Remarks at a “Make America Great Again” Rally in Great Falls, Montana
The President: Well, thank you, Montana. What a place. What a place. And it's great to be here tonight with thousands of proud, hard-working American patriots. Thank you. [applause]
And, outside, you probably know what's going on. There are thousands and thousands of people. And we've decided, from now on, we're going to put up screens and loud speakers so people can stay around. [applause]
Because this happens all the time. I said to my people, “Why didn't you get a larger arena?” We can't, right? We can't. But those are great people outside and I apologize. But there are thousands of them and -- yeah. We really – we really love them. But you people know real estate better. You know real estate better. So it's pretty good stuff. And you're inside and I'm inside and we love each other and it's going to stay that way. [applause]
So, we are thrilled to be joined by some great people. You just heard Steve Daines. He has been so helpful. He has been so helpful in Washington on the tax cuts and everything else. And I want to thank Steve and his family. They have been incredible for me in Washington. Thank you, Steve. I appreciate it. [applause]
And Steve and I are running again. You know, 2020 he comes up, so we're running together, Steve. [applause]
And I want to thank Greg Gianforte. He's a member of Congress who has been a hundred percent with us. Incredible success story. A lot of people don't know that but Greg is an incredible success and did a really good job and then he said he wants to give back. And Greg, you have been fantastic. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. [applause]
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Thank you, Tim. [applause]
Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton. Thank you, Corey. [applause]
Montana Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Lamb. [applause]
Superintendent of Public Instructions Elsie. [applause]
And finally, the person that we are here for tonight. A very special person, ran a incredible primary, wouldn't you say? Incredible? Anytime you win, it's incredible. But he did, against some very tough and good competition. And, hey, he's going to be your next senator from the incredible state of Montana. [applause]
Matt Rosendale. Come up, Matt. Come up, Matt. [applause]
State Auditor Rosendale: Hello, Montana. [applause]
Do we have an incredible president or what? [applause]
We actually have a president who fights every single day for the people across this great nation. [applause]
And here at home, he's fighting for our military men and women serving right here in Malmstrom Air Force Base and across the country. [applause]
And for all our veterans and for our seniors, he's fighting for our folks working in the timber industry, and our energy production. He's fighting for our hardworking farmers and ranchers across the entire state. [applause]
And you know he's fighting for our miners down in Butte and those coal workers in Colstrip who produce that beautiful clean coal. He's also fighting for everyone across our state who feels their voice isn't being heard, including the unborn. [applause]
And I will be that voice for you if you elect me to the United States Senate. [applause]
And I will fight for you every day because I mean business about standing with President Trump to Make America Great Again. Because what's good for America is great for Montana. [applause]
Today, I ask for your vote so that I can help President Trump continue his good work. [applause]
Thank you, President Trump. Thank you, Montana. May God bless each and every one of you and the great United States of America. [applause]
Crowd: U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
The President: Thank you very much. That was great. This is a really good man. This is a man that loves the people of Montana, loves the people of this country. It's time to retire liberal Democrat Jon Tester. [applause]
And you're going to get on your side a real Montana fighter. You see it. You've been watching for the last six months. He is a tough cookie. He's a fighter. He's going to fight for you, Matt Rosendale. [applause]
So Jon Tester says one thing when he's in Montana. But I will tell you, I'm testament to it, he does the exact opposite when he goes to Washington. [booing]
A vote for Jon Tester is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi … [booing]
And the new leader of the Democrat Party Maxine Waters. [booing]
Where have they gone? Jon Tester voted no on repealing Obamacare. [booing]
And even though we got a little surprise vote that evening, you all remember that evening somebody came in with a thumbs down after campaigning for years that he was going to repeal and replace. But that's okay because we, for the most part, have already done it. And we have great health care coming out and it just came out two weeks ago. And we got rid of the individual mandate and lots of other things. [applause]
Sometimes we have to do it the hard way, but that's okay, too. Jon Tester voted no on tax cuts for Montana families. [booing]
He voted no on cutting the estate tax or the death tax for your farms, your farmers, and your small businesses. [booing]
Think of that one. Think of that one. But you got it anyway because we got it passed. [applause]
So, on your farms, for the most part, you will have no estate tax or death tax to pay. You can leave your farm, you can leave your small business to your children or whoever you want to leave them, don't always leave them to the children. [applause]
If the children aren't good children don't, leave them to somebody else. But you have no tax to pay, pretty good, right? [applause]
Nobody thought that was going to happen. Tester voted against it. Jon Tester voted no on legislation to stop late term abortions. [applause]
You wouldn't think it'd play very well out here. How did he get elected? I mean, I know -- I know a lot of people from Montana. You've got to explain that one to me. How did he get elected? All right. You can right your wrong in November, okay? You can right your wrong. Matt Rosendale.
Jon Tester voted no on Kate's Law. You know what Kate's Law is. That's legislation named for Kate Steinle who was gunned down by a five-time deported illegal immigrant. You deserve a senator who doesn't just talk like he's from Montana. You deserve a senator who actually votes like he's from Montana. [applause]
Tester even voted no on enhanced vetting for refugees from terror-stricken countries. You believe this one? What's going on with that? The Democrats want open borders, which means lots of crime. We want tough, strong, powerful borders, and we want no crime and we're going to protect ICE. We protect ICE. [applause]
They protect us and we protect them. They protect us and we protect them. You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty? You see the guys that went up there? I wouldn't have done it. I would have said let's get some nets and let's wait until she comes down. Just get some nets. Really? Yes. You see those guys -- the bravery of doing that? What a group. We protect ICE, and our border patrol, and our law enforcement … [applause]
And our fire department. And our fire department. But we protect our people. Jon Tester opposed our travel ban to keep America safe, which, by the way, I'm proud to report that last week the Supreme Court of the United States just upheld the Trump travel ban. [applause]
And they gave us the authority to protect our nation, keep our nation safe -- to keep it safe. As you know, there's now a vacancy on the Supreme Court. And if you turn in Monday at nine o'clock, I think you're going to be extremely with the selection, right? [applause]
And they're all great. They're all great. And I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his lifetime of truly distinguished service. And he had confidence in me. He left because he said you're going to pick somebody great, and, so nice. So nice. Great man, great --a great gentleman.
Jon Tester voted against Neil Gorsuch, the incredible justice who supports fully our Constitution. That's a hard one to vote against, isn't it? Tester opposed many of our amazing judges. And yet, I see Jon Tester saying such nice things about me. I say, yah, but he never votes for me. He never votes. And it's all -- I'd rather have him say bad about me but vote, right?
Yeah, Jon Tester voted for liberal Obama judges who tried to take away your Second Amendment, tried to take it away … [booing]
Because Tester doesn't share your values. Jon Tester showed his true colors with his shameful, dishonest attacks on a great man, a friend of mine. A man that I said, why don't you run the V.A.? You'd be great. Navy Admiral Ronny Jackson. [applause]
And a report just came out, and I should have brought it because I would have read it, but it's long but beautiful for Ronny Jackson. Secret Service are all over the place. And they wrote a report that what he said was so false and so untrue. Never happened. And they could have ruined -- they could have ruined -- could have ruined a lesser man.
But Dr. Jackson -- I don't know do I -- should I call him "admiral" or "doctor" -- I'll call him both. Doctor slash Admiral. He's a doctor, he's an Admiral, his son is a top -- really a top, like a top, top student at Annapolis graduating this year. An incredible wife, incredible family. [applause]
You know, I feel guilty. I feel guilty. Admiral Jackson was getting ready to leave service, and he served many years admirably. Not a blemish. Perfect. Beautiful person. A lot of you know exactly. He actually said I was healthy. You know, he's the one. When the fake news said, “Oh, why isn't Trump giving the physical? Why?” Dr. Jackson and his staff, they went out, they gave me a physical. That was a physical. And when they said I'm very healthy, the news was devastated. They were devastated. They didn't want to hear that. They didn't want to hear that.
But he's a great family man and -- and I said to him, “I feel guilty.” I said, “Hey, doc, why don't you run the V.A.? You're a leader, you're an Admiral, people admire you.” He's an admired guy or I wouldn't have done it.
“Well, sir, I wasn't really thinking of that.”
I say, “Doc, you'll be great. Go ahead and do it.”
“Sir, whatever your order, I will do.”
You know he's like, even if he didn't want to do it, he said that to me. [applause]
In fact, your great First Lady said to me that same day, “Well, did he want to do it?”
I said, “I really don't know, he said he'd do it.” But then, when I thought about it, I don't know.
But he said, “If you ask, I will do it.” But he didn't really want to do it. So, I sort of feel guilty about this whole thing because what happened is he said, “Sir, if you would like me to do it I'll do it.” Wasn't what he had in mind. I put him into the world of politics. How vicious is the world? But Jon Tester said things about him that were horrible and that weren't true. [boing]
And that's probably why I'm here because I won Montana by so many points I don't have to come here. [applause]
I don’t have to come here. You know, a lot of people from states where we have these crazy big leads, we had 42 and 44 -- we won by 44 points over a Democrat. Over a Democrat. We won -- won by 44 points over a Democrat. Now, it was Crooked Hillary, but still she's a Democrat. And -- yeah. No, she gets special treatment. Sorry. Sorry. She gets special treatment under the Justice Department.
Crowd: Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!
The President: Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. She gets special treatment under the Justice Department. [booing]
Anybody else in America -- how about that FBI agent? How about that guy? You think he liked me? You think he liked me? You think there was just a little bias there -- a little bias? Oh, did we catch them in the act. It's a rigged deal folks. It's a rigged deal. I used to say it. It's a rigged deal. It's a disgrace.
And we go away on Monday. We appoint and go away, and I'll see lots of people. I'll see NATO and I'm going to tell NATO, “You got to start paying your bills. The United States is not going to take care of everything.” [applause]
We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine. Of course they kill us on trade. They kill us on other things. They make it impossible to do business in Europe, yet they come in and they sell their Mercedes and their BMWs to us. So we have $151 billion in trade deficits with the E.U. And, on top of that, they kill us with NATO. They kill us. So we pay four percent of a huge GDP, which got a lot bigger since I became your president. [applause]
And Germany -- Germany which is the biggest country of the E.U., European Union, Germany pays one percent. One percent. [booing]
And I said, “You know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you.” And then they go out and make a gas deal, oil and gas, from Russia, where they pay billions and billions of dollars to Russia. Okay? So they want to protect against Russia, and yet they pay billions of dollars to Russia, and we are the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing. [booing]
So then -- and by the way, I have to say this. Since I came, which is a year and a half, almost $33 billion more is projected to be paid by those NATO nations, but it's not enough. Do they ever tell you that? No, no. But I will tell you, the Secretary General Stoltenberg is Trump's biggest fan. He said, “Those NATO nations are going like this, less money, less money. Why not? And when you started talking, it went like a rocket ship. Went just like a rocket ship.” [applause]
So, so anytime I suggest anything -- so we've gotten $33 billion – oh, it's going to be a lot more money than that. But then they say, “Oh, let's see, he's angry at NATO. I guess, yeah, he loves Russia. I love Russia.” I will say this, I am meeting with President Putin next week and getting along -- let me tell you, getting along with Russia and getting along with China and getting along with other countries is a good thing. It's not a bad thing. It's a good thing. [applause]
I would say for stupid people or for political people, because they're not stupid, all they are good at obstruction, good at resisting. You know, their whole thing there thing is “resist,” right? But, every time it comes up -- I will say this, I'm going to have to ask them this question: how bad has it been since Trump has been in? Take a look at what's happened. Take a look at -- we've just increased our military spending. We are at $700 billion. [applause]
We've become a nation that is exporting energy for the first time. We're exporting energy. [applause]
So many things. And you look at the money that NATO is getting now. They're probably saying in Russia, “You know, if we did like this guy, we've made a big mistake. We'd rather have crooked Hillary Clinton.” I think they would much rather have Hillary.
But, but getting along with other countries -- and you're talking nuclear powers, in all fairness. Getting along is really a nice thing. It's a smart thing. We're going to beat everybody, we have the greatest military. We have now -- look, we have now -- and hopefully, we'll never have to use it. You know, the only way you're never going to have to use it? If it's so powerful, so good, so strong that nobody wants to play games, and that's what we are doing. [applause]
That’s what we’re doing. We'll never have to use it.
And then, of course, we have North Korea, where you noticed eight months – so, during the Obama administration, it seemed like a missile a week. I mean, a lot of missiles going up, a lot of rockets going up, a lot of nuclear testing. They thought there was an earthquake the size of something they had never tested before. They said, “Where is it?”
“Oh, it's in Korea someplace.”
They said, “Why don't you check nuclear weapons?” It was a nuclear weapon, alright?
So, since the rhetoric stopped -- you know, we had very tough rhetoric. Wouldn't you say it was a little tough, right? So, remember, they said, “He's too tough. He's going to cause a war. It's too tough.” Now they say, “He's too nice. He’s too nice. He’s too nice.” I got along very well with Chairman Kim. I got along very well -- that's a good that I got along well. Now what hasn't happened in eight months? In eight months -- first of all, we got our prisoners back before I even went, right? [applause]
And I didn't pay $1.8 billion by the way, in cash. We didn't pay $1.8 billion, right? We paid slightly less than $1.8. billion. We paid nothing. And yet -- and yet it was a very smart deal for North Korea. Good will is very important. But we signed a wonderful paper saying they're going to denuclearize their whole thing. It's going to all happen. But now, you know, you're back -- I was back I think six days, "Why hasn't is started? Why?" I mean, these guys, like -- Obama was very close to going to war. You have 30 million people in Seoul. It's 30 miles off the border. And that's a tough border. Thousands of -- of cannons, they call them. These are big, big guns. I'm not even talking about nuclear. You could have lost 30, 40, 50 million people. You could have had a war like you haven't had in a long time. And guess what you have now? Eight months, no nuclear testing, no missiles, no anything. Mike Pompeo is over there right now. [applause]
And they -- they -- they say, "He" -- meaning me, these guys, the crooked press, they are so dishonest. [booing]
They are so dishonest. Fake news. They're the fake news media.
So what do they say all the time? Because I didn't give anything up. What do they say all the time? They say, "He went there." I went there. I went to Singapore. We had a meeting. "By agreeing to meet" -- you know, they can't come up with anything else, like -- I didn't give, like Clinton and like Obama would have -- you know, Obama couldn't meet. Now they say, "Well Obama" -- Obama couldn't meet. They wouldn't see him. So I didn't have -- like Clinton, where they gave him billions and billions of dollars and got nothing. Okay? So, they couldn't find anything, so what did they do? They say, "He met." I met. That's what we lost, folks. “He met.”
Now by the way, Obama would have loved to have met. They wouldn't see him. They wouldn't see him. One of the first question I asked when I was over there, they wouldn't see him. So I met. That's how we got beaten. That -- now they're saying it with Putin. "Well, Putin is highly prepared, and Trump, will he be prepared for the meeting?" Trust me, we'll do just fine. We'll do just fine. [applause]
Fake news. Bad people. “Will he be prepared? Will he be prepared?” And I might even end up having a good relationship, but they're going, "Will President Trump be prepared? You know, President Putin is KGB and this and that." You know what? Putin's fine. He's fine. We're all fine. We're people. Will I be prepared? Totally prepared. I've been preparing for this stuff my whole life. They don't say that. They don't say that. [applause]
And you really do, you really -- and I tell you what. Because I see it. I see the way they write. They're so damn dishonest. And I don't mean all of them, because some of the finest people I know are journalists. Really. Hard to believe when I say that. I hate to say it, but I have to say. But 75 percent of those people are downright dishonest. Downright dishonest. [booing and applause]
They're fake. They're fake. They quote sources. "A source within the Trump organization said" -- a source. They don't have a source. They never use names anymore. You know, in the old days, you have to use names. "Jim Smith said that Donald Trump is a bad guy." They don't do that anymore. They say, "A source within the administration." They make the sources up. They don't exist in many cases. Any time you say -- you know, I saw one of them said, "Fifteen anonymous sources" -- I don't have fifteen people in the White -- I mean, forget it. “Fifteen anonymous sources have said all sorts of stuff.” These are really bad people.
But, here's the bottom line: we're here. How the hell did we get here? Really? How did here? [applause]
How did we get here? So, if you look at Jon Tester, he signed up for the Democrats' radical immigration agenda, which is "let them come in, and we believe,” they say, “in sanctuary cities where they house the criminals and others.” We believe in strong borders and no crime, it's very simple. Strong borders. We believe in coming into this country legally. We believe in coming in legally. [applause]
We believe in the merit system. So when you have a business and somebody comes in and honestly -- hate to tell you this, got to go with it -- we are doing so well. So many businesses are moving back to this country. So many car companies are coming back into Michigan and to Ohio and to Pennsylvania and to North and South Carolina. We need people. We don't have the workers anymore. And by the way, that's something that's unique. You haven't heard that for a long time. Wages are going up. Right? But we need people. But who do we need? We need people that come in under the merit system. Under the merit system. [applause]
A vote for the Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities … [booing]
To let drugs pour into our cities, and to take jobs and benefits away from our hardworking Americans, and we're not letting it happen. Democrats want anarchy, they really do, and they don't know who they're playing with, folks.
I said it the other day, yes, she is a low IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High -- I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.
He will be impeached. I will impeach him. Even the Democrats are saying, "How are you saying that?" They don't want to use that word, because it gets the Republicans out to vote. They say, "Stay away from that word. Especially since he's done nothing wrong." That helps also, right?
There's no collusion. No collusion. After spending $22 million, it's awfully tough. And the House just left and they said, "There's no collusion." Can you imagine this? It's all a ruse. This was an excuse for the Democrats who lost an election, who actually got their ass kicked, 306 … [applause]
306 to 223, that's a pretty good [inaudible]. 306 -- hey, we won states. Take Wisconsin, I just left Wisconsin. So we won -- in fact, we're building -- they're building -- friends of mine, Foxconn, they make the Apple laptops and iPhones are incredible. They're -- we're going to spend -- they are going to spend, like, $11 billion, and this is going to be about a $15 billion plant. There will be nothing like it in this country, and frankly, outside of China, there will be nothing like it, but by the time it's finished, it'll top anything in China also. It's incredible. [applause]
It's incredible. But, but $15 billion, 15,000 jobs Wisconsin. But think of Wisconsin. Reagan had his big win. He won every state except for one, the great state of Wisconsin. I won Wisconsin. First time -- first time since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. [applause]
And we won Michigan. And we won Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina and Florida, we ran up that East Coast. You had a run up that East Coast. Winning the Electoral College is very tough for a Republican, much tougher than the so-called "popular vote," where people vote four times, you know. Much tougher. Much, much tougher.
We had a great -- we had a great victory. But think of it. Not since Dwight Eisenhower, 1952. What an -- was that one of the great evenings? Was that one of the …
And I always say, because the ratings that they're getting are beyond belief. You know, the New York Times was ready to fold. It was going to close. And then I came along, unfortunately, and they -- they sell. But don't worry. Because ultimately, when I leave in seven years from now … [applause]
Of course -- they'll fold. They will fold.
No, no, when you see the Times, how dishonest they are, when you see the Washington Post, how totally dishonest -- when we leave -- and I actually say this: they are all doing numbers that they've, like, never done. When I announce, they are going to endorse me. Because if I lose -- should I lose, or if I don't run, they're out of business. Who's going to cover? They're going to cover Bernie? Hey, they're going to cover like Sleepy Joe Biden? They're going to cover Pocahontas, who was … think of it. Think of it, she of the great tribal heritage. What tribe is it? “Uh, let me think about that one.” Meantime, she's based her life on being a minority.
Pocahontas -- they always want me to apologize for saying it, and I hereby -- oh no, I want to apologize. I'll use tonight. Pocahontas, I apologize to you. I apologize -- to you I apologize. To the fake Pocahontas, I won't apologize. No, it's causing her problems. You know that name’s causing her -- because now even the liberals are saying, “Take a test. Take a test.”
You know, the -- I tell you, I shouldn't tell you because I like not to give away secrets but this one. Let's say I'm debating Pocahontas, right? I promise you I'll do this. I will take -- you know those little kits they sell on television for $2? Learn your heritage. The guy says, “I was born in Scotland,” turns out he was born in Puerto Rico. And that's okay. It's good, you know. Guy says, “I was born in Germany,” well, he wasn't born in Germany. He was born someplace else.
I'm going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate when she proclaims that she's of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones. That's her only evidence, that her mother said she had high cheekbones. We will take that little kit and say, but we have to do it gently. Because we're in the #MeToo generation, so I have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn't hit her and injure her arm even though it only weighs, probably, two ounces. And we will say, “I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian.” You know. And let's see what she does. I have a feeling she will say no, but we will that for the debates. Do me a favor, keep it within this room. Because I don't want to give away any secrets. And the press is very honorable, they won't. Please don't tell her what I just said.
Democrats are launching outrageous attacks against our incredible law enforcement and our ICE and border patrol. The new platform of the Democrat party, and by the way, I call it the Democrat party. It sounds better rhetorically, you know. I wrote bestsellers, I guess I speak well. You know, we turned away thousands of people. They never say I'm a great speaker. Why the hell do so many people come? Why -- I don't think … [applause]
It's true, why do they come? Why? Why, oh why, do they come? Got to be something. I guess they like my policy -- maybe they like policy. No, it's true. Have you ever noticed? You never hear that. You never hear that. You never hear it. I mean, there's got to be a reason. I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records, and we beat -- and I, by the way, I don't have a musical instrument. I don't have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ and lots of other people helping. You know we've broken a lot of records. We've broken virtually every record because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room for basketball, for hockey, for all the sports. They need a lot of room. We don't need it. We have people in that space, so we break all these records. But really we do it without, like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical, the mouth, and hopefully the brain attached to the mouth, right? The brain, more important than the mouth is the brain. The brain is much more important.
But they -- do you ever notice -- do you ever hear something, they say -- you know we had a case last week, we were in a great place, in Wisconsin. And we had a tremendous crowd and we have like the choice of a 22,000 seat arena and in retrospect, we would have packed it and they would have sent away thousands of people. But the people said to me, very innocent people, they were great. But I hadn't met them. I said, “Why didn't you” – they, they filled up a 7,000 seat arena, walked away thousands of people, like over 20, and we would have filled -- and I said, “Why didn't you use the bigger arena?”
He said, “Sir, we knew that if you had five vacant seats, empty seats” -- see vacant just because I was in the [Inaudible], I use that term. “If you had five empty seats, they would say, ‘Donald Trump was unable to fill the arena.’”
And I said, “You know what, you're right.”
How about the one from the Washington Post? They got there four hours early and the arena hadn't started even letting people in. So there was just a few people, you all saw that story, I hope. You all saw that story, right? They got there four hours, five hours -- this writer, sleazebag, he didn't get fired. He said, “Donald Trump had an empty arena.” Except, when I showed up, the place was packed and they had to walk away thousands of people. Right? [applause]
And I didn't see this story, but you know who saw the story? The people that were in the arena and they went nuts. And they apologized but you know where they apologized? On Twitter. They didn't write -- they apologized. But they had the story, “Donald Trump, not very good crowd tonight.” And they show a totally empty arena that four hours later -- and by the way, hate to say it, take a look at the pictures for the inauguration. We had some monster crowd. Big, monster [applause]
Big monster. But take a look at that. So they show an arena before the people started coming in. There were a few people, four or five hours ahead, and they apologized -- it's a disgrace. But let me just tell you, the Democrats -- we call them the Democrat party. You know why? The Democratic party sounds too good. Sounds better, doesn't it? I always hate saying, “The Democrat party.” A lot of people say, “You meant to say …” Well actually, their name is the Democrat party. The Democratic party sounds too good so I don't want to use it. Okay? The new platform of the Democrat party is to abolish ICE. In other words, they want to abolish immigration enforcement entirely. That's what they want to do. [booing]
They want -- they want everybody coming in. And you know the beauty with ICE -- they're so tough. When you have these MS-13 thugs come in, ICE goes in and wipes them out like nothing because they're much tougher. [applause]
They wipe them out. And they liberate towns on Long Island and other places. You know its like, like you're occupied. It's like a nation is occupying your country. So we're taking them out by the thousands. And if it weren't for ICE, we wouldn't be doing it. [applause]
These are savage gangs, MS-13 and others. We will not stand for these vile Democrat smears against our law enforcement and that includes our great police, that includes our great border patrol, that includes our military where they're always fighting against funding for the military. [applause]
We will always stand by, proudly, the heroes -- and they're our heroes on ICE and border patrol and law enforcement and on military. Every day I'm president, we will track down the gang members, drug deals, child predators and criminal aliens that we find. We will get them. We will throw the hell out of our country or put them in jail. [applause]
So this year, in November, if you want to save ICE and frankly, if you want to save your law enforcement, if you want to save your military, getting military funding -- we've got $700 billion, the biggest ever, then next year $716. We saved our military. Getting military funding from these Democrats is almost impossible. They don't want it, they don't care about military, they don't care about our law enforcement. They couldn't give a damn. You better vote Republican. We need more Republicans. [applause]
If you want to protect your family and your community, then you have no choice. You have to vote for Matt, you have to vote for Republicans. If you want to have a country, if you want borders -- how about borders? Would it be nice to have borders? [applause]
Crowd: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall!
Trump: And, yes, we are already building the wall. It started in California, in San Diego. $1.6 billion, we're asking for $5 billion. And I'll tell you what, it's -- it's brutal with these people. They don't want it. They -- they know it's the right thing to do, but they think it will help me. It's not even the Republicans -- they think it'll help Trump. If we do it, it's good for Trump. Let's not do it. They're great Americans.
Every day, we are keeping our promises. We've created 3.4 million jobs since Election Day, which nobody can even believe. [applause]
Nobody can believe. Nobody believes it. I always say if I would have said that on the campaign trail when I was here or anyplace else, it would have been brutal. They would have said, “How can you possibly say a thing like that?” 3.4 million new jobs, unemployment claims are at a 45-year low. [applause]
African-American and Hispanic-American unemployment have reached the lowest levels in the history of our country. [applause]
Remember, “What do you have to lose?” Remember, “What do you have to lose?” People didn't like it when I said that. What do you have to lose? Guess, what, we're right. In fact, a new poll came out last week, we were up – in, like, a week -- ten points with the Hispanic community. Ten points. [applause]
Because they want to be safe. Unemployment among women is at the lowest level it's been in 65 years, and within a couple of weeks, history. Our economic policy can be summed up in three very simple but beautiful but beautiful words: jobs, jobs, jobs. [applause]
Since the election, we have lifted 3 million people off of food stamps. [applause]
And, by the way, on a humanitarian basis, that's a great thing. Do you how much money we save by doing that as a country? Three million people and it's going up fast.
Wages, for the first time in 18 years are rising again. People can go out, they can actually choose a job and they have wages that are rising.
And six months ago, Republicans passed the biggest tax cuts in American history, the biggest in American history. Everyone in this room is benefiting. [applause]
Everybody is benefiting. We slashed taxes for working families and saved our family farms. We saved family farms. [applause]
As a result of our tax cuts, $300 billion poured back into the United States just in the first quarter of this year alone.
And we're going to have a lot more than that. $300 billion came back, money that would have never been able to come back into our country. It's coming back, it's pouring back. I think the number's going to be $5 trillion, but $350 billion has already come back. Apple computer is spending $350 billion on new campuses, on new facilities. They're bringing back $350 billion. They're putting up their own money. They’re going to actually have -- probably, subject to the tax code, about $230 billion come back. 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future. That's the highest number ever. Think of it, 95 percent of anything, you don't hear that. [applause]
We also repealed, despite the thumb down at two o'clock in the morning, we also repealed the most horrible aspect of the failed Obamacare health care, it's called the individual mandate. So, it's gone. It's gone. Gone. [applause]
It's gone. And, you know, that was where you had to pay a lot of money for the privilege of not having to pay for bad health care. Okay? One of the truly rip-offs, that was a big rip-off, but we got rid of it. So all you people, how many people were you paying for not to have it? Lot of people, right? Yeah, lot of people. Lot people, they paid not to have health care. That doesn't work. We are allowing businesses to join forces to buy better health care for less money through association health plans. They just came out two weeks ago and they cross state lines. We're allowed to cross state lines. You're going to get very low prices for very good healthcare. [applause]
Millions of people are already signing up. And after decades of waiting, we opened ANWR in Alaska for energy development. [applause]
They've been trying to get that approved for 40 years.
We've eliminated record numbers of job killing regulations. We've stopped cold the assault on our farmers, our ranchers, our hunters, energy producers, and our great and loving miners. We love our miners. [applause]
And we put our miners back to work, clean coal. We are proudly and strongly protecting our public lands for future generations. You see that. You see it all over. You see what we're doing. You see legislation. You see what's happening.
We approved the Keystone and the Dakota Access pipelines right away, 48,000 jobs [applause]
48,000 jobs. We withdrew from the job killing Paris Climate accord. [applause]
One of the most unfair deals. I said, “Boy, I'm going to get killed when I approve this one. When I sign off this.” You know it sounds so pretty, right? The Paris Climate, who wouldn't do that? Except it's horrible for us -- great for other countries, but horrible for us.
We took historic action to safeguard your constitutional freedoms, protecting religious liberty, defending the Second Amendment, and confirming a record number of circuit court judges. [applause]
And we are bringing back our wealth from foreign countries -- you know this, right? We are bringing back our wealth from foreign countries that have been ripping us off for years. [applause]
For too long we watched and we waited and we saw as other countries stole our jobs, cheated our workers, and gutted our industry. You look at all the places -- here? Yeah, even here. But you look at some places, you look at some -- you go up to New England and you still see the, the remnants where they moved down to Mexico under NAFTA, one of the worst deals that we're negotiating. And I have a feeling, they'll come along. We'll see. And if they don't, we'll actually do better. We'll actually do better. [applause]
The United States of America was the piggybank that everybody was robbing. And let me tell you, our allies in many cases were worse than our enemies. We opened our country to their goods, but they put up massive barriers to keep our products and our goods the hell out of their country because they didn't want that competition. [booing]
And that's not free trade, that's stupid trade. We're not going to do that. We don't do that anymore. We have to have fair and reciprocal -- that being the more important word. We need reciprocal. [applause]
They charge a 50 percent tax. We charge a 50 percent tax. Then we say, look, let's bring it to nothing, or I don't care one way or the other. Do whatever you want. And then, I'll have people complaining. They'll say -- it's incredible. So we have countries ripping us off for years. And then, when I say, “Well, look, we're going to put tariffs on there because they have been ripping us.” We have trade deficits. They have surpluses. That would be unbelievable. So, they have all of this, and I say, “We are going to do something about it.”
And I'll get calls from some politicians. “Oh, that's terrible.”
I say, “No, you don't understand. We're going to make great deals.”
“No, no let's just leave it the way it is. Please, just leave it the way it is. Leave it the way it is.”
I say, “No, no. We have all the cards. We're the bank that everybody's stealing from.” You saw with China, $50 billion and another $200 billion frankly is waiting. Nobody's ever seen this before, because China, and I have great respect for President Xi and for China. You have to respect them. You have to admire them.
Now, they'll say, “Donald Trump loves China -- loves China more than he loves the United States.” These people. But, so you have to be careful what you say. Because if I say that I do, I respect China, and I respect President Xi, but they've been killing us -- $507 billion dollars in trade deficits last year -- 507. Who the hell can lose 500 -- then you want to do something about it and you get attacked. “Oh, that's not nice. That's not free trade.” The war was lost on trade many years ago.
You know, when they were saying, “Not a free trader,” I said, “No, no. The war was lost but now we're going to win it and because we have all the cards.” [applause]
But, it's always helpful when you don't have the little ones sniping at your heels, because it's easier to negotiate when you have support. You don't have some senator that was forced out of office because he didn't like me saying bad things like, “Oh, we shouldn't be doing that against China. We shouldn't be doing that against so and so.” We are in such a great position. Other countries are calling us. Do you know that if we knocked down the trade deficit, right, the trade deficit by just a little bit, 25 percent, and we can do that easily. That's easy. If we do that, we pick up one point in GDP. Does anybody know that? That's three trillion dollars and that's 10 million jobs. That's just 25 percent. We pick up one point. And speaking of GDP, remember when I'd say it's going to go to three percent pretty quickly and all of this? Well now, The Atlanta Fed just predicted 4.8 percent. [applause]
Now, who knows. Who knows. Who knows. Who knows. I can only tell you that it's going to be a lot better than what you had with Obama. And if these people got elected, you would have gone down like you'd never seen anything go down. They wouldn't have taken the regulations off. They wouldn't have given you the tax cuts, the Democrats. You would have had an economy that was going to crash and burn. It was ready. And now we've got something that's a rocket ship.
And every time I meet a leader of another country, which is often, they always start by saying, “Sir, I'd like to congratulate you on the incredible job you've done with the United States economy.” [applause]
It’s true. Japan. South Korea. Every time they say, “I'd like to congratulate you.” And others are -- they are actually studying what we've done. They're studying what we've done. But we have the greatest people in the world and we're doing good. You know, that -- those hats, those beautiful, beautiful hats, "Make America Great Again." [applause]
Soon to be changed to, “Keep America Great Bing Bong,” right? "Keep America Great." Soon to be changed. I can't use "Make America Great Again" for the second run, right? Doesn’t sort of. They said, “Why the hell did you do it the first time?” Right? It's called "Keep America Great," because what we're doing is incredible. It's incredible. We've created -- think of this, since the election, we've created in wealth, 7 trillion dollars. 7 trillion. 7 trillion.
We're the fastest growing nation on an economy basis -- maybe it's for the big nations, but I heard "nation" -- we're the fastest growing, economically, nation in the world. Think of that. [applause]
I add the “big” nation because they're probably back -- I don't know, maybe it said “big” -- whatever it is, we're doing really well. But we're one of the fastest, and I think we're actually the fastest growing. And we are certainly growing our military and growing our power and our strength, and we're taking care of our vets more than anybody's ever taken care of our vets. [applause]
Thanks to Republican leadership, America is winning again. We're winning. Remember I tell you the story, and America's being respected again all over the world. Been a long time. We're respected.
Somebody said, “Could you tell the winning story?” backstage.
I said, “They've heard it.” But, Steve Daines -- great senator -- comes up to me, and I say, “Hi, Steve.”
“Sir, the people of Montana, they're really tired, sir, of all this winning. Too much. They can't take it anymore. They can't take it. We've got to slow it down, sir. They can't take it.”
I say, “Steve, go back to the people.” He's going, “more.” “Go back to the people and say, ‘I'm sorry, I cannot honor that request. We are going to win and win, and we're going to win more. We are going to win like we've never won before.’” [applause]
Like we've never one before. Because we are finally putting America first. We're putting America first. And by the way, you know all the rhetoric you see, the Thousand Points of Light. What the hell was that, by the way? Thousands Points of Light. What did that mean? Does anyone know? I know one thing: Make America Great Again, we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand Points of Light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? And it was put out by a Republican.
But we are, indeed, doing things for this country like nobody believed possible. We're rebuilding our economy, and at the same time, we are restoring our security. We have people flooding our borders like they haven't flooded ever before. They're doing an incredible job, but we've never had a rush like this. That's because people want a piece of our action. They want to come into our economy. They want to come in. Problem is, you have to come in legally. You have to come in through the legal [Inaudible]. Sorry. [applause]
All of that money that we've secured for our military, all of that I've directed the Pentagon to begin a process of creating a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces called the Space Force. [applause]
You have the Air Force, you will have the Space Force. You know, people are so excited by that. You know, it's not just sending rockets to the moon and rockets to Mars. This is also a military imperative. In fact, in Russia, they said, “We consider that very threatening,” and others did, too. But I'm sorry. I'm sorry. And you know, if it's a part of the Air Force, the Air Force is going to focus on the Air Force. We need a separate branch, and we're working on that. It's called the Space Force, which is very exciting. [applause]
And people love it. People love it. They get it, and they love it.
We passed a landmark V.A. accountability law that everybody said could not be passed. I won't blame the unions, and I won't blame civil service. But let's assume they had a little blame. Everyone said, it couldn't be passed, has not been able to be passed for 45 years, and we just got it passed, V.A. accountability. So now you can fire people when they don't do a job. [applause]
We can fire when they don't do it. You're fired. You get them the hell out. They're not taking care of our vets, we fire them. They are out of there, boom. They're out of there. [applause]
And the other thing that we just passed a few weeks ago, and you've heard me talk about this, I always said, you know, our greatest people, they're the greatest people, the vets. They've protected us. Some of them have suffered greatly. And, we weren't taking proper care of them. They were waiting in line for 12 days. How about -- anybody in this audience, go to their doctor, say, “I'm sorry, can't see you for 12 days.” Even if you have, like, a bad cold, you have something. People were going in with nothing much, and they were coming out six months later. They can't see a doctor. They were coming out with a terminal illness that could've been corrected easily.
And I said, “Why aren’t we just sending people who can wait for these long periods -- just send them across the street to a local doctor, get taken care of, and we pay the bill.”
And everybody said, “We've been trying to get that passed for 40 years.” I got it passed three weeks ago. [applause]
I am good at getting things passed. Remember, we had repeal and replace passed except for one person, and all of the Democrats I have to say. One person plus all of the Democrats. We got no Democrats -- including Tester. He wasn't there for us. “President Trump is a great man. He's a great man.” I, really, got to vote for us. Got to vote for us.
We also believe that American foreign aid dollars should promote America's interest and values. We don't need to send your hard-earned money to countries that vote against the United States consistently in the United Nations and other places. [applause]
We don't need to do it. Remember with Israel? Remember when had two votes on something having to do with Israel. I said, “We're watching. With all the aid we give all these countries, we're watching.” We ended up getting 68 votes. We didn't do anything. Because they're ripping us, they're taking our money, they don't even vote for us because they didn't respect our country, but now they respect them a lot more. And in many cases, they're not getting that money anymore, too. We stopped it. [applause]
Instead of apologizing for America, we are standing up for America, and we are standing up for our great American flag. [applause]
Hey, how about the NFL? Look, I don't want to cause controversy. You're right, U.S.A. is right. I don't want to cause controversy, but how about they passed this stupid thing. You don't have to do this anymore. If you don't respect the flag or if you don't like the country or whatever it is, just go into the locker room. Just go into the locker room. I think in many respects, that's worse. Isn't that worse than not standing? You know? I think that's worse. So they say, “Go into the locker room.” So, okay, the anthem's getting ready to play, they run into the locker room, then they come back out. You know what? That doesn't play. That doesn't play. It doesn't play.
I actually think, in many ways, it's worse. I heard this thing, I think; they were so happy the owners. This commissioner, where this guy comes from I have no -- they're paying him $40 million a year and their ratings are down 20 percent. But you know why their ratings are down? Yes, the flag. But they're also down because people find politics. In other words, hitting Trump, incorrectly, but hitting Trump. They find that to be much tougher, meaner and more interesting than watching a football game. They actually do. And they're watching the cable networks instead of watching football. They're down 20 percent since this whole thing started with the flag and the Anthem.
Washington tried to change us, but instead we are actually changing Washington. We've had a big impact. [applause]
And now we need Matt Rosendale in the Senate to continue our fight to drain the swamp. We're going to get it done.
We need to work every day from now until the election, for your family, for your community, your country, for your constitution. And this November I need you to get your friends, get your colleagues, get your neighbors and get your ass out to vote. Is that okay? [applause]
Get your ass out to vote. Vote for Matt. They're going to say, “Oh, that was not presidential.” Watch. “That was not presidential.” Did I ever tell you how easy for me it would be for me to be presidential, you know. Like we're all -- me, you, we're really smart people. I have, by the way, the most loyal people in the world, they're the smartest, they're the toughest people. [applause]
They're the greatest people in the world. But they'll something, like, that's not presidential. And what I say, acting presidential is so easy for me, would be -- it's much easier than what I do. Much easier. And sometimes I have to do it. You walk up to the microphone, right. Good evening ladies and gentleman of the great state of Montana. You have to put a little emphasis right? This is wonderful to be with you tonight. Thank you for being here. Goodbye. No, the people of Montana, they know. They know.
Loyal citizens like you helped build this country, and together we are taking back our country. Returning the power where it belongs, to the people. [applause]
Crowd: U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
The President: Our proud American ancestors crossed oceans, scaled mountains, defeated empires and built the modern world with their own two hands. They were brilliant. This state, the state of Montana, was forged by incredible pioneer men and women who braved the call and tamed the wilderness to build a beautiful life, right out here in the open. And I did look at those skies, you know, I heard so much about ... [applause]
Your skies. I heard so much about your skies. I flown in, I looked at those skies. Not seeing pollution is a wonderful thing, right? [applause]
Those are beautiful skies. These Montana pioneers were tough, and they were strong, and they were brilliant. They didn't have a lot of money, they didn't have a lot of luxury, but they had faith, they heart, they had grit and they had each other. They had each other. And, above all else, they loved their families, they loved their country, and they loved their God. [applause]
We stand on the shoulders of American patriots who knew how to fight, and they knew how to win. You talk about winning, they knew how to win. [applause]
And with your help, your voice, and your vote we are going to keep on fighting and we are going to keep on winning. And the truth is, you will never ever get tired of winning, never. [applause]
We won't back down. We won't give in and we will never, ever surrender. We will never, ever quit. We go forward to victory. [applause]
Because we are Americans, and our hearts bleed red, white, and blue. [applause]
We are one people, we are one family, and we are one glorious nation under God. [applause]
And together, we will make America wealthy again. [applause]
Soon, we will make America strong again. [applause]
We will make America safe again [applause]
And we will Make America Great Again. Thank you, Montana. Thank you.
President Trump spoke at a rally at Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls, MT. Also speaking was Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale, candidate for U.S. Senate. Rosendale was subsequently defeated by incumbent Jon Tester (D).
This transcript was prepared for the American Presidency Project by Peter Bayerle.
Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a “Make America Great Again” Rally in Great Falls, Montana Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/332423