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Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Bossier City, Louisiana

November 14, 2019

[Music: Lee Greenwood: God Bless the U.S.A.]

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

The President. Wow. Thank you very much. Hello, Louisiana. Hello, Louisiana. [cheers and applause] You know, I happened to watch a football game last weekend. That wasn't a bad game. [cheers and applause] It wasn't a bad game. That wasn't too bad, was it, huh? But I'm thrilled to be back in the beautiful Bayou State with thousands of hardworking American citizens who believe in God, family and country.

But I'm down for a reason. This Saturday, the eyes of history are looking upon the great people of Louisiana. Saturday, remember Saturday. You've gotta vote on Saturday. It's a close one and you're going to have a great Republican Governor. You know that. You're going to have a great Republican Governor. He's going to bring down the car insurance and bring down your taxes. If you want to defend your values, your jobs and your freedom, then you need to replace radical, liberal John Bel Edwards with a true Louisiana patriot, [cheers and applause] Eddie Rispone. Eddie Rispone, great guy, loves you still.

In two days, I really need you--but you really need you--to send a message to the corrupt Democrats in Washington. They are corrupt. [cheers and applause] They are crazy, crazy. They are crazy. That you're not going to let them destroy our country and rob your children of their future. You have to let 'em know it. So after you come back, because duck hunting is early, see... they almost got me on that one; they almost got me. Those people in New York almost got me on that one. But after you come back, you can leave real early, then you're going to come back. You have to go and vote, and then go to the game and have a lot of fun. But you gotta vote on Saturday, gotta vote on Saturday,[cheers and applause] really important.

Under Republican leadership, our nation's economy is booming, wages are rising, confidence is soaring, liberty is thriving, and America is stronger than ever before. [cheers and applause] We are supporting our police and rebuilding our military, including one billion dollars to totally revamp the legendary B-52 bombers like those at Barksdale Air Force Base. [cheers and applause] Barksdale. We like Barksdale, right? [cheers and applause] We've totally rebuilt our military. We're rebuilding everything. Our country is respected again, respected again.[applause]

With the awesome strength of the American warrior, we are defeating radical Islamic terrorism. [cheers and applause] And the bloodthirsty savage known as al-Baghdadi is dead. [cheers and applause]

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

And so important, our rebuilt military, we can say with total confidence, not that we ever want to do this, but our enemies don't stand a chance against the power of the United States military. [cheers and applause] Don't stand a chance.

America is winning again like never before, and America is respected again, respected at the highest levels. Every country that comes to see me, they respect our country again. But while we are creating jobs and killing terrorists, the radical left, Democrats, [booing] is ripping our country apart. They're trying to overthrow American democracy and erase the votes of tens of millions of Americans.

First, there was the Russia hoax. Then it was the Mueller witch hunt. You remember that one. [booing] So far, much more than 100 percent, because it goes before the election ever took place. We've been going through this from before the election took place. A bunch of bad people. And then one of the single greatest lies ever told by anybody in this government, that I think one of the great scandals right from the beginning. All of the things that they've been doing, and now the absolutely crazed lunatics, the Democrats, radical left, and their media partners standing right back there, [gestures to media] [booing] are pushing the deranged impeachment witch hunt for doing nothing wrong, doing nothing wrong. You know, we did nothing wrong, and they're doing nothing.

They haven't done a thing since Nancy Pelosi, [booing] as speaker, they haven't done a thing. But once again, their lies will be exposed just like the last times. [cheers and applause] Their schemes are already unraveling. You saw yesterday. How about when they asked these two Never-Trumpers, "Uh, What exactly uh, do you think you impeach him for?" And they stood there, went like, "What?" But they're unraveling, and their sinister plans will fail. They've already failed as far as I'm concerned. In fact... [cheers and applause] In fact, so, as I'm getting out of that beautiful airplane, Air Force One, it is a beautiful plane, this just came out, big story. [reads from press release] New remarks from top Ukrainian official damages Democrats' impeachment narrative. [cheers and applause] Just came out. I only read it because they [gestures to media] don't like to report stories like this, you know about that.

Because we're fighting the Democrats, but much more difficult to fight is the fake news, [gesturing] I'm telling you, [booing] and they're a partnership. I call them a partnership made in hell. Here it is: "Ukrainian foreign minister said on Thursday," listen to this though, and they won't even want to report it, this stuff because it ends it. It ends it. It's all about that.

"Ukrainian foreign minister said on Thursday that the United States Ambassador did not link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former Vice President and current Democratic President..." Can you believe? Like we need help to beat sleepy Joe Biden? I don't think so. [laughter] You know... you know, last election, by the way, I hate to say this, but now I have a lot of experience because experience is important, but talent is more important than experience, right?

But I had no experience. Last election, we took down the Bush dynasty. It's okay. With no experience, Bush dynasty. Then we took down the Clinton dynasty. [cheers and applause] Then we took down the very crooked Obama group. [cheers and applause] So, we took down Bush, Clinton, Obama with no experience, but I had you, and we won. [cheers and applause] So think about that, and then think about me, "Gee, let's get some help from Ukraine in order to beat sleepy Joe Biden." I don't think so. So just to finish this up.

So there was nothing, no leak, no nothing, two presidential candidates, sleepy Joe Biden. I added the word sleepy because this is a serious deal here, and his son, Hunter Biden. Hunter, where's Hunter? What happened to Hunter? I think he made more money than anybody in history for somebody with absolutely no talent or experience. He's number one in the world. OK. "The ambassador did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me about a connection between the assistance and the investigation."

Never said. In other words, nothing happened. "I have never seen a direct relationship between the investigations and security assistance." So they have said now nothing happened, and yet you don't even read this. Now, it only came out a little while ago, in all fairness. I'll give 'em a chance. Can you report this tonight and tomorrow please? [cheers and applause], if Pelosi were honest, which she's not, and if shifty Schiff, little shifty Schiff... [booing] He's got the little, little 10 inch neck. [laughter] "What size shirts do you need out 'em?" "I wear a size nine. Nine." He will not make the LSU football team, that I can tell you. [gestures] Poom. And the neck is gone.

Now he's a bad guy. He's a dishonest guy. He's the guy that went up and fabricated a whole story and read what I supposedly said to the new and very good, I think, new Ukrainian president. And Adam Shifty Schiff went up and he made up... Think of it. He made up my statement and it was horrible what he said. And he finished it by saying, "You don't call me. I'll call you." I said, "Where did this come from?" He's sick. He's sick.

But then one thing happened. Here's what happened! You know what happened. I said I better release the real call. So they had transcribers. The call is perfect. And we released it, and that was the beginning of the end for them. They are disgraced. [cheers and applause] Now, now... but just as honestly, and honestly, they hurt our country incredibly badly, because I don't like releasing calls with other presidents and prime ministers. You don't like to do that. You don't want to do that, but you had to because he totally fabricated... He made up. He made up my conversation. He's a thief. He's a crook and you know what? He's a corrupt politician. And frankly, he should be prosecuted. The only problem is he has immunity because he's a congressman and he made the statement in the halls of Congress. He made the statement. He made the statement while in that great, beautiful building, so therefore he has immunity. So he can be crooked as hell. In the meantime, they gave the Republicans who, by the way, have really stuck together. It's a beautiful thing to see. [cheers and applause]

So we don't have rights to lawyers. We don't have rights to anything. We don't have rights to... It's the most incredible thing, but you know what? By them being so ridiculous, people see. We've been taken away... Our due process has been taken away. But here's what we have. We have truth. We have the fact that everything is absolutely perfect, perfect. [cheers and applause] And based on the poll numbers and other numbers, but based on the poll numbers, uh the people of this country aren't buying it. You see it, because we're going up, and they're going down. [cheers and applause] Let's keep it going for a while. Let's keep it going for a while.

I mean I have one problem. I have one problem and it has been... It's been very hard on my family. Whoever heard... Impeachment, to me, is a dirty word. It's been very unfair, very hard on my family. Me, my whole life is crazy. What a life I lead. You think this is fun, don't you? But it's been very hard on my family. Very, very hard.

But I'll tell you what I found. The Republicans, they stick together for the... I mean they have really stuck. But you know what they're doing now? The Republicans are coming, "Sir, our poll numbers are going through the roof. Do you think we could keep this going?" I said, "Do me a favor. Let's get it ended." They said, "But let's keep it going, President. It's so great because we've never had a time like this."

I got a call from the evangelical leaders the other day, a whole lot of them. They said the church has never been more energized as it is right now because of what they're trying to do to our President, [cheers and applause] ever.

So we have a great group of Republicans, but I said, "You know, fellows, I don't know." But they actually said, "Let's keep this sucker going for a while, Mr. President." I said, "I don't know. There's something nice about ending it, but it's dirty stuff." But let me just say with this from the Ukrainian pre-- [holds up press release] --right here, from the Ukrainian president and the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, this is the whole ballgame.

So in theory, they should end it tonight, but they won't. They'll find something. They'll find something. These are very dishonest people. Democrats are trying to overthrow the last election because they know they're not going to win the next election. That's all it is. [cheers and applause] And never forget, the Democrats—[pauses, laughing]


--the Democrats in Washington are trying to stop me because I'm fighting for you, fighting for you.

They're attacking and they don't, that's what he just said. They don't care about us. Who said that? Raise your hand. That's right, they don't. They don't care. And they don't care about African-Americans. They talk. They work for the African-Amer very hard two months before da election, and then people don't hear from 'em anymore.

And remember when I said, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Remember that?

Crowd. YES!!!

They said that they saw that, and you know what happened. We have the best employment numbers, and the best unemployment numbers in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] Records. And they're attacking me and they're attacking the Republican Party, really, it's an attack on the whole party. Because I'm taking on the broken establishment and restoring government's loyalty to the people. [applause]

If you want to see what corruption looks like, just watch the video of Sleepy Joe and watch him as he brags about withholding a billion dollars in aid money to Ukraine until Ukraine fires the prosecutors, gets rid of the prosecutor that's been going after his son and his son's company in Ukraine. His son got millions of dollars from a company. See how much he made before the father was vice president. So, no experience, no nothing, millions of dollars, paid approximately $168,000 a month plus millions of dollars with no experience.

Would anybody here take that job? I think so. [laughter] I think so. I think I might take that job, OK. That's a good job. And then Hunter flew to China. You know, we're making a great deal with China, or we're taking in billions in tariffs. I can live either way. They want to make the deal much more than I do. But he flew to China with his father on Air Force Two, which is a slightly smaller version of Air Force One.

And while the vice president was going soft on China, his son picks up 1.5 billion dollars for his stupid fund that he never did before. [booing] Meaning he could make tens of millions of dollars a year. And I was with the top Wall Street people the other day. They love us because we're setting records every week virtually on the sidewalk—[cheers and applause] --which, by the way, means companies coming in and jobs, jobs, jobs. That's what it's about.

But I was with the top guys, and I was talking to 'em, now these guys that do this for a living. I said, "Can you go into China and pick up 1.5 billion in ten minutes?" They said, "Impossible." I said, "Well, supposing, like you guys, can you do it?" "Can't do it, can't do it," but a guy with no experience can do it and the fake news doesn't even want to write about it.

But it will become a major campaign issue. It will become--[booing] --It will become a major campaign issue. Americans deserve--assuming he wins, which I hope he does. I mean the only problem is we will have the lowest ratings in the history of debates because he's a very sleepy person. [laughter] He's exhausted. Joe is exhausted. Tired. Americans deserve to know the truth, but the fake news media, they're covering it up like they've never covered it up before ever in the history of our country. [booing]

In fact, I saw a report today. We kill al-Baghdadi, the worst terrorist, head of ISIS, founder of ISIS, building a new ISIS. We were the ones that took 100 percent of the caliphate. When I took it over, ISIS was all over the place. We defeated 100 percent of the caliphate, right? [cheers and applause]

When we took down al-Baghdadi two weeks ago, they said, President Trump, out of the stories written, had 64 percent bad publicity. How do you get bad publicity? Not only that. We killed him. We didn't lose one of our 68 incredibly talented soldiers. [cheers and applause] And the fake news gave me bad publicity. We can't win.

The other thing, one of the papers, the Washington Post, which is a terrible newspaper, started talking about al-Baghdadi as a great religious leader. Oh, give me a—[throws hands up in the air] [booing] If the other side would a killed him, he would have been the worst human being ever created. But he was a bad guy and we got 'im and that's the way we want it. That's why we are more determined than ever to drain the swamp and that's what we're doing, draining the swamp. [cheers and applause]

Washington Democrats have declared war on your values and the values of a great, great place. It's called Louisiana. Have you ever heard of it? [cheers and applause] So in two days you can show the far-left Democrats that you won't stand for their socialism and their corruption. You know, your 401Ks are through the roof, right. You know that, since the election. If you want to see 'em go down, start voting Democrat. You'll see 'em cut in half. You'll see them cut a lot further than that.

On Saturday, you need to fire your far left Governor. Again, he talks, but he won't be there when it needs a vote because when Pelosi and all of these characters from Washington call 'em up--Schumer, how about Chuck, crying Chuck? [booing] I call 'im crying Chuck because I saw him cry one time while making a speech. I said, "Isn't that sad?" I've never seen him cry before. I call him crying Chuck. Crying Chuck. Little ear stuff, you know, little [makes clinching gestures around the front of his face].

And you have a chance to elect a true Louisiana champion, Eddie Rispone, a real success, by the way. [cheers and applause] Gotta get out. You gotta get out. You know—

Crowd. [chanting] EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!

--in Mississippi two weeks ago, we had a tremendous success. We elected a Governor. He won by much more than anticipated, really good guy and everybody down the ticket elected by more than people thought. In Kentucky, we elected everybody. The Governor got brought up in a few short days, 19 points. I went. We made a speech. The whole ticket was there. Everybody won big. Governor's a really good guy, but 19 points is a big thing and he lost by just a few thousand votes. And the headlines the next day: Trump took a loss. I lift him up a lot. So Trump took a loss, so you gotta give me a big win, please. OK? OK? [cheers and applause]

Nah, he made a lot of hard decisions and he, he didn't win, but we brought him up a lot and, uh, the rest of Kentucky, I'll tell you what, they had record, record numbers.

But Eddie Rispone, you have to understand, is pro family, pro life, pro Second Amendment and 100 percent pro American. [cheers and applause] So I've known Eddie for a long time but, you know, you have to know a little background. He was a very, very successful guy, made a lot of money. He went against a phenomenally talented and a wonderful human being. We all know Ralph and love Ralph, and I'm going to bring Ralph up here in a second. Eddie and Ralph, they want criminal aliens off our streets and dangerous offenders behind bars, and they want 'em behind bars.

Eddie's going to cut your taxes. You pay very high taxes, in case you haven't noticed. Reduce your regulations and protect Louisiana energy which is under siege. If any of these other people get in, you know what's going to happen? There won't be any energy. We'll be-- I don't know what the hell we're going to be doing, right? They don't want any petroleum product. They don't want coal. They probably don't even want wind with the windmills, you know. Try liking a windmill when it's uh 50 feet away from your house and blowing and noisy and the birds are droppin' all over the place, not the greatest. [laughter]

Nah, we want Rispone. By supporting Eddie, you will deliver a powerful rebuke to the socialists trying to sabotage our democracy and to erase your cherished way of life in Louisiana. [cheers and applause]

And you really can. You can send a tremendous message back to Washington because Eddie's running against the failed far left man, John Bel Edwards. I mean he's, he's failed. He has let you down so badly, economic development. He's a tool of Nancy. He's a tool of Chuck. He's probably even a tool of that guuuuy, Adam Shifty Schiff.

I don't think Schiff plays very well down here. He's controlled by the same extremists who are pushing the impeachment witch hunt. And John Bel Edwards, if he gets ever involved in that, he's going to push it like hell. And I'sh—honestly-- I didn't, I didn't have to be down 'ere--all I do is make enemies 'cause if he wins, I got another enemy. What the hell difference does it make? I have so many. But then I have an enemy in Louisiana. I don't want that, and you need a Republican here. Everyone's Republican. You need a Republican, not a Democrat. [cheers and applause] It's one of the reasons he gets nothing done. He's a chosen candidate. Think of this, John Bel. He wants open borders. [booing] He wants radical pro-abortion policies, and he loves the fake news media. I hear they treat him great. They love 'im. You know why they love 'im? Because he does what they want, and what they want is exactly the opposite of what you want. We know that.

A vote for John Bel Edwards is a vote for radical leftists who despise your values, hate your beliefs and want to crush the workers of the state. You're doing lousy compared to others. Look, the whole country's doin' great. We're havin' a great, great surge like we've never had in the history. Our country is the strongest it's ever been, but you're ranked number 50 on economic development. So you're doin' fine, but you're not doin' like you should be doin' and that's after I gave you a 10 billion dollar-- I was down two months ago on the LNG plant, on the Gulf, right? [cheers and applause] A 10 billion dollar plant, and now they want to expand it. It's doing so well. Edswards broke his solemn vow to the people of Louisiana when he rammed through the largest tax hike. He went-- he pushed through the largest tax hike in the history of your state. He lied to you. He double crossed you, and you can never trust him. He will not vote for us. It's called Make America Great Again. It's called Keep America Great-- [cheers and applause]

--and just to finish up, and I want to hit him strong because what the hell he hates me now. I mean I don't know. I don't think he ever liked me, although he used to really be nice to me in person. He used to go out and say, "I really like the President." Then he'd go inside and say, "I don't like him at all."

But just to finish up, he's in the pocket of the trial lawyers who have sent your car insurance rate to the highest level anywhere in the United States. [booing] It's crazy. He allowed illegal aliens to steal millions of healthcare dollars from hardworking Louisiana families, and John Bel Edwards supports illegal aliens, not American citizens. It's pretty, it's pretty simple. [booing]

And here's another one that I hate to say because we don't want to hurt your state, but on John Bel Edwards watch, Louisiana has the highest murder rate in all of America. Do you know that? So on Saturday, your choice is clear. You've gotta send a message back. A vote for John Bel Edwards, your current Governor, where your taxes are too high, your car insurance is a disaster. Your unemployment, compared to other states, isn't great at all. You're fiftieth in economic development, and number one in murders. It's a vote for the Washington swamp. It's a vote for the Washington establishment. So on Saturday, get out. That's the last I'm to do now, get out and vote for Eddie Rispone who's for jobs, safety and freedom. [cheers and applause]

So with that-- man, that was a long harangue, but I wanna make, I wanna make--seriously, I want to put it in your head. It's very important. And you know what? Even if John Bel wanted to do good, he can't. He's gotta go through all the Republicans. They can't stand this guy. So you gotta vote for Eddie. Eddie, could I ask Eddie to come on up and say a few words? Eddie. Eddie Rispone. Get out and vote. [cheers and applause]

Eddie Rispone. Awesome! Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for bein' here. Louisiana, we are Trump country. [cheers and applause] We love President Trump and he loves Louisiana. [cheers and applause] You might not know this, but this is the fourth time he's been to Louisiana to help us win back our state. [cheers and applause] He went to Alabama last weekend to help the LSU Tigers beat Bama. [cheers and applause]

Now we have to--now we have to fire our liberal, tax and spend, socialist-leaning Governor, John Bel Edwards. John Bel Edwards has been--he has passed the highest tax in the history of Louisiana. [booing] He's attacked the oil and gas industry where we've lost thousands of jobs. [booing] He has released over a thousand dangerous criminals. [booing]

He supports New Orleans as a sanctuary city. [booing] Ad he and his greedy trial lawyer friends, they are causing us to have the second highest car insurance in America. [booing] We have to get rid of John Bel Edwards, and we need your help. [cheers and applause] But this is bigger than Louisiana. We have gotta send a message to these liberal, socialist Democrats in Washington that we support our president, and we are not gonna put up with all the lies that they're calling out us on. Let's send a message to 'em. [cheers and applause] Thank you. And like the president just said, how do we send that message? Is that we elect me as your Governor and say that we are gonna fire John Bel and we're gonna be back where we belong. We are red state. We're gonna work with the Conservatives. We're gonna work with this President to make number--make Louisiana number one in the South when it comes to jobs and opportunities. [cheers and applause]

For our children and grandchildren, so they can stay here and call Louisiana home. That's what we're here for, folks. We want 'em to stay here. [cheers and applause] And what can you do? You can vote for me. Send a message to Washington, turn our state around, but we're gonna need your help. We need to get out to vote. We need to tell our friends and families and everyone we know to get out and vote Saturday, so we can turn Louisiana around, and then support our president in two thousand twenty. God bless you. [cheers and applause]

The President. Great businessman, that's what you need. Thank you, Eddie, great job. Thank you.

So we're also thrilled to be joined tonight by many of your terrific Louisiana leaders, and I wanna ask a few of these people to come up. I might as well ask them all to come out. Becuz you have.--they're warriors, all of them. A man who knows more about the medical world than just about anybody, I know, it helps that he's also a doctor in addition to being a Senator, and he's a great man and a great person, Senator Bill Cassidy. [cheers and applause] Come on up, Bill.

And a man who's become a great friend of mine. He's so tough ,and he's so smart. You know who I'm talking about, and he's got the greatest name, a very special guy, went to Oxford. He went to Oxford. You know what that means? That means good. That means you're very good, but he's an incredible guy and he loves his state. John Kennedy, Senator John Kennedy. [cheers and applause]

And I think what we'll do is we'll have some of our incredible warriors come up also, right? Because we have a man that you never heard of before. He's the toughest guy. He got hit hard. He got hit hard. And you know when they had him out at second base less than a year after, he couldn't move too well. He didn't have a big range. I tell the story: he was in the big stadium and they were playing the Democrats of all people. And the first pitch, a hard shot was hit to the second baseman and that ball was hit hard. And I said, " Oh, this is a disaster," and Steve got down, Steve Scalise, and he caught that ball and he threw that ball to first base that he came off to a hero's welcome. Steve Scalise, come up, Steve. [cheers and applause]

Great guy. I went to the hospital with the first lady the night that he was hit, and he wasn't looking too good. The doctor said, "Not looking good, sir." And he wasn't. And I told him one thing I learned that night, your wife loves you because she was crying. You know, I've known many wives that weren't crying in those cases. [laughter] But I said Steve, "Your wife is in love with you, man." But you got better fast and we love you. [Trump turns to shake Scalise's hand.] [cheers and applause] He's a brave guy.

And another brave man, and a highly respected man, and a man who gave Eddie a hell of a fight that was close, and they've developed a real relationship and a respect for each other. Were on the campaign trail, and it was a nasty campaign, but not really nasty enough because Ralph respects Eddie a lot, and Eddie respects Ralph a lot. And I want to ask Ralph Abraham, please come up, Ralph, Congressman. [cheers and applause]

And I want Garrett Graves, come on up here, Garrett; Clay Higgins, your great Congressman Mike Johnson. These are all incredible people. [cheers and applause] Mike Johnson, great man, great people. Your former Congressman John Fleming; your state's Attorney General, Jeff Landry; state Treasurer, John Schroeder, come on up. Come on, John, you gotta say something.

John Schroeder. And we can't forget our Secretary of State who's also on the ballot, Kyle Ardoin.

Senator John Kennedy. Hello, Louisiana. [cheers and applause] Hello Shreveport-Bossier. [cheers and applause] Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, President Trump, for visiting our state yet again. I, I stand before you tonight. I stand before you tonight as a proud deplorable. [cheers and applause] And unlike--unlike some of the folks in Washington DC, I'm talking about the cultured, cosmopolitan, goat's milk-latte-drinking, avo-- avocado toast eating insiders elite.

As a deplorable, I believe that everybody counts. And I care about you. [cheers and applause] And so does the President of the United States of America. [cheers and applause] Go vote Saturday. Unless, listen to me, unless you're happy with crappy, vote for Eddie Rispone for Governor. [cheers and applause] Unless--unless you're happy with crappy, vote for Kyle Ardoin for Secretary of State. [cheers and applause]

Unless you're happy with crappy, vote for Robert Mills for the state senate. [cheers and applause] God bless America. God bless our President, and God bless the state of Louisiana.

Senator Bill Cassidy. Now, you know, I'm a little confused tonight, and I want to make sure the record is straight. Now, I'm gonna give you a choice. You know, the president's been speaking as if he might have run against Joe Biden. So, so, so, let me ask you who do you think is more pro-military, Joe Biden or Donald?

Crowd. [chanting] TRUMP!

Cassidy. And who do you think is gonna protect your second amendment rights, Joe Biden or Donald?

Crowd. [chanting] TRUMP!

Cassidy. And who do you think... . Who do you think uh...who do you think is gonna protect your borders?

Crowd. [chanting] TRUMP!

Cassidy. Now there is one question--there is one question you'd yell "Biden" to. That would be who's gonna vote for our incumbent Governor? But if he was a resident of our state, who would vote for Eddie Rispone, Joe Biden or Donald?

Crowd. [chanting] TRUMP!

Cassidy. Now, we need not just you to vote for Don—uh, Eddie Rispone, but we also need you to get your neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor. This is gonna be a close election. This could be decided by 1,000 votes in the entire state. You're gonna make a difference if you vote, and if you get your friend to vote, and if you get your friend's friend to vote, and if you get your girlfriend to vote and your boyfriend to vote. And if you do that and if Eddie Rispone gets elected, do you know who they're gonna credit?

Cassidy. They're gonna credit Donald [gestures to crowd]—

Crowd. [chanting] TRUMP!

Cassidy. --and they're also gonna credit you. Thank you. [cheers and applause]

The President. Thank you, Bill. Thanks Bill.

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

The President. Thank you Bill. Thank you, John. I want to bring up a man who has shown a lot. He's incredible, so respected in Congress, so respected by me and he's become a real friend. And they're all warriors. This guy though has been something very special. He ran a tough, tough campaign. I would say he had a little less money to spend than Eddie, but that's OK, and it was tight and now he's a thousand percent for Eddie. And Ralph, could you come up? Ralph Abraham come up and say a few words. [cheers and applause]

Ralph Abraham. Thank you so much. We all thank President Trump for making America great again. [cheers and applause] What I thank President Trump for was allowing me to ride with him on Air Force One to get away from that insanity of Pelosi and Schiff. And, Mr. President, thank you so much for doing the United States Mexican Canada Agreement. Thank you for taking care of our military. Thank you for taking care of our law enforcement. And Pelosi will not allow us to vote on that in the United States Congress. This great President has got our backs, but Pelosi won't let us vote on that. [booing]

Now, Mr. President—Mr. President, in Louisiana, we know what horse manure looks like. And we know that this impeachment inquiry is a trunk full of it. And we know that Pelosi and Adam Schiff are up to their necks in it. And I've got a new theme song for Adam Schift. It's Marvin Gaye's, "We heard it through the grapevine," because there is no direct conversation except between you and President Zelensky.

And you said it, Mr. Trump. They can't beat you at the polls, so they're trying to overturn our vote in the last election. We're not gonna let that happen. [cheers and applause]

We also said, President--thank you, Mr. President, for pointing out that we are last in economy. We are last in jobs. We are last in murder. In everything that we should be first in Louisiana, we're dead last. We are much better than that, and while the Democrats are trying to convince us that three makes a couple, I don't have any idea what a thruple is, but that's what they're telling us that three makes two. This great man is working for us every day of the week. So we appreciate you, Mr. President [cheers and applause]

And in Louisiana, we know, we know that we have the most fertile farmland. We have oil and gas industry that will rival most countries. And we have our wonderful peoples whose ingenuity is second to none. We are not gonna be fooled again, Mr. President. Go out and vote Saturday. Vote for Eddie and let's get this thing done. Thank you.

The President. Thank you fellas. [others leave the stage, crowd cheering]

They're great people. Thank you all very much.

Now tell me something, it's a Thursday night because we didn't wanna interrupt your high school football, right. [cheers and applause] We didn't wanna interrupt other things that you were doing. I always like Friday night for these things, but I'll tell you what, this is some Thursday night.

Would you rather be any place else than a Trump ballot, right? A Trump rally on Thursday night now. But with the help of everyone here tonight, America is booming like never before. We created 6.7 million new jobs. Unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in over 50 years, think of that, half a century. [cheers and applause]

African-American unemployment just reached its lowest rate ever recorded, history. Hispanic American, Asian American unemployment have also recently hit the lowest rates in the history of our country. African-American poverty has reached the lowest rate in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] Nearly 2.5 million people have risen out of poverty.

The number of Americans quitting the job they hate, to take a new job, is higher than ever before. You can go out and get another job. You are not stuck in a job you don't want, and you get more money when you go out sometimes. That hasn't happened in many, many decades. After years of painful stagnation and decline, wages and incomes are rising at one of the fastest rates in history.

Real wages for low income workers have gone up nearly 9 percent. Average median income under President Bush, as an example, rose only $400 over an eight year period, $400 over eight years. Under President Obama, it rose only $975 over eight years and under your favorite President, [cheers and applause] it rose $5,000 in just two and a half years. [cheers and applause]

In addition, in our case, to the 5,000, we can add another $5,000 in savings from tax cuts, regulation cuts and energy production and energy costs. [cheers and applause] So when you add it up, it went up $400 for President Bush, $975 under President Obama. Those are eight years and eight years, and just a little more than two and a half years, it went up $10,000 under President Trump. [cheers and applause]

That's pretty good. Those are tough numbers to beat.

We're boldly adopting a policy of American energy independence, which is great for your state in particular. Texas happens to be pretty happy also. [cheers and applause] And you know what? North Dakota's not too unhappy. We got a lot of states that are very happy. America is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. [cheers and applause]

Meanwhile, the far left Democrats in Washington want to abolish the production of oil and natural gas. How do you like that idea? How about this clown, Beto? He was against guns, religion, and oil. And he lives in Texas. That's not gonna work. Somebody call him and explain that wasn't a good idea.

Well, you know, the Democrats wanna raise your taxes. My whole life, it was the politician that could lower taxes. We gave you the biggest tax decrease in the history of our country, and that was always like a good thing. They wanna raise your taxes and I'm trying to figure out, because I've been doing this for a lot shorter time than most of them, trying to figure out how does that work? We're gonna raise your taxes. Is that a good thing? I don't think so. I don't think so. No, your taxes are going down still further wait'll you see. So far, we haven't found a form of energy that's acceptable to the left. We're gonna have nothing. We're gonna have no jobs, no energy, no nothing, close down every business in the country.

We're ending decades of ruinous trade policies that cost this state one in four manufacturing jobs, and the numbers are actually higher than that. Weak leaders and corrupt politicians sold you out. They let other countries plunder our factories and steal the crown jewels of your economy. Past administrations financed the rise of China--they had no idea what the hell they were doing--on the backs of the American middle class, but under this Administration, the great betrayal is over. We are fighting for our workers, our families, our communities and our great American dream. We're fighting for our American dream. [cheers and applause]

We're replacing the NAFTA catastrophe, one of the worst trade deals in history, with the US-Mexico-Canada agreement, USMCA. If we could only get Pelosi to do something, she's not doing it. She sits around. It should've been approved months ago. That's a huge win, and by the way, all the Democrats want it, everybody wants it, but she doesn't wanna put it up for a vote. She's too busy doing other things. It's a huge win for Louisiana farmers and manufacturers. Pelosi and the Democrats need to stop their ridiculous witch hunts, and pass the USMCA because we have a country to run and they oughta get back to running it. [cheers and applause]

Before my election, our leaders used the great American middle class as a piggy bank to fund their delusional global projects. We took care of nations all over the world, nations you never even heard of. They decimated American manufacturing to promote economic growth in foreign countries.

They used our military to defend immensely wealthy nations, subsidizing their welfare states with your money. And they poured precious American blood and treasure into the Middle East, while our cities fell into decay and disrepair. But I was elected to be President of the United States, not to be president of the world. [cheers and applause]

After years of rebuilding other nations, we are finally rebuilding our nation. We are finally putting America first, and that's what's happening. [cheers and applause] Past leaders transform faraway nations into chaotic war zones, then they demanded that the Americans accept unlimited migration. To protect our families and block migration from some of the world's most dangerous places, I implemented something that some people loved, some people didn't like. It's called, excuse me, a travel ban. [applause] And it was recently voted on very favorably in a thing called the United States Supreme Court, was held totally constitutional. And we are now keeping terrorists, criminals and violent extremists the hell out of our country. [cheers and applause]

On no issue have Democrat politicians more totally betrayed you than on immigration. The radical Democrats open border agenda invites deadly drugs, vicious gangs and dangerous criminals to pour into your communities, your neighborhoods, your state. Right here in Louisiana, our brave ICE officers have arrested criminal aliens, charged or wanted for murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, assault, fraud, forgery, malicious bodily injury, drug dealing, possession of stolen weapons, and child abuse.

All across America, we're finding the criminal, illegal aliens, and getting them out by the thousands, and that includes MS-13. [cheers and applause] We're getting 'em out by the thousands. And I wanna thank our border patrol. I wanna thank ICE and I wanna thank law enforcement. They're incredible. [cheers and applause]

We've launched historic and unprecedented action to secure our southern border. We have just released brand new border numbers today, showing that we have successfully reduced illegal crossings by more than 70 percent since May. And I can proudly announce that we have ended catch and release, and we are building the wall faster than anyone thought possible. [cheers and applause]

The President. Thank you. It's being built. It's going up good and it's, it's a big deal, and I'll tell you what, we had to fight for every inch. We have the help of our military because it is, it's national security. Let's face it, it turned out it's national security.

Our message to those seeking to break our laws is very simple: Don't try it. You will fail. You will be sent back home. That's the way it works. And if you want a Governor who supports that theory, if you want a Governor who supports what we're doing on the border, and supports the heroes of ICE and Border Patrol, you have only one choice, and that's to get out on Saturday and vote for Eddie Rispone, you have to. [cheers and applause]

Democrats are becoming more and more extreme by the day. Their planned government takeover of health care would deny you the coverage you need and the doctor that you want. My administration will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions, and we will also protect your pre-existing physicians. How about that? [cheers and applause]

Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother's womb right up until the moment of birth. [booing] And that is why I've asked Congress to prohibit extreme late term abortion because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift from God. [cheers and applause]

Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late term abortion, socialism and blatant corruption. They're corrupt. The Republican Party is the party of the American worker, the American family and the American dream. [cheers and applause]

We've appointed more than 160 federal judges--it'll be very soon 182--including court of Appeals judges. And they will interpret the Constitution as written, including our two great Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. [cheers and applause]

And we've invested over $2 trillion in our military--you're a big beneficiary, this state--with better ships, airplanes, bombers, tanks, ammunition, missiles, rockets better than ever before, all built in the USA. [cheers and applause]

I withdrew from the horrible one-sided Iran nuclear deal. I recognized Israel's true capital, and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. [cheers and applause] And we have recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

For years, you watched as your politicians apologized for America. Now you have a president who is standing up for America and we are standing up for the people of Louisiana. [cheers and applause]

The next step to victory begins on Saturday. Your vote on Saturday is your chance to show the radical-left Washington Democrats that Louisiana rejects their extremism and their corruption. You will not allow your voice to be silenced. You will not allow your vote to be canceled. You will not allow your country to be demolished, which is what would happen if they get in. And you've already got a little head start because you have one lousy Governor here, I'll tell you that.

That's why you need to get your friends, get your family, get your neighbors and get out to vote for Eddie. You have to do it. Saturday. [cheers and applause]

With your help, we will lift millions more of our citizens from welfare to work, dependence to independence and poverty to prosperity. Together we will elect a Republican Congress. We have to do that, please. Get rid of these maniacs. These are maniacs.

To create a fair, safe, sane and lawful system of immigration, we will enact trade deals that result in more products proudly stamped with that beautiful term: 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 10 years. We've started that whole process. Who would have thought that could have happened?

We will defend privacy, free speech, free assembly, religious liberty and the right to keep and bear arms. [cheers and applause]

Above all, we will never stop fighting for the sacred values that bind us together as one America. We love our country. We love our country. We love our country.

We support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement. We believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. We believe that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the true American way.

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--and there'll always be those words as long as I'm here and hopefully for a long time, forever--the words of our national motto: In God We Trust.

We stand on the shoulders of American patriots who crossed the oceans, settled a continent, tamed the wilderness, revolutionized industry, pioneered sciences, won two World Wars, defeated fascism and communism and made America the greatest nation in the history of the world. And we are making it greater than ever before. That's what's happening right now. [cheers and applause]

Proud and incredible citizens like you helped build this country and together we are taking back our country. We are returning power to you, the American people. That's what this is all about. With your help, your devotion, and 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]

We are one movement, one people, one family and one glorious nation under God. [cheers and applause] America is thriving like never before, and ladies and gentlemen of Louisiana, the best is yet to come. [cheers and applause]

Together we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again—s'already happening. We will make America proud again. That's happening. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.

Thank you. Thank you very much, Louisiana. Thank you.

[Music: The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want.]

NOTES: The President spoke at the CenturyLink Center, capacity ~14,000. He began his remarks at about 7:00 pm and spoke for about 90 minutes.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Bossier City, Louisiana Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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