Did Trump Say I or I’d?

The Jury is out on what President Trump said: I or I’d. But what does the AI think? We put our free automated transcripts service to test on the following clip.

And here’s the result.

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So our AI agrees with WSJ. President Trump did say ‘I’. So there you go!

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Full Transcript: President Trump’s Inauguration Speech

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Donald Trump Inaguration Speech


00:36 Trump: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you.


00:57 Trump: We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world, for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you. Continue reading “Full Transcript: President Trump’s Inauguration Speech”

Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript

2016 Final Debate Transcript


Wallace: Good evening. From the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I’m Chris Wallace of Fox News. And I welcome you to the third and final of the 2016 presidential debates between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump. This debate is sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The commission has designed the format, six roughly, 15-minute segments with two-minute answers to the first question, then open discussion for the rest of each segment. Both campaigns have agreed to those rules. For the record, I decided the topics and the questions in each topic. None of those questions has been shared with the commission or the two candidates. The audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. No cheers, boos, or other interruptions, so we and you can focus on what the candidates have to say. No noise except right now, as we welcome the Democratic nominee for President, Secretary Clinton and the Republican nominee for President, Mr Trump. Continue reading “Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript”

Full Second Presidential Debate Transcript – Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton

2016 Debate Transcript

Raddatz: Nominee for President, Donald J. Trump and the Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton.


Cooper: Thank you very much for being here. We’re gonna begin with a question from one of the members in our town hall. Each of you will have two minutes to respond to this question. Secretary Clinton, you won the coin toss, so you’ll go first. Our first question comes from Patrice Brock. Patrice? Continue reading “Full Second Presidential Debate Transcript – Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton”

Clinton vs. Trump: The First U.S. Presidential Debate Full Transcript

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

Monday, Sep 27, 2016


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Holt: The Commission drafted tonight’s format and the rules have been agreed to by the campaigns. The 90-minute debate is divided into six segments, each 15 minutes long. We’ll explore three topic areas tonight; Achieving Prosperity, America’s Direction and Securing America. At the start of each segment, I will ask the same lead-off question to both candidates and they will each have up to two minutes to respond. From that point until the end of the segment, we’ll have an open discussion. The questions are mine and have not been shared with the Commission or the campaigns. The audience here in the room has agreed to remain silent, so that we can focus on what the candidates are saying. I will invite you to applaud, however, at this moment as we walk in the candidates. Democratic nominee for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.


[background conversation]

Holt: Well, I don’t expect us to cover all the issues of this campaign tonight, but I remind everyone there are two more presidential debates scheduled. We are gonna focus on many of the issues that voters tell us are most important and we’re gonna press for specifics. I am honored to have this role, but this evening belongs to the candidates and just as important to the American people. Candidates, we look forward to hearing you articulate your policies and your positions, as well as your visions and your values. So, let’s begin.

Holt: We’re calling this opening segment, ‘Achieving Prosperity’, and central to that is jobs. There are two economic realities in America today. There’s been a record six straight years of job growth and new census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation. However, income inequality remains significant and nearly half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Beginning with you, Secretary Clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American workers?

Clinton: Well, thank you, Lester, and thanks to Hofstra for hosting us. The central question in this election is really, what kind of country we wanna be and what kind of future we’ll build together? Today is my granddaughter’s second birthday, so I think about this a lot. First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means, we need new jobs, good jobs with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.

Clinton: We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also, guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work. I also wanna see more companies do profit sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top. And I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. I’ve heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you’re under. So, let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let’s be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college. How’re we gonna do it? We’re gonna do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.

Clinton: Finally, we, tonight, are on the stage together, Donald Trump and I. Donald, it’s good to be with you. We’re going to have a debate where we are talking about the important issues facing our country. You have to judge us, who can shoulder the immense awesome responsibilities of the Presidency? Who can put into action the plans that will make your life better? I hope that I will be able to earn your vote on November 8th.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, thank you. Mr. Trump, the same question to you. It’s about putting more money into the pockets of American workers. You have up to two minutes.

Trump: Thank you, Lester. Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency and there’s nobody in our government to fight them, and we have a very good fight and we have a winning fight, because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China and many other countries are doing the same thing. So, we’re losing our good jobs, so many of them. When you look at what’s happening in Mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said, “It’s the eighth wonder of the world.” They’re building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States, as he said, “Not so much.” So, Ford is leaving, you see that their small car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving. And we can’t allow it to happen anymore.

Trump: As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we’re going to do, but perhaps we’ll be talking about that later. But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop our companies from leaving the United States, and with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier Air Conditioning in Indianapolis. They fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico. So many, hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this. We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35% to 15% for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch. Companies will come, they will build, they will expand, new companies will start. And I look very, very much forward to doing it. We have to renegotiate our trade deals, and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, would you like to respond?

Clinton: Well, I think that trade is an important issue. Of course, we are 5% of the world’s population, we have to trade with the other 95%. And we need to have smart, fair trade deals. We also, though, need to have a tax system that rewards work and not just financial transactions. And the kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. In fact, it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top percents of the people in this country than we’ve ever had. I call it ‘trumped-up trickle-down’, because that’s exactly what it would be. That is not how we grow the economy. We just have a different view about what’s best for growing the economy, how we make investments that will actually produce jobs and rising incomes.

Clinton: I think we come at it from somewhat different perspectives. I understand that. Donald was very fortunate in his life, and that’s all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we’ll be and that everything will work out from there. I don’t buy that. I have a different experience. My father was a small businessman. He worked really hard. He printed drapery fabrics on long tables, where he pulled out those fabrics and he went down with a silkscreen and dumped the paint in and took the squeegee and kept going. And so what I believe is the more we can do for the middle class, the more we can invest in you, your education, your skills, your future, the better we will be off and the better we’ll grow. That’s the kind of economy I want us to see again.

Holt: Let me follow up with Mr. Trump, if I can. You’ve talked about creating 25 million jobs, and you’ve promised to bring back millions of jobs for Americans. How are you going to bring back the industries that have left this country for cheaper labor overseas? How, specifically, are you gonna tell American manufacturers that you have to come back?

Trump: Well, for one thing, and before we start on that, my father gave me a very small loan in 1975 and I built it into a company that’s worth many, many billions of dollars, with some of the greatest assets in the world, and I say that only because that’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. Our country’s in deep trouble. We don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to devaluations, and all of these countries all over the world, especially China. They’re the best, the best ever at it. What they’re doing to us is a very, very sad thing. So, we have to do that. We have to renegotiate our trade deals. And, Lester, they’re taking our jobs, they’re giving incentives, they’re doing things that, frankly, we don’t do.

Trump: Let me give you the example of Mexico. They have a VAT tax, we’re on a different system. When we sell into Mexico, there’s a tax. When they sell in… Automatic, 16% approximately. When they sell into us, there’s no tax. It’s a defective agreement. It’s been defective for a long time, many years, but the politicians haven’t done anything about it. Now, in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, yes, is that okay? Good. I want you to be very happy. [chuckle] It’s very important to me. But in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, when she started talking about this, it was really very recently. She’s been doing this for 30 years. And why hasn’t she made the agreements better? The NAFTA agreement is defective. Just because of the tax and many other reasons, but just because of the fact…

Holt: Let me interrupt just a moment, but…

Trump: Secretary Clinton and others, politicians, should’ve been doing this for years, not right now, because of the fact that we’ve created a movement. They should’ve been doing this for years. What’s happened to our jobs and our country and our economy generally is… Look, we owe $20 trillion. We cannot do it any longer, Lester.

Holt: Back to the question, though. How do you bring back, specifically bring back jobs? American manufacturers, how do you make them bring the jobs back?

Trump: Well, the first thing you do is don’t let the jobs leave. The companies are leaving. I could name, I mean, there are thousands of them. They’re leaving, and they’re leaving in bigger numbers than ever. And what you do is you say, “Fine, you wanna go to Mexico or some other country, good luck. We wish you a lot of luck. But if you think you’re going to make your air conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you’re wrong.” And once you say you’re gonna have to tax them coming in, and our politicians never do this, because they have special interests and the special interests want those companies to leave, because in many cases, they own the companies. So what I’m saying is, we can stop them from leaving, we have to stop them from leaving. And that’s a big, big factor.

Holt: Let me let Secretary Clinton get in here.

Clinton: Well, let’s stop for a second and remember where we were eight years ago. We had the worst financial crisis, the Great Recession, the worst since the 1930s. That was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off the Wall Street, and created a perfect storm. In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, ’cause then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.

Trump: That’s called business by the way.

Clinton: Nine million people lost their jobs, five million people lost their homes, and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. Now, we have come back from that abyss and it has not been easy. So we’re now on the precipice of having a potentially much better economy, but the last thing we need to do, is to go back to the policies that failed us in the first place. Independent experts have looked at what I’ve proposed and looked at what Donald’s proposed, and basically, they’ve said this, that if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion, and would, in some instances, disadvantage middle class families compared to the wealthy, were to go into effect, we would lose three-and-a-half million jobs and maybe have another recession.

Clinton: They’ve looked at my plans, and they’ve said, “Okay, if we can do this,” and I intend to get it done, “we will have 10 million more new jobs.” Because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.

Trump: I did not, I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that.

Clinton: I think science is real, and I think it’s important that we grip this and deal with it both at home, and abroad. And here’s what we can do, we can deploy a half a billion more solar panels. We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new, modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs, that’s a lot of new economic activity. So, I’ve tried to be very specific about what we can and should do. And I am determined that we’re going to get the economy really moving again, building on the progress we’ve made over the last eight years, but never going back to what got us in trouble in the first place.

Holt: Mr. Trump.

Trump: She talks about solar panels. We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster, they lost plenty of money on that one. Now look, I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work. Our energy policies are a disaster. Our country is losing so much in terms of energy, in terms of paying off our debt. You can’t do what you’re looking to do with $20 trillion in debt. The Obama administration, from the time they’ve come in, is over 230 years worth of debt. And he’s topped it, he’s doubled it in the course of almost eight years, seven-and-a-half years to be semi-exact. So I will tell you this, we have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs. And we have to do a much better job at giving companies incentive to build new companies or to expand, because they’re not doing it.

Trump: And all you have to do is look at Michigan, and look at Ohio, and look at all of these places where so many of their jobs and their companies are just leaving, they’re gone. And Hillary, I just ask you this. You’ve been doing this for 30 years, why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it, and now, you’re just starting to think of solutions.

Clinton: Well, actually that…

Trump: Excuse me. I will bring back jobs, you can’t bring back jobs.

Clinton: Well, actually, I have thought about this quite a bit. And I have…

Clinton: Yeah, for 30 years.


Clinton: Well, not quite that long. I think my husband did a pretty good job in the 1990s. So, I think a lot about what worked and how we can make it work again.

Trump: Well, he approved NAFTA.

[overlapping conversation]

Clinton: 23 million new jobs, a balanced budget…

Trump: He approved NAFTA, which is the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country.

Clinton: And incomes went up for everybody. Manufacturing jobs went up also in the 1990s, if we’re actually gonna look at the facts. When I was in the Senate, I had a number of trade deals that came before me, and I held them all to the same test: Will they create jobs in America? Will they raise incomes in America, and are they good for our national security? Some of them I voted for. The biggest one, a multinational one known as CAFTA, I voted against, and because I hold the same standards as I look at all of these trade deals. But, let’s not assume that trade is the only challenge we have in the economy. I think it is a part of it and I’ve said what I’m going to do. I’m gonna have a special prosecutor. We’re going to enforce the trade deals we have and we’re going to hold people accountable. When I was Secretary of State, we actually increased American exports globally 30%, we increased them to China 50%. So, I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs.

Trump: Well, you haven’t done in 30 years or 26 years, or any number you wanna…

Clinton: Well, I’ve been a Senator Donald…

Trump: You haven’t done it, you haven’t done it.

Clinton: And I’ve been a Secretary of State and I have done a lot.

Trump: And excuse me, you’re husband signed NAFTA, which was one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.

Clinton: Well, that’s your opinion. That is your opinion.

Trump: You go to New England, you go to Ohio, Pennsylvania, you go anywhere you want, Secretary Clinton, and you will see devastation where manufacture is down 30, 40, sometimes 50%. NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country. And now, you want to approve Trans-Pacific partnership. You were totally in favor of it, then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, “I can’t win that debate.” But you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA.

Clinton: Well, that is just not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out. I wrote about that in…

Trump: You called it the ‘gold standard’.

Clinton: I wrote about… Well, I hope…

Trump: You called it the ‘gold standard of trade deals.’

Holt: And, you know what…

Trump: You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen. And then, you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it.

Clinton: Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, [chuckle] but that is not the facts. The facts are, I did say, I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated, which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn’t. I wrote about that in my book…

Trump: So is it President Obama’s fault? Is it President Obama’s fault?

Clinton: Before you even announced… Look, there are different…

Trump: Secretary, is it President Obama’s fault?

Clinton: There are different…

Trump: Because he’s pushing it.

Clinton: There are different views about what’s good for our country, our economy and our leadership in the world. And I think it’s important to look at what we need to do to get the economy going again. That’s why I said, new jobs with rising incomes, investments, not in more tax cuts that would add $5 trillion to the debt…

Trump: But you have no plan.

Clinton: But in educa… Oh, I do.

Trump: Secretary, you have no plan.

Clinton: In fact, I have written a book about it. It’s called ‘Stronger Together,’ you can pick it up tomorrow…

Trump: That’s about all you…

Holt: Folks, we’re gonna…

Clinton: At the bookstore or at an airport near you.

Holt: We’re gonna move to…

Clinton: But it’s because I see this, we need to have strong growth, fair growth, sustained growth. We also have to look at how we help families balance the responsibilities at home and the responsibilities at business. So we have a very robust set of plans, and people who have looked at both of our plans, have concluded that mine would create 10 million jobs and yours would lose us three-and-a-half million jobs and explode the debt, which would have a recession.

[overlapping conversation]

Trump: You are going to approve one of the biggest tax cuts in history. You are going to approve one of the biggest tax increases in history. You are gonna drive business out. Your regulations are a disaster and you’re gonna increase regulations all over the place. And by the way, my tax cut is the biggest since Ronald Reagan, I’m very proud of it. It will create tremendous numbers of new jobs. But, regulations, you are going to regulate these businesses out of existence. When I go around, Lester, I tell you this. I’ve been all over. And when I go around, despite the tax cut, the things that business as in people like the most, is the fact that I’m cutting regulation. You have regulations on top of regulations and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business, and you wanna increase the regulations and make them even worse. I’m gonna cut regulations. But I’m going to cut taxes big league and you’re gonna raise taxes big league, end of story.

Holt: Let me get you to pause right there, ’cause we’re gonna move into the next segment. We’re gonna talk taxes.

Clinton: That can’t be left to stand…

Trump: Please take 30 seconds and then we’re gonna go on.

Clinton: I kind of assumed that there would be a lot of these charges and claims, and so…

Trump: Facts.

Clinton: We have taken the homepage of my website, hillaryclinton.com and we’ve turned it into a fact checker. So if you wanna see in real time what the facts are, please go and take a look, because…

Trump: And take a look at mine also and you’ll see…

Clinton: What I have proposed does not add a penny to the debt and your plans would add $5 trillion to the debt. What I have proposed would cut regulations and streamline them for small businesses. What I have proposed would be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy, because they have made all the gains in the economy and I think it’s time that the wealthy incorporations paid their fair share to support this country.

Holt: Well, you just opened the next segment…

Trump: Well, could I just finish? I think I should…

[overlapping conversation]

Holt: I’m gonna give you a chance right here.

Trump: You go to her website…

Holt: With the new 15-minute segment it’s gonna be…

Trump: And you take a look at her website. She’s gonna raise taxes $1.3 trillion.

Holt: Mr. Trump, I’m gonna…

Trump: And look at her website. You know what? It’s no different than this. She’s telling us how to fight ISIS, just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.


Holt: Alright. The next segment we’re continuing the subject of achieving prosperity…

Clinton: Well, at least I have a plan to fight ISIS.

Trump: No, no. You’re telling the enemy everything you wanna do.

Clinton: No, we’re not.

Trump: See, you’re telling the enemy everything you wanna do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.


Holt: Folks, let me…

Clinton: That’s… Go to the… Please, the fact checkers, get to work.

Holt:  Okay. You are unpacking a lot here and we’re still in the issue of achieving prosperity and I wanna talk about taxes. The fundamental difference between the two of you concerns the wealthy. Secretary Clinton, you’re calling for a tax increase in the wealthiest Americans. I’d like you to further defend that. And Mr. Trump, you’re calling for tax cuts for the wealthy. I’d like you to defend that, and this next two-minute answer goes to you, Mr. Trump.

Trump: Well, I’m really for major jobs, because the wealthy are going to create tremendous jobs. They’re gonna expand their companies, they’re gonna do a tremendous job. I’m getting rid of the carried interest provision, and if you really look, it’s not a tax… It’s really not a great thing for the wealthy, it’s a great thing for middle class, it’s a great thing for companies to expand. And when these people are gonna put billions and billions of dollars into companies, and when they’re gonna bring two-and-a-half trillion dollars back from overseas, where they can’t bring the money back, because politicians like Secretary Clinton won’t allow them to bring the money back, because the taxes are so onerous, and the bureaucratic red tape. So what… Is so bad. So what they’re doing is, they’re leaving our country, and they’re, believe it or not, leaving because taxes are too high, and because some of them have lots of money outside of our country. And instead of bringing it back and putting the money to work, because they can’t work out a deal to… And everybody agrees it should be brought back. Instead of that, they’re leaving our country to get their money. Because they can’t bring their money back into our country, because of bureaucratic red tape. Because they can’t get together. ‘Cause we have a president that can’t sit them around the table, and get them to approve something.

Trump: And here’s the thing, Republicans and Democrats agree that this should be done. Two-and-a-half trillion, I happen to think it’s double that. It’s probably $5 trillion that we can’t bring into our country, Lester. And with a little leadership you’d get it in here very quickly, and it could be put to use on the inner cities and lots of other things, and it would be beautiful. But we have no leadership, and honestly that starts with Secretary Clinton.

Holt: Alright, you have two minutes on the same question to defend tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m gonna be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.

Trump: Why not?

Clinton: Why not? Yeah, why not?


Clinton: Just join the debate by saying more crazy things. Now let me say this.

Trump: There’s nothing crazy…

Clinton: It is absolutely the case.

Trump: About not letting our companies bring their money back into their country.

Holt: This is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes please.

Trump: Yes.

Clinton: Yeah, well let’s start the clock again Lester. We’ve looked at your tax proposals, I don’t see changes in the corporate tax rates, or the kinds of proposals you’re referring to that would cause the repatriation, bringing back of money that’s stranded overseas. I happen to support that.

Trump: Then you didn’t read it.

Clinton: I happen to support that in a way that will actually work to our benefit. But when I look at what you have proposed, you have what is called now the ‘Trump loophole’, because it would so advantage you and the business you do. You’ve proposed…

Trump: Who gave them that name? The first ever…

Clinton: An approach that has a…

Trump: Who gave it that…

Holt: This is, sorry, this is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes.

Clinton: $4 billion tax benefit for your family. And when you look at what you are proposing…

Trump: How much, how much for my family? Lester, how much?

Clinton: It is, as I said, trumped up, trickle down. Trickle down did not work. It got us into the mess we were in in 2008 and ’09. Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked, and a lot of really smart wealthy people know that. And they are saying, “Hey, we need to do more to make the contributions we should be making to rebuild the middle class.” I don’t think top down works in America. I think building the middle class, investing in the middle class, making college debt-free, so more young people can get their education, helping people refinance their tax… Their debt from college at a lower rate. Those are the kinds of things that will really boost the economy. Broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in America. Not more advantages for people at the very top.

Holt: Mr. Trump, we’re…

Trump: Typical politician. All talk, no action, sounds good, doesn’t work, never gonna happen. Our country is suffering, because people like Secretary Clinton have made such bad decisions in terms of our jobs and in terms of what’s going on. Now look, we have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression. And believe me, we’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s gonna come crashing down. We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble, and we’d better be awfully careful. And we have a Fed that’s doing political things. This Janet Yellen of the Fed. The Fed is doing political by keeping the interest rates at this level. And believe me, the day Obama goes off, and he leaves, and he goes out to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf, when they raise interest rates, you’re gonna see some very bad things happen. Because the Fed is not doing their job. The Fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton.

Holt: Mr. Trump we’re talking about the burden that American’s have to pay, yet you have not released your tax returns. And the reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to… Who he owes it to, and any business conflicts. Don’t Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?

Trump: I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit, and it’ll be released, and as soon as the audit’s finished it’ll be released. But you will learn more about Donald Trump by going down to the federal elections where I filed a 104-page essentially financial statement of sorts, the forms that they have. It shows income… In fact the income… I just looked today. The income is filed at $694 million for this past year, $694 million. If you would have told me I was gonna make that 15 or 20 years ago, I would have been very surprised. But that’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. When we have a country that’s doing so badly, that’s being ripped off by every single country in the world, it’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. Because everybody, Lester, we have a trade deficit with all of the countries that we do business with, of almost $800 billion a year. You know what that is? That means, who’s negotiating these trade deals? We have people that are political hacks negotiating our trade deals.

Holt: The IRS says an audit of your taxes…

Trump: Excuse me.

Holt: You’re perfectly free to release your taxes during an audit. And so the question is, does the public’s right to know outweigh your personal…

Trump: Well, I told you, I will release them as soon as the audit… Look, I’ve been under audit almost for 15 years. I know a lot of wealthy people that have never been audited. I said, “Do you get audited?” I get audited almost every year. And in a way, I should be complaining. I’m not even complaining. I don’t mind it. It’s almost become a way of life. I get audited by the IRS. But other people don’t. I will say this. We have a situation in this country that has to be taken care of. I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer’s wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release.


Trump: I will release my tax returns. And that’s against… My lawyers, they say, “Don’t do it.” I will tell you this. No… In fact, watching shows, they’re reading the papers. Almost every lawyer says, “You don’t release your returns until the audit’s complete.” When the audit’s complete, I’ll do it. But I would go against them if she releases her emails.

Holt: So it’s negotiable?

Trump: It’s not negotiable. No, let her release the e… Why did she delete 33,000 emails?

Holt: Well, I’ll let her answer that, but let me just admonish the audience one more time. There was an agreement. We did ask you to be silent, so it would be helpful for us. Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I think you’ve just seen another example of bait-and-switch here. For 40 years, everyone running for president has released their tax returns. You can go and see nearly, I think, 39, 40 years of our tax returns, but everyone has done it. We know the IRS has made clear, there is no prohibition on releasing it when you’re under audit. So you’ve got to ask yourself, why won’t he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed, he didn’t pay any federal income tax.

Trump: That makes me smart.

Clinton: So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he’s not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he’s trying to hide. And the financial disclosure statements, they don’t give you the tax rate. They don’t give you all the details that tax returns would. And it just seems to me that this is something that the American people deserve to see. And I have no reason to believe that he’s ever going to release his tax returns, because there’s something he’s hiding. And we’ll guess. We’ll keep guessing at what it might be that he’s hiding. But I think the question is, were he ever to get near the White House, what would be those conflicts? Who does he owe money to? Well, he owes you the answers to that, and he should provide them.

Holt: He also raised the issue of your emails. Do you wanna respond to that?

Clinton: I do. You know, I made a mistake using a private email.

Trump: That’s for sure.

Clinton: And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I’m not gonna make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that.

Holt: Mr. Trump?

Trump: That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OKay? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment… Taking the Fifth, so they’re not prosecuted. When you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it’s… Really thinks it’s disgraceful also. As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn that much from tax returns, that I can tell you. You learn a lot from financial disclosure. And you should go down and take a look at that. The other thing, I’m extremely under-leveraged. Thee report that said, 650, which by the way, a lot of friends of mine that know my business say, “Boy, that’s really not a lot of money.” It’s not a lot of money relative to what I had. The buildings that were in question, they said in the same report, which was… Actually, it wasn’t even a bad story, to be honest with you, but the buildings are worth $3.9 billion. And the 650 isn’t even on that. But it’s not 650, it’s much less than that. But I could give you a list of banks, if that would help you, I would give you a list of banks. These are very fine institutions, very fine banks. I could do that very quickly. I am very under-leveraged. I have a great company. I have a tremendous income.

Trump: And the reason I say that is not in a braggadocios way, it’s because it’s about time that this country had somebody running it that has an idea about money. When we have $20 trillion in debt, and our county’s a mess… You know, it’s one thing to have 20 trillion in debt and our roads are good, and our bridges are good, and everything’s in great shape, our airports… Our airports are like from a third world country. You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible… You come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land… We’ve become a third world country. So, the worst of all things has happened, we owe $20 trillion and we’re a mess. We haven’t even started. And we’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, according to a report that I just saw, whether it’s six or five, but it looks like it’s six. $6 trillion in the Middle East, we could have rebuilt our country twice, and it’s really a shame. And it’s politicians like Secretary Clinton that have caused this problem. Our country has tremendous problems. We’re a debtor nation, we’re a serious debtor nation, and we have a country that needs new roads, new tunnels, new bridges, new airports, new schools, new hospitals. And we don’t have the money, because it’s been squandered on so many of your ideas.

Holt: Let you respond and we’ll move to the next…

Clinton: And maybe because you haven’t paid any federal income tax for a lot of years.


Clinton: And the other thing I think is important to point out is…

Trump: It would be squandered too, believe me.

Clinton: If your main claim to be president of the United States is your business, then I think we should talk about that. You know, your campaign manager said that you built a lot of businesses on the backs of little guys. And indeed, I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald. I’ve met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that you asked them to do. We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses. It’s a beautiful facility. It immediately was put to use. And you wouldn’t pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you to do…

Trump: Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.

Clinton: Well, do thousands…

Trump: Which our country should do too.

Clinton: Do the thousands of people that you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some kind apology from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they produced, and then refused to pay them? I can only say that I’m certainly relieved that my late father never did business with you. He provided a good middle-class life for us, but the people he worked for, he expected the bargain to be kept on both sides. And when we talk about your business, you’ve taken business bankruptcy six times. There are a lot of great business people that have never taken bankruptcy once. You call yourself the king of debt, you talk about leverage. You even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the…

Trump: Wrong. Wrong.

Clinton: The national debt of the United States. Well, sometimes there’s not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government…

Holt: Let’s let Mr. Trump…

Trump: So, yeah, I think it’s… I do think it’s time.

Clinton: And we need to be very clear about that.

Trump: Look, it’s all words, it’s all sound bites. I built an unbelievable company, some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world, real estate assets anywhere in the world beyond the United States, in Europe, lots of different places. It’s an unbelievable company. But on occasion, four times, we used certain laws that are there. And when Secretary Clinton talks about people that didn’t get paid, first of all, they did get paid a lot, but taking advantage of the laws of the nation, now if you wanna change the laws you’ve been there a long time, change the laws. But I take advantage of the laws of the nation, because I’m running a company, my obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies, and that’s what I do. But, what she doesn’t say is the tens of thousands of people that are unbelievably happy and that love me. I’ll give you an example. We’re just opening up on Pennsylvania Avenue, right next to the White House, so if I don’t get there one way, I’m gonna get to Pennsylvania Avenue another.

Trump: But we’re opening the old post office, under budget, ahead of schedule, saved tremendous money, I’m a year ahead of schedule, and that’s what this country should be doing. We build roads and they cost two and three and four times what they’re supposed to cost. We buy products for our military and they come at costs that are so far above what they were supposed to be, because we don’t have people that know what they’re doing. When we look at the budget, the budget is bad to a large extent, because we have people that have no idea as to what to do and how to buy. The Trump International is way under budget and way ahead of schedule, and we should be able to do that for our county.

Holt: Well, we’re well behind schedule, so I wanna move to our next segment. We move into our next segment talking about America’s direction, and let’s start by talking about race. The share of Americans who say race relations are bad in this country is the highest it’s been in decades, much of it amplified by shootings of African-Americans by police, as we’ve seen recently in Charlotte and Tulsa. Race has been a big issue in this campaign and one of you is gonna have to bridge a very wide and bitter gap. So how do you heal the divide? Secretary Clinton you get two minutes on this.

Clinton: Well you’re right, race remains a significant challenge in our country. Unfortunately race still determines too much. Often determines where people live, determines what kind of education in their public schools they can get, and yes, it determines how they’re treated in the criminal justice system. We’ve just seen those too tragic examples in both Tulsa and Charlotte. And we’ve gotta do several things at the same time. We have to restore trust between communities and the police. We have to work to make sure that our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they’re well prepared to use force only when necessary. Everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law. Right now, that’s not the case in a lot of our neighborhoods.

Clinton: So I have, ever since the first day of my campaign called for criminal justice reform. I’ve laid out a platform that I think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system. But we also have to recognize in addition to the challenges that we face with policing, there are so many good brave police officers who equally want reform. So we have to bring communities together in order to begin working on that as a mutual goal. And we’ve got to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. The gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young African-American men, more than the next nine causes put together. So we have to do two things as I said, we have to restore trust, we have to work with the police, we have to make sure they respect the communities and the communities respect them, and we have to tackle the plague of gun violence, which is a big contributor to a lot of the problems that we’re seeing today.

Holt: Alright Mr. Trump, you have two minutes. How do you heal the divide?

Trump: Well first of all, Secretary Clinton doesn’t want to use a couple of words and that’s “law and order”. And we need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not gonna have a country. And when I look at what’s going on in Charlotte, the city I love, the city where I have investments. When I look at what’s going on throughout various parts of our country whether it’s… I mean, I can just keep naming them all day long. We need law and order in our country. And I just got today, as you know, the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. It just came in. We have endorsements from I think almost every police group, very… I mean, a large percentage of them in the United States. We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African-Americans, Hispanics, are living in hell, because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street you get shot.

Trump: In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings, thousands, since January 1st, thousands of shootings. And I’m saying, “Where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing?” And we have to stop the violence, we have to bring back law and order in a place like Chicago, where thousands of people have been killed, thousands over the last number of years. In fact, almost 4,000 have been killed since Barack Obama became President. Over four… Almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed. We have to bring back law and order. Now whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop-and-frisk, which worked very well, Mayor Giuliani is here, worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down. But you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn’t be having it. We have gangs roaming the street, and in many cases they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants, and they have guns, and they shoot people. And we have to be very strong, and we have to be very vigilant. We have to know what we’re doing. Right now, our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything. We have to protect our inner cities, because African-American communities are being decimated by crime.

Holt: Your two minutes has expired, but I do wanna follow up. Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.

Trump: No, you’re wrong. It went before a judge who was a very against-police judge. It was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it throughout the country there are many places…

Holt: The argument is that it’s a form of racial profiling.

Trump: No. The argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them, and that are bad people that shouldn’t have them. These are felons, these are people that are bad people that shouldn’t be… When you have 3000 shootings in Chicago from January first, when you have 4000 people killed in Chicago by guns from the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama, his hometown. You have to have stop-and-frisk. You need more police, you need a better community relation. You don’t have good community relations in Chicago. It’s terrible. I have property there, it’s terrible what’s going on in Chicago. But when you look… And Chicago is not the only… You go to Ferguson, you go to so many different places. You need better relationships, I agree with Secretary Clinton on this, you need better relationships between the communities and the police, because in some cases it’s not good.

Trump: But you look at Dallas, where the relationships were really studied. The relationships were really a beautiful thing. And then five police officers were killed one night very violently. So there’s some bad things going on, some really bad things. But we need…

Holt: Secretary Clinton…

Trump: Lester, we need law and order. And we need law and order in the inner cities, because the people that are most affected by what’s happening are African-American and Hispanic people. And it’s very unfair to them what our politicians are allowing to happen.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I’ve heard Donald say this at his rallies. And it’s really unfortunate that he paints such a dire negative picture of black communities in our country.

Trump: Uh.

Clinton: You know, the vibrancy of the black church, the black businesses that employ so many people, the opportunities that so many families are working to provide for their kids. There’s a lot that we should be proud of, and we should be supporting and lifting up. But we do always have to make sure we keep people safe. There are the right ways of doing it, and then there are ways that are ineffective. Stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional. And in part, because it was ineffective. It did not do what it needed to do.

Clinton: Now, I believe in community policing. And in fact, violent crime is one-half of what it was in 1991. Property crime is down 40%. We just don’t wanna see it creep back up. We’ve had 25 years of very good cooperation, but there were some problems, some unintended consequences. Too many young African-American and Latino men ended up in jail for non-violent offenses. And it’s just a fact that if you’re a young African-American man, and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated. So we’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. We cannot just say, “Law and order.” We have to say… We have to come forward with a plan that is going to divert people from the criminal justice system, deal with mandatory minimum sentences, which have put too many people away for too long for doing too little. We need to have more second-chance programs. I’m glad that we’re ending private prisons in the federal system. I wanna see them ended in the state system. You shouldn’t have a profit motivation to fill prison cells with young Americans.

Clinton: So, there are some positive ways we can work on this. And I believe strongly that common sense gun safety measures would assist us right now. And this is something Donald has supported along with the gun lobby. Right now, we’ve got too many military-style weapons on the streets. In a lot of places our police are outgunned. We need comprehensive background checks, and we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who will do harm. And we finally need to pass a probation on anyone who’s on the terrorist watch list for being able to buy a gun in our country. If you’re too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun. So there are things we can do, and we ought to do it in a bipartisan way.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, last week you said, “We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing to go right at implicit bias.” Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?

Clinton: Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone not just police. I think unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. And therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, “Why am I feeling this way?” But when it comes to policing, since it can have, literally, fatal consequences, I have said in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers. I’ve met with a group of very distinguished experienced police chiefs a few weeks ago. They admit it’s an issue. They’ve got a lot of concerns. Mental health is one of the biggest concerns, because now police are having to handle a lot of really difficult mental health problems on the street. They want support. They want more training. They want more assistance. And I think the federal government could be in a position where we would offer and provide that.

Holt: Mister…

Trump: I’d like respond to that.

Holt: Please.

Trump: First of all, I agree and a lot of people even within my own party want to give certain rights to people on watch lists and no-fly lists. I agree with you. When a person is on a watch list or a no-fly list, and I have the endorsement of the NRA, which I’m very proud of. These, are very, very good people, and they are protecting the Second Amendment. But I think we have to look very strongly at no-fly lists, and watch lists, and when people are on there, even if they shouldn’t be on there, we’ll help them, we’ll help them legally, we’ll help them get off. But I tend to agree with that quite strongly. I do wanna bring up the fact that you were the one that brought up the word ‘super predator’ about young black youth. And that’s a term that I think was a… It’s been horribly met, as you know. I think you’ve apologized for it. But I think it was a terrible thing to say. And, when it comes to stop-and-frisk, you’re talking about taking guns away. Well, I’m talking about taking guns away from gangs and people that use them. And I don’t think… I really don’t think you disagree with me on this, if you wanna know the truth.

Trump: I think, maybe there’s a political reason why you can’t say it, but I really don’t believe… In New York City stop-and-frisk, we had 2,200 murders and stop-and-frisk brought it down to 500 murders. 500 murders is a lot of murders. Hard to believe 500, is it supposed to be good? But we went from 2,200 to 500. And it was continued on by Mayor Bloomberg and it was terminated by our current mayor. But stop-and-frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City, tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very, very big impact.

Clinton: Well it’s also fair to say if we’re gonna talk about mayors that under the current mayor, crime has continued to drop, including murders. So there is…

Trump: You’re wrong. You’re wrong.

Clinton: No, I’m not.

Trump: Murders are up. Alright, you check.

Clinton: New York has done an excellent job, and I give credit. I give credit across the board going back two mayors, two police chiefs, because it has worked, and other communities need to come together to do what will work as well. Look, one murder is too many. But it is important that we learn about what has been effective and not go to things that sound good that really did not have the kind of impact that we would want. Who disagrees with keeping neighborhoods safe? But let’s also add, no one should disagree about respecting the rights of young men who live in those neighborhoods. And so we need to do a better job of working, again, with the communities, faith communities, business communities, as well as the police to try to deal with this problem.

Holt: This conversation is about race. And so Mr. Trump I have to ask you, for five…

Trump: But I’d like to just respond, if I might?

Holt: Please, 20 seconds.

Trump: I’d just like to respond.

Holt: Please respond, then I’ve got a follow-up for you.

Trump: I will. Look, the African-American community has been let down by our politicians. They talk good around election time, like right now, and after the election they said, “See you later, I’ll see you in four years.” The African-American… Look, the community within the inner cities has been so badly treated. They’ve been abused and used in order to get votes by Democrat politicians, because that’s what it is. They’ve controlled these communities for up to 100 years.

Holt: Mr. Trump, let me…

Trump: Well, I do…

Trump: Unbroken, and I will tell you, you look at the inner cities and I just left Detroit and I just left Philadelphia, and I just… You know, you’ve seen me. I’ve been all over the place. You decided to stay home and that’s okay. [chuckle] But I will tell you, I’ve been all over and I’ve met some of the greatest people I’ll ever meet within these communities, and they are very, very upset with what their politicians have told them and what their politicians have done.

Holt: Mr. Trump…

Clinton: I think that… I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing.


Holt: Mr. Trump, for five years you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black president was not a natural-born citizen. You questioned his legitimacy. In the last couple of weeks you acknowledge what most Americans have accepted for years, the president was born in the United States. Can you tell us what took you so long?

Trump: I’ll tell you very… Well, just very simple to say. Sidney Blumenthal works for the campaign and very close friend of Secretary Clinton, and her campaign manager, Patti Doyle, went to… During the campaign, her campaign against President Obama, fought very hard, and you can go look it up and you can check it out. And if you look at CNN this past week, Patti Solis Doyle was on Wolf Blitzer saying that this happened. Blumenthal sent McClatchy, a highly-respected reporter at McClatchy, to Kenya to find out about it. They were pressing it very hard. She failed to get the birth certificate. When I got involved, I didn’t fail. I got him to give the birth certificate. So I’m satisfied with it, and I’ll tell you why I’m satisfied with it.

Holt: That was in 2011.

Trump: Because I wanna get on to defeating ISIS. Because I wanna get on to creating jobs. Because I wanna get on to having a strong border. Because I wanna get on to things that are very important to me and that are very important to the country.

Holt: I will let you respond, it’s important, but I just wanna get the answer here. The birth certificate was produced in 2011. You continued to tell the story and question the President’s legitimacy in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15…

Trump: Yeah.

Holt: As recently as January. So the question is, what changed your mind?

Trump: Well, nobody was pressing it. Nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d ask the question tonight of course, but nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got them to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it. I mean, you know, now everybody in the mainstream is gonna say, “Oh, that’s not true.” Look, it’s true. Sidney Blumenthal sent the reporter. You just have to take a look at CNN last week, the interview with your former campaign manager, and she was involved. But just like she can’t bring back jobs, she can’t produce.

Holt: I’m sorry, I’m just gonna follow up and I will let you respond to that, because there’s a lot there, but we’re talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans, especially people of color who…

[overlapping conversation]

Trump: Well it was very… I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing. But let me just tell you, when you talk about healing, I think that I’ve developed very, very good relationships over the last little while with the African-American community. I think you can see that. And I feel that they really wanted me to come to that conclusion, and I think I did a great job and a great service, not only for the country, but even for the President in getting him to produce his birth certificate.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, just listen to what you heard. [laughter] And clearly, as Donald just  admitted he knew he was gonna stand on this debate stage and Lester Holt … Holt was gonna be asking us questions, so he tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily, he has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted, he persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it. But remember, Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination, because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy. He actually was sued twice by the Justice Department. So he has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one. You know, Barack Obama is a man of great dignity and I could tell how much it bothered him and annoyed him that this was being touted and used against him. But I like to remember what Michelle Obama said in her amazing speech at our Democratic National Convention, “When they go low, we go high,” and Barack Obama went high despite Donald Trump’s best efforts to bring him down.

Holt: Mr. Trump, you can respond and then we’re gonna move on to the next segment.

Trump: I would love to respond. First of all I got to watch, in preparing for this, some of your debates against Barack Obama, you treated him with terrible disrespect. And I watch the way you talk now about how lovely everything is and how wonderful you are. Doesn’t work that way. You were after him, you were trying to… You even sent out, or your campaign sent out, pictures of him in a certain garb, very famous pictures, I don’t think you can deny that. But just last week your campaign manager said it was true. So when you try to act holier than thou, it really doesn’t work, it really doesn’t. Now as far as the lawsuit, yes, when I was very young I went into my father’s company, he had a real estate company in Brooklyn and Queens. And we along with many, many other companies throughout the country, it was a federal lawsuit, were sued. We settled the suit with zero, with no admission of guilt, it was very easy to do, but they sued many people.

Trump: I notice you bring that up a lot, and I also noticed the very nasty commercials that you do on me in so many different ways, which I don’t do on you. Maybe I’m trying to save the money. But frankly, I look at that and I say, “Isn’t that amazing?” Because I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many real estate firms, and it’s just one of those things. I’ll go on one step further. In Palm Beach, Florida, tough community, a brilliant community, a wealthy community, probably the wealthiest community there is in the world, I opened a club and really got great credit for it. No discrimination against African-Americans, against Muslims, against anybody. And it’s a tremendously successful club and I’m so glad I did it. And I have been given great credit for what I did and I’m very, very proud of it. And that’s the way I feel. That is the true way I feel.

Holt: Our next segment is called ‘Securing America.’ We wanna start with a 21st-century war happening every day in this country. Our institutions are under cyber attack and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who’s behind it and how do we fight it? Secretary Clinton, this answer goes to you.

Trump: Well, I think cybersecurity, cyberwarfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president, because clearly we’re facing at this point two different kinds of adversaries. There are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons, to try to steal information that they then can use to make money. But increasingly, we are seeing cyber attacks coming from states, organs of states. The most recent and troubling of these has been Russia. There’s no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald’s very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin, but Putin is playing a really tough, long game here. And one of the things he’s done, is to let loose cyber attackers to hack in to government files, to hack in to personal files, hack in to the Democratic National Committee. And we recently have learned that this is one of their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information.

Clinton: We need to make it very clear, whether it’s Russia, China, Iran, or anybody else, the United States has much greater capacity, and we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private sector information or our public sector information. And we’re going to have to make it clear that we don’t want to use the kinds of tools that we have, we don’t want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country, and the Russians need to understand that. I think they’ve been treating it as almost a probing, how far would we go, how much would we do? And that’s why I was so shocked when Donald publicly invited Putin to hack into Americans. That is just unacceptable, it’s one of the reasons why 50 national security officials, who served in republican information… Administration…

Holt: Your two minutes has expired.

Clinton: Have said that Donald is unfit to be the commander-in-chief. It’s comments like that, that really worry people who understand the threats that we face.

Holt: Mr. Trump, you have two minutes on the same question. Who’s behind it, and how do we fight it?

Trump: Yeah. I do want to say that I was just endorsed and more are coming next week. It’ll be over 200 admirals, many of them are here, admirals and generals endorsed me to lead this country. That just happened and many more are coming, and I’m very proud of it. In addition, I was just endorsed by ICE, they’ve never endorsed anybody before on immigration. I was just endorsed by ICE. I was just recently endorsed, 16,500 border patrol agents. So, when Secretary Clinton talks about this, I mean, I’ll take the admirals, and I’ll take the generals any day over the political hacks that I see, that have led our country so brilliantly over the last 10 years with their knowledge. Okay? Because look at the mess that we’re in. Look at the mess that we’re in. As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC, she’s saying “Russia, Russia, Russia”, but I don’t… Maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China, it could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed, that weights 400 pounds. Okay? You don’t know who broke in to DNC. But what did we learn with DNC?

Trump: We learned that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of, that’s what it is. Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don’t know. Because the truth is, under President Obama, we’ve lost control of things that we used to have control of. We came in with the Internet, we came up with the Internet. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game, ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyberwarfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son, he’s 10 years old, he has computers, he is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough, and maybe it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them.

Holt: Secretary Clinton?

Clinton: Well, I think there are a number of issues that we should be addressing. I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS. It does involve going after them online. I think we need to do much more with our tech companies to prevent ISIS and their operatives from being able to use the Internet, to radicalize even direct people in our country, in Europe and elsewhere. But we also have to intensify our air strikes against ISIS. And eventually support our Arab and Kurdish partners to be able to actually take out ISIS in Raqqah, and their claim of being a caliphate. We’re making progress, our military is assisting in Iraq, and we’re hoping that within the year, we’ll be able to push ISIS out of Iraq, and then really squeeze them in Syria.

Clinton: But we have to be cognizant of the fact that they’ve had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons. So we have to make this the top priority, and I would also do everything possible to take out their leadership. I was involved in a number of efforts to take out Al-Qaeda leadership when I was Secretary of State, including of course, taking out Bin Laden. And I think we need to go after Baghdadi as well, make that one of our organizing principles. Because, we’ve got to defeat ISIS, and we’ve got to do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts online.

Holt: You mentioned ISIS, and we think of ISIS certainly as over there. But there are American citizens who have been inspired to commit acts of terror on American soil. And the latest incident, of course, the bombings we just saw in New York and New Jersey, the knife attack at a mall in Minnesota, in the last year, deadly attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando. I’ll ask this to both of you, tell us specifically how you would prevent homegrown attacks by American citizens? Mr. Trump.

Trump: Well, first I have to say one thing, very important, Secretary Clinton is talking about taking out ISIS, “We will take out ISIS.” Well, President Obama and Secretary Clinton created a vacuum, the way they got out of Iraq. Because they got out what they shouldn’t had been in, but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster. And ISIS was formed. So, she talks about taking them out, she’s been doing it a long time, she’s been trying to take them out for a long time. But they wouldn’t have even been formed if they left some troops behind, like 10,000 or maybe, something more than that, and then, you wouldn’t have had them. Or, as I’ve been saying for a long time and I think you’ll agree, ’cause I said it to you once, had we taken the oil and we should have taken the oil, ISIS would not have been able to form either, because the oil was their primary source of income. And now, they have the oil all over the place, including the oil, a lot of the oil, in Libya, which was another one of her disasters.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard. Donald supported the invasion of Iraq.

Trump: Wrong.

Clinton: That is absolutely proved over and over again.

Trump: Wrong. Wrong.

Clinton: He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya and urged that Gaddafi be taken out after actually doing some business with him one time. But the larger point, he says this constantly, is George W. Bush made the agreement about when American troops would leave Iraq, not Barack Obama. And the only way that American troops could have stayed in Iraq is to get an agreement from the then Iraqi government that would have protected our troops and the Iraqi government would not give that.

Clinton: But, let’s talk about the question you asked, Lester. The question you asked is what do we do here in the United States? That’s the most important part of this. How do we prevent attacks? How do we protect our people? And I think, we’ve got to have an intelligence surge where we are looking for every scrap of information. I was so proud of law enforcement in New York, in Minnesota, in New Jersey. They responded to quickly, so professionally to the attacks that occurred by Rahami, and they brought him down. And we may find out more information, because he is still alive, which may prove to be an intelligence benefit.

Clinton: So, we’ve got to do every thing we can to vacuum up intelligence from Europe, from the Middle East. That means we’ve got to work more closely with our allies. And that’s something that Donald has been very dismissive of. We’re working with NATO, the longest military alliance in the history of the world, to really turn our attention to terrorism. We’re working with our friends in the Middle East, many of which as you know are Muslim-majority nations. Donald has consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home when we need to be cooperating with Muslim nations and with the American Muslim community. They’re on the front lines. They can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. They need to have close working cooperation with law-enforcement in these communities, not be alienated and pushed away, as some of Donald’s rhetoric, unfortunately, has led to.

Holt: Mister…

Trump: Well, I have to respond.

Holt: Please respond.

Trump: The Secretary said very strongly about working with… We’ve been working with them for many years, and we have the greatest mess anyone’s ever seen. You look at the Middle East. It’s a total mess, under your direction to a large extent, but you look at the Middle East. You started the Iran deal. That’s another beauty where you have a country that was ready to fall. I mean, they were doing so badly, they were choking on the sanctions and now, they’re gonna be actually probably a major power at some point pretty soon, the way they’re going.

Trump: But when you look at NATO, I was asked on a major show, “What do you think of NATO?” Now, you’ve to understand, I’m a business person. I did really well, but I have common sense. And I said, “Well, I’ll tell you. I haven’t given lots of thought to NATO, but two things. Number one, the 28 countries of NATO, many of them aren’t paying their fair share. Number two, and that bothers me, because we should be ask… We’re defending them and they should at least be paying us what they’re supposed to be paying by treaty and contract. And number two, I said, and very strongly, NATO could be obsolete, because… And I was very strong on this and it was actually covered very accurately in the New York Times, which is unusual for the New York Times, to be honest. But I said, “They do not focus on terror.” And I was very strong, and I said it numerous times. And about four months ago, I read it on the front page of the Wall Street Journal that NATO is opening up a major terror division, and I think that’s great. And I think we should get… Because we pay approximately 73% of the cost of NATO, it’s a lot of money to protect other people. But, I’m all for NATO. But I said they have to focus on terror also. And they’re gonna do that. And that was… Believe me, I’m sure not gonna get credit for it, but that was largely because of what I was saying and my criticism of NATO.

Trump: It’s NATO. I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us, in addition to surrounding nations, and we have to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we have to do it fast. When ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton, and believe me, you were the ones that took out the troops. Not only that, you’ve named the day. They couldn’t believe it. They sat back probably and said, “I can’t believe it.” They said…

Clinton: Lester, we’ve covered…

Trump: No, wait a minute.

Clinton: We’ve covered this ground.

Trump: When they formed, when they formed… This is something that never should have happened. It should have never happened. Now you’re talking about taking out ISIS. But you were there, and you were Secretary of State when it was a little infant. Now it’s in over 30 countries. And you’re going to stop them? I don’t think so.

Holt: Mr. Trump, a lot of these are judgment questions. You had supported the war in Iraq before the invasion. What makes your judgement…

Trump: I did not support the war in Iraq.

Holt: In 2002…

Trump: That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her, because she… Frankly, I think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media.

Holt: My question is, since you supported it…

Trump: Would you like to hear…

Holt: Why is your judgment…

Trump: Wait a minute. I was against the war in Iraq. Just so you put it out.

Holt: The record shows otherwise, but why was…

Trump: The record does not show that.

Holt: Is your judgment any…

Trump: The record shows that I’m right. When I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone’s asked me, that I said very lightly, “I don’t know. Maybe. Who knows?” Essentially. I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. We talked about the economy is more important. I then spoke to Sean Hannity, which everybody refuses to call Sean Hannity. I had numerous conversations with Sean Hannity at Fox. And Sean Hannity said… And he called me the other day… And I spoke to him about it… He said, “You were totally against the war.” ‘Cause he was for the war.

Holt: Why is your judgment better than…

Trump: And when he… Excuse me. And that was before the war started. Sean Hannity said very strongly to me and other people… He’s willing to say it, but nobody wants to call him. I was against the war. He said, “You used to have fights with me.” ‘Cause Sean was in favor of the war. And I understand that side also. Not very much ’cause we should’ve never been there.

Trump: But nobody called Sean Hannity. And then they did an article in a major magazine shortly after the war started, I think in ’04, but they did an article which had me totally against the war in Iraq. And one of your compatriots said, “You know, whether it was before or right after, Trump was definitely”… ‘Cause if you read this article there’s no doubt. But if somebody, and I’ll ask the press, if somebody would call up Sean Hannity, this was before the war started. He and I used to have arguments about the war. I said, “it’s a terrible and a stupid thing. It’s going to destabilize the Middle East”, and that’s exactly what it’s done. It’s been a disaster.

Holt: My reference was to what you had said in 2002.

Trump: No, no. You didn’t hear what I said.

Holt: And my question was why is your judgment any different than Mrs. Clinton’s?

Trump: Well I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has. I have a much better… She spent… Let me tell you. She spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising… They get Madison Avenue into a room, they put names… Oh temperament. Let’s go after… I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not… How to win…

Holt: Secretary Clinton…

Trump: Wait. The AFL-CIO, the other day behind the blue screen. I don’t know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control. I said, “There’s a person with a temperament that’s got a problem.”

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Whew! Okay. Let’s talk about two important issues that were briefly mentioned by Donald. First, NATO. NATO as a military alliance has something called Article 5, and basically it says this “An attack on one is an attack on all.” And you know the only time it’s ever been invoked, after 9/11, when the 28 nations of NATO said that they would go to Afghanistan with us, to fight terrorism.

Clinton: Something that they still are doing by our side. With respect to Iran, when I became Secretary of State, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb. They had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle under the Bush administration. They had built covert facilities. They had stocked them with centrifuges that were whirling away.

Clinton: And we had sanctioned them. I voted for every sanction against Iran when I was in the Senate, but it wasn’t enough. So I spent a year and a half putting together a coalition that included Russia and China to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran. And we did drive them to the negotiating table. And my successor, John Kerry, and President Obama got a deal that put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot. That’s diplomacy.

Clinton: That’s coalition-building. That’s working with other nations. The other day, I saw Donald saying that there were some Iranian sailors on a ship in the waters off of Iran, and they were taunting American sailors who were on a nearby ship. He said, “You know, if they taunted our sailors, I’d blow them out of the water and start another war.” That’s not good judgment.

Trump: That would not start a war.

Clinton: That is not the right temperament to be commander in chief, to be taunted. And the worst part…

Trump: No, they were taunting us.

Clinton: Of what we heard Donald say, has been about nuclear weapons. He has said repeatedly that he didn’t care if other nations got nuclear weapons: Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. It has been the policy of the United States, Democrats and Republicans, to do everything we could to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He even said well, “You know if there were nuclear war in the east Asia, well that’s fine.”

Trump: Wrong.

Clinton: “Have a good time, folks.”

Trump: That’s ____.

Clinton: And in fact, his cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons is so deeply troubling. That is the number one threat we face in the world, and it becomes particularly threatening if terrorists ever get their hands on any nuclear material. So a man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes, as far as I think anyone with any sense about this should be concerned.

Trump: That line’s getting a little bit old, I must say. Listen, I would like to…

Clinton: It’s a good one though. Well describes the problem.

Trump: It’s not an accurate one at all. It’s not an accurate one. So I just wanna give a lot of things and just to respond. I agree with her on one thing. The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons. Not global warming like you think and your president thinks. Nuclear is the single greatest threat. Just to go down the list.

Trump: We defend Japan, we defend Germany, we defend South Korea, we defend Saudi Arabia, we defend countries. They do not pay us what they should be paying us, because we are providing tremendous service, and we’re losing a fortune. That’s why we’re losing. We’re losing everything. I say who makes these, we lose on everything.

Trump: Well, I said that it’s very possible that if they don’t pay a fair share, because this isn’t 40 years ago where we could do what we’re doing. We can’t defend Japan, a behemoth selling us cars by the millions.

Holt: We need to move on.

Trump: But wait, but it’s very important. All I said was they may have to defend themselves, or they have to help us out. We’re a country that owes $20 trillion. They have to help us out. As far as the nuclear is concerned, I agree. It is the single greatest threat that this country has.

Holt: Which leads to my next question as we enter our last segment here, and we’re still in the subject of securing America on nuclear weapons. President Obama reportedly considered changing the nation’s long standing policy on first use. Do you support the current policy? Mr. Trump, you have two minutes on that.

Trump: Well I have to say that for what Secretary Clinton was saying about nuclear with Russia. She’s very cavalier in the way she talks about various countries. But Russia’s been expanding. They have a much newer capability than we do. We have not been updating from the new standpoint. I looked the other night, I was seeing B52s there old enough that your father, your grandfather could be flying them. We are not keeping up with other countries. I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strike. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.

Trump: At the same time we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table. Because you look at some of these countries, you look at North Korea. We’re doing nothing there. China should solve that problem for us. China should go into North Korea. China is totally powerful as it relates to North Korea. And by the way, another one powerful is the worst deal I think I’ve ever seen negotiated that you started is the Iran deal.

Trump: Iran is one of their biggest trading partners. Iran has power over North Korea. And when they made that horrible deal with Iran, they should’ve included the fact that they do something with respect to North Korea. And they should have done something with respect to Yemen, and all these other places. And when asked to Secretary Kerry, “Why didn’t you do that, why didn’t you add other things into the deal?” One of the great giveaways of all time, of all time, including $400 million in cash. Nobody’s ever seen that before. That turned out to be wrong, it was actually $1.7 billion in cash. Obviously I guess for the hostages, it certainly looks that way.

Trump: So you say to yourself, “Why didn’t they make the right deal?” This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. The deal with Iran will lead to nuclear problems. All they have to do is sit back 10 years, and they don’t have to do much, and they’re gonna end up getting nuclear. I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day, believe me, he is not a happy camper.

Holt: Mrs. Clinton, Secretary Clinton, you have two minutes.

Clinton: Let me start by saying, words matter. Words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president. And I want to reassure our allies in Japan and South Korea and elsewhere that we have mutual defense treaties and we will honor them. It is essential that America’s word be good.

Clinton: And so I know that this campaign has caused some questioning, and some worries on the part of many leaders across the globe. I’ve talked with a number of them. But I want to, on behalf of myself, and I think on behalf of a majority of the American people, say that our word is good. It’s also important that we look at the entire global situation.

Clinton: There’s no doubt that we have other problems with Iran, but personally, I’d rather deal with the other problems having put that lid on their nuclear program than still to be facing that. And Donald never tells you what he would do. Would he have started a war? Would he have bombed Iran? If he’s going to criticize a deal that has been very successful in giving us access to Iranian facilities that we never had before, then he should tell us what his alternative would be.

Clinton: But it’s like his plan to defeat ISIS, he says it’s a secret plan, but the only secret is that he has no plan. So we need to be more precise in how we talk about these issues. People around the world follow our presidential campaigns so closely, trying to get hints about what we will do.

Clinton: Can they rely on us? Are we gonna lead the world with strength, in accordance with our values? That’s what I intend to do. I intend to be a leader of our country that people can count on both here at home, and around the world to make decisions that will further peace and prosperity, but also stand up to bullies, whether they’re abroad or at home. We cannot let those who would try to destabilize the world to interfere with American interest and security…

Holt: Your two minutes is…

Clinton: To be given any opportunities at all.

Holt: Is expired. Mr. Trump…

Trump: Lester, one thing I’d like to say.

Holt: Very quickly…

Trump: I will go very quickly, but I will tell you that Hillary will tell you to go to her website and read all about how to defeat ISIS, which she could have defeated by never having it get going in the first place. Right now it’s getting tougher and tougher to defeat them because they are in more and more places, more and more states, more and more nations, and it’s a big problem. And as far as Japan is concerned, I wanna help all of our allies, but we are losing billions and billions of dollars. We cannot be the policeman of the world. We cannot protect countries all over the world where they’re not paying us what we need.

Holt: We have just a few final questions here.

Trump: And she doesn’t say that because she’s got no business ability. We need heart, we need a lot of things, but you have to have some basic ability, and sadly, she doesn’t have that. All of the things that she’s talking about could have been taken care of during the last 10 years, let’s say, while she had great power. But they weren’t taken care of, and if she ever wins this race, they won’t be taken care of.

Holt: Mr. Trump, this year, Secretary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major party. Earlier this month, you said she doesn’t have, “a presidential look.” She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?

Trump: She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.

Holt: The quote was, “I just don’t think she has a presidential look.”

Trump: Wait a minute, you asked me a question. Did you ask me a question? You have to be able to negotiate our trade deals. You have to be able to negotiate… That’s right… With Japan, with Saudi Arabia. I mean, can you imagine we’re defending Saudi Arabia, and with all of the money they have, we’re defending them and they’re not paying. All you have to do is speak to them. Wait. You have so many different things you have to be able to do, and I don’t believe that Hillary has the stamina.

Holt: Let’s let her respond.

Clinton: Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a ceasefire, a release of dissidence and opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk about stamina. [laughter]


Trump: Let me tell you. Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience. We have made so many bad deals during the last…


Trump: So she’s got experience, that I agree. But it’s bad, bad experience. Whether it’s the Iran deal that you’re so in love with, where we gave them $150 billion back; Whether it’s the Iran deal, whether it’s… Anything you can… You almost can’t name a good deal. I agree, she’s got experience but it’s bad experience. And this country can’t afford to have another four years of that kind of experience.


Holt: We are the final question. Very quickly, because we’re at the final question now.

Clinton: One thing, Lester, is he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs, and someone who has said, “Pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.”

Trump: I never said that.

Clinton: Who has said, “Women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job…

Trump: Didn’t say that.

Clinton: As men.” And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them, and hanging around them. And he called this woman “Ms. Piggy.” Then he called her “Ms. Housekeeping” because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.

Trump: Where did you find this?

Clinton: Her name is Alicia Machado and she has become a US citizen and you can bet, she’s going to vote this November.


Trump: Oh, really? Okay, okay, good. Let me just tell you.

Holt: Mr. Trump, just take 10 seconds and then we’re gonna have the final question.

Trump: Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, some of it said… Somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie O’Donnell. I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.

Trump: But do you wanna know the truth? I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, “I can’t do it, I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate. It’s not nice.” But she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue. They’re untrue and they’re misrepresentations.

Trump: And I will tell you this Lester, it’s not nice and I don’t deserve that. But it’s certainly not a nice thing that she’s done. It’s hundreds of millions of ads and the only gratifying thing is, I saw the polls come in today, and with all of that money over…

Holt: We have to move on to the final question.

Trump: $200 million is spent, and I’m either winning or tied.

Holt: One of you…

Trump: And I spent practically nothing.


Holt: One of you will not win this election, so my final question to you tonight: Are you willing to accept the outcome as the will of the voters? Secretary Clinton?

Clinton: Well, I support our democracy. And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I certainly will support the outcome of this election. And I know Donald’s trying very hard to plant doubts about it, but I hope the people out there understand, this election’s really up to you. It’s not about us so much as it is about you and your families, and the kind of country and future you want. So I sure hope you will get out and vote as though your future depended on it, because I think it does.

Holt: Mr. Trump, very quickly, same question. Will you accept the outcome as the will of the voters?

Trump: I want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We’re losing our jobs, people are pouring into our country. The other day we were deporting 800 people. And perhaps they passed the wrong button, they pressed the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that, it was corruption. But these people that we were going to deport for good reason ended up becoming citizens. Ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800 and now it turns out it might be 1,800 and they don’t even know.

Holt: Will you accept the outcome of the election?

Trump: Look here’s the story… I want to make America great again. I’m gonna be able to do it I don’t believe Hillary will. The answer is if she wins, I will absolutely support her.


Holt: Alright. Well, that is going to do it for us. That concludes our debate for this evening, a spirited one.


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Trump: Thank you. Thank you.

Trump: Thank you. Thank you very much. Friends, delegates and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the Presidency of the United States.


Trump: USA. USA. USA. USA.

Trump: Who would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16th, last year, we and I say “We”, because we are a team would have received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the Republican Party. And that the Republican Party would get 60% more votes than it received eight years ago. Who would have believed this? Who would have believed this?

Trump: The democrats on the other hand received 20% fewer votes than they got four years ago. Not so good. Not so good.

Trump: Together we will lead our party back to the White House and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity and peace.


Trump: We will be a country of generosity and warmth, but we will also be a country of law and order.


Trump: Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police and the terrorism of our cities threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.


Trump: Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally. Some have even been its victims. I have a message for all of you, the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon and I mean very soon, come to an end.


Trump: Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored.


Trump: The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead. It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.

Trump: I will present the facts plainly and honestly.

Crowd: Way to go!

Trump: We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.


Trump: So if you wanna hear the corporate spin, the carefully crafted lies and the media miss. The democrats are holding their convention next week, go there.


Trump: But here at our convention there will be no lies, we will honor the American people, with the truth and nothing else.



Trump: These are the facts: Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administrations roll back of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s 50 largest cities, that’s the largest increase in 25 years!

Trump: In our nations capitals killings have risen by 50%.

Trump: They’re up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore, in the Presidents home town of Chicago more than 2000 people have been the victim of shootings this year alone and almost 4000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.

Trump: The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

Trump: The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015, they are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

Trump: One such border crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska, there he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root, she was 21-years-old and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 grade point average, number one in her class. Her killer was then released a second time and he is now a fugitive from the law, I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family, but to this administration their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. No more.

Trump: One more child to sacrifice on the order and on the alter of open borders. What about our economy? Again I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news, and your morning newspaper. Nearly four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African-American youth are now not employed, two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago.

Trump: Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely, household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000, that’s 16 years ago. Our trade deficit in goods reach nearly, I think of this, think of this, our trade deficit is $800 billion, think of that, $800 billion last year alone. We’re gonna fix that.


Trump: The budget is no better. President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion and growing, and yet what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are third world condition, and 43 million Americans are on food stamps. Now, let us consider the state of affairs abroad. Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they’ve lived through one international humiliation after another, one after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captures at gun point. This was just prior to the signing of the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran $150 billion and gave us absolutely nothing. It will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever negotiated.


Trump: Another humiliation came when President Obama drew a red line in Syria, and the whole world knew it meant absolutely nothing. In Libya, our consulate the symbol of American prestige around the globe was brought down in flames. America is far less safe, and the world is far less stable than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.

Trump: Let’s defeat her in November.


Trump: I am certain that it was a decision that President Obama truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgement, something pointed out by Bernie Sanders, are what caused so many of the disasters unfolding today. Let’s review the record.


Trump: In 2009, pre Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map, Libya was stable, Egypt was peaceful, Iraq was seeing and really a big, big reduction in violence, Iran was being chocked by sanctions, Syria was somewhat under control. After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region and the entire world, Libya is in ruins, and our ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos, Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in the civil war, and the refugee crisis now threatens the west. After 15 years of wars in the middle east, after trillions of dollars spent, and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worst than it has ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton. Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.


Trump: But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now, poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad, will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them in the first place.


Trump: A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes.


Trump: Tonight, I will share with you my plan for action for America. The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponent, is that our plan will put America first.




Trump: Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. The respect that we deserve.


Trump: The American people will come first once again.

Trump: My plan will begin with safety at home. Which means, safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order!



Trump: On the economy I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth. That can be used to rebuild America. A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight, will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That’s because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit. Believe me it’s for their benefit.


Trump: Big business, elite media and major donors, are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know, she will keep our rigged system in place.

Trump: They’re throwing money at her, because they have total control over every single thing she does. She’s their puppet and they pull the strings.


Trump: That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is “that things will never change.” Never ever.


Trump: My message is that things have to change. And they have to change right now!


Trump: Every day, I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation, that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

Trump: I have visited the laid off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals.

Trump: These are the forgotten men and women of our country. And they are forgotten but they’re not gonna be forgotten long.


Trump: These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice!


Trump: I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas, before the national good. I have no patience for injustice.


Crowd: We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!

Trump: How great are our police and how great is Cleveland?


Trump: Thank you. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence of which there is so much, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. When innocent people suffer because our political system lacks the will or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws or still worse, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash, I am not able to look the other way and I won’t look the other way.


Trump: And when a secretary of state illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them, so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence, I know that corruption has reached a level like never ever before in our country.


Trump: When the FBI Director says that the secretary of state was extremely careless and negligent in handling our classified secrets. I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible, terrible crimes.


Trump: In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such egregious crime and getting away with it especially when others who have done far less have paid so dearly.


Trump: When that same secretary of state rakes in millions and millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers, I know the time for action has come.


Trump: I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves.


Trump: Nobody knows the system better than me.


Trump: Which is why I alone can fix it.


Trump: I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders, he never had a chance, never had a chance. But his supporters will join our movement because we will fix his biggest single issue, trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and strip us of our wealth as a country.


Trump: Millions of democrats will join our movement because we are going to fix the system, so it works fairly and justly for each and every American.


Trump: In this cause, I am proud to have at my side, the next Vice President of the United States, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.


Trump: And a great guy… We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana, which is amazing.


Trump: He’s a man of character and accomplishment. He’s the man for the job. The first task for our new administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens our communities. America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were so brutally executed. Immediately after Dallas, we’ve seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials. Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, and Tennessee.

Trump: On Sunday, more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three were killed and three were very, very badly injured. An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.


Trump: I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police. When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country. Believe me, believe me. I will work with and appoint the best and brightest prosecutors and law enforcement officials to get the job properly done.


Trump: In this race for the White House, I am the ‘law and order’ candidate.


Trump: The irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the Presidency to divide us by race and color has made America a more dangerous environment than frankly I have ever seen and anybody in this room has ever watched or seen. This administration has failed America’s inner cities. Remember, it has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them in crime. It’s failed them in every way and on every single level. When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally and protected equally.


Trump: Every action I take, I will ask myself: “Does this make better for young Americans in Baltimore, in Chicago, in Detroit, in Ferguson, who have really, in every way, folks, the same right to live out their dreams as any other child in America?” Any other child. To make life safe for all of our citizens, we must also address the growing threats we face from outside the country. We are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS and we’re going to defeat them fast.


Trump: Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism. Men, women, and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning. The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been proven over and over; at the World Trade Center. At an office party in San Bernardino. At the Boston Marathon. At a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many, many other locations. Only weeks ago in Orlando, Florida 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist, this time the terrorist target LGBTQ community. No good, and we’re gonna stop it.


Trump: As your president I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and the oppression of the hateful foreign ideology, believe me.


Trump: And I have to say as a republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said, thank you.


Trump: To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things, we must have the best, absolutely the best gathering of intelligence anywhere in the world. The best.


Trump: We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, in Libya, in Egypt and in Syria, instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly, we’re going to win, we’re going to win fast.


Trump: This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the state of Israel.


Trump: Recently I have said that NATO was obsolete because it did not properly cover terror, and also that many of the member countries were not paying their fair share. As usual the United States has been picking up the costs, shortly thereafter it was announced that NATO will be setting up a new program in order to combat terrorism, a true step in the right direction.


Trump: Lastly and very importantly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place, we don’t want them in our country.


Trump: My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian… Think of this, think of this, this is not believable but this is what’s happening, a 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of the existing massive refugee flows coming into our country already under the leadership of President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there is no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.


Trump: Anyone who endorses violence, hatred, or oppression is not welcome in our country and never ever will be!


Trump: Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works but one that works for the American people.


Trump: On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants, Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and my friend, Jamiel Shaw. They’re just three brave representatives of many thousands who have suffered so gravely. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more, nothing even close I have to tell you than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our borders which we can solve. We have to solve it.


Trump: These families have no special interest to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protect them and certainly none to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them or share in their pain, believe me. Instead, my opponent wants sanctuary cities. But where was the sanctuary for Kate Steinle?


Trump: Where was the sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann and Sabine and Jamiel? Where was the sanctuary for all of the other… Oh, it’s so sad to even be talking about it ’cause we could solve these problems so quickly. Where was the sanctuary for all of the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered and who have suffered so, so horribly? These wounded American families have been alone, but they are not alone any longer.


Trump: Tonight, this candidate and the whole nation stand in their corner to support that, to send them our love and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering and the same awful fate.


Trump: We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.


Trump: I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s border patrol agents.


Trump: And we’ll work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful, lawful, lawful immigration system. Lawful.


Trump: By ending catch and release on the border, we will end the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down. We will stop it. It won’t be happening very much anymore. Believe me.


Trump: Peace will be restored by enforcing the rules for millions who overstay their visas. Our laws will finally receive the respect that they deserve.


Trump: Tonight I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied, and every politician who has denied them, to listen very, very closely to the words I am about to say. On January 20th of 2017, the day I take the oath of office.


Trump: Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced.


Trump: We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens.


Trump: USA! USA! USA!

Crowd: USA! USA! USA!

Trump: My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration, which is what we have now. Communities want relief, yet Hilary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness. Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospice, further reduce your jobs and wages and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape the tremendous cycle of poverty that they’re going through right now and make it almost impossible for them to join the middle class. I have a different vision for our workers. It begins with a new fair trade policy that protects our jobs and stands up to countries that cheat of which there are many.


Trump: It’s been a signature message of my campaign from day one. And it will be a signature feature of my presidency from the moment I take the oath of office.


Trump: I have made billions of dollars in business making deals. Now, I’m going to make our country rich again.


Trump: Using the greatest business people in the world which our country has. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great trade agreements.


Trump: America has lost nearly one third of it’s manufacturing jobs since 1997. Following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country, or frankly, any other country. Never ever again.


Trump: I am going to bring back our jobs to Ohio and Pennsylvania, and New York, and Michigan, and all of America. And I am not going to let companies move to other countries firing their employees along the way without consequence, not gonna happen anymore.


Trump: My opponent on the other hand has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class. She supported NAFTA and she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. Another one of her husband’s colossal mistakes and disasters. She supported the job killing trade deal with South Korea, She supported the Transpacific partnership, which will not only destroy our manufacturing, but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments and it’s not going to happen.


Trump: I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and our independence. We will never ever sign bad trade deals. America first again. America first.


Trump: Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will we enter into these massive transactions with many countries that are thousands of pages long, and which no one from our country even reads or understands. We are going to enforce all trade violations against any country that cheats.


Trump: This includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping and their devastating currency manipulation, they are the greatest that ever came about. They are the greatest currency manipulators ever.


Trump: Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others will be totally renegotiated. That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America and we’ll walk away if we don’t get that kind of a deal.


Trump: Our country is going to start building and making things again.


Trump: Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules. While Hillary Clinton plans a massive, and I mean massive tax increase, I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has run for president this year, democrat or republican.


Trump: Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. I mean everyone.


Trump: America’s one of the highest tax nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country. Believe me, it’ll happen and it’ll happen fast.


Trump: Then we’re going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it very, very quickly.


Trump: We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy.


Trump: This will produce more than $20 trillion in job creating economic activity over the next four decades. My opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and the great steel workers of our country out of work and out of business. That will never happen with Donald J Trump as President. Our steel workers and our miners are going back to work again.


Trump: With these new economic policy, trillions and trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country. This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This in turn will create millions of more jobs.


Trump: We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.

Trump: My opponent would rather protect bureaucrats than serve American children, and that’s what she’s doing and that’s what she’s done. We will repeal and replace disastrous ObamaCare.


Trump: You will be able to choose your own doctor again.

Trump: And we will fix TSA at the airports which is a total disaster.


Trump: Thank you. Thank you. We’re going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people just starting out in their adult lives. Tremendous problem. We will completely rebuild our depleted military.


Trump: And the countries that we are protecting, at a massive cost to us, will be asked to pay their fair share. We will take care of our great veterans like they have never been taken care of before.


Trump: My just released 10-point plan has received tremendous veteran support. We will guarantee those who serve this country will be able to visit the doctor or hospital of their choice, without waiting five days on a line and dying. My opponent dismissed the VA scandal, one more sign of how out of touch she really is. We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending on projects that we can eliminate, in my first 100 days.


Trump: The politicians have talked about this for years, but I’m going to do it.


Crowd: Yes you will! Yes you will! Yes you will! Yes you will! Yes you will! Yes you will!

Trump: We are going to appoint justices of the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our constitution.


Trump: The replacement of our beloved Justice Golia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies, very important. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. My opponent wants to essentially abolish the second amendment.

Trump: I, on the other hand received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association. And will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe. At this moment, I would like to thank the Evangelical and religious community. Because I’ll tell you what, the support that they’ve given me, and I’m not sure I totally deserve it, has been so amazing, and has had such a big reason for me being here tonight. True. So true.


Trump: They have much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds, from your own pulpits. An amendment pushed by Lyndon Johnson many years ago threatens religious institutions with the loss of their tax exempt status, if they openly advocate their political views, their voice has been taken away. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language, and to protect free speech for all Americans.


Trump: We can accomplish these great things, and so much more. All we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again, start believing. It is time to show the whole world that America is back, bigger and better and stronger than ever before.


Trump: In this journey I’m so lucky to have at my side my wife Melania, and my wonderful children: Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron. You will always be my greatest source of pride and joy. And by the way, Melania and Ivanka, did they do a job?


Trump: My dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest-working man I ever knew. I wonder sometimes what he’d say, if he were here to see this, and to see me tonight.


Trump: It’s because of him that I learned from my youngest age to respect the dignity of work, and the dignity of working people. He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, and carpenters, and electricians. And I have a lot of that in me, also. I love those people.


Trump: Then there is my mother Mary. She was strong, but also warm and fair-minded. She was a truly great mother. She was also one of the most honest and charitable people I have ever known and a great, great judge of character, she could pick ’em out from anywhere. To my sisters, Maryanne and Elizabeth, my brother, Robert, and my late brother, Fred, I will always give you my love. You are most special to me.


Trump: I have had a truly great life in business. But now my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country, to go to work for you. It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people. We don’t win anymore, but we are going to start winning again!


Trump: But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past, America is a nation of believers, dreamers and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics and cynics. Remember, all of the people telling you, “You can’t have the country you want,” are the same people that wouldn’t stand… I mean they said. “Trump doesn’t have a chance of being here tonight. Not a chance.” The same people. Oh, we love defeating those people, don’t we? Don’t we love defeating those people. Love it, love it, love it.


Trump: No longer can we rely on those same people. In the media and politics, who will say anything to keep our rigged system in place. Instead, we must choose to believe in America. History is watching us now. We don’t have much time, but history is watching. It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.


Trump: I am asking for your support tonight, so that I can be your champion in the White House. And I will be your champion.


Trump: My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three word loyalty pledge. It reads, “I’m with her.” I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads, “I’m with you, the American people.”


Trump: I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I am with you. I will fight for you. And I will win for you.


Trump: To all Americans tonight, in all of our cities and in all of our towns, I make this promise: 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. God bless you, and good night. I love you.