Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Lexington, Kentucky
[Music: Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the U.S.A."]
Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!
The President. Thank you very much and thank you to the original Lee Greenwood. Thank you. Thank you, Lee. Great guy. Well, I just wanna say a very big "hello, Kentucky." [cheers and applause] Great place. It's great to be here in the home of a group called the Wildcats. You ever hear of the Kentucky Wildcats? [cheers and applause] By the way, they play at a very big arena. This place. Look at this. Wow. Hello, up there. [cheers and applause] This is incredible. With thousands of proud, hardworking, freedom-loving American patriots, which is what you are. What you are. [cheers and applause]
Tomorrow, the people of Kentucky will head to the polls and you will vote to reelect your terrific Republican governor, Matt Bevin. He's done a fantastic job. [cheers and applause] He's done a fantastic job. And we're sending a signal by doing that to the rest of the country, to the rest of the world, that the Republican party, you know what we stand for. But you see what's happening with the Democrats, they have gone crazy. [booing] The do-nothing Democrats, and they're not getting it done. Under Republican leadership, the economy is booming, wages are rising, confidence is soaring. Kentucky is thriving like never ever before, and America is stronger than ever before. [cheers and applause] True. [cheers and applause]
Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!
The President. Kentucky's unemployment rate has reached the lowest point in the history of our country. That's not bad. [cheers and applause] And I wanna just tell you that you have incredible representatives, and the job that Matt Bevin has done as governor, he's had to do some things that you had to do. And he's done them unbelievably well. And it sets you up to be a rocket ship in the future. You had to do it. So I just want to thank him for having the courage to do what he had to do. [cheers and applause] You have the best numbers you've ever had in the history of the state. And with the help of your Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—[cheers and applause]—we have confirmed 157 judges to follow the Constitution as written. [cheers and applause] We're supporting our police, we're rebuilding our military, we're defeating radical Islamic terrorists like never before. [cheers and applause] The monstrous animal known as al-Baghdadi is dead. [cheers and applause] And the man that took his place is dead also. [cheers and applause]
Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!
The President. American Special Forces gave the world's number one terrorist a one-way ticket to hell. [cheers and applause] No enemy on Earth stands a chance against the awesome power of the United States military, which is now stronger than ever before. We've rebuilt it and it was all made in America. All made in America. [cheers and applause] And our country is winning again, and our country is highly respected again. [cheers and applause]
But while we are creating jobs and killing terrorists, the radical Democrats are going totally insane. [booing] They want to obliterate the rule of law, drive out faith from the public square, and you know this, silence you online, confiscate your guns. [booing] You better be careful. The Second Amendment very, very important, very precious. They are after your Second Amendment. With us, nobody's touching our Second Amendment. [cheers and applause] And that includes the gentleman that's running against Matt. They're after your Second Amendment. We can't let that happen. They want to indoctrinate your children, you know this, destroy anyone who holds traditional American values. All you have to do is ask the boys from Covington Catholic High School. [cheers and applause] Some of whom are here tonight.
The far left wants to impose their authoritarian ideology on the nation, telling you what to think, what to believe, and how you should live. [booing] They want to erase our traditions, our culture, our history, and our heroes. They wanna subjugate you and break you to their will, but Kentucky will never be broken. Kentucky can't be broken. You're too strong and you're too smart. [cheers and applause] In their crazed thirst for power, the Democrats are trying to tear our country apart. First, Democrats engineer the Russia hoax, the most egregious fraud ever foisted upon the American people, the Russian hoax. Then they did the Mueller scam. You remember that? The Mueller scam. Two years and they said nothing. And then Mr. Mueller testified. That was a wonderful day for me. [cheers and applause]
And you remember last week? I don't know Tulsi Gabbard, but Hillary Clinton said that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian agent. [laughter] I don't know Jill Stein. She's a Greenie and that's fine. She's a Greenie, Jill Stein. But Jill Stein was an agent of Russia also. These people are crazy. [cheers and applause] Now corrupt politicians, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, they are corrupt. And Nancy—[booing]—unlike Kentucky, which is doing great, Nancy ought to stop wasting time, go back to her district in San Francisco, help the homeless, get rid of the drugs, get rid of the needles that are lying all over the street, and all of the things that are washing into the ocean through their storm sewer system. What's happened to San Francisco and what's happened to so many other places run by the radical left Democrats, it's unbelievable.
Los Angeles. You take a look at Los Angeles, looks like a third-world city. But go back to Nancy's area, look at what's happened. There's been no place in the country that's gone down like the area that Nancy Pelosi represents. And she's wasting all of her time. And you know what, it's backfiring. You see it. But the media and the Democrats have launched an even more brazen assault on our nation, with a deranged hyper-partisan impeachment witch hunt. Impeachment. [booing] Think of it. So today, we just hit the highest number in the history of the stock market. Now, that's hundreds of days. [cheers and applause]
Crowd. [chanting] USA! USA! USA! USA!
The President. So last week, think of this, in the history of our country, it's never done better. And by the way, that's not rich, that's not poor, that's for everybody. Your 401(k)s, how you are doing? Pretty good, right? Pretty good. [cheers and applause] People tell me that their wives, their husbands, all of a sudden, they've been running the 401(k)s for years. And they totally lost respect for let's say, the husband, totally lost respect. Now they think he's a financial genius because he's up 74%. She says, "Darling, I love you. You are the most incredible, brilliant financial mind." And you know what, if the Democrats get in, that's not going down by 50%, that's going down to nothing. It's gonna be worthless. It's gonna be worthless.
You'll have a depression the likes of which you've never seen. Mark my words. But hopefully, we don't have to even think about it. [cheers and applause] And that was gonna happen here. When we took over, that was going down in the wrong direction. And don't forget, that was zero interest. We're paying interest. In other words, people are now getting interest in their money. But that was with zero interest, real easy with zero interest. Last week, the Democrats voted to try and nullify the balance of 10s of millions of Americans, to be exact 63 million people, disgracing themselves and bringing shame upon the House of Representatives. [shouting]
They've been plotting to overthrow the election since the first hour that we won. And actually, before we won, they were plotting to overthrow this election. Before we won. Nineteen minutes after I took the Oath of Office, that disgusting Washington Post, look at all these people back there, look. [booing] Fake news media. It's the fake news. Look at all of them. [booing] What they don't know is that when we hang it up in 5 years, or 9 years, or 13 years—[cheers and applause]—or maybe 17 years—[cheers and applause]—or maybe, if I still have the strength, 21 years. [cheers and applause] See, now they're going crazy. [cheers and applause] Now they're saying, "See, I told you he was a dictator. He wants to take charge in control of our country." These people are crazy.
You have one nut job on television. He's sitting down doing an interview recently. And he looks at the person he's interviewing and he goes like he's in total depression. Total depression. And he goes ... Good fans up there. Thank you. He goes, "You know he's going to win, don't you? You know, he's going to win." Like [Devon 00:15:51] said. The guy goes, "Well, we're gonna fight and we're gonna ..." "No, no. He's going to win. You know he's never leaving office, don't you? He's never going to leave office." These people are crazy. They're crazy. [cheers and applause]
But that disgusting newspaper that's right there, The Washington Post, declared the campaign to impeach President Trump has just begun. [booing] All right, you can get them out. [cheers and applause] Be gentle, be gentle. Be very gentle. You know every time I say, get them out of here, I end up getting sued. They say, "He hurt my arm." All right. So be very gentle, please. I don't want to get sued. Be very gentle. Very, very gentle. He's going home to mom. [cheers and applause] Thank you. [cheers and applause] By the way, do we love our law enforcement? [cheers and applause] And in the whole world, even on a Monday night, you know, I like the Monday nights because I think we're 58 and 0, that's a good record. Even for the Wildcats, that's a good. We're 58 and 0, but even on a Monday night, is there anything cooler than being at a Trump rally? [cheers and applause] Nothing can.
With last week's vote, the far left has declared war on American democracy itself. These people are lunatics. In the face of these attacks, Republicans are the most unified that I've ever seen, and I've been watching them and been a big part of them for a long time. [cheers and applause] And the Democrats have never witnessed anything like it, and they know they're not gonna win in 2020. So let's see what can we do to win, but that's not working too well. You'll see. The American people are fed up with Democrat lies, hoaxes, slander. The Democrats' outrageous conduct has created an angry majority that will vote the do-nothing Democrats the hell out of office soon. [cheers and applause]
Crowd. [chanting] Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Tomorrow, Kentucky has a chance to send the radical Democrats a message. You will vote to reject Democrats' extremism, socialism, and corruption, and you will vote to reelect Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin who's done a great job. [cheers and applause] Matt's a veteran. He's a patriot. He's done it all. He's been a very, very successful business leader. He put his whole life at stake to help this state and the job he's done is incredible. Under his leadership, Kentucky has created over 57,000 new jobs, but I helped also. [cheers and applause] We work together. [cheers and applause] Now, he is difficult, I have to say, you know, maybe because of the election, but it's okay.
Look, he's such a pain, when he needs something for Kentucky like money, like aid, like, he wants me to call one of the many manufacturers now that are coming into Kentucky, "Could you call the head of some company in Japan, please?" I say, "Matt, do I have to do it?" "Please, please." But isn't that really what you want in a governor? [cheers and applause] That's what you want. [cheers and applause] He's such a pain in the ass, but that's what you want. [cheers and applause] And the job he's done, one of the best in the country. Not the best. He's been incredible. Matt is strong on crime and tough on illegal immigration. Thank you. [cheers and applause] He's pro-worker, pro-life, and 100% pro-Second Amendment. [cheers and applause]
And by the way, you're gonna lose your Second Amendment if you vote in Democrats. You think I'm kidding? I see what they're saying. I watch what they're doing. They're calling me all the time. You will lose your Second Amendment as soon ... I'm telling you. As sure as you're standing here, is anybody sitting? Nobody ever sits. You can sit if you want. No, just stand. You know what they say in the fake news? Look, you've been standing. Nobody sat? I don't know. Is it that exciting? Nobody sat. You know what they say? No, you know what they say? [cheers and applause] They say, "Trump only got one standing ovation." Because they stood at the beginning and they never sat down, but they don't say the second part. [cheers and applause] It's great. Great spirit.
You know why? You love our country. And you see what's happening. We have turned this big monster ship. We have turned it around. And we need so badly. You know, it's like you plant a tree. It takes a lot. We have to get those roots to hold. We have the best unemployment numbers in the history of our country, so many things. So many things. The best employment numbers, we have the best of everything. And I think I'm gonna count but I think it's like 118. I told you, we have a record stock market today. I think about 100 ... I'm gonna have to check it. Because you know with the fake news, if I'm off by half a point. If it's 117 and not 118, even if I go under, they report it. They say, "He didn't tell the truth." It was really 119. But like a lot, over 100, where we had the highest stock market in our history. Think of that. That's incredible. [cheers and applause]
But Matt Bevin has made record investments in education spending for Kentucky students. Education is so important to him. Matt Bevin will defend your Kentucky values. he loves his state, from an all-out assault being waged on you from the extreme left. Not good. I can't even imagine, how can you vote for somebody from the extreme left? This guy, Beshear, is a major lefty. You know that, right? Why are we even ... Let's just have a good time. Are you sure we need an election tomorrow, Matt? I don't know. How does Kentucky vote for a person ... I'm telling you, he will always vote for Pelosi and Schumer and Shifty Schiff.
How about this guy? How about Schiff. He makes up a conversation. He gets up before the United States Congress. He repeats my conversation with the head of the Ukraine, the new president, a good guy, repeats it. I said, "I never said that." He made a horrible statement. It was a total lie. And then I actually wanted to release the actual conversation. And you haven't heard about the whistleblower after that, have you? Because the whistleblower said lots of things that were so good folks, you're gonna find out. But these are very dishonest people, Shifty Schiff. But Matt's running against these people, and we have to send them a sign because they're dangerous.
The radical left named Andy Beshear, who rejects everything Kentucky stands for. That's who they want to win. [booing] Beshear has openly pledged to stop the policies of Donald Trump. What are the policies? Take care of our vets, take care of our military. We want jobs. We want companies to stop leaving us. They're not leaving anymore. You see, companies aren't leaving anymore. Have you noticed? Remember years ago before I ever thought of doing this? I mean, when I said "Let's do this," I said to our great now first lady. I said, "Melania, let's give it a shot." And then, one by one, we were doing good.
And what we've done, if you remember before we ran, companies were leaving Kentucky, they were leaving, they were going into Mexico. They were going to China, Japan. They were going all over. Any place but Kentucky. You don't read about that at all. Now they're all coming back. They're all coming back. [cheers and applause] But Beshear wants to shut down your coal, shut down your energy, raise your taxes, and take a giant wrecking ball to the greatest economy in the history of the state of Kentucky. The greatest economy you've ever had, he's gonna destroy it. And it won't be long. It'll go very quickly. You know, you're all sitting there. Everybody has good jobs. You don't like it, you go find another job. It's like the choice I got for military.
I got you choice too. If you don't like your job, you find another one. You tell the boss, "Hey, I'm getting out of here, I don't like this guy." You go get a better job for more money. Beshear doesn't represent you. He represents the Washington swamp and he's backed by the same people trying to overthrow the last election. [shouting] Beshear supported Crooked Hillary Clinton, and he's funded by the pro-abortion lobby and open borders fanatics. Open borders, let everyone pour right in. Let them all pour right in. Beshear wants to bring sanctuary cities to Kentucky, think of that one. [cheers and applause] Releasing violent criminals and aliens to terrorize innocent Kentucky families. He wants sanctuary cities. He hasn't learned what's happened.
You know, we had a great election a couple of weeks ago in North Carolina. We won two House seats. We were supposed to lose, probably both of them. We won them by a lot. [cheers and applause] We won them by a lot. And I think we won them because of the Second Amendment, because it's under assault from Democrats. But I think we won also because of sanctuary cities. Because some bad news came out of sanctuary cities, really bad. And I think that was the reason we won both House seats by a lot. Beshear is too liberal, too extreme, and too dangerous for the state of Kentucky. Tomorrow, everybody needs to vote Republican. We gotta go Republican all the way. [cheers and applause]
And I wanna bring up a man, and I'm serious about this. This guy works so hard. He's a great natural talent in business, which you needed. And he straightened it out. And I'll tell you what, he will be one of the truly greats in the history, and maybe the greatest, in the history of this state. Matt Bevin, come on up Matt. [cheers and applause]
Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. How do you like having President Trump in Rupp Arena? [cheers and applause] This is better, this is better than the Final Four. I'll tell you what, in terms of energy, this is extraordinary. Thank you, Kentucky. It is critical that we go top to bottom, run the slate, vote straight Republican, but do your civic duty. Let's get out and vote. Let's send a message to Washington, to the other states, to the United States of America, that Kentucky is leading the way and that we support the President of the United States Donald J. Trump. [cheers and applause]
The President. So we're also joined tonight by a very powerful man in Washington, your great Senator Mitch McConnell. [cheers and applause] Nobody works harder for Kentucky than Mitch. I will tell you, nobody works harder, and frankly, maybe more importantly, nobody works smarter. It's up here. I know a lot of people that work hard. He works smart. When the Democrat arsonists in Washington tried to destroy an innocent man named Brett Kavanaugh, now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Mitch refused to cave to the left-wing mob. And that's what it was, it was a mob. There has never been a man treated so badly in Washington as Judge Kavanaugh, previously Judge, now Justice. We got him in, and he's been great, and he will be great. [cheers and applause]
Mitch confirmed two tremendous Supreme Court justices. Mitch helped deliver the largest ever investment in our military and pass VA Choice and VA Accountability for our amazing veterans. [cheers and applause] Now, I know Mitch's opponent because they came here. Do you remember last year? Slightly different location, and that's okay, it was still the great state of Kentucky. [cheers and applause] Because Andy Barr had Amy McGrath, an extreme liberal, against him. [booing] And Andy Barr is here with us tonight, and we're going to introduce him, but he beat her. [cheers and applause] So she said to herself, "Well, you know, I failed in Congress, now let's go for the Senate." [laughter] She wanted to go to the House, now she wants to go. It's not gonna work that way. Extreme liberal, anti-gun, lots of different things.
Amy McGrath compared my election, think of this one ... It's so insulting. I shouldn't say it. Should I say it? Yeah, why not. [laughter] No, it's so insulting. You know, you work so hard, you love your country so much, and they get up to say things. She compared it to 9/11, a slander upon our nation. [booing]
She wants open borders. She supports the impeachment hoax witch hunt like nobody. She wants to get rid of me. She wasn't too happy with me last year. We came in, Andy, and we did a job on her, and this is gonna be easy. [cheers and applause] And she was caught telling donors, Democrats, that she is further left than anyone in the history of the state of Kentucky. Is that what you want? [booing] It's not what you want. So next November, the state needs to defend its values and vote for a rock-ribbed Kentucky conservative, Mitch McConnell. But we're gonna get back to that later. We'll be back many times. We'll be back here many times. Mitch. Where is he? [cheers and applause]
Senator Mitch McConnell. Thank you. Well thank you, Mr. President, for making America great again. [cheers and applause] And Matt Bevin is making Kentucky great again thanks to your help tonight. [cheers and applause] And working together, we're changing the federal courts forever. [cheers and applause] Nobody's done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump. [cheers and applause] Mr. President, we're gonna keep on doing it. My motto is, "Leave no vacancy behind." [cheers and applause]
The President. So President Obama left Mitch, and me, and Rand, and all of us, he left 142 openings for judges. You're not supposed to allow any. You don't do that. You know, they say the most important thing a president can do is federal judges, right? Including the Supreme Court, obviously. And I came in and I said, "How many do we have?" They said, "How many what, sir?" I said, "Judge openings." And I thought they'd say none, or one or two. He said, "Sir, we have 142." I said, "What?" [laughter] I said, "Tell me again." He said, "We have 142." So Mitch and I and Rand would like to thank, very much, President Obama, because nobody ever been so generous in their life. [cheers and applause] Also with us tonight is a great warrior and a great guy, smart, strong, loves your state, and he's really become a good friend of mine. And I'll tell you, he's a little bit different. It's okay. But whenever I've needed him, whenever I needed him, he was always there. It's true. I mean, sometimes, like, I'd say, " I don't need your vote, Rand." "Good." And he'll vote his own way. He's got that little libertarian touch. That's okay. [cheers and applause] That's okay. But whenever we need, and I'm not talking about me, I'm talking about we, we need a vote, he's so incredible and he's become a really good friend. I wanna have him come up for a second. Rand Paul, your Senator, a great warrior. [cheers and applause]
Senator Rand Paul. President Trump has great courage. He faces down the fake media every day. [cheers and applause] But Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the President. [cheers and applause] Hunter Biden made 50,000 dollars a month.
Crowd Member. Lock him up.
Paul. That's the definition of corruption. We know he got it only because of his family connections. We also now know the name of the whistleblower. [shouting] The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs. I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name! [cheers and applause]
Crowd. [chanting] Do your job! Do your job! Do your job! Do your job!
Paul. And I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington, step up and subpoena Hunter Biden, and subpoena the whistleblower. [cheers and applause] And I say to my colleagues, if Shifty Schiff will not let Hunter Biden come, and if he will not bring the whistleblower forward, every Republican in Congress should take a walk and say, "This is a farce." [cheers and applause]
The President. Wow, that was excellent. Whoa. [cheers and applause] Wow, thank you. [cheers and applause] Thank you very much, Rand. Great job. He's a warrior. He's a warrior, I've always said it. Also with us tonight are representatives from your state that are fantastic, a couple from outside your state, but we'll welcome them also, right? But these are also great fighters, great warriors. Hal Rogers. [cheers and applause] Thank you, Hal. Brett Guthrie. [cheers and applause] Thank you, Brett. Thomas Massey. [cheers and applause] Man we just spoke about won a great grace, Andy Barr. [cheers and applause] James Comer. [cheers and applause] James, great.
And from an incredible state that we won 2016, that Crooked Hillary said she's gonna win that state, didn't come too close at winning that state. It's a great state, and we love the people of North Carolina. Congressman Mark Meadows. [cheers and applause] Along with some of your local great politicians, and a person that's done a really spectacular job.
You know, in Michigan, a woman, she just kept going, she just kept going. Reminded me, by the way, of your governor, from the standpoint she never quit. Now, Republicans hadn't won Michigan in many, many years. She called, "Could you come again? Could you do it again? Could you come make another speech, please?" I said, "All right, this is the last one." "No, no, no. How about a couple of more?" [laughter] And then Bill Clinton actually told Hillary Clinton, "You better get going, something's going on in Michigan. You're gonna lose Michigan. You better start going." "No, no, no. The polls say everything's good." And we won the great state of Michigan for the first time in many years. [cheers and applause] And I said, when it came time to picking the Republican Party Chair, head of the RNC, I said, I gotta get the woman from Michigan, Ronna McDaniel, to head it up. [cheers and applause]
And when they were saying how sophisticated Hillary Clinton's campaign was ... You know, we're not sophisticated, right? I don't think so. Remember all during the ... "Well, she's got the finest computer technology in the world." Yeah, she paid for it, but she didn't get it. "She has really fantastic geniuses." But I had somebody that was a lot better than the people that she had. And his name was Brad Parscale, and he's here with us. Campaign Manager. [cheers and applause] Doing a great job. And our numbers are looking very good.
But think of it, we're one day short of a year now. Can you believe it? Less than a year. It begins November 3rd this time. We had that great, great date, oh boy, November 8th, remember? Was there ever a day like that in television history? [cheers and applause] And they have no idea, because when we do hang it up, they're all out of business. They know that. That's why I think that we will get ... I expect to get a full, hearty, unbelievable endorsement very soon from the failing New York Times, and from the Amazon Washington Post. [cheers and applause]
You know, before the election started, about a month before I announced that I was gonna do this, I said, "I'm gonna become a politician. I can't believe it. I'm gonna become a politician." But I looked at the New York Times, and it was like a little leaflet that you hand out at a grocery store, right? The wind would blow it away. It was dead. I call it the failing New York Times only because eventually it will fail. But we built it up. They do stories ... In my entire life, I had a few stories on the front page of the New York Times, and now if I have three or four a day, it's like, "Why are they not covering me anymore?" And they're all bad.
They can take what we did two weeks ago with the number one terrorist in the world, and they make it look as bad as possible. In fact, I love dogs, but they gave the dog full credit. They didn't give me any credit. That's okay. [laughter] The dog got the credit, and the dog will be coming very shortly, by the way, to the White House. [cheers and applause]
But they'll be endorsing us. And you know, all of these crazy, like CNN with its bad ratings, there goes its red light, it just went off. Their red light just went off. See how it is? [shouting] Well, it's hard. Look, put yourself in their position. They have it on, they're covering, and now they know they're ready to get hit, so they turn it off. I mean, I can't blame them. Their red light just went off. No, but put yourself in CNN's position. Without us ... You know, cable was not supposed to be a good business, then we came along. It's not me, it's we. They came from the valleys, they came from everywhere, the cities, they came from places, they're still trying to figure out, "Where the hell did all those people come from?" It's true. [cheers and applause]
A great Senator from Tennessee, they have early voting, and I was in Pennsylvania making a speech, and he saw me because he had a couple of great Congressman friends from Pennsylvania, and he said, "You know, in Tennessee we have very early voting, and I just left, and I've been doing this for 24 years. And I gotta be honest with you, I've never seen so many people vote." And these are people, they love our country, they're incredible, they work hard, but they never liked what they were voting for, so they really wouldn't vote. Sounds terrible. But they didn't like anything that they saw.
They say, "Sir, I'm seeing people," and he said this, "come out from the valleys, come out from the mountains, come out from areas that they've never come out. We have lines that are five blocks long at every voting booth and parlor." [cheers and applause] He said, "I can't speak for the rest of the country, but if the rest of the country's like Tennessee, you're gonna have the greatest victory in the history of our nation." And that's what happened. [cheers and applause] That was a great statement. That was a great statement from people from a great state, also.
Tomorrow you must elect the entire Republican ticket, from governor on down, including your next Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Alvarado. Ralph Alvarado. Great, Ralph. [cheers and applause] You're a good man. And your next Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. [cheers and applause] Should I bring Daniel up? Get up here, Daniel, come on. Here's a star. Here's a star. [cheers and applause]
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Mr. President, I hope you can tell that Kentucky is Trump country. [cheers and applause] We are proud to stand with you on pro-life issues, and here in the Commonwealth, we are gonna stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves. [cheers and applause] And Mr. President, we are gonna stand with you in protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Kentuckians. [cheers and applause] And Mr. President, I make a personal commitment to you as the next Attorney General, we are gonna make sure that Kentucky is never a sanctuary state. [cheers and applause]
The President. Good. That's good. Thank you, Daniel. Thank you, Daniel. Star. A star is born. A star is born. Did you ever see that movie, A Star is Born? Thank you, Daniel. Great. Your next Secretary of State, Michael Adams. [cheers and applause] Thanks, Michael. Auditor, Mark Harmon. [cheers and applause] Thank you, Mark. Treasurer, Allison Ball. [cheers and applause] She's doing great. And Agriculture Commissioner, Ryan Quarles. [cheers and applause]
With the help of everyone here, America is the hottest economy anywhere in the world, by far. Foreign leaders come in to see me, "Congratulations on your economy." China's doing poorly, as you know, but they're paying us billions and billions and billions of dollars, and they've never given us 10 cents before. Billions of dollars. They gave a lot of that money to our farmers, who got targeted, but no longer. They're back buying from our farmers. [cheers and applause]
But we've created 6.7 million new jobs since the election. And if I would have ever said that during the campaign, the fake news back there would have never let me hear the end of it. Think of that, 6.7. [booing] And today, just today, a record 158 million Americans are now employed, the highest level of employment in our country's history. [cheers and applause] African-American unemployment just dropped to the lowest level ever recorded in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] Hispanic-American and Asian-American unemployment rates have also reached the all-time historic lows. The history of our country. [cheers and applause] Hourly earnings, listen to this, are up 9% since the election. Nobody ever thought that was gonna be happening. Under the previous two administrations, we lost 60,000 factories. I thought that was a typo. I said, "How the hell can you lose 60,000?" It turned out to be right. And you know how I know? Because I've been saying it for two years, and they never corrected me. [laughter] It's true, two years.
I get a call sometimes from the people in the campaign, "Sir! Sir, we have an emergency." "What's the emergency?" "Somebody's calling from the media, the fake news. Did you put a comma in the wrong location, sir? [laughter] Because they consider it to be a front-page story." "Okay."
Under my administration, we've added nearly 10,000 new factories and many, many more thousands of factories are coming into our country. We reversed it. [cheers and applause] To get relief to working families, we passed massive tax cuts, massive. [cheers and applause] To lift up distressed communities, our tax law created opportunity zones, Tim Scott of South Carolina was so involved, including 144 designated by your great governor. By the way, the other governor. I don't think ... Well, I don't know. You know? He's not gonna do so well. He'll be calling for a meeting, and I won't be able to see him because I don't like him very much. [laughter] But I like this one very much, and we're gonna help him. [cheers and applause]
We slashed a record number of job-killing regulations. We ended the war on American energy. We're now the largest producer of energy anywhere in the world, by far [cheers and applause] And we ended the war on beautiful clean coal. I announced the withdrawal of the United States from the horrible, costly, one-sided Paris Climate Accord. [cheers and applause] Ask them how they're doing in Paris with it. Not too good. I canceled the so-called Clean Power Plan, and repealed Obama's federal coal moratorium. [cheers and applause] We're putting our great miners back to work. [cheers and applause]
On trade, we're starting to set records every week, we're reversing decades of Washington disloyalty, stupidity, and corruption. Past administrations did nothing as China looted our factories and stole up to 500 billion dollars of American dollars. By the way, people can't even believe it. Not 500 million. That's a lot. If you lost 500 million, that's a lot. I thought that was another typo. Five hundred billion dollars they would take a year from us. We rebuilt China. And I give them a lot of credit, by the way, I give China. What I don't give credit to is Obama and past administrations beyond Obama, I don't give them credit because they let it happen. They should have never let it happen. But now we're taking in tens of billions and billions and billions of dollars.
Just recently, very slow, Sleepy Joe ... Biden that is, said of China's piracy and plunder, "They're not that bad, folks." He always used the word "folks." I watched him today, he used the word "folks." "Hi folks. Hi. Hi, My time is up. I got to leave." No, they have him all freaked out because he makes a mistake every time he speaks. So I can just see these handlers, because they're handlers, like they use on horses, they're handlers, right? "All right, get him off now. He's been up there long enough." So they're screaming, "Get off, get off! Sleepy Joe, get off the stage, please. Please Joe, you're doing fine. Joe, you're doing fine. You're doing fine." And then he goes, "I love being in Ohio," but he was in Iowa yesterday. Yes sir. And they say, "Dammit, he should have left sooner, we told him. Get off the stage, Sleepy Joe. Sleepy Joe, get off the damn stage." [cheers and applause]
But he said about, Sleepy Joe, about China, "They're not that bad, folks. They're not really competition for us. No, they're not." Five hundred billion a year, right? He did nothing in eight years, him and Obama. In fact, I'm here because of them, when you think about it. Right? Just thinking. [cheers and applause] I'm here because of them. Kellyanne Conway, stand up, Kellyanne. Stand up. [cheers and applause] Another warrior. I just saw Kellyanne. I said stand up. No, but think of it, as somebody saying that.
Now look, 1.5 billion dollars that Hunter, who got thrown out of the Navy, who had no experience, who had no anything, got a lot of money from Ukraine, but he got 1.5 billion from China, I gotta tell you, I've been negotiating with China, they're very tough.
China. I got to tell you, I've been negotiating with China. They're very tough. That is not the same group of Chinese people that I've been negotiating with. They gave him 1.5 billion. He'll make millions and millions with that. And how about saying, by the way, "Mr. President, would you please take over the negotiations that President Trump is no longer handling?" Guess what? You would be sold down the tubes so fast, and we're so close. China wants to make a deal so badly. I think they'd love to see another president. They would like to see another president more than Crooked Hillary would, okay? [laughter] Can you imagine if they ever took over negotiations of this deal, which is gonna be one of the greatest deals ever made. Has to be, because we started down here and they were up there. Has to be. Can you imagine if they ever took over negotiations? This is what China would love more than anything else. It's not gonna happen folks, because we can't let our country go back to hell. We can't do it. We can't let it happen. [cheers and applause]
Because the Bidens got rich while America was robbed, and let me tell you, the fake news will not put it in. I watched the last debate, and this weakling named Anderson Cooper saying, "Well, it's totally unsubstantiated, Mr. Biden, it's totally unsu–" What's unsubstantiated? He is on tape doing a real quid pro quo. "Sir, it's totally unsubstantiated, sir." I've never seen anything like it. Could you imagine if I did what he did? Could you imagine if Don Jr. or Eric Trump walked out of China while I was, let's say, vice president or president. Let's say they walked out of China with 1.5 billion. Do you think the press would be saying, "Well, it's unsubstantiated"? No, it's something. Let me just tell you something. These people, not all of them, but these people are very dishonest people. Very, very dishonest people. [booing] But under this administration, the great betrayal is over. America is not for sale. [cheers and applause]
And we're more determined than ever to drain the swamp, and that's what we're doing with these crazy people. A lot of bad things happened, and a lot of bad things I think are gonna be revealed because there's no way we can allow them to get away with what they would have, with a normal person, gotten away with. Let's face it. These are bad people. Thanks to my tariffs, we will soon have over 100 billion dollars from a country that didn't wanna do anything with us. And I'll tell you, they started buying our farm product. You see that. They started buying a lot of our product even before the deals are done. [cheers and applause] Last year, I got our farmers 16 billion dollars because they were targeted. And the year before I got them 12 billion dollars. I just took them out of the tariffs, and we had a lot leftover. And I said, "Congratulations farmers. I love you." I love our farmers. They love me. That's why they did, they targeted our farmers.
I said, "Congratulations. That's compliments of China." And they do. They wanna make a deal so badly. Frankly, honestly, they wanna make a deal a lot more than I wanna make a deal. That's the way it is. Because we're doing very well right now with China. We're replacing the NAFTA disaster with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. A huge win for Kentucky farmers, for Kentucky auto workers, for Kentucky manufacturers. Unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi so far and the do-nothing Democrats don't want to give the people of our country a victory. It's really, let it be a bipartisan deal. I don't care. It's such an incredible deal for this country, and NAFTA was one of the worst deals ever made. Democrats need to pass the USMCA. We need their votes. Otherwise you can't pass it. And it's up to Pelosi who has to put it forward, but she's too busy wasting her time. So either pass it or go back to San Francisco and clean up your mess. [cheers and applause]
The Obama-Biden's administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership would have dealt the death blow to the American auto industry. That would have been one of the great catastrophes. My first week in office, I canceled that job-killing travesty. You know all about it. Under our policies just days ago, Ford and the UAW announced a one-billion-dollar investment in Louisville. One billion. Before my election, our leaders used the great American middle class as a piggy bank to fund their delusional global projects. They were globalists. I was elected to be President of the United States, not president of the globe. [cheers and applause]
They decimated American manufacturing to promote economic growth in foreign countries. Tell me, how is that good? They try and convince you it's good. I was a very good student. I'm a very like, we're all smart. We sit back, we listen, and I say, these people are, something wrong with them.
Crowd Member. They're idiots.
The President. Only in Kentucky can somebody be so precise. You're right about, you are right about that. They deployed our military to protect immensely wealthy nations, subsidizing their welfare states with your money. The money we spend on other country's militaries, but it's coming down. And I'm telling other countries, "I'm sorry, you're gonna have to pay now. I'm sorry. Pay. Pay. Pay, you gotta pay."
And they poured precious American blood and treasure into the Middle East while our great cities fell into decay and disrepair. We go in for Internet. We want rural, we'll bring it in. And we're bringing 5G into places like Kentucky that haven't been properly served. [cheers and applause] We're bringing it in all over the middle West, all over the country. And we're really ahead of schedule. We're doing really well. People will be very surprised soon when some numbers come out, but we're doing very well. But you were very much underserved for years. And yet we're investing billions and billions of dollars in places you've never even heard of. Doesn't make sense, does it?
But after years of rebuilding other nations, we are finally rebuilding our nation. We are finally putting America first. [cheers and applause] Yet the deep state and the failed ruling class are trying to resist any changes to their failed policies of the past. They believe it is their right to rule over you and to redistribute your wealth all around the world. No thank you. No thank you. That's why we ended the Paris Accord. That's why ... We've ended a lot. I don't even wanna tell you. But the sellout of the American nation ended the day I took the Oath of Office and you understand that. [cheers and applause]
Past leaders transform far-away nations into chaotic war zones. Then they demanded that America accept unlimited migration from those terror-afflicted regions. Take the people, take the people. We defeated ISIS. We. When I took over three years ago, when we took over, when I took over, ISIS was all over. I defeated ISIS. You know, I didn't even know to what extent. I was watching the other night the great Lou Dobbs, and he said, "When Trump took over, President Trump," he used to say, "Trump is a great president." Then he said, "Trump is the greatest president since Ronald Reagan." Then he said—[cheers and applause]—then he said, "No, no, Trump is an even better president than Ronald Reagan." [cheers and applause] And now he's got me down as the greatest president in the history of our country, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. [cheers and applause]
Crowd Member. We love you.
The President. Thank you. We love you too. [shouting] But we didn't fight them over there only to invite them over here. We didn't do that. We're not doing that. You see what we're going and you see what we're doing and you see it's never easy because I get hit by the swamp 15 different ways, but it doesn't matter. We're doing the right thing to protect our communities. My administration implemented the travel ban on some of the world's most dangerous countries. A lot of people were against it.
They said, "Isn't that terrible?" Countries that have crime rates that are so high you wouldn't even believe it's possible, and we have a travel ban now. We don't take people from those countries, I'm sorry. And we won a historic victory on the travel ban in the United States Supreme Court, ruled it totally constitutional. On no issue have Democrats more totally betrayed you than on immigration. Democrats want open borders. They wanna give illegal aliens free healthcare, free education, more advantages than our own citizens have, and more benefits than our own military gets. [booing] In the Republican party, we believe taking care of our own citizens first is paramount. [cheers and applause]
Thanks to our tireless efforts to secure our Southern border, illegal crossings have dropped 60% since May. The wall is being built. It's going up rapidly. [cheers and applause] It's got a big impact. And I wanna thank Mexico. We have 27,000 Mexican soldiers on our border policing our border because the Democrats will not do anything to end loopholes. It would take us 15 minutes and we could end the loopholes. Think of the word "loopholes." They don't want to end the loophole. If you want to keep violent criminal aliens out of your communities, you have only one choice tomorrow, and that's to vote for Matt Bevin. [cheers and applause]
Democrats are becoming more extreme and militant by the day. The Democrats' planned government takeover of healthcare would obliterate Medicare. What are they doing? I will always protect Medicare for our nation's seniors. It's going to be protected. What they're doing is crazy. [cheers and applause] And we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. [cheers and applause] And we will also protect you with pre-existing physicians. How about that? Pre-existing physicians. First time I've ever said that, just thought of that. True. Because under their plan, you don't get your own doctor. You know what you get? Whatever the hell you get. That's what you get. "Oh great, doc, fix me up doc. You mean you wanna work on my heart? Who are you, doc?" I don't think so.
Thanks to our campaign to combat the opioid epidemic with your governor's help, we have seen a 17% drop in overdose deaths in Kentucky, which is a record. Democrats have also waged an unrelenting assault against people of faith. Anybody in here a person of faith? [cheers and applause] Great people. The last administration threatened adoption and foster care agencies purely for their religious beliefs. Last week my administration took action to stop that Obama-era assault. It was an assault. And Governor Matt Bevin is a national leader on behalf of vulnerable children, and there is no better leader than him, what he has done. And together we're fighting for American orphans, foster families, and the sacred rights of religious believers. And he's done a fantastic job. [cheers and applause]
Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from their mother's womb, right up until the moment of birth. [booing] And that's why I've asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion, because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift from God. [booing] Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, and blatant corruption. The Republican party is the party of the American worker, the American family, the American dream, and it's the party of the great Abraham Lincoln. We forgot that. Abraham Lincoln. [cheers and applause] The incredible rebuilding of our military includes over 100 billion-dollar investments all across the state of Kentucky.
I withdrew our nation from the horrible one-sided Iran Nuclear Deal. It's not the same country. When I came in that country, there were in 18 different sites of confliction, they called it. And now they're a little different, a little different. We'll see what happens with Iran. And I recognized Israel's true capital and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. [cheers and applause] For years, you watched as your politicians apologized for America. Remember? He'd go around, "Oh, thank you so much." He wouldn't apologize to you, but he apologized to others. Now you have a president who is standing up for America, and we are standing up for the people of Kentucky. [cheers and applause] The next step to victory begins tomorrow and it begins with all of you. You have to do this.
Look, maybe you'll be late for work. Maybe you'll be late for whatever. I don't wanna know everything. Some things I don't wanna know, but you have to just put it off. You have to go vote. It's so important. Tomorrow is so, because beyond even the governorship, and it's so important. Because again, your state is setting records. In the history of your state, you've never done this well economically, job-wise, unemployment, employment, factories moving in, new factories open, expansion of your car plants. You've never done this well, but you're sending that big message to the rest of the country. It's so important. You got to get your friends, you got to vote. Because if you lose, it sends a really bad message. It just sends a bad, and they will build it up. Here's the story. If you win, they're gonna make it like ho-hum. And if you lose, they're going to say, Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest.
You can't let that happen to me. [cheers and applause] And you know what? You can't let that happen to your incredible state, Kentucky. You can't let that happen. That would be a disaster for yourself—[cheers and applause]—because you'd be losing an incredible governor. But you're going to have a great victory tomorrow. With your support, you have to go out and vote. We will show the corrupt Democrats that the American people are not backing down and we will never ever back down. [cheers and applause] So tomorrow, we need you to go out and get your friends, get your family, get your neighbors. Get out and vote for Governor Matt Bevin and all of these great Republicans tomorrow. 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.
2020, we're gonna re-elect because of their stupidity. These people are on the run, and I will campaign in every one of those states that were so corrupt if they raise their hand. [cheers and applause] And don't forget. Out of 194, we got 194, not one Republican left us last week. And two Republicans, think of that. And the other three couldn't get there because of, but they were votes. They said they were totally votes, had airport problems. I said, you can't do that. Airport problems. But then we had the Democrats. We picked up two Democrats, so we had bipartisan support. That's unusual.
I always say because they're lousy politicians, they've got lousy policy, but they do stick together. That's about it. We will elect a Republican Congress in 2020. [cheers and applause] And we'll have a great Speaker of the House in Kevin. We're gonna create a fair, safe, sane, and lawful system of immigration. We'll enact trade deals that result in more products proudly stamped with those beautiful words "Made in the USA." [cheers and applause] We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine, finding new cures for childhood cancer and ending, listen to this, the AIDS epidemic in America within less than 10 years. We've already started. Who would have felt we could have done that? We've started.
In the past administration toward the end, we had certain things that we could have done. They didn't do anything. They didn't do anything, but we did. We have it all funded and we started, think of that, AIDS within 10 years will be out of this country. Nobody would have thought that was possible. We will end it. Great, great. I came into my office, they were telling me about the breakthroughs that have been made. It's incredible what they're doing. And don't forget Right to Try, by the way, where somebody who's terminally ill can now use our medicines, which they were never allowed to in the past. So instead of traveling to Asia and Europe and all over the world, or going home hopeless and dying, they can now use what we call Right to Try. We have the greatest doctors, the greatest drugs, greatest labs in the world. They can now go and try. And we are having unbelievable success.
Unbelievable. Right to Try. We will chart a new era of discovery in space, and someday soon we will land on, believe it or not, the surface of the moon, only to go to Mars. You know I said we've done the moon. "No," they say, "Sir, we land on the moon to go to Mars, and that's what we're doing with the moon." And we are really, really advanced. It's moving along rapidly. We will defend privacy, free speech, free assembly, religious liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms. [cheers and applause] And above all, we will never stop fighting for the cherished values that bind us together as one America. We support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. We stand with the incredible heroes and warriors of law enforcement. [cheers and applause]
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 always respect our great American flag. [cheers and applause] Loyal citizens like you helped build this country, and together we are taking back our country. We are returning power to you, the American people. The great state of Kentucky was settled by some of the most devoted and courageous people ever to walk on the face of the Earth. These tough pioneer men and strong pioneer women braved the wilderness and defied the danger to build a life and to build a home. They didn't have a lot of money. They didn't have a lot of luxury. But they all had one thing in common. They love their families, they love their country, and they love their God. [cheers and applause]
These proud Kentucky patriots did not shed their blood, sweat, and tears so that we could sit at home while others try to erase their legacy and destroy their magnificent heritage. Our allegiance is to our nation. Our loyalty is to our citizens. And our devotion is to our Creator. For the sake of our freedom, for the sake of our children, 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. We are one people. We are one family and one glorious nation under God. [cheers and applause] America is thriving like never before. And, ladies and gentlemen of Kentucky, the best is yet to come. [cheers and applause] Together, we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you, Kentucky. Thank you. Go out and vote. [cheers and applause]
[Music: The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want.]
NOTE: The President spoke at the Rupp Arena owned and operated by the Lexington Center Corporation. Also speaking were Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Singer Lee Greenwood performed God Bless the USA live before speeches began. The President spoke for about 1 hour and 18 minutes.
This transcript prepared for the American Presidency Project by UCSB student research assistant Katya Kiseleva.
Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Lexington, Kentucky Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/351206