Trump-backers far outnumbered protesters in Phoenix as President Donald Trump swung through the illegal immigration hotbed of Arizona. Supporters braved the 107-degree heat for hours in line.
Facebook protest groups collected 7,400 RSVPs but only a few hundred anti-Trump demonstrators showed up. Trump mentioned how the crowd inside was so much bigger than the protesting crowd outside and everyone was safe inside where he was at a Trump rally.
Vice President Mike Pence introduced Trump saying the left wing media has been distorting the facts, but the people know the truth. Trump then entered the arena to rousing cheers and to Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud to be an American.”
A good portion of Trump’s speech centered on the dishonesty of the media, especially how they treated him so unfairly in his Charlottesville speech. Loud “boos” could be heard from the crowd every time Trump mentioned the media. Trump read from a list of his quotes from Charlottesville saying every time he said there is no place for bigotry, hatred, and racism in our country each time the media would say “He didn’t say it soon enough” or “He was late” or “He waited too long so he must be a racist,” etc. “They make up stories and don’t report the facts,” Trump said, “They say they have sources, but they don’t have sources. They never reported that I said racism is bad and they wonder why their ratings are so bad. The media is totally dishonest.”
Trump had nothing but praise for Fox News especially Sean Hannity and Fox and Friends in the morning. There are some on there that don’t like me, but at least they are all fair on there,” he said. Trump stated that the only people giving a platform to hate groups is the media and fake news. “They would rather get ratings than report the truth,” he said.
Trump panned the various publications that are dishonest like the “failing N.Y. Times, Washington Post and CNN.” At the mention of CNN, the audience chanted out loudly, “CNN Sucks, CNN Sucks , CNN Sucks.”
Trump said we are committed to fighting for our agenda and will not stop. He said his agenda is based on love for every American from every background that puts their needs first.
Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t present him with a spending bill for the next fiscal year that includes funding for a wall on the southern border.
“The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said at a rally in Phoenix.
Trump reiterated his message that he was elected to help boost national security and keep illegal immigrants out of the country, many of whom he said are dangerous. He noted that he’s met with several families who have lost loved ones due to violence by illegal immigrants.
“I promised these families the deaths of their loved ones will not have been in vain,” he said.
As he has since he started running for office last year, Trump said the border wall was going to happen and warned Democrats that they were harming national security by opposing it.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,” he said.
“Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security,” he added. “You are putting all of Americans’ safety at risk.”
The crowd then burst out in chants of “Build the wall” “Build the wall” Build the Wall!!!” Trump told the crowd that the democrats have no new ideas and no policies so all they can do is obstruct.
“The people of Arizona know the deadly and heartbreaking consequences of illegal immigration,” Trump said at a rally. “They lost lives, the drugs, the gangs, the cartels, the crisis of smuggling and trafficking, and MS-13. We are throwing them out so fast, they never got thrown out of anything like this. We are liberating towns out in Long Island. We are liberating. Can you imagine in this day and age? In this day and age in this country, we are liberating towns.”
“This is like from a different age. We are taking these people. They don’t shoot people because it’s too fast and not painful. They cut them up into little pieces. These are animals. We are getting them out of here. We are throwing them in jail, throwing them out of the country. We are liberating our towns,” Trump said to cheers.
“After years of defending other countries borders, can you believe we fight for other countries? We want to defend their borders. We’re finally defending our own borders,” Trump said. Trump said his administration is “liberating” towns of illegal immigration and cartels and gangs like MS-13.
At one point when he was talking about the democrats obstructing he happened to mention Hillary. He was immediately cut off by chants of “Lock her up” from the audience. Washington is filled with people looking out for themselves. It’s time to drain the swamp,” Trump said as the crowd cheered.
The speech wasn’t all rhetoric and emotion though. On the subject of NAFTA Trump said he doubts the United States can reach a deal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal … I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point,” he told the crowd. “I personally don’t think you can make a deal without a termination but we’re going to see what happens, OK? You’re in good hands, I can tell you,” he added.
The three nations started formal negotiations to tweak the trade agreement this month. The U.S. came into the talks seeking a major overhaul in the deal that removed most barriers to trade between the countries. It went into effect in 1994.
As a candidate, Trump railed against NAFTA and other free trade deals, saying they sapped manufacturing jobs from American workers as companies sought to pay lower wages abroad.
Trump touted his accomplishments which the media purposely ignores such as how he created a million new jobs because he lifted Obama’s regulations to free companies to hire again. He told of a new coal mine which will mine clean coal just opened up in Pennsylvania, he got rid of TPP (The Trans Pacific Partnership) which will bring companies back here from overseas, he killed the job killing Paris climate accords, Companies like Foxconn which manufactures computers and I-Phones is building a new plan there which will employ 1,300 people, he signed 50 pieces of legislature, nominated 50 federal judges including Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and killed job killing regulations. This was more than any other president has done in six months. He said GDP is up 2.6% after they said he wouldn’t get past 1.5% and unemployment is the lowest in 15 years. Trump also mentioned it was time to cut taxes for the middle class and by hiring and cutting taxes that will improve race relations.
The entire speech lasted an hour and 15 minutes his longest yet much of which was without a teleprompter.
You can watch the full speech here: