particular segment of the American people but for all Americans, including our Hispanic friends and citizens.
To our black citizens – well, you may be the hardest nut to crack not only for me but for any Republican presidential candidate. For decades you have voted to elect Democrats to local, state and national office with a ninety to ninety-five percent solidarity – as though Democrats were the great emancipators and not Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. The question is not how the Republican or Democrat parties view your lives. It is how YOU view your lives.
Chicago, now becoming the murder capital of the country, has been run by Democrats since 1931- eighty-five years; Baltimore has been run by Democrats since 1967 – forty-nine years; Detroit has been run by Democrats since 1962 – fifty-four years; Philadelphia has been run by Democrats since 1952 – sixty-four years. So to the black citizens in these and other American cities, I would ask these questions:
“Have the Democrats served your interests – or have they merely used you as a tool to elect themselves and serve their own?”
“Should your children have the same right to attend the schools of their choice, not some inner city institution where they will receive an inferior education just as Hillary Clinton was able to choose for her daughter – or are you willing to accept the status quo and settle for inferior education and inferior opportunity for your kids?”
“Are you content to live in overcrowded, run down public housing in neighborhoods where the gangs, rather than civil law, rule the streets or would you like to live in a community where going to the corner grocery store doesn’t involve risking your life?”
To our black friends and citizens, overwhelmingly a bastion for the Democrats, perhaps now is the time to rethink your options. Because if nothing has changed in your neighborhoods for decades – in fact has gotten worse – why would you think that electing Hillary Clinton is going to do anything other than pound the final nail in your coffins?
The Republican party and I welcome all those black Americans into our cause who believe that life means more than just surviving. It should mean having the opportunity for all people of dignity and conscience who want to do better for themselves and their children to be able to act on that opportunity.
If Governor Pence and I are found worthy of your vote and we are elected to the highest offices in the land, I give you my solemn word that you will have that chance – something that has been denied you for decades.
In closing, let me take a moment not only to thank my family for their support and patience during the amazingly difficult ordeal of the primary – but most especially, to thank the millions of voters who saw something in my candidacy and offered their enthusiastic support at the ballot boxes through out the land. I cannot sufficiently express my heartfelt gratitude. I am humbled by your confidence.
But this is only the beginning of an even more challenging climb that will culminate with the general election. I do know that if the good men and women of this country see what is at stake and are willing to take a chance on a political outsider who has nothing but the interest of the country and it’s people at heart, than we will set ourselves firmly on the path and be prepared for the journey to Make America Great Again.