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Remarks at a "Keep America Great" Rally in Phoenix, Arizona

February 19, 2020

The President. Thank you very much, Phoenix. We love to be back. We'll be back a lot. We're gonna win that election. Thank you very much. Hello, Phoenix. [cheers and applause]

It's great being here in the great state of Arizona with thousands of hardworking patriots who believe in God, family, and country. Thank you. Thank you. [cheers and applause] And with your help this November, we are going to defeat the radical socialist Democrats and we are going to win Arizona in a landslide. [cheers and applause]

It's all over TV that the folks here tonight have helped a great World War II veteran into the arena. [cheers and applause] I don't know if he knows it, but he's right now the hottest celebrity in the world. I don't know what's going on here. [cheers and applause] He might even be hotter than Trump right now, I have to say. [laughter] Did you see the scene? No, he's all over television. Even fake news CNN him on. [booing] But they say he's a legitimate great hero of World War II. Ervin Julian. Ervin, thank you. [cheers and applause]

Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!

The President. And I asked my son Don to get a couple of hats and get some things, and give them to Ervin right now. And I wanna thank you. Really, that's a great honor. And thank you for the great job you've done. An American patriot. Thank you very much. [cheers and applause] Thank you, Don.

Crowd Member. We love you Mr. President!

The President. How did Don do tonight? Okay? [cheers and applause] He's good. Good guy. And he loves this country.

So, this is truly an incredible time for America. We have the best economy, the most prosperous country that we've ever had, and the most powerful military anywhere in the world by far. [cheers and applause] It's my— Do you remember the good time we had a week ago at the State of the Union? You remember that, right? [cheers and applause] And that was my honor. But I proudly declared that we are in the midst of the great American comeback. Our country is stronger today than ever before. [cheers and applause]

And after three years of very unfair and ridiculous witch hunts and partisan Democrat crusades— [booing] It was the radical left's pathetic attempts to nullify your ballots, poison our democracy, and overthrow our entire system of government. But guess what? They failed, and our poll numbers are higher today than they've ever been before. [cheers and applause] And we're standing up to the defense of our Constitution, our freedom, and democracy itself. We're doing something that's never been done in the history of our country. This movement has never taken place. Nothing like it ever. And the fake news can attest to it, because if they thought I was saying the wrong thing, it'd be out there immediately. It'd be all over the place. It'd be all over the place. "Trump exaggerates. That's terrible what he says." There has never been a movement like this, and it began very early. It began in 2016 with that wonderful, beautiful night. You remember that, right? [cheers and applause] That beautiful night in November. And we're gonna have another beautiful night in November. This time, it's gonna be November 3rd. Get ready, November 3rd. We're coming. We're coming. [cheers and applause]

So we're having great polls. You're seeing the polls, except for some of the fake ones. And if I was treated fairly, meaning, if you were treated fairly by the fake news, we'd be up 20 points higher in the polls. There wouldn't even be a competitive election. Unfortunately, it's probably gonna be competitive. But I actually think we're gonna win by a lot, just like we did last time. [cheers and applause] But I really believe we'd be up 20 points. I mean, all they do is negative, negative, phony stuff. Russia, Russia, Russia. The impeachment hoax. [booing] That's a hoax.

But you know, we had great support from the Republican party in the House. It was 197 to nothing. And—[cheers and applause]—in the Senate, it was 52 and a half to a half. You know what the half was? A halfwit. [shouting] And while the extreme left has been wasting America's time with the hoaxes, we've been killing terrorists, creating jobs, raising wages, enacting fair trade deals, securing our border, and lifting up citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed. [cheers and applause] And by the way, they turned away 21,000 people outside, so feel very good. Feel very good. [cheers and applause] We haven't had an empty seat. You know what? We haven't had— True. We haven't had an empty seat, and this is a tribute to all of us because this is a movement like nobody's ever seen. But we haven't had an empty seat since your great, and this is a great First Lady, came down the escalator with me in Trump Tower a long time ago. [cheers and applause] We haven't had an empty seat. [cheers and applause]

From our rural communities to our inner cities, we're expanding the blessings of America to all of our citizens. We added another 225,000 new jobs last month alone. You saw that, the geniuses. You saw that. [cheers and applause] You saw that last month. They were doing predictions on one of the shows. "What do you think?" "Well, I think 60,000." "What do you think?" "I think 100,000." "What do you think?" "I think 84,000." These are the ones that tell you all about how to invest. "What do you think?" And then they came out 225,000, the market goes up again. Two hundred and twenty-five thousand. Two hundred and twenty-five thousand. So many manufacturing jobs. So many that frankly, were never gonna come back. Remember, you'd need a magic wand, right? They came back. And remember this, we're paying interest. The past administration didn't pay interest. They pumped money in like it was candy. And we didn't pump money in, we took money out. And not that I was happy about that, because I disagree with it. Because frankly, if we kept the old practice which frankly, some people could dispute one way or the other, we would have been up in my opinion, another 10,000 points in the Dow.

And we've set 144 records on the stock market in three years, 144 records. [cheers and applause] One hundred and forty-four records. Record stock market. And you know what that means? That your 401(k)s are up 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, 100%. [cheers and applause] You know, guys come up to me, said, "Mr. President, I just wanna thank you. My wife used to look at me like I was a total loser, sir. [laughter] Every year we lost money for years and years. She said, 'What the hell is wrong with you, Henry?' And this year sir, I'm up 92%. She loves to me again. She thinks I'm a genius." 92% 401(k). "She thinks I'm a genius, sir. She loves me again." Shows what money can do, right? [cheers and applause] But that makes, and think of this, seven million new jobs since we, we were elected, we were elected. [cheers and applause]

And when I took over, ISIS was all over the place. And we immediately started. We have destroyed 100% of the ISIS caliphate. We have killed the founder and leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi is dead. [cheers and applause] And we just took out the world's top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, ending his evil reign of terror forever. [cheers and applause]

Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!

The President. And the fake news doesn't wanna tell you that. They don't wanna tell you that. They don't wanna tell you. In fact, do you remember the dog? Great dog, Conan. When we took out— Right? We love Conan. Conan's a tough dog. But when we took out al-Baghdadi, Conan, remember this? Conan got more publicity than President Trump. That's okay. They were looking for al-Baghdadi for 16 years. We found him and we took him out. And last week— [cheers and applause] Last week, we killed another one last week. The head of Al-Qaeda. He was gone, dead. [cheers and applause] And America is respected again, respected like never before.

We're respected again. We're no longer the laughingstock that gets taken advantage by every country, including by the way, our allies, who in many cases take a bigger advantage than our enemies. I will tell you that.

Crowd Member. We love you Mr. President!

The President. They take big advantage, but not so much anymore. We're winning. We're winning like never before. Washington Democrats keep on losing their minds. They hate the fact that we're winning. We're winning big. We're winning, winning, winning. [cheers and applause] And that is why millions of registered Democrat voters are leaving their party to join our movement. [cheers and applause] They're joining our great Republican party in droves. You see it all the time. I just spoke to some of your leaders. He said, "This is unbelievable what's happening. This is unbelievable."

You know, there have never been rallies like that. Sleepy Joe Biden the other day had 68 people. [laughter] And now they have a new member of the crew, Mini Mike. Mini Mike. No boxes, we call him no boxes. And I hear he's getting pounded tonight. You know, he's in a debate. I hear they're pounding him. [cheers and applause] He spent 500 million dollars so far, and I think he has 15 points. It just came out. Hey fake news, how many points does he have right now, 15? [cheers and applause] They won't tell you the truth. [booing] They won't tell you the truth. MSDNC, MSDNC is worse than CNN. They're owned by a company called Comcast. You can have Comcast, a bunch of phonies. But MSDNC is worse than CNN, and they're all pretty bad. [booing] You know, they just came out with a poll. They just came out with a poll a little while ago. Mini Mike was at 15, and Crazy Bernie was at 31. That's a lot. And Mini Mike just spent 500 million. But, but the DNC is gonna take it away from Bernie again. That's okay, because we don't care who the hell it is. We're gonna win. We're gonna win. We have to. [cheers and applause]

Crowd. [chanting] Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

The President. Well let me tell you, these crooked politicians, they really took away three years from us. Because despite the fact, and nobody disputes it, that we've done more in three years with the tax cuts and regulation cuts and the military and the choice and everything, we've done more than any administration in history. We've done more. But think of it, think of it. We did it with phony witch hunts. We did it with the impeachment hoax over our head the whole time. We did it under circumstances that should never ever happen to another president again. [cheers and applause] True. But with your energy and enthusiasm this November, we're going to take back the House, we're going to hold the Senate, and we are going to keep the White House. [cheers and applause] So we're thrilled to be joined tonight by some of the best, greatest, I love them, leaders in America, Arizona leaders. I wanna start, come on up here, Governor Doug Ducey. [cheers and applause] Come on up here, Doug. Come on up here. You're gonna speak in a second.

Also, I call them warriors because they fought like hell. They worked with our future Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy. [cheers and applause] But we have some of your great warriors. Paul Gosar, come up here, Paul. Come up here. Andy Biggs. Andy Biggs, head of the Freedom Caucus. Andy Biggs. David Schweikert. David, come up here. [cheers and applause] A big, big star. You know about that, Doug. She became this monster star. She looked with such indignation at the other side, such disgust, Debbie Lesko. [cheers and applause] He'll be running someday. You said your grandson? Wow. He'll be running someday. Arizona Senate President, you know who that is, right? Karen Fann. Come up, Karen. Arizona House Speaker, Rusty Bowers. Vice President of the Navajo Nation, Myron Lizer. And Arizona Republican party State Chair, Kelly Ward. Kelly Ward, come up. [cheers and applause]

And we have a lot of other leaders, but we gotta get back to speaking. Do me a favor before I introduce a very special guest, I'd like to ask your great Governor— You know, he won like by 16 points. It wasn't even a contest. You know, I'm very competitive. I wanna beat him. Will you please get out to the polls so we can beat him? But he's tough to beat. Doug Ducey, say a couple of words, please. Please.

Governor Doug Ducey. Mr. President, we are going to keep Arizona red in 2020. [cheers and applause] We are going to return President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to the White House. [cheers and applause] We are gonna return Martha McSally to the United States Senate. [cheers and applause] And we are going to keep our Republican majorities in our congressional delegation and our state chambers. [cheers and applause]

Mr. President, thank you for what you have done for the cause of life.

Crowd Member. We love you, Mr. Ducey!

Ducey. For what you have done for our economy and reducing regulations. And for what you have done for the United States Supreme Court. [cheers and applause] We're looking forward to working with you for four more years. [cheers and applause]

Crowd. [chanting] Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

The President. These are great people, great people. Thank you very much. So you know, before I introduce somebody very important to all of us, to me— Also, I have to say with us tonight is an Arizona hockey great, a friend of mine. He's a great golfer too. He's a tough golfer. I'll tell you, he's tough to beat. He's tough as hell. And if you beat him in golf, he'll try and beat you physically. He doesn't care. [laughter] He was the toughest hockey player. He was one of these guys, he could beat you one way and if he couldn't, he just beat them up, right? He'd beat them up. And he's a friend of mine. He's a great guy, Jeremy Roenik. [cheers and applause] Where's Jeremy? Where is he? Thank you, Jeremy. He's a winner. We're also joined by Donald, Jr. and Kimberly and they're great people, great. And RNC Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks. And RNC Finance Chairman, also happens on a team called the Chicago Cubs, I shouldn't tell you that— Todd Ricketts. [cheers and applause]

So finally, it's my great honor to introduce a tremendous person, a great fighter pilot. A lot of people don't know that. She's a great fighter pilot and a warrior Senate. She helped us so much during the impeachment hoax, she didn't wobble one bit, Martha McSally. [cheers and applause] You know, Martha's tough on the border. And she's working with me to strengthen our military still further, and lower your prescription drug prices, and we're making a lot of progress. But her opponent, I have to say this Martha, a guy named Mark Kelly. [booing] Even the Democrats don't like him much. He wants to raise your taxes, open your borders, give away free healthcare to illegal immigrants, and he wants to obliterate your Second Amendment. He wants to get rid of it. [booing]

The radical liberal Democrats from California and Massachusetts, they're pouring money into Kelly's campaign, because they know that he's a rubber stamp for Crying Chuck Schumer, Crying Chuck, and Nervous Nancy Wacko Pelosi. [cheers and applause] And we're gonna have a new Speaker. But that's why Martha has my complete and total support and endorsement, and we have to all get out there and make sure that Martha McSally— She's a warrior. Let me tell you, you don't know. We don't know. People don't know, people. This one is tough as hell, and that's what we need. Martha McSally. [cheers and applause]

Senator Martha McSally. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you everybody. Thank you Mr. President. Welcome back to the great state of Arizona. Let's give it up. [cheers and applause] I just wanna say, I have a message for the liberal hack media in the back. [shouting] Arizona is going to vote in November to keep America great and send President Trump back to the White House. [cheers and applause] And Mr. President, I want you to know, I was right there on the floor in that amazing State of the Union address that you gave. It brought tears to my eyes at many places. You were honoring our veterans. You were reuniting families. It was extraordinary. But I heard your call. You said to put a bill on your desk that's gonna lower prescription drug prices, and I'm gonna introduce a bill next week to get that done, to help all Americans lower the cost of drugs. [cheers and applause]

Arizona is on fire, thanks to the leadership of President Trump, with Governor Doug Ducey, and the Republicans in the Senate and the House. People are living amazing. We are getting people off the sidelines. The economy is doing so great. We have so much more to do, but there's so much at stake. My opponent said he would vote to convict and remove you from office and remove you from the 2020 ballot. [booing] What is that all about? And then he said last week, that he would support Bernie Sanders if he's the nominee, and his socialist agenda. So Arizona is tired of investigations. They're tired of obstruction. They don't want socialism. They love our freedoms. And he is— Mark Kelly is flying on Bernie Sanders' wing. And I'm flying on your wing, President Trump, and we're gonna win in November. God bless you all. Thank you. [cheers and applause]

The President. Thank you Martha. Well, she's right. How about that Congressman Al Green? [booing] We can't beat him, so we have to impeach him. How about that? That's not what our— as they call them, the founders. How many times did you hear the name, the founders? That's not what the founders had in mind. But we're gonna have a big, big election victory. We're working together. I don't think the Republican party has ever been more unified than it is right now. I really don't believe so. [cheers and applause]

So whatever you can do for Martha, we need her. It's been so incredible. Thank you very much. And thank you for everything, Martha. I appreciate it. Thank you. [cheers and applause]

Together we're building the world's most prosperous economy and the most inclusive society anywhere. We're inclusive. This is the Republican party. We're inclusive. [cheers and applause]

Right here in— Right? You know that. Right here in America, right here in Arizona, we've created 240,000 new jobs right here. Including over 60,000 new manufacturing and construction jobs here. Nobody thought it was possible. [cheers and applause] You've had the best year that you've ever had. Arizona, you've had the best year, the most successful year that you've ever had in the history of the country. It's the best year you've ever had. So I'm gonna take all the credit away from your governor. I don't care.

No, we have a great team with Doug and everybody else, but you've had the greatest year. You know that, Doug, number one year in the history of your state. It's an incredible achievement. Incredible achievement. [cheers and applause]

I don't know, this has to be pretty good stuff on the debate stage. We'll talk about, "Well, you had the best, in many states, the best year they've ever had." And then they said, "Let's get a new president." I don't think that's gonna work so easily. The country's had the best year it's ever had. Oh, let's get a new president. Let's put in Crazy Bernie. Let's go. Crazy Bernie.

Unemployment has reached its lowest rate in over 51 years, half a century. The average unemployment rate for my administration, think of this, the average, so we're talking about now more than three years, is the lowest for any US president in recorded history. [cheers and applause]

The unemployment rate among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans has reached record lows, lowest in history. African American youth unemployment has reached an all-time low in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] African American and Hispanic American poverty has plummeted to the lowest rate ever recorded. [cheers and applause]

The unemployment rate for women has reached the lowest level in 71 years. [cheers and applause] Soon to be historic. And veterans' unemployment has dropped to a record low. We're working with our veterans, we're taking care of our veterans like nobody's ever taken care of our veterans. The unemployment rate for disabled Americans has reached the lowest level in history. [cheers and applause] Workers without a high school diploma, you have a lot of them. They left high school. They said, "Oh, I should have finished." They left. They can't go back. They left. We've achieved the lowest unemployment rate without a diploma ever recorded in US history. Isn't that great? [cheers and applause] They're great numbers. Hispanic Americans right now, more than 500,000 own a home. More than 500,000 more own a home.

And we've lifted 10 million people off of the welfare rolls. Think of that. Ten million people have come off of the welfare rolls. [cheers and applause] And happily. Not that we did anything. They have jobs and they love it. They're making much more money and they love getting up and going for work. If they don't like that job, they can get another one, because people are starving to get great employees right now. They're starving to get great employees. [cheers and applause]

Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by 47%, three times faster than the increase for the top 1%. [cheers and applause] Median income. Think of this. This is such a big deal. Median household income reached the highest level in the history of our country. And under President Bush, in eight years, it went to 450 dollars more. Under President Barack Hussein Obama—[booing]—under a period of eight years, it went to 975 dollars. Under President Donald J. Trump— Did you ever hear of him? [cheers and applause] In only three years, including regulation cuts and tax cuts— Because the other ones raise taxes. We cut taxes by the record amount. It went to 10,000 dollars per family. A record. A record. [cheers and applause]

That's why our consumer right now, our people, they're booming with cash. And that's one of the reasons our economy is doing so much better. China had the worst year in the last 67 years. Asia's doing poorly. Europe is doing poorly. The United States is doing great. We're doing the best we've ever done. [cheers and applause] The best we've ever done.

To lift up forgotten communities that need investment, and these are really communities that need it the most, we created Opportunity Zones. We worked with Tim Scott, the great senator from South Carolina. [cheers and applause] His idea. He came in and saw me. I said, "Let's give it a shot." You know, nothing's worked over the years, but this has really worked. Now jobs and investment are now pouring into 168 newly designated Opportunity Zones right here in Arizona alone. From Apache to Navajo and Maricopa Counties.

We're supporting working families by fighting pay. We are doing a job with paid family leave. We're doing something that nobody's ever done to this extent. Reducing the cost of childcare and giving 40 million American families an average of 2,200 dollars in their pocket thanks to the Republican child tax credit. [cheers and applause]

Our historic regulatory reduction campaign is restoring American liberty and cutting through job-killing red tape like nobody has ever cut regulations before. We've ended the war on American energy, lowering utility bills, reducing prices at the pump, and eliminating our reliance on hostile foreign suppliers. For the first time, America is now energy independent. Such beautiful words. [cheers and applause] Energy independent.

We fought wars. We did everything we could. We used to take the straits and everybody else benefited. We'd keep them clear so that other countries could take oil from the Middle East with— That nobody paid us. Now they're starting to pay us a lot of money, folks. They took advantage of us. But we have everything we need right now. We have made such progress in the last three years with pipelines. The Keystone Pipeline, Keystone XL. I approved it. The Dakota Access Pipeline. I approved it. Forty-eight thousand jobs.

We're reversing decades of calamitous trade policies. The worst trade deals any human being has ever seen. I say, "Who made these deals?" The worst, stupidest deals I've ever seen. They were good for other nations. If you like other nations, that's great. But we're now putting America first. It's very simple. [cheers and applause] For years, Washington politicians took money from lobbyists, global corporations, and really, the most corrupt special interests anybody's ever seen, to ship our jobs and our factories to other countries. We lost our taxes, we lost our workers, we lost our companies, and we did nothing about it. Now we've done a lot about it because companies are pouring back in. [cheers and applause]

America lost one in four manufacturing jobs following the twin disasters of NAFTA, the worst deal ever made, worst trade deal ever made, and one that was almost as bad and gave China an entrance into being a rocket ship when they entered the World Trade, World Trade, WTO. One of the worst deals that we participated in this. By the way, we just won seven and a half billion dollars in a lawsuit with WTO. We weren't winning anything. [cheers and applause]

We weren't winning anything, but they said, "I think this guy's gonna pull out." They treated us so unfairly. We were always in the minority position. I mean, who the hell negotiated these deals? But they look at us and they say, "Look, if we're not treated fairly, we're gone." All of a sudden, we're winning all these cases. But we just won seven and a half billion. Seven and a half billion. Did you know that, Doug? Seven and a half billion.

But under this administration, the great betrayal is over. America's no longer for sale. America is no longer for sale. Those days are over. [cheers and applause]

And two generations of politicians came and went promising to replace NAFTA. How many times have you heard we're gonna replace NAFTA? Probably the number one reason I ran for office. Are we glad I ran for office? I think so. [cheers and applause]

You know, it's funny, I was watching the different— I find it fascinating. I'm watching the different returns coming in and I'm watching as much as I can of this stuff. I love it. We all love it. If you don't love it, you're not gonna do it very well. And the crazy New York Times, which was a dead newspaper when I ran, it was dead as a doornail. A month before I ran, Doug, I held up a New York Times, it was like what you get thrown in your face at a supermarket. It was like a thing. It just like flew away. There was nothing. And now it's doing very well. But you know what? Someday we won't be here. And when we're not, those papers are in big trouble. But this thing was a dead newspaper.

But I was watching and they had an article this weekend about people that spent their own money and how they're doing. And they have Mini Mike has spent 411 million dollars. It's a question mark, how's he gonna— I'll tell you how he's gonna do. He's probably not going to get the Democratic nomination. That's how he's going to do. But Mini Mike, 411 dollars. Then they had this idiot, Steyer. We call him Impeachment Steyer. How did that work out, Steyer? He's another beauty. The guy worked— He spent 210 million. He got one-third of 1% in Iowa. [laughter] And in New Hampshire he did much better. He got less than 3%. Guy's in there for like 250 million. How did it work out, Steyer? You jerk. [laughter] I never even heard of him. [cheers and applause] I never even heard of him. I turn on every time— For years, I'm turning on— "Impeach him." They don't even know why. They never say why. They don't have any reason. "Impeach the president." This guy spent a fortune on this stuff, so it worked out pretty good.

But anyway, so then I go and I look. It has Mini Mike's— Question marks. I can give you the answer, but right now they have to have a question mark, right? Then they go down and they had other people. Some of them I like. They have Ross Perot, who honestly— You know, it was a tough day for Bush when he joined the campaign. Because Clinton didn't win. Ross Perot took away 19% of the votes. [cheers and applause] Didn't Clinton get 41 or 43%? So, you know, give me a break. But that's okay. Whatever.

But they had Ross Perot spent like 100 million, which is probably double if you bring it up to today's dollars. And then they have different people. A friend of mine who ran, Steve Forbes, he ran twice. And he was in for a lot. And then they had Donald Trump. Now, this is your own money. So this is your own money. I said I'd spend a lot of money on my primaries. We'll see how the hell we do. It's amazing. Once you win, money comes in. Like, it comes in pretty fast. What's that all about? But, so, in the middle they had Trump, and then they had four or five that were behind me. Lot of money spent. Loss, loss, loss, loss, loss. But in the middle they have Donald Trump. And it didn't say 500 million, and it didn't say 250 like this Steyer guy. It didn't say— It said 70 million of my own money. I spent 70. And it said, "Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States." [cheers and applause] Right? [cheers and applause] We won.

You know, my father would teach me, if you could spend less and win, that's better than spending a lot and winning. Crooked Hillary spent at least three times more than we did and lost. [booing]

Crowd. [chanting] Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!

The President. Crooked as hell. She's crooked as hell. We have a double-sided justice. It's very unfair what's going on. Very unfair. But let's see how it all works out, folks. Let's see how it all works out. I hope you're gonna be happy. I hope you're gonna be happy, because there are a lot of dishonest slimeballs out there. Dishonest scum. Dirty cops, a lot of dirty cops.

And by the way, the FBI, those guys in that are incredible. But the ones on top, they were absolute scum. [shouting] And what they were trying to do, if that happened to Obama, or a Democrat, or especially a liberal Democrat, they'd be in jail for 50 years and it would have taken place two years ago already. [cheers and applause] They spied on our campaign. Remember that. And after they spied, we won. And then after we won, they tried to get us out of office. It's never happened before in the history of our country, and we can't let that happen. We can never ever excuse it. We can never let them get away with that. [cheers and applause]

Never let them get away with it. But we keep our promises that we work hard and our economy is great. The last month, we ended the NAFTA— Look, you saw it. NAFTA catastrophe. That's what it was. We ended that catastrophe. Again, I really ran because of NAFTA. I said, "How stupid." All over the place. In your state, but you go to New England, empty factories, empty buildings. Still you have empty buildings. We lost so much. We lost 60,000 factories and plants. And I signed that brand new, beautiful U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law. [cheers and applause]

And the USMCA is a gigantic victory for farmers and ranchers and manufacturers all across the great state of Arizona. And, you now, by the way, for people with the small farms and small businesses, if you love your children, you can now leave your companies, you can leave your farm, you can leave your ranch to your children, and you don't have to pay, they don't pay a death tax. They don't pay an inheritance tax. [cheers and applause] A big deal. That's a big deal. So if you love your children, it's good. If you don't love your children, it doesn't matter. Don't leave it to them, if you don't love. If your children are no good to you, don't give them anything. Let them go out and work like hell. No, if you love—Does anybody in this incredible audience— Man, this is a big building. Does anybody not love their children? Anybody? Do I have a hand? Do I have a— There's a hand. You gotta be kidding. You gotta be kidding. So then you don't care about the tax. Okay, don't worry about it. He says, "No, I don't care about that one." Well, that's good. You look like a nice guy too. He's tough. You'd love to be his kid, wouldn't you? [laughter]

But I also took the strongest ever action to confront China's massive theft of American jobs. And our strategy worked. [cheers and applause] Last month, we signed a groundbreaking trade agreement with China that will defend our workers, protect our intellectual property, and boost American exports. China will invest 250 billion dollars a year into the United States and buy our products and create jobs. Nothing like that has ever happened before. [cheers and applause] After years of building up other countries, we are finally rebuilding our country. That's the way we want it. [cheers and applause] We are finally putting our country first. We are putting America first. [cheers and applause]

On no issue have Washington Democrats more thoroughly sold out the American people than immigration. You know it almost better than anybody. Anybody, Doug. You know it better than anybody, what they've done on your border, but we're stopping that border. That border is clogged, and we've started the big wall right in Arizona. We've built a lot of wall. That's a big one. [cheers and applause] That's a big one. Top of the line.

Before I came into office, the far left's policy of open borders allowed deadly drugs to flow freely into our country, poisoning our children. Including, as you know very well right here in Arizona, Washington Democrats put the needs of illegal immigrants before the wellbeing of American citizens. They wanna let anyone from around the world simply walk across the border. And then they wanna give them a lifetime of free welfare, healthcare, everything. They wanna give them everything. [booing] For a long period of time, they were treated— And you know this, before I came, they were treated far better than our veterans were treated. Now our veterans are treated great. [cheers and applause] True.

Illegal immigration costs Arizona taxpayers more than 2 billion dollars every year. Two billion you're paying. Nearly 20% of Arizona's annual budget in general funds goes toward this big problem.

For the amount of money Washington Democrats wanna spend supporting illegal immigrants, we could rebuild our cities all throughout America, which is what we should be doing. Under my administration, we are finally taking care of our own citizens—[cheers and applause]—including millions and millions of legal immigrants who follow our laws, pay their taxes, and are entitled to a government that protects their families and their communities. [cheers and applause]

Every day, Democrats' open borders policies are harming and killing innocent lives. In Arizona alone last year, ICE officers arrested over 4,500 criminal aliens charged or convicted of dangerous offenses including robbery, rape, and murder.

Right here in Phoenix, an illegal alien chased a man through a parking lot and shot him in cold blood, then walked over to the victim and shot him four more times right in the face as he lay dying in the street. This savage animal had previously been deported after serving six years in prison. And you know, he was in prison six years. He was there six years and nobody wants to talk about it. They wanna protect them.

Last year in Tucson, another illegal alien was sentenced to 10 years for repeatedly raping a vulnerable young woman. Yet left-wing politicians oppose all detention of illegal aliens, even convicted criminals, and they support deadly sanctuary cities that release these criminal aliens directly into America's communities. [booing] Thankfully, Arizona has banned sanctuary cities, and with a Republican majority in Congress, we will ban them in every state in America. [cheers and applause]

I'll tell you what, in California— I just left California. I started off with a speech in Nevada at 7:30 in the morning. I then went to California, made two speeches. I then went someplace else. I said, "Am I finished?" "No, you gotta go to Arizona tonight and speak in front of like 25,000 people." And I said, "That's okay. That's okay." [cheers and applause] I said, "That's okay." No, I said, "That's okay," because I love this unbelievable energy in this crowd. But you know what? Honestly, there's tremendous energy in our nation. There's tremendous energy in our nation. Greatest nation in the world.

Thanks to our tireless efforts to secure the border, we have reduced illegal border crossings for eight straight months in a row, which will soon be a record. [cheers and applause] Illegal crossings are down 75% since last spring. The month of January saw the fewest illegal border crossings in two years. And we've ended catch and release, a horrible Democrat policy that we got terminated. [cheers and applause]

Border patrol, great people, have seized the largest amount of deadly narcotics ever recorded in the history of our country this year. And we've deported record numbers of gang members, including the worst gang of all, MS-13. Thousands and thousands of people have been thrown the hell out of our country. [cheers and applause]

And we've done more to secure the border than any administration in history. We're building the wall, as I said, faster than ever. And it will soon be almost one new mile a day. We're looking for that. [cheers and applause]

Washington Democrats have never been more extreme, taking cues from Crazy Bernie Sanders. How's he doing tonight? [shouting] One hundred and thirty-two congressional Democrats have signed up for Bernie's healthcare takeover of the world. Think of this, 180 million Americans are gonna lose healthcare coverage under this plan. But if you don't mind, I'm not gonna criticize it tonight. Let them keep going and I'll start talking about it about two weeks out from the election. Okay? Because I don't want him to change. Please don't change.

Same with the Green New Deal. I don't wanna talk about it, Doug, tonight. I don't wanna talk about it.

I came up with the name Pocahontas. Too early. But fortunately, she's self-destructed anyway. Did you ever see a phony like that? She's a phony. She lost because she couldn't keep it straight on her own heritage. She said she was an Indian. I said, "I have more Indian blood in me than you have, and I have none." She said, "Oh," and she panicked. She panicked, and she had a test. You know the result, 1/124th. I think I win the bet. Somewhere along the line, I think I win.

No, she— I did it too early. I would have saved it, but I guess it was effective. She's essentially gone-zo, so— One of those things. While the socialist Democrats are trying to destroy American healthcare and your social security, my administration is protecting your social security, your Medicare, and is fighting to give you great healthcare. And that's what we're getting. [cheers and applause] That's right.

One of the big secrets. The Democrats won't let us say it. They wanna keep that as quiet as possible. Look what they gave you, the worst healthcare. And what we've done, we've gotten rid of things that nobody could believe that were so bad for you. Everybody was happy with defending your right to keep your doctor and plan of your choice. We're making healthcare better and much, much cheaper while premiums more than doubled in the last five years before I took office, we are now offering plans that are up to 60% less expensive than they were, and it's better healthcare. A lot of people don't know this. People don't know this. They think that's their issue. It's not. They failed on healthcare. We're protecting people with preexisting conditions, and we always will. And by the way, we're trying to get rid of Obamacare, but we're managing it incredibly, but we're trying to get rid so we can give you a great healthcare plan and protect preexisting conditions. Remember that. [cheers and applause] We're trying to get rid of it, but while we're having it, we're managing it really much better than they did. Remember they built the 5 billion dollar website? Remember that? It was supposed to cost 5 million dollars. It cost 5 billion dollars. Five billion.

I mean, you could get a kid out of high school. I have a son. He's a young boy, 13. He uses a computer. He could have given them a healthcare site. I would say he would have charged them 100 dollars, Barron Trump, and it would've worked. He's so good. "Hi dad. How you doing, dad? How's it going?" Bing, bing, bong. I said, "Don't play with that while you're talking to me." "Why, what's going on, dad?" These kids are incredible, right? The kids, they make us look like babies with that. But he could have given you a great site for about 2 dollars. They spent 5 billion dollars on a site that never worked. By the way, speaking of that, how did they do with their vote count in Iowa? [laughter]

And I hear, I hear, I don't wanna say it. I don't wanna jinx them because, of course, I want them to do well, but I do. We don't have anything. Nobody's running against us in so many states. It's sort of nice. We can save the thunder, right? But, you know, I hear that in Nevada. I'm hearing bad things about their vote count. I hear a lot of bad things are happening, like they don't know what the hell they're doing. [laughter] You know, I turned on the other night, Iowa, I wanted to see— And by the way, we set a record in the history of Iowa. We had more votes than anybody's ever had as an incumbent president. Same thing in New Hampshire. It's a good sign. [cheers and applause] It's a good sign. By a lot. By the way, by a lot.

But I'm hearing that, and I hope this isn't the case because I'd like to find out who the hell won. We still don't know who won in Iowa. I heard coming over here they're still working on the count. No, no, no. He said, "You won." Yeah, I think we did win. I think we did. Very good. That's very good. I have to thank you, that one. That's very good. No, we did win. Look, we are winning. We're winning big. We have fake polls out there. These guys do fake polls. They are fake polls. [booing]

I had a poll. It's just like it was in 2016. I'd hear these polls. I'd hear women didn't like me, and I did great with women. I hear everyone didn't like me. Nobody liked me. Nobody liked me. And then we won. Thank you, women. Nobody liked me 2016. No, no, I hear that. Remember, "Women didn't like him," and at the end of that, "He did great with women." "He did great with this." "He did great with everybody." We did great with everybody. Remember, 306 to 223. That's a slaughter. That's a slaughter. Remember, they said he cannot get, they used the word path. There is no path, right, to 270?

I was at 269 if I did great, but they said there's no chance. But I was at 269, so I went to Maine. I love Maine. I went to Maine. Maine's cut in half. And one Maine has one. I went there four or five times. People are great. I won it. And they were right. There is no path to 270, but there was a path to 306. [cheers and applause] These people. These people. "There is no path." That's right, Doug. They said there is no path, the fake news media. "There is no path for Donald Trump." And then they said the evening of the election, "It's gonna be a really short night for Donald Trump. Thank God, we got rid of this guy."

Because they did the exit polls going out, right? And I was even told, but a lot of people didn't want to talk about it. The highest number in history of people that said very nasty language, but I'm not going to use that name because you'll kill me if I use it. So I won't use it. It's a much better story if I use it because that's the truth. That's what they said. "How did you vote?" Usually, they say, "I voted for Clinton," or, "I voted for Trump." Right? "How'd you vote?" "None of your business." See, I'm being nice, right? I'll keep it that way because otherwise we'll ruin the whole evening. They'll say, "His language," right? Even this tough guy in the front says, "I agree." "How did you vote?" "No, I don't wanna tell you." "How did you vote?" "None of your damn business. I'm not gonna tell you." "How did you vote?" "I'm not—"

And it was like this massive number, right? Massive. So everybody, they just didn't count that. So they said numbers are looking unbelievably well for Crooked Hillary Clinton. They're looking unbelievable. This is gonna be a very short evening for Donald Trump. We finally will be rid of this guy. And then the numbers started coming in. [cheers and applause] The numbers started coming in, and it started with the great state of Florida. "Donald Trump has won the state of Florida." [cheers and applause] And then that beautiful convention center, the most beautiful stage I've ever seen.

And they knew something was going on because they didn't pay the final payment for the fireworks two weeks before. Right? In fact, I went to the fireworks company, and I said, "I'll give you five cents on the dollar for your fireworks,"—[laughter]— even though they were nowhere near where my area was. We were at a hotel in Midtown. We liked the location better than where she chose, but they built the most— Remember that beautiful stage? It was shaped like the United States of America.

And by the end, it didn't look too good. Did you ever see more unhappy people, right? So they go, "Donald Trump has won the great state of Florida. They go, "Whoa, whoa, whoa." You know, they outspent me like five to one. Only negative ads. You know, they're all negative. So by the time people got into the voters booth, they only knew one thing. She hated Donald Trump, but they said, "What the hell does she stand for? What does she do?" Every ad was a negative ad. So it tells you negative ads, at least against me, aren't so good. They can be effective. But I think they spent like 2 billion dollars on negative ads. Everything was negative. So nobody knew what the hell she spent.

You know, her husband said she was going to lose. Her husband's a professional. Her husband said, "You better go to Michigan because I was there and they got a Trump/Pence sign on every lawn I've ever seen. And you better go to Wisconsin, Hillary. You better go to Wisconsin." She said, "No, we haven't lost Wisconsin in 36 years." "No, no, Hillary, you got to go there. I'm telling you, I don't like what I saw." "No, what do you know?" You know, he's a professional politician. She wasn't. It's one of those little problems in life. So then it came in, and then we won South Carolina. We won North Carolina. Right? And we were leading Pennsylvania by so much that if I lost, remember at 2% of the vote left, if I lost every single vote, I win by a lot.

They refused, the fake news refused to call it. I kept saying, "We won Pennsylvania. Why don't they call it?" It was very late in the evening when they called it because they are fake, they're crooked. They are fake. And I said, I said, I said, "Why don't they call Pennsylvania?" But some beautiful things happened. And by the way, Ohio, we won by one of the largest margins ever. The great, great, great state of Ohio. Remember? Remember, they used to say a year before the election, they said, "Well, nobody can win. Nobody, unless you win the great state of Ohio." And we won the great state of Ohio, and we won it big. And we knew we were going to win it. And now we're up a lot more than we were up even then, because you know why? We're bringing back jobs. We're bringing back factories. Everybody's working. Nobody's ever had a better year than we've been having. And we've been doing it for a long time, right? Almost from the beginning.

And don't let them try and take credit, because if they came in, we would have ended up in a massive recession or worse, the D word, depression. We would have been— Because they were going to put more and more and more regulations on. And I'll tell you, maybe bigger than even the tax cuts, and I did it sooner, were the regulation cuts. We freed up our nation to go back to work. True. [cheers and applause]

So then we won Wisconsin, and then we won Michigan because those companies, now they're pouring back in. The auto companies are pouring back in, and Wisconsin's doing great with the farmers that Canada was taking. You know, Canada was charging our farmers 287% tariffs for dairy products. Okay? So what happens is this, we're working on healthcare. We're fighting to stop surprise medical billing. I just signed an executive order imposing price transparency because when providers are required to show their prices, those same prices fall very fast. We've approved a record number of affordable new generic drugs, which are just as good as the brand drugs, but they cost a tiny fraction. We've totally transformed veterans' healthcare, including getting long-sought VA Choice and VA Accountability, which they said could not be done. [cheers and applause]

And we passed the spectacular Right to Try. So if you're in trouble, and I hope nobody in this massive arena's in trouble, but if you're in trouble, you can go and get whatever the new drug or whatever where we have the best doctors, best hospital, best labs. You get it. And the luck we are having, we are saving so many lives. It's incredible what's happening. People would go to Europe. They'd go to Asia. If they had no money, they'd go home and die. Now they have the right to use our drugs before they're approved. Think of that. Before they're approved. [cheers and applause] And we're very importantly combating the opioid epidemic. Drug overdose deaths. The overdose deaths have declined for the first time in 34 years, and life expectancy is rising again in our nation. [cheers and applause]

We've launched bold new initiatives combating kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease. We're making tremendous progress, and we're pursuing new advances in neonatal research. Think of that, neonatal research, the numbers are incredible. What's happened is incredible, to care for America's youngest patients and breaking all records in doing so. All of the radical Democrats in the presidential debates have declared their unlimited support for extreme late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother's womb right up until the very moment of birth. [booing] That is why in my State of the Union, I asked Congress to prohibit late-term abortion of babies, because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift from God. [cheers and applause]

The Democrat party is the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, blatant corruption, and the total destruction of your Second Amendment. [booing] The Republican party is the party of the American worker, the American family, the American dream, the Second Amendment, and the late great Abraham Lincoln, right? [cheers and applause] Republicans are fighting for citizens from every background, every community, and every walk of life. We are the party of boundless optimism, excitement, energy, and enthusiasm. We have tremendous energy. Tremendous energy. [cheers and applause]

Everybody says to me, "Where do you get the energy?" Because I love what we're doing. I see the results, and they're happening faster than you even think. You see the numbers. They're happening faster than you would even think. We are asking all Americans to join our incredible movement. We are the big tent. We are the big party. We are the party with big ideas for the future. [cheers and applause] Republicans are fighting for school choice because no parent should ever be forced to send their child to a failing government school. To keep our Amer–— Right? Right? To keep our communities safer and give former prisoners a second chance at life. There's been nothing like this. I passed criminal justice reform, not the Democrats. I did it with the Republicans, and this could not have been done by anybody but me and the Republican party. The Democrats did not do it. They could never have done it. [cheers and applause]

To uphold the rule of law, we have confirmed 218 federal judges who will interpret the Constitution as written. [cheers and applause] And this is a record. And as you know, I have nominated, and we have confirmed, two great new Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. [cheers and applause] We have invested 2.2 trillion dollars to rebuild the United States military, including nearly 200 million dollars for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. [cheers and applause] Right?

I recognized Israel as the true capital and opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem. [cheers and applause] We recognized Israel sovereignty over the Golan Heights. They've been trying to get it for 52 years. [cheers and applause] And for years, you watched as your politicians apologized for America. You saw that. They apologized. Now you have a president who is standing up for America, and we are standing up for the people of Arizona. [cheers and applause]

At stake in our present battle is the survival of our nation. It is. This election is so important. It's the survival of our nation. If you want your children to inherit the blessings that generations of Americans have fought and died for to secure, then we must devote everything we have toward victory in November of 2020. [cheers and applause] You're the forgotten people no more. You're no longer the f–... Right? No deplorables, right? No deplorables. Who knew that was gonna turn out to be such a disaster? But you know, she used the worst word. What was the word she used? "Irredeemables," right? I thought that was the problem. No, it was deplorables. So what the hell do I know about politics? She said, "You're irredeemable and deplorable." I said, "Oh, that irredeemable's terrible." The next day people are showing up. Women, "I'm a deplorable." [cheers and applause] Only this way can we save the America we love and drain the Washington swamp, which is vicious, horrible, ugly, and evil. Much worse than I thought. But we're getting there and not pleasant. A bunch of really bad people, very dishonest people. With your help, we will lift millions more of our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity. Together, we will elect a Republican Congress to create a fair, safe, sane, and lawful system of immigration. We will continue to enact trade deals that result in more products proudly stamped with those beautiful, beautiful words and phrase. I love the phrase, "Made in the USA." Made in the USA. [cheers and applause]

We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine, finding new cures for childhood cancer and ending the AIDS epidemic in America within, now, nine years. We started a year ago. Can you imagine that? [cheers and applause] We're doing that, and it's gonna happen. Who would have thought we could have done that? We will land the first woman on the moon and become the first nation in the world to plant our flag on Mars. [cheers and applause] We will defend privacy, free speech, reli–... And you know this. You know it's under siege, religious liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms. We will defend it. [cheers and applause] It's under siege. [cheers and applause] It's under siege. You see it in Virginia. They wanna take away the guns. Above all, we will never stop fighting for the sacred values that bind us together as one beautiful America. We support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. [cheers and applause]

We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement. [cheers and applause] We believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. [cheers and applause] We believe that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the true American way. [cheers and applause] We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and to always respect our great American flag. [cheers and applause] And we live by the words of our national motto, "In God we trust." [cheers and applause] From Tucson to Tombstone, right? Do you agree? You agree, right? Look at him. He's agreeing, this guy.

Crowd Member. No more censorship.

The President. He's agreeing. No more censorship is right. No more evil. No more crimes. You're right. From Yuma to Mesa, and from Flagstaff to right here in Phoenix—[cheers and applause]—we stand on the shoulders of red-blooded American patriots who poured their heart, sweat, and soul to secure our liberty and to defend our freedom. Arizona was founded by pioneers and prospectors, great prospectors, cowboys and miners and ranchers who tamed the wilderness, braved the blazing sun, and it is hot here. I've been here during the summer. I wanna tell you, it's seriously hot. [laughter] Of course, didn't they say that President Clinton, when he went on the back of the plane, was here to play golf, it was 121 degrees that day? I don't know about that. I don't know about that. What do you think he was doing with the Attorney General? I remember he said, "Oh, I just happened to see she was— I was here to play golf. It was 120 degrees out." I don't know.

A lot of crooked stuff went on. I wonder what they talked about. I'm sure it wasn't that she would become a Supreme Court justice. I'm sure it wasn't that they were going to extend her tenure as Attorney General. She was a real beauty. I'm sure it wasn't. I'm sure it was nothing. They spent 45 minutes on the plane talking about golf and their grandchildren. Right? [shouting] Can't let it happen, folks. Can't let it happen. We can't let it happen. You fought the battles and helped make this the greatest nation ever to exist on the face of the earth, and we are making it greater every single day than ever before. [cheers and applause]

Great, great, great citizens like you helped build this country, and together we are taking back our country. We are returning power to you, the American people, with your help, your devotion, and with your drive. We are going to keep on working. We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning. [cheers and applause] Do you like winning?

Crowd. Yeah!

The President. Because, you know, not very long ago you weren't winning, and I don't want you— I told this a few times during the campaign. Haven't used it in a long time, but I don't want you going to your great governor. He's a great governor, Doug Ducey. I don't want you going to your governor saying, "Governor, governor, we just can't stand winning so much. [laughter] Please go see the president in the Oval Office. Governor, the people of Arizona don't want to keep on winning. It's too much, governor. It's not even fair to the rest of the planet. Please tell him, Governor Ducey, please tell him, 'President, the people of Arizona have won too much. We don't wanna keep on winning.'" And I'll look at Doug Ducey, and I'll say, "Doug, I've a lot of respect for you, Doug. You won by 16 points. That means a lot. But Doug, I don't care what you say. We're gonna keep on winning, and we're gonna win like never before. And the people of Arizona are gonna love it."

And he's gonna say, "Thank you, Mr. President. I'm going back home." The fact is, we are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God. America is thriving like never before. And, ladies and gentlemen of Arizona, the best is yet to come. [cheers and applause] That's right. Together, we will make America wealthy again. 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. Thank you very much. Thank you, Arizona. Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Also speaking were Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who was up for reelection in 2020. The president spoke for about 1 hour and 22 minutes.

This transcript prepared for the American Presidency Project by UCSB student research assistant Katya Kiseleva.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a "Keep America Great" Rally in Phoenix, Arizona Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/351197

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