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REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 1 CHARLOTTE NC CLEAN P2 POOL 2020/HD
08/24/2020
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5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08242020 210000 2020 The Republican National Convention begins tonight with speeches from Reps. Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Tim Scott, who will deliver the main speech. (OTR: Trump is also expected to make two surprise appearances. End OTR). The theme is "Land of Promise," which will describe "the promise America holds to its citizens and the promises President Donald J. Trump has kept since his first presidential campaign." (speaker bios on Politcal DL at 10:58 am from Wiersema/Gomez, OTR rundown on Political DL at 2:57 pm from Wiersema). The night kicked off around 8:30pm with a video called "Our America" followed by a prayer. The first major speaker, Gaetz, is around 8:45pm.   We have transcripts of the speeches as prepared for delivery through Scalise, who should speak around 10 pm, per Reiter's Political DL note at 7:34 pm.  Also per Reiter, there will be only 3 live elements during the 2.5 hour programming tonight, despite criticism from Republicans that the Democrats, including Michelle Obama, had too many taped speeches during their convention last week. You can expect notes to this chain on Reps. Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Tim Scott. Trump's OTR appearances will be covered by Steakin/Gomez/Smith. The first portion of the RNC kicked off rather quickly after the prayer, with a speech from Charlie Kirk, a young conservative who runs Turning Point USA, followed by a teacher from California who advocated for school choice and the wife of a Marine from Billings, Montana, who owns a small business and defended the possibilities of "the American Dream." As for the main speakers so far, there has been hardly any talk of Trump's coronavirus response. However, it's filled much of the space in between speakers: Trump held a roundtable with essential workers (note TK from Steakin/Gomez/Smith) and there have been a few videos and testimonials from local supporters advocating for Trump's handling. One example was Amy Ford, a nurse from West Virginia, who said Trump's actions "rapid policy changes" had a direct impact on her work as a nurse: "As I contended with the challenges of treating our patients who had their worlds turned upside down, I noticed a positive change in our healthcare system. President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on, and made rapid policy changes." 210305 What the main speakers HAVE focused on, despite predictions from the president that the convention would be positive and uplifting, is the horrors they believe Democrats would bring. Highlights from main speakers: Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz Gaetz spoke about China, securing the border and Trump's negotiating abilities. He didn't once mention coronavirus, though he began with a joke about Biden staying quiet during the beginning months of the pandemic: "I'm speaking from an auditorium emptier than Joe Biden's Daily Schedule. But we are a nation of full hearts - and clear minds." 204711 He painted an intensely exaggerated and negative picture of the country under Democratic leadership, calling them "Woketopians": "Settle for Biden. That's the hashtag promoted by AOC and the socialists. The Woketopians will settle for Biden because they will make him an extra in a movie written, produced, and directed by others. It's a horror film, really. They'll disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door. And the police aren't coming when you call. In Democrat-run cities, they are already being defunded, disbanded. Blaming our best and allowing society's worst? That's the story they write in Hollywood. That's if the lights even stay on in California anymore." 204805 Gaetz turned positive when he spoke of Trump and the job he's done. Democrats talked about "stopping the madness," Gaetz said, "but we didn't start the fire," he said of Republicans. "Americans don't settle. We advance. We don't live in basements. We explore the frontier, the horizon, and the stars. Donald Trump is a builder -- a visionary." 204855 "President Trump sometimes raises his voice - and a ruckus.  He knows that's what it takes to raise an army of patriots who love America and will protect her. America is not just an idea or a constitution, it is our home. We must protect our home with unbreakable Made-in-America Strength - strength I see every day in President Donald Trump." 205001 RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Highlighting this jab from McDaniel at the top of her speech, when she attacked Eva Longoria, an emcee for the DNC last week, and Sen. Kamala Harris, who she said only got the job of VP nominee because she's a woman. (The Republicans do not have an emcee, which has resulted in a very fast-paced program). "Democrats started their convention last week with Eva Longoria, a famous Hollywood actress who played a housewife on TV. Well, I'm actually a real housewife and a mom from Michigan with two wonderful kids in public school, who happens to be only -- only the second woman in 164 years to run the Republican party. And unlike Joe Biden, president trump didn't choose me because I'm a woman, he chose me because i was the best person for the job." 205329 Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan Jordan focused his speech on a personal story to exemplify Trump's empathy. "He truly cares about people," he said. Jordan said his family lost his nephew, Eli, two years ago in a car accident. The president called him while he was headed to Eli's parents house days after the accident and ended up speaking to them on the phone. "We talked about a few issues. And then he asked how the family was doing. I said they're doing "ok, but it's tough."  The President said "Yea. Losing a loved one's always difficult, and it's really tough when they're so young." I then said "Mr. President, I'm actually walking into their house right now. Obviously, they don't know I'm talking to you. But if you'd be willing to say hello to Eli's dad, you'd make a terrible day a little less terrible." "What's his name?" The President asked. I walked through the door, and said "Todd, the President wants to talk to you." For the next five minutes, family and friends sat in complete silence, as the President of the United States took time to talk to a dad who was hurting. That's the President I know. That's the individual who's Made America Great Again and who knows America's best days are in front of us. And that's why I'm busting my tail to help him get re-elected. I'm asking you to do the same." 211818 As for the Democrats, Jordan described a Democratic world as mob rule: "This election is about who can preserve the values, principles, and institutions that Make America Great. Don't believe me? Look at what's happening in America's cities - all run by Democrats. Crime, violence, mob rule. Democrats refuse to denounce the mob. And their response to the chaos? Defund the police, defund border patrol, defund the military. And while they're doing all of this, they're also trying to take away your guns. Democrats won't let you go to church, but they'll let you protest. Democrats won't let you go to work, but they'll let you riot.Democrats won't let you go to school, but they'll let you loot. President Trump has fought against their crazy ideas." 211616 By contrast, here's how Jordan listed off Trump's accomplishments: "Taxes cut, regulations reduced, economy growing, lowest unemployment in 50 years, out of the Iran deal, embassy in Jerusalem, hostages home from North Korea, new USMCA agreement, and he's building the wall, and rebuilding the economy." 211718 We've heard from some very passionate supporters about protecting Americans' gun rights, including Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed in the 2018 Parkland shooting, and the McCloskey's, who pulled guns on Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this summer.  As for the headliners, Kimberly Guilfoyle gave a very, very impassioned speech, attacking Democrats while also using Biden's tagline about the election being a "battle for the soul of America" to tout Trump. Rep. Steve Scalise spoke about the shooting he endured in 2019, pitching Trump's compassion as we saw Jordan do. Scalise also promoted Trump's response to coronavirus. Here are the highlights. Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack, who was killed in 2018 Parkland shooting Pollack delivered a speech on the importance of keeping schools safe, ultimately blaming Biden and Obama for the Parkland shooting despite any evidence. "Far left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible, because they implemented something they called restorative justice. But the Obama-Biden administration took Parkland's bad policies and forced them into schools across America. When President Trump rescinded Obama's guidance on restorative justice policies, he put an end to that. And that meant the world to me. It's hard to tell how much Mr. Biden understands about what happened at Parkland." 213827 Pollack called Biden out for a gaffe  where he misdated the Parkland shooting, saying he met with survivors as VP: "He doesn't even seem to know when the shooting happened. He said that he was vice president when it happened, but he wasn't. Mr. Biden may not know when my daughter was murdered, but I do -- February 14th, 2018. Mr. Biden may not know that these policies make shootings more likely, but I do. Mr. Biden may not know who was vice president that day, but I do. It wasn't Joe Biden. It was Mike Pence, thank god. And I know who the President was too. It wasn't Barack Obama, it was president Donald J. Trump." 213931 St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who pulled guns on Black Lives Matter protesters (H/T Gomez) The McCloskey's speech largely parroted Trump campaign talking points, using phrases like "mob of protesters," "anarchy, and "abolish the suburbs."  The couple warned viewers that any Trump supporter could end up in the same situation they are in. "What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country, and that's what we want to speak to you about tonight." 214053 "Whether it's the defunding of police, ending cash bails so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again or encouraging anarchy and chaos on our streets, it seems as if the Democrats no longer view the government's job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens." 214116 "So make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats America." 214307 "They're not satisfied with spreading the chaos and violence into our communities. They want to abolish the suburbs all together. By ending single family home zoning. This forced rezoning would bring crime, lawlessness and low quality apartments into now-thriving suburban neighborhoods." 214249 Kimberly Guilfoyle Guilfoyle, yelling passionately for the majority of her speech, told viewers, "America, it's all on the line." On Democrats, she pointed to California as an example of the destruction Democrats bring: "If you want to see the socialist biden/harris future for our country, just take a look at California. It is a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation and immaculate environment. And the Democrats turned it into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes." 214700 Using Biden's tagline -- the election is a "battle for the soul of America" -- Guilfoyle argued that Democrats think America is to blame, while Republicans believe in American greatness: "This election is a battle for the soul of America. Your choice is clear. Do you support the cancel culture, the cosmopolitan elites of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden who blame America first? Do you think America is to blame? Or do you believe in American greatness? Believe in yourself, in President Trump, in individual and personal responsibility." 214801 "Don't let them step on you. Don't let them destroy your families, your lives, and your future. Don't let them kill future generations because they told you, and brainwash you, and fed you lies that you aren't good enough." 215005 Guilfoyle ended her speech at peak energy, lifting her arms up in the air and raising her voice (impressive given that she was speaking to an empty room): "Ladies and gentlemen, leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty and the American dream, the best is yet to come," she shouted emphatically. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise Scalise focused his speech on the shooting in Arlington in 2019, when he was shot in the hip. He highlighted Trump's empathy during that time and said calls to "defund the police" are personal to him because law enforcement officers saved his life. He incorrectly said Biden wants to defund the police, despite Biden's constant assertions that he does not, including in Friday's interview. "After I was shot on a baseball field by a leftist gunman, first responders rushed me to a hospital where I battled for my life. That same night, Donald Trump came to the hospital, along with First Lady Melania Trump. They consoled my wife Jennifer. They were there for my family in my darkest hours. Donald Trump would call to check on me throughout the following weeks, just to see how I was doing. That's the kind of person he is. That's the side of Donald Trump that the media will never show you." 215128 "The left wants to defund the police. This is personal - I wouldn't be here without the bravery and heroism of the men and women in law enforcement who saved my life. President Trump stands with those brave men and women. Joe Biden has embraced the left's insane mission to defund them. There won't be an America to leave to our children and grandchildren without those brave law enforcement officers and first responders." 215231 Scalise also mentioned coronavirus, commending Trump's handling of the pandemic. He was one of the few headliners to mention it. "It's going to take that kind of bold leadership to get us out of this COVID crisis. After President Trump saved lives by shutting down flights from China and Europe, he is now focusing the full weight of the government on a revolutionary plan to cure this virus by cutting red tape and empowering scientists to create a vaccine." 215410 The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., compared economic gains under his father (pre-coronavirus) to the economy under Biden and Obama, arguing that if Biden is elected, the country would return to slow growth. He called Biden "weak on China" and the "lochness monster of the swamp." Both Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley touched on racial injustices, arguing that the solution comes from improving communities but denouncing protests or efforts to defund the police. Haley spoke of her personal story as the daughter of immigrants as proof that America is not an inherently racist country. Here are the highlights. Donald Trump Jr. Trump's son touted his father's work on the economy, saying Biden would take money back out of middle class pockets. Beijing Biden is so weak on China that the intelligence community recently assessed that the Chinese communist party favors Biden. 222839 Democrats claim to be for workers, but they've spent the entire pandemic trying to sneak a tax break for millionaires and Democrat states into the covid relief bill. Then, they attacked my father for suspending the payroll tax for middle-class workers. In fact, if you think about it, Joe Biden's entire economic platform seems designed to crush the working man and woman. 222800 After eight years of Obama and Biden's slow growth, trump's policies have been like rocket fuel to the economy and especially to the middle class. Biden has promised to take that money back out of your pocket and keep it in the swamp. That makes sense though, considering Joe Biden is basically the lochness monster of the swamp. 222926 So if you're looking for hope, look to the man who did what the failed obama/biden administration never could do and built the greatest economy our country has ever seen. 222926 On racial injustices, Trump said "we must put an end to racism" and ensure police officers who abuse power are "held accountable," though he said "defunding the police is not an option." The Democrat mayors pretend it's not happening. They actually called it a summer of love. And that brings me to another important principle. Every American must be free to  live without fear of violence in your country, in your communities, and in your homes. All men and women are created equal and must be treated equally under the law. That's why we must put an end to racism, and we must ensure that any police officer who abuses their powers is held accountable. 223229 Defunding the police is not an option. Everything starts with safety and security. You can't have anything else without it. 223329 If Democrats really wanted to help minorities in underserved communities, instead of bowing to big-money union bosses, they'd let parents choose what school is best for their kids, they'd limit immigration to protect American workers 223428 Trump argued that Democrats are trying to bully Republicans "into submission," while the GOP was the party for "everyone." Joe Biden and the radical left are now coming for our freedom of speech. They want to bully us into submission. If they get their way, it will no longer be the silent majority. It will be the silenced majority. 223057 Unlike Joe Biden and the radical left Democrats, our party is open to everyone. It starts by rejecting radicals who want to drag us into the dark, and embracing the man who represents a bright and beautiful future for all. 223600 Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Haley highlighted Trump's foreign affairs accomplishments, talking about North Korea and standing up against enemies. She described Biden as weak. "This president has a record of strength and success. The former vice president has a record of weakness and failure. Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS, great for communist China. And he's a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologize, abstain, and abandon our values. Donald Trump takes a different approach. He's tough on China, and he took on ISIS and won. And he tells the world what it needs to hear." 221923 Haley also used her own story as the daughter of immigrants to argue that America is not a racist country. There is one more important area where our president is right. He knows that political correctness and cancel culture are dangerous, and just plain wrong. In much of the Democratic party, it's now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country. 222134 This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America, and settled in a small southern town. My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a brown girl in a black and white world. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. 222206 Haley addressed Black Lives Matter, saying "of course we value and respect every Black life," but highlighted Black police officers and children whose lives have been ruined by "violence on our streets." She also denounced the protests and riots as divisive. The American people know we can do better, and of course we value and respect every black life. The black cops who have been shot in the line of duty, they matter. The black small business owners who have watched their life's work go up in flames, they matter. The black kids who've been gunned down on the playground, their lives matter too. And their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets. It doesn't have to be like this. 222314 It wasn't like this in South Carolina five years ago. Our state came face to face with evil. A white supremacist walked into Mother Emmanuel church during bible study. 12 African-Americans pulled up a chair and prayed with him for an hour. Then, he began to shoot. After that horrific tragedy, we didn't turn against each other. We came together -- black and white, Democrat and Republican. Together, we made the hard choices needed to heal and removed a divisive symbol peacefully and respectfully. 222347 The night came to a close with a speech from keynote speaker Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.  Scott's speech was one of the more optimistic speeches of the night and sure to bring him national attention. He devoted far less time than other speakers to talking about the horrors the country will face if Democrats take the White House and largely focused on his own path to the Senate as a Black man, imploring Americans to "focus on the promise of the American journey," which he touted as a goal for Republicans.  "There are millions of families just like mine all across this nation full of potential seeking to live the American dream. And I'm here tonight to tell you that supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality," he said, finishing off his speech. 225245 He drilled down on Biden, saying the Democratic nominee believes "Black people are a monolithic community" and highlighted some of Biden's most concerning statements on race over the last few months. Here are the highlights. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott Scott began his speech with a message of positivity, addressing the pandemic and racial injustice but stressing that Americans can come together to vote. "This isn't how I pictured tonight, but our country is experiencing something none of us envisioned. From a global pandemic to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven't seen for decades, but regardless of the challenges presented to us, every four years, Americans come together to vote." 224142 Much of Scott's speech was devoted to his own biography and introducing himself to viewers. He spoke of his mother, who he said worked 16 hours a day to keep his family afloat. He described living with his grandparents and sharing a room with both his mom and his brother. Though he struggled through school, when he was old enough to work, he said he began "putting the pieces of his life back together."  He spoke of his grandfather, who was "forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton," and used the history as an example of how far his family has come. 225148 Instead, we must focus on the promise of the American journey. I know that journey well. My grandfather's 99th birthday would have been tomorrow. Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton. He never learned to read or write. 225219 Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States house and the United States senate in the history of this country. Our family went from cotton to congress in one lifetime. And that is why I believe the next American century can be better than the last. 225245 There are millions of families  just like mine all across this nation full of potential seeking to live the American dream. And I'm here tonight to tell you that supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality. He described his run in South Carolina as proof of "the evolution of the Southern heart." He attacked the "factually baseless belief" that things are worse today than they were in the 1860s or the 1960s, while also acknowledging that "we're not fully where we want to be." 224605 Against a son of our legendary Senator Strom Thurmond. You may be asking yourself, how does a poor black kid from a single parent household run and win in a race crowded with Republicans against a Thurmond? Because of the evolution of the southern heart. In an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me not on the color of my skin but on the content of my character. 224637 We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news. Racially, economically and culturally polarizing news. The truth is, our nations arc always bends back towards fairness. We're not fully where we want to be, but I thank god almighty we're not where we used to be. We're always striving to be better. 224705 When we stumble, and we will, we pick ourselves back up and try again. We don't give in to cancel culture or the radical and factually baseless belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or the 1960s. We have work to do, but I believe in the goodness of America, the promise that all men and all women are created equal and if you're watching tonight, I'm betting you do, too. He attacked Biden for his record with African Americans, using Biden's comment from his tense radio interview with Charlamagne Tha God when he said if Black people have trouble figuring out who to vote for, "then you ain't Black." He also criticized Biden's 1994 crime bill for putting Black Americans behind bars, comparing it to Trump's criminal justice reform efforts. Joe Biden said if a black man didn't vote for him, he wasn't truly black. Joe Biden says black people are a monolithic community. It was Joe Biden who said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids and while his words are one thing, his actions take it to a whole new level. In 1994, Biden led the charge on a crime bill that put millions of black Americans behind bars. President Trump's criminal justice reform law fixed many of the disparities Biden created and made our system more fair and just for all Americans. 224901 P2 LOG (VIA 5533 SWITCHED FEED): 210009 >> This is a big win for the United States of America, this is a great trade deal.  TRUMP (VO)>> We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy. We will create millions of more jobs.  >> Hope, to me, is the belief in a better tomorrow and creating a better future for our children.  >> When I look in the eyes of my  grandchildren, I want them to know that their papa was not silent.  210034 TRUMP (VO) >> We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. [cheers] We will completely rebuild our depleted military. 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.  210111 VETERAN (ON VIDEO)>> This guy saved me. He saved me. Thanks to him, I'm here.  VETERAN (ON VIDEO)>> To me, he's giving people hope -- what he's doing for the poor people, what he's doing for everybody.  TRUMP (VO)>> We are going to appoint justices of the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our constitution.  210239 >> By supporting law enforcement, it's so important for keeping America great.  TRUMP (VO)>> As long as I'm president, I will never defund your police, that I promise you. It's time to deliver a victory for the American people. We are going to start winning again. It's called promises made, promises kept.  AMY FORD 210216 FORD>> My name is Amy Ford. I've been a registered nurse for 17 years. I'm from the small town of Williamson, West Virginia where I've lived my entire life, the daughter of a nurse and a coal miner. Even though I was the youngest of the four children, I was always somewhat a caretaker. It came natural for me. So it felt right to follow in my mother's footsteps and become a nurse.  210240 And this March, when Covid-19 sent our country into crisis, I knew I had to help any way I could. I deployed to New York in April and then, to San Antonio, Texas, working as a Covid relief nurse in both states. As I contended with the challenges of treating our patients who had their worlds turned upside down, I noticed a positive change in our healthcare system.  210305 President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on, and made rapid policy changes. And, as a result, telehealth services are now accessible to more than 71 million Americans, including 35 millions children. Prior to Covid, telehealth was not covered or reimbursed under Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP.  210330 This left our most vulnerable populations with no other choice but to have an in person office visit with their physicians, increasing their risk of exposure to covid-19 exponentially. The expansion of telehealth services has also resulted in the integration of video visits between patients and their families, allowing loved ones to have contact and visualization as well as a better understanding of care.  210400 Telehealth has been essential during this pandemic. I don't want the media taking my personal story and twisting it, so let me be clear: as a healthcare professional, I can tell you without hesitation Donald Trump's quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during Covid-19. And the benefits of that response extend far beyond coronavirus. Telehealth will continue to aid many that are just unable to find transportation or a way to the doctor for regular checkups.  210432 This is especially true in rural America. I live in a town of about 2,000 people. We do not have buses, trains, trolleys or Ubers available to us.  In addition, the unavailability of services can also hinder treatment for many. So increased access to telehealth for millions of Americans has truly been life saving, and we have president trump to thank.  COVID-19 VIDEO 210503 VO>> From the very beginning, Democrats, the media and the world health organization got coronavirus wrong. The world health organization said "authorities have found no clear evidence of human to human transmission."  DR. JOHN TORRES (ON VIDEO)>> Overall, most people should not be terribly concerned about it.  NANCY PELOSI (ON VIDEO)>> Everything is fine here. We do want to say to people, come to Chinatown. Here we are. Come join us.  ANDREW CUOMO (ON VIDEO)>> We don't even think it's going to be as bad as it was in other countries.  210530 BiLL DE BLASIO (ON VIDEO)>> Go about your lives, go about your business.  VO>> One leader took decisive action to save lives, President Donald Trump -- Banning travel from China and coronavirus epicenters, Biden charged xenophobia but President trump was right; signing the C.A.R.E.S. Act, providing immediate relief to American families, workers and businesses; declaring a national emergency; tapping into 42 billion in existing emergency funding; quickly getting crucial personal protective equipment to the states; 210602 Signing the Families First coronavirus response act, ensuring that American families and businesses impacted by the virus receive the strong support they need; launching Operation Warp Speed to fast track a vaccine in record time.  NEWSOM (ON VIDEO)>> He said everything that I could have hoped for. Promise made, promise kept.  ANDREW CUOMO (ON VIDEO)>> He is ready, willing and able help to help.  ANDREW CUOMO (VO)>> He has been responsive, he's done a lot of good things.  ANDREW CUOMO (ON VIDEO)>> What the federal government did was a phenomenal accomplishment.  210636 PHIL MURPHY (ON VIDEO)>> In our hour of need, you all literally are helping us in a big way. We were at the edge and this is life or death stuff. And we are forever thankful for that.  VO>> Soon, we will emerge safer, stronger and greater than ever.  DR. G.E. GHALI 210658 GHALI>> I am Dr. G.E. Ghali, an oral and maxillofacial facial surgeon and chancellor of a large academic medical and research center in Louisiana. I feel uniquely positioned to share how President Trump's decisive leadership led to a rapid and efficient response to the coronavirus pandemic. I know this as a health professional and as someone who has recovered from covid himself. The covid-19 pandemic exploded into our great nation with an intensity unparalleled in history.  210732 But our medical investigation and drug development systems were not designed for a pandemic. The devastating effects of the coronavirus demanded immediate changes at the regulatory level. A prompt response led by President Trump cleared away the red tape that usually makes drug approvals a long and drawn out process. By harnessing the resources [of] the federal government and the private sector, President Trump's Operation Warp Speed is accelerating the testing, supply, development and distribution of therapeutics, diagnostics and, very shortly, effective vaccines to counter covid-19.  210814 Let me give you three clear examples of how President Trump's leadership removed regulatory barriers so covid patients could have faster access to effective therapies and diagnostics: First, on February 26, two phase three clinical trials studying remdesivir were initiated. Just two months later, the FDA approved remdesivir for emergency use to treat covid-19.  210844 Normally, this is a 3 to 5-year process. The amazing speed with which this happened in a safe but efficient manner is unheard of. Second, the FDA granted expanded access to covid-19 convalescent plasma. Within 24 hours of this approval, we were administering convalescent plasma and remdesivir to a critically ill patient, a former army ranger and physician.  210914 Had it not been for the rapid deployment of these medicines, this patient who is my colleague and friend would have surely died. And third, at the end of July, I developed a fever and cough. I reached out to our testing team and received one of the Abbott rapid tests. Yet another tool quickly approved by this administration. Within 15 minutes my tests came back positive and within four hours I was receiving my remdesivir doses followed by an infusion of convalescent plasma. 210950 As a physician, I've seen firsthand how these breakthroughs have saved countless lives. As a patient, I've benefited the expedited therapies made possible by the swift action of this administration. President Trump truly moved mountains to save lives and he deserves credit. Thank you, president trump for providing timely access to critical diagnostics and therapeutics during this pandemic. Thank you, Mr. President for your strong leadership in these challenging times.  211031 DONALD TRUMP (VO) >> When the China virus invaded our country, we launched the greatest mobilization of American society since World War II, patriots of every race, color and creed rallied together to defeat the invisible enemy and save the lives of their fellow citizens. Today our hearts overflow with appreciation for the incredible front line workers who risked their own health and safety to keep America strong and safe. When crisis came, millions of everyday Americans rose to the challenge.. In their actions, we see true greatness of the American character.  211106 We always find a way to victory. History will remember and celebrate the heroes of 2020 for as long as our great American flag waves over the land that we love. To every front line worker, I offer the salute of a nation that is forever in your debt. Thank you, god bless you, and god bless America.  PRES. DONALD TRUMP 211134 DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> These are my friends, these are the incredible workers that helped us so much with the covid. We can call it many different things from China virus -- I don't want to go through all the names because some people may get insulted, but that's the way it is. These are great, great people, doctors, nurses, a fireman, a policeman. We want to thank you all. You've been incredible, and we want to thank you, and all of the millions of people that you represent. Thank you all very much. Great job. Thank you. Thank you all very much. So tell me a little about your stories. How about we'll start with you.   211207 >> I'm a postal worker. I delivered to a senior community during covid-19.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Good. And we're taking good care of of our postal workers.  >> Absolutely.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> That I can tell you. Believe me, we're not getting rid of our postal workers. You know, they like to sort of put that out there. If anyone does, it's the Democrats not the Republicans. I want to thank you very much and thank everybody in that whole beautiful post office system, we appreciate it.  >> Thank you. 211231 DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO) >> How about you?  >> I'm a trucker.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Good.  >> I own a small business in Ohio, >>DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO) >> hauling steel mostly. You know, some of our customers actually made hospital beds with some of the material.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Oh, wow! That's fantastic. Well, congratulations. I love the truckers. You know, they're on my side. >> Thank you. DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>>  I think all of them, frankly. I think pretty much all of them. How about you? >> I'm a custodian at the post office as well.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> What do you do exactly?  >> Clean up everybody's mess and everybody's germs. All that.   211258 DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Can I tell you, that world -- that profession will never be out of business. You know that, right? >> Yeah, for sure.  DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Thank you very much for being here. Thank you. And how about you?  211305 >> I'm a registered nurse, President Trump. I work at a New Jersey hospital. It's called (?). I also represent an organization of professional nurses, it's called the national association of catholic nurses, DONALD TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> Very good. >> But I wanted to tell you as a nursing supervisor, I am so in awe of your leadership. Honestly, I know many people have said often interesting things, but it takes a true leader to be able to ignore all that stuff and do what is right, and not be offended by all the words being said.  211337 TRUMP>> Yeah. >> And you really do show that positive spirit to us, and as nurses I appreciate that. But just as an individual, I'm grateful for that.  TRUMP>> Well, I'm for the nurses, I'm for the doctors, I'm for everybody. We just have to make this China virus go away, and it's happening. Please, go ahead. 211352 >> I'm also a nurse, I represent Genesis Healthcare which is a skilled nursing facility --  TRUMP>> Sure, sure. >> -- company. I want to thank you and your administration for all the supplies and support and funding -- TRUMP>> Right. >> -- that you've given the skilled nursing units. Without that, we couldn't do as well as we have done. And I spent some time in New Jersey. I live in West Virginia, went to New Jersey and did some work there. And we finally started to see things change and turn around.  211417 TRUMP>> I appreciate what you said because we have delivered billions of dollars of equipment that governors were supposed to give, and in many cases, they didn't get. So the federal government had to help them, and all of the people that did this incredible work, they never got credit for it, but you understand where it came from. Thank you very much. Thank you both. It's really nice. Please, go ahead. 211439 >> I'm a police officer in Englewood, Colorado, and I contracted Covid in late March and recovered.  TRUMP>> That means we don't have to be afraid of you at all, right? [laughter] >> I'm good to go. TRUMP>> Once you're recovered, we have the whole thing with plasma happening. That means your blood is very valuable, you know that, right? Thank you very much. Great. Please! 211500 >> I'm a detention deputy at Kern County Sheriff Department out in California.  TRUMP>> Great. >> And I also contracted Covid, end of March, and recovered from that also.  TRUMP>> How long was your problem?  >> I was sick about 10 days, really bad. I got everything besides a cough, but recovered. I was off work for a month and a half. And I work in our local county jails.  211521 TRUMP>> Did they do anything specifically to help you recover?  >> They gave me Z packs, medication, cough syrup.  TRUMP>> Okay, and I won't even ask you about the hydroxychloroquine because -- [laughter] It's a shame what they've done to that one, but -- but I took it. I took the Z pack also, and zinc. I want to thank you all very much. It's an honor to have you in the white house. You're fantastic people, and the people who you represent -- you represent an incredible group of people, and we love you all. Thank you very much. Thank you very much, appreciate it.  JIM JORDAN 211552 JORDAN>> Good evening. I'm congressman Jim Jordan, representing the fourth district of Ohio. The Republican party is the pro-America party. President Trump is the pro-America candidate. This election is about who can preserve the values, principles and institutions that make America great. Don't believe me? Look at what is happening in American cities, cities all run by Democrats -- crime, violence and mob rule. Democrats refuse to denounce the mob and in response to the chaos, defund the police, defund border patrol and defund our military.  211624 And while they're doing all this, they're also trying to take away your guns. Look at the positions they have taken the past few months. Democrats won't let you go to church but they'll let you protest. Democrats won't let you go to work but they'll let you riot. And Democrats won't let you swamp go to school, but they'll let you go loot. President Trump has fought against each of their crazy ideas. He's taken on the swamp, all of the swamp -- the Democrats, the press and the never-Trumpers.  211649 And when you take on the swamp, the swamp fights back. They tried the Russia hoax, the Mueller investigation and the fake impeachment. But in spite of this unbelievable opposition, this president has done what he said he would do -- taxes cut, regulations reduced, economy growing, lowest unemployment in 50 years, out of the Iran deal, embassy in Jerusalem, hostages home from North Korea, a new USMCA agreement and, of course, he's building the wall and rebuilding our economy as we speak.  211718 I love the president's intensity and his willingness to fight every day in Washington for our families. But what I also appreciate about the president is something most Americans never get to see -- how much he truly cares about people. Our family has seen it. Two years ago, our nephew Eli was killed in a car accident. He lived a mile up the road from us, grew up wrestling and training with our boys, was a high school state champion, varsity athlete for the University of Wisconsin.  211745 It was a Saturday morning, three days after the accident. I walked to the car to head up to Eli's parents home when the president called. We talked about a few issues. And then, he asked how the family was doing. I said "they're doing okay, Mr. President, but it's tough." The president said "yeah, losing a loved one is always difficult. And it's really tough when they're so young." I then said, "Mr. President, I'm actually walking into their house right now. Obviously, they don't know that I'm talking to you but if you'd be willing to say hello to Eli's dad, you'd make a terrible day a little less terrible."  211818 "What's his name?", the president asked. I walked through the door and said "Todd, the president wants to talk to you." For the next five minutes, family and friends sat in complete silence as the president of the United States took time to talk to a dad who was hurting. That is the president that I've gotten to know the last four years, a President who shares private moments with this with soldiers, victims of violent crime and people who've had businesses destroyed by the mob.  211843 That's the individual who has made America great again and who knows America's best days are still in front of us. And that's why I'm busting my tail to help him get re-elected. I'm asking you to do the same. Thank you, and god bless our country.  HERSCHEL WALKER 211859 HERSCHEL WALKER>> I'm not an actor, a senior or politician. I'm Herschel walker. Most of you know me as a football player, but I'm also a father, a man of faith and a very good judge of character. I have known Donald Trump for 37 years and I don't mean just casual ran into him from time to time. I'm talking about a deep personal friendship. I watched him as an owner of a professional football team. Right after he bought the team, he set out to learn. He learned about the history of the team.  211932 The players, the coaches. Every detail. Then he used what he learned to make the team better. I watched him in the board room. He can be in the middle of a big meeting but if one of the kids was on the phone, he dropped everything to take the call. He taught me that the family should be your top priority. I watch him treat janitors, security guards and waiters the same way he would treat a V.I.P. He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean, they cook, they build, they drive, they deliver.  212008 He told me, Herschel, make an effort to get to know people. Remember their names. That stuck with me. One time I planned to take his kids to Disney world with my family. At the last minute, Donald said he would like to join us. So there he was in a business suit on it's a small world ride. That was something to see. It just shows you what a caring and loving father he is. It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald. The worst one is racist.  212040 I take it as a personal insult that people would think I've had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People who think that don't know what they're talking about. Growing up in the deep south, I've seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn't Donald Trump. Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our national anthem and our country doesn't mean they don't care about social justice. I care about all of those things. So does Donald Trump. 212109  He shows how much he cares about social justice in the black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than stickers or slogans on a jersey. He keeps right on fighting to improve the lives of black Americans and all Americans. He works night and day. He never stops. He leaves nothing on the field. Some people don't like his style. The way he knocks down obstacles that get in the way of his goals.  212134 People on the opposing team didn't like when I ran them over either but that's how you get the job done. I pray every night that god gives him more time. Give him four more years. He's accomplished so much almost all by himself under constant attack, but there's still more work to be done. If you love America and want to make it better, Donald Trump is your president. He's my president and I'm blessed to call him friend.  NATALIE HARP 212205 NATALIE HARP>> Good evening. I'm Natalie harp, a formerly forgotten American from California. In the classic Jimmy Stewart film, "It's a Wonderful Life" George Bailey is given a great gift, the chance do see what the world would be like without him. Tonight Mr. President, we'd like to give you that same gift because without you, we'd all be living in pottersville, sold out to a crooked Mr. -- Or I should say a crooked Mrs. Potter, with no hope of escape except death itself. I should know because I wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for you.  212239 About five years ago, I was the victim of a notoriously deadly medical error, I survived but only to be diagnosed with a rare and terminal bone cancer. You know, the Democrats love to talk about health care being a human right. But a right to what? Well, I'll tell you, to them, it's a right to marijuana, opioids and the right to die with dignity. A politically correct way of saying assisted suicide. I was told I was a burden to my family and to my country.  212311 And that by choosing to die early, I'd actually be saving the lives of others by preserving resources for them rather than wasting them on a lost cause like myself and when I failed the chemotherapies that were on the market, no one wanted me in their clinical trials. I'd make them look bad. They didn't give me the right to try experimental treatments, Mr. president. You did and without you I would have died waiting for them to be approved.  212336 Now, with the coronavirus, everyone knows what that feels like to be waiting for a cure, but we've only been waiting a few months. Just imagine what 2020 would have looked like fighting for your life without Donald Trump fighting for it too. In January there would have been no China travel ban, millions would have died. Millions more would have been infected. There would be no record levels of testing, no right to try treatments, no fast track for a vaccine, nor operation warp speed ready to deliver it. 212406 And without Donald Trump as our patient advocate for the past four years, well, the opioid epidemic would have stolen even more lives from even more families. Kidney patients would have no future, except dying on wait lists. There would be no initiative to increase donations, there would still be no accountability at the va. And our brave veterans would still be suffering long wait times with no choice or access to faster care. 212433 Insulin and other drug prices would have continued to rise. While a record number of generic drugs would still be stuck in the pipeline. There would be no price transparency, we wouldn't have health plans up to 60% cheaper than Obamacare and we'd still be stuck with that infamous individual mandate. And God forbid what the next four years would look like. 212454 For Joe Biden's America, China would control our drug production, we would be one step closer to government run healthcare. We wouldn't just be unable to keep our doctors, we'd be lucky if we could see any doctor. And even then, some of us would be denied care. For in socialized medicine you don't beat the odds. You become the odds  and I would lose my right to try just like Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby whose government run health care system decided it was too expensive and too cruel to keep him alive.  212531 You see, Mr. President, you've done so much more than your promises made and promises kept. For numbers only tell part of the story. We are the rest of it. Facts with faces of Americans who would still be forgotten if you and our favorite first lady hadn't given up your own wonderful life so we could have the chance at one. George Bailey's father was right, all you can take with you is that what you've given away. And Mr. President, that makes you the richest man in the world.  212606 For you have used your strength to make America strong again. Sacrificed the life you built to make America proud again. And you risked everything to make America safe again. It's a wonderful life. You made America great again. And on November 3rd, we are going to keep America great.  VERNON JONES 212649 VERNON JONES>> Hello, America, my name is Vernon Jones I'm a state representative from the great state of Georgia. As you can see, I'm a man of color, and I'm a lifelong Democrat too. You may be wondering why is a lifelong Democrat speaking at the Republican national convention? And that's a fair question, and here's your answer. The democratic party does not want black people to leave their mental plantation. We've been forced to be there for decades and generations.  212721 But I have news for Joe Biden, we are free, we are free people with free minds, and I'm part of a large and growing segment of the black community who are independent thinkers, and we believe that Donald trump is the president that America needs to lead us forward. This is no time for sleeping in the basement. Joe Biden has had 47 years to produce results. But he's been all talk and no action.  212752 Just like so many of the Democrats who have been making promises to the black voters for decades. We've been their captive audience. When president trump sought to earn the black vote, the democratic party leaders went crazy. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer literally started wearing kente cloths around the U.S. Capitol. As if pandering were enough to keep us satisfied. Let me tell you why I'm supporting our president. I grew up in the south in laurel hill, North Carolina, Scotland county, the green pond community to be exact.  212832 My parents Robert and (?) Jones built with their own hands a four-room cinder block home with no indoor plumbing. They had very limited education. But they instilled in us a strong work ethic that drove me from those tobacco fields of north Carolina to those hallowed halls of the Georgia general assembly. My parents taught me if I believed in god, worked hard and treated every person fairly, there's no limit to what we could achieve.  212905 I attended North Carolina central university, an historical black college. For generations, hbcu's have been the incubators that develop black scholars in math, and science, and religion, engineering and politics. They have been imported spring boards for the black success. But Democrats haven't treated them that way. When president trump took office, he changed everything. 212934 He delivered historic funding to hbcu's and he guaranteed it for ten years, something that's never happened in the history of this country. That gave our hbcu's stability, the chance to grow, and produce the next generation of black leaders. That's right, Donald Trump did that. He's also supported school choice, to assure that no child, no matter their race or zip code is left behind.  213003 Every child should have access to a quality education, but education is just a beginning. The president also built the most inclusive economy ever with record low unemployment for African-Americans and record high participation in the workforce. He put opportunity zones in the trump tax bill that would drive investment into our communities for decades to come. He put the interest of American workers and especially black workers first. That's right, Donald Trump did that.  213040 He delivered historic criminal justice reform. He ended once and for all, the policy of the incarceration of black people, which has decimated our communities caused by no other than Joe Biden. Democrats wouldn't do it, Obama didn't want to do it, and Joe Biden and kamala Harris definitely wouldn't do it.     213105 But Donald Trump did it. He's also working every day to make our community safer. As a former executive of de Kalb county, Georgia, I directed one of the largest public safety departments in the southeast. I've seen tragic shootings on both sides: officers killing citizens, and citizens killing officers in the line of duty. Police officers are our fellow citizens.  213134 They live in our country. They have families too. They live in our communities. Unfortunately, Democrats have turned their backs on our brave police officers. They call it defunding, and it's a danger to our cities, our neighborhoods and our children. Isn't it ironic that democrat politicians have personal security to protect them, so why don't they forgo their security and replace them with social workers?  213204 Especially since that's what they want for you and me. Our police need more funding, not less. For frequent psychological examinations, for nonlethal remote restraint technology and for more deescalation and use of force training. These are the common sense solutions that president trump supports. True, sincere police reform.  213230 That's right, Donald Trump did that too. Education, jobs, safety, security. On issue after issue, and in just a single term, he destroyed these negative forces that have victimized the black community for decades. He gave us the opportunity to rise. Now, you know when I made the public announcement of my support for president trump, all hell broke loose.  213304 I was threatened, called an embarrassment and asked to resign by my own party. Unfortunately, that's consistent with the democratic party and how they view independent thinking black men and women. But I'm here to tell you, that black voices are becoming more woke and louder than ever.  213334 The democratic party has become infected with a pandemic of intolerance, bigotry, socialism, anti-law enforcement bias, and a dangerous tolerance for people who attack others, destroy their property and terrorize our own communities. That's what this election is all about. And that's why right now more than ever, more than ever before, America needs Donald Trump in the oval office for another four years.  213411 God bless you and vote Donald J. Trump, thank you.  ANDREW POLLACK 213426 POLLACK>> In 2018, a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida and changed my life forever. My name is Andrew Pollack. His name isn't worth saying. One of the seniors walking in the hallways that day was my beautiful daughter, Meadow. She was just months away from graduating and beginning a new life. We were so proud of the woman she had become.  213454 But in the hallway on that third floor, the gunman saw Meadow and shot her down the hallway, hitting her four times. After she was shot and on the floor, she crawled over to another student, a freshman girl, to protect her. She draped her body over her, and then the scumbag gunman shot my daughter at point blank range five more times, killing Meadow and the girl she was shielding.  213524 She had her whole life ahead of her, and in that life, she could have done anything and been anything. So many moments that I waited so long for were taken from me. I didn't get to drop her off at college. I didn't get to walk her down the aisle. But every moment was taken from her, and for what? I never wanted this to become a political spectacle, but it did. I never wanted to meet the president like this, but I did.  213555 I was invited to the White House. The truth is, I had just buried my daughter that week. I really wasn't interested in public events like a tour or a photo-op, I was interested in answers and solutions. So if the president wanted to meet me personally, I said "I'd go." They said, "of course, that was his plan." At the White House, my family and I sat with the president in the oval office and told him about Meadow. I told him what we knew.  213622 I told him that his administration needed to take a closer look at what went wrong and why. And I got to see who president trump really is. He's a good man and a great listener, and he cuts through the B.S. Then the president did what he said he would do -- he took action. He formed a school safety commission that issued dozens of recommendations to make schools safer. But I'll bet you never heard about that, instead the media turned my daughter's murder and went into a coordinated attack on president trump, Republicans and our second amendment.  213700 In fact, when President Trump asked me and other parents of children that were murdered in school shootings to join him as he announced the commission's findings, the media's first question wasn't about protecting kids. Shockingly, they asked about the government shutdown. President Trump turned to me, appalled and said, "Andy, can you believe these people? We're trying to talk about school safety, and this is what they do?" 213727 But I could believe it. After my daughter's murder, the media didn't seem interested in the facts, so I found them myself. I learned that gun control laws didn't fail my daughter, people did. The gunman had threatened to kill his classmates before, he had threatened to rape them, he had threatened to shoot up the school -- every red flag you could imagine, but the school didn't just miss these red flags, they knowingly ignored them.  213757 Far left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible because they implemented something they called "restorative justice." This policy which really just blames teachers for students' failures, puts kids and teachers at risk, and makes shootings more likely. But it was built as a pioneering approach to discipline and safety. I was just fine with the old approach of discipline and safety, it was called "discipline and safety."  213827 But the Obama-Biden administration took Parkland's bad policies and forced them into schools across America. When President Trump rescinded Obama's guidance on restorative justice policies, he put an end to that. And that meant the world to me. It's hard to tell how much Mr. Biden understands about what happened at Parkland. Mr. Biden has campaigned on bringing back restorative justice as part of -- as part of his Unity Platform with Bernie Sanders, and has pledged to implement it in school districts across America. 213901 But he doesn't even seem to know when the shooting happened. He said that he was vice president when it happened, but he wasn't. Mr. Biden may not know when my daughter was murdered, but I do -- February 14th, 2018. Mr. Biden may not know that these policies make shootings more likely, but I do. Mr. Biden may not know who was vice president that day, but I do. It wasn't Joe Biden. It was Mike Pence, thank god.  213931 And I know who the President was too. It wasn't Barack Obama, it was president Donald J. Trump, and he took action. I truly believe the safety of our kids depends on whether this man is re-elected. I hope you'll join me in helping to make that happen. Mr. President, myself and millions of Americans appreciate you and love you. God bless America, and god bless our president Donald J. Trump. Thank you.  VIDEO INTRODUCING THE MCCLOSKEYS 210405 NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> A curfew now in effect in the City of St. Louis.  NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> Protests in St. Louis turn violent. WOMAN (VO)>> You're a racist. You're a coward [ bleep ].  MAN (VO)>> Call the [ bleep ] Cops. You f*cking b*tch. WOMAN (VO)>> We're gonna kill you b*tch. MAN (VO)>> I'm a rape you, b*tch. NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> Mark McCloskey said he and his family have been threatened with violence.  NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> Under Missouri law, you have a right to defend your home and the lives of your family. NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> A search warrant has been executed at the home of Mark and Patty McCloskey.  214033 NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> The husband and wife, attorneys, charged with pointing guns at protesters. NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> They were simply trying to protect their home. PATRICIA AND MARK MCCLOSKEY 214028 MARK MCCLOSKEY>> Good evening, America. We are Mark and Patty McCloskey who are speaking to you tonight from St. Louis, Missouri where just weeks ago, you may have seen us defending our home, as a mob of protesters descended on our neighbor.  214053 PATTY MCCLOSKEY>> America is such a great country that not only do you have the right to own a gun and use it to defend yourselves, but thousands of Americans will offer you free advice on how to use it, at least that's what we experienced. What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country, and that's what we want to speak to you about tonight.  214116 MARK MCCLOSKEY>> That's exactly right. Whether it's the defunding of police, ending cash bails so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again or encouraging anarchy and chaos on our streets, it seems as if the Democrats no longer view the government's job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens. Not a single person in the out of control mob you saw at our house was charged with a crime.  214149 But you know who was? We were. They have actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home. On top of that, consider this: the marxist liberal activist leading the mob to our neighborhood stood outside our home with a bull horn screaming, "you can't stop the revolution." Just weeks later, that same marxist activist won the democratic nomination to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the city of St. Louis. 214222 That's the same as winning the general election. That marxist revolutionary is now going to be the Congresswoman from the first district of Missouri. These radicals are not content with marching in the streets. They want to walk the halls of congress. They want to take over. They want power. This is Joe Biden's party. These are the people who will be in charge of your future, and the future of your children.  214249 P MCCLOSKEY>> They're not satisfied with spreading the chaos and violence into our communities. They want to abolish the suburbs all together. By ending single family home zoning. This forced rezoning would bring crime, lawlessness and low quality apartments into now-thriving suburban neighborhoods.  214307 President Trump smartly ended this government overreach. But Joe Biden wants to bring it back. These are the policies that are coming to a neighborhood near you. So make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats America.  214327 M MCCLOSKEY>> At this moment in history, if you stand up for yourself and for the values our country was founded on, the mob spurred on by their allies in the media, will try to destroy you. You've seen us on your TV screens and Twitter feeds. You know that we're not the kind of people who back down. Thankfully, neither is Donald Trump. President Trump will defend the god given right of every American to protect their homes and their families.  214356 But more than that, Trump's vision for America is a country where you have an opportunity to work hard and build the life you dream of with a job you love, with your children being educated in great schools, in a community where your family can play in the backyard without fear, worship in a church without shame and express your beliefs without retribution. Trump brought us the greatest economy our country had ever seen. The Democrats have brought us nothing but destruction.  214430 P MCCLOSKEY>> When we don't have basic safety and security in our communities, we'll never be free to build a brighter future for ourselves, for our children or for our country. That's what's at stake in this election, and that's why we must re-elect Donald Trump. God bless you, god bless the president.  214451 BOTH>> And god bless these united States.  ??  KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE 214500 GUILFOYLE>> Good evening, America, I'm Kimberly Guilfoyle. I speak to you tonight as a mother, a former prosecutor, a Latina, and a proud American. And yes a proud supporter of president Donald J. Trump. Why? Because he is the president who delivers for America. He built the greatest economy the world has ever known. For the strivers, the working class and middle class. As commander in chief, he always puts America first. President Trump is the law and order president.  214535 Now, presidential leadership is not guaranteed. It is a choice. Biden, Harris and the rest of the socialists will fundamentally change this nation. They want open borders, closed schools, dangerous amnesty and will selfishly send your jobs back to China while they get rich. They will defund, dismantle and destroy America's law enforcement.  214601 When you are in trouble, and need police, don't count on the Democrats. As a first generation American, I know how dangerous their socialist agenda is. My mother Mercedes, was a special education teacher from (?), Puerto Rico. My father, also an immigrant, came to this nation in pursuit of the American dream. Now I consider it my duty to fight to protect that dream.  214631 Rioters must not be allowed to destroy our cities. Human sex drug traffickers should not be allowed to cross our border. The same socialist policies which destroyed places like Cuba, and Venezuela must not take root in our cities and our schools. If you want to see the socialist biden/harris future for our country, just take a look at California.  214700 It is a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation and immaculate environment. And the Democrats turned it into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes. In president trump's America, we light things up, we don't dim them down. We build things up, we don't burn them down. We kneel in prayer and we stand for our flag.  214735 This election is a battle for the soul of America. Your choice is clear. Do you support the cancel culture, the cosmopolitan elites of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden who blame America first? Do you think America is to blame? Or do you believe in American greatness?  214801 Believe in yourself, in president trump, in individual and personal responsibility. They want to destroy this country, and everything that we have fought for and hold dear. They want to steal your liberty, your freedom, they want to control what you see and think, and believe so that they can control how you live.  214827 They want to enslave you to the weak dependent liberal victim ideology to the point that you will not recognize this country or yourself. From the beginning, when president trump spoke about making America great again, he was speaking about that shining city on a hill, and restoring the beacon of light that once shined so bright. His promise was to put America first and he has. 214900 When president trump cut middle class taxes, putting tens of thousands of dollars back in the pockets of working class Americans, that beacon began to flicker once again. When president trump commanded the defeat of ISIS, took out Al-baghdadi and soleimani and paved the way for peace in the middle East, that beacon started to glow. When he negotiated historic trade deals with Canada, Mexico, Japan and China, bringing back thousands of manufacturing jobs to America, that beacon shined bright once again for the world to see.  214939 America, it's all on the line. President Trump believes in you. He emancipates and lifts you up to live your American dream. You are capable. You are qualified. You are powerful, and you have the ability to choose your life and determine your destiny. Don't let the Democrats take you for granted.  215005 Don't let them step on you. Don't let them destroy your families, your lives, and your future. Don't let them kill future generations because they told you, and brainwash you, and fed you lies that you aren't good enough. Like my parents, you can achieve your American dream. You can be that shining example to the world.  215028 Manifest and be the change in this country that you dream, that you hope, that you believe in. Stand for an American president who is fearless, who believes in you, and who loves this country and will fight for her. President Trump is the leader who will rebuild the promise of America and ensure that every citizen can realize their American dream.  215054 Ladies and gentlemen, leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty and the American dream, the best is yet to come!  STEVE SCALISE 215128  SCALISE>> I'm congressman Steve Scalise. We're facing some tough challenges in America. This isn't the first time we've been here. I've worked closely with Donald trump over the last  few years, and if there's one constant theme to how he approaches problems, it's how much he cares about the hardworking people that Washington left behind. I've seen this first hand. After I was shot on a baseball field by a leftist gunman, first responders rushed me to a hospital where I battled for my life.  215156 That same night, Donald Trump came to the hospital along with First Lady Melania Trump. They consoled my wife, Jennifer. They were there for my family in my darkest hours. Donald Trump would call to check on me throughout the following weeks, just to see how I was doing. That's the kind of person he is. That's the side of Donald Trump that the media will never show you. Look, there's a lot at stake. This is an election between a party that wants to burn down the foundations of our country to the ground, and a party that wants to rebuild and protect our great nation.  215231 The left wants to defund the police. This is personal to me. I wouldn't be here without the bravery and heroism of the men and women in law enforcement who saved my life. President Trump stands with those brave men and women. Joe Biden has embraced the left's insane notion to defund them. There won't be an America to leave to our children and grandchildren without those brave law enforcement officers and first responders.  215257 Joe Biden's made a career in Washington for 47 years, promising things he's never delivered. In just 3 short years, President Trump has delivered huge wins for American families. While Joe Biden made hollow promises when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, Donald Trump took action and delivered criminal justice reform. Joe Biden claims to care about the working man, but millions of good manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas during the Obama-Biden years, to countries like China.  215328 Donald Trump brought those jobs back. I've sne how deeply president Trump cares about rebuilding our evaporating middle class. President Trump pledged to give the forgotten men and women of America a real shot at the American dream. And again, he delivered. With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, women creating small businesses at record pace, wages rising, the fastest, by the way for lowest income levels. What can Joe Biden say to that?   215354 What has Joe Biden done in his 47 years in Washington that can compare to that? President Trump has delivered for the hard-working people of this great nation. It's gonna take that kind of bold leadership to get us out of this covid crisis.  215410 After President Trump saved lives by shutting down flights from China and Europe, he's now  focusing the full weight of the government on a revolutionary plan to cure this virus by cutting red tape and empowering scientists to create a vaccine.  215424 This is visionary leadership in action at a time that we can't afford another 47 years of hollow promises. America has been through tough times before. Who better to lead us out of these tough times than the president who already build the strongest economy our country has ever seen? Donald Trump did it before. Donald Trump will deliver for us again. God bless you and god bless these United States of America.  SEAN PARNELL 215505 PARNELL>> I'm Sean Parnell, and it is an honor to be here. In 2006, the Army sent me to Afghanistan as a young platoon leader placed in command of Americans from every corner of our planet. Our platoon reflected the diversity of our nation -- every race, creed and religion. Despite those differences, we were bound together as brothers from the same American family. On June 10, 2006, our platoon was attacked just after dawn.  215535 Outnumbered ten to one, we endured mortar and machine gun fire as hundreds of Taliban charged us from three sides. We had 24 men that day. Wave after wave after Taliban advanced up the hill.  I was wounded three times in the fighting. Nearly all of my platoon was wounded within the first minute. But the enemy kept coming. We fought to our last rounds of ammunition and when it was over, we held the hill.  215602 In the face of death, I saw ordinary Americans become heroes. In our darkest hour, when our survival depended on each other, my men and I learned an important lesson -- we all bleed red. Our differences did not define us. United, we were unbeatable. After 485 days of combat, I came home, eager to enjoy the freedoms I risked my life to defend.  215630 But I watched with alarm as the party of my grandfather, a life-long union Democrat, turned against the very people it professed to represent. I watched as Joe Biden spit venom at an auto worker that dared to question his intent to dismantle the Second Amendment and take your guns. Where Democrats once stood for hard working, law abiding Americans who displayed our flag with pride, this new democratic party considers these people uneducated racists clinging to guns and bible.  215700 The party of Harry Truman became the party of hedge fund managers, Hollywood celebrities, tech moguls and university professors, all bloated with contempt for middle America. I look across the aisle and I do not see a party that wants you to pursue your dreams. I see a Democrat party that wants to dictate what those dreams are. I don't see a party that wants you to be free. I see a party that wants to chain you to conformity, and will destroy anyone they deem a heretic.  215730 I swore an oath to defend my country and its constitution. President Trump has sworn to do the same. That's why he's advanced freedom, despite savage political attacks, to overcome the agenda of the Radical Left. President Trump has unleashed the economic might of this nation like no other president in our history. He triggered the rising tide of working families, brought us energy independence, reclaimed jobs from overseas that, you know, Democrats said would never return.  215801 He's fiercely defended the besieged first and second amendment. That is just a start. With four more years, imagine what we can achieve by simply working with our president. I believe in our President's vision for the future. I stand here tonight calling on all Americans to join us. It doesn't matter what you look like, who you love, how you worship, your gender or your job. If you're a traditional Democrat who's become disillusioned with how radical your party has become, then stand with us.  215833 You are most welcome. America needs all her patriots to rush to her defense. My fellow Americans, I promise you this: in our tent, you are free -- free to speak the truth, choose your journey, define your life. You have the power to go as far as you aim, then aim higher and keep going because that's what Americans do. We're idealists and dreamers, lovers of adventure. We're rugged and independent.  215903 We don't make excuses. We make the impossible a reality. Think about it. In a century, we went from ground bound dreamers gazing to the stars to doers who created the means to reach them. This is not the time to stand on the sidelines. If you love our country as we do, as our president does, join the chorus of patriot voices that will preserve this exceptional union.  215930 Mr. President, lead the way. Millions in our American family believe in this path to destiny. Guide us to that horizon. Thank you, and may god bless the United States of America.  DRAIN THE SWAMP VIDEO 215950 VO>> We come together to imagine a future determined by the shining light of our hopes and values and faith. A country where we are judged by our character, with dignity and respect for all. The belief that all are created equal, that lives matter irrespective of race, creed or color. 220020 Committed to excelling beyond our dreams. Four years ago, we faced an historic crossroad. Career politicians promising change every election, but delivering emptiness. We chose a different path. A man who is not a politician, a man who cares, a man who works tirelessly for you.  220048 Still, politicians spun their deceptions and obstructed progress, fanning the flames of lawlessness. We all know that it is easy to criticize. It takes a true leader to solve problems. Covid-19 -- while others criticized without solutions, President Trump's swift action saved lives. And as leading Democrats want to keep businesses closed down, our President is leading the way for full economic recovery. 220119 We are America. We, as Americans, work together to overcome challenges, right our own stories. America: land of promise, land of opportunity, land of heroes, land of greatness.  FREEING HOSTAGES VIDEO 220143 >> I thought I had been forgotten.  >> I nearly gave up hope.  >> I was so afraid.  >> I believed I would die here.  VO>> American hostages, forgotten and wasting away in far-off prisons, wrongfully detained by foreign governments. Americans were beaten, abused, starved, and left for dead, until President Donald Trump stepped in.  220218 NEWSCAST (VO)>> The three American hostages are finally back on U.S. Soil after being held captive in North Korea.  NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> We're following some breaking news in Turkey where an American pastor Andrew Brunson has been released.  NEWSCAST (ON VIDEO)>> An American jailed in Egypt is back in the US this morning after an intervention by the Trump administration.  VO>> A tough and skilled negotiator, President Trump successfully won the release of detainees and prisoners, among the most of any president in American history. While families waited in despair for news of their loved ones, president Trump provided a new spark of hope by bringing our hostages home.  220252 TRUMP (VO)>> We have Danny birch back home where he should be. He was in Yemen in a very horrible situation.  TRUMP (VO)>> Yesterday, the United States' government secured the release of Caitlin Cole, Joshua Boyle and their three children.  TRUMP (VO)>> Today, we are bringing home another American citizen.  TRUMP (VO)>> We just had news that Turkey released a prisoner that we were trying to get to the United States.  220320 VO>> Under this administration, America has not and will not turn its back on our people. President Trump will bring them home.  VO>> Diplomacy, negotiation skills, perseverance, faith, the ingredients of hope when there is no hope. No American should ever be left behind. Priority: freeing American hostages.  220358 DONALD TRUMP>> We have six incredible people who were held hostage by various countries. And Ambassador O'Brien and others and I will tell you, we -- we're proud of the job we did, but I'd like to ask mayble Pastor Brunson to say a few words. We can go through and just give us a little history of what happened and how is life treating you?  220428 ANDREW BRUNSON>> I was held in Turkey for two years. And you took unprecedented steps actually to secure my release and your administration really fought for me. And I don't -- I think if you hadn't done that, I may still be in Turkey. So I'm very grateful for that.  DONALD TRUMP>> 28 years, right? They had you there for -- they had you scheduled for a long time, Andrew. ANDREW BRUNSON>> Yeah.  DONALD TRUMP>> We had to get you back. I have to say that to me President Erdogan was very good. And I know they had you scheduled for a long time and you're a very innocent person. And he ultimately after we had a few conversations, he agreed. So we appreciate that. And we appreciate the people of Turkey. You still appreciate the people of Turkey I understand, right?  220509 ANDREW BRUNSON>> We love the Turkish people.  DONALD TRUMP>> That's great. It's great to have you back, Andrew. Thank you. Please.  SAM GOODWIN>> Mr. President, thank you for having me.  DONALD TRUMP>> Thank you. SAM GOODWIN>> My name is Sam Goodwin. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. I was held in Syria for 63 days. And I think I speak for my fellow former hostages and detainees here when I say I'm as grateful as I've ever been for anything to be home safely and thank you for the invitation and opportunity to be here. Particularly Ambassador o'brien was incredibly supportive and helpful to my family. I can't say enough nice things about him. Thank you for promoting him. And just really happy to be here. So thank you. 220544 DONALD TRUMP>> We got you back.  SAM GOODWIN>> You got me back, yeah.  DONALD TRUMP>> We got you all back. And we have some more that we're working on right now to get back that we better do. Please go ahead.  >> My name is Mike (?), Mr. President. I do want to again --  It's an honor to be here. Honored to meet you in person. Basically what had happened with me is I traveled over to the country of Iran. It turned out it was a major, major trap and I was apprehended there.  220607 I went through a lot in their injustice system, the Iranian injustice system. Iran is an oppressive extortionist terrorist regime. You know what I'm talking about. But what you did, sir, is you were able to get me out of that prison in record time. It was amazing.  DONALD TRUMP>> Thank you very much.  >> Thank you, Mr. President. The honor is all mine. DONALD TRUMP>>  Please.  JOSH HOLT>> Yeah, my name is Josh holt. This is my wife, Tammy. We were held hostage in Venezuela for two years.  DONALD TRUMP>> I know very well.  220634 JOSH HOLT>> And you -- you helped us get out. Senator Hatch worked with you very well on that as well and It was a great honor to be able to meet you right when we got back. I remember a lot of people asking what was it like meeting president trump? And I would just say I was like I was blown away. I just got released after two years, then I'm shaking the hand of the president in the oval office. I don't really remember a whole lot of it. So it's nice to meet you again. It's been, It's been great to be back, helping people through situations that they've gone through. Now we are starting our family.  220701 DONALD TRUMP>> Well, the great people of Utah really wanted me to do something about the two of you and we were able to do it. And a little bit of a miracle, I think, frankly. JOSH HOLT>> It was. DONALD TRUMP>> Because that was a very hostile period. And we appreciate everybody working so hard with us but we were able to get you both back. And are you living in Utah now I hope?  JOSH HOLT>> We're still living in Utah.  DONALD TRUMP>> That's good. Say hello to the folks in Utah because they're great people. Thank you very much. Congratulations. Please.  220727 >> I'm Brian (?). I spent an unexpected trip there in India. I was not going to India, I was going through India to Nepal where I've been working for the last 18 years. But on behalf of my family and myself, thank you, president trump, for getting us out and getting us home. The darkest moment of our whole time together, your letter to my wife came and it really gave her the hope and the peace.  DONALD TRUMP>> That's great. >> From that time forward as more people got involved, especially the ambassador there in India, things became more peaceful and the hope was there for the last four months that we really would get to come home because they had planned on keeping me for three to five years. The original charge thing was three to five years. That was cleared. Then they came up with new charges to do a seven-year term.  220815 DONALD TRUMP>> Well, India responded very well to my request so we appreciate that.  >> And I appreciate everything y'all did. DONALD TRUMP>> Thank you for being with us. We have a few more people we want to get back and we will get them back and they'll be back very soon. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Great stories.  MAXIMO ALVEREZ 220835 MAXIMO ALVAREZ>> Hello. My name is Maximo Alvarez. I live in Miami, Florida, not far from the strait of Florida which is just a 90 mile wide blue strip from me. It divides freedom from fear. It divides the past from the future. I know all about the past. I'll never forget my own. My family has fled totalitarianism and communism more than once.  220910 First my dad from Spain, and then from Cuba. But my families don't run away. By the grace of god, I live the American dream, the greatest blessing I ever had. My dad only had a 6th grade education told me don't lose this place, you will never be (?). I'm speaking to you today because my family's don't abandon what we've rightfully earned. There's no place to hide.  220946 I'm speaking to you today because president trump may not always be politically correct, he's in fact a successful businessman, not your average career politician. Our president is just another family man, a friend, but most important, our elected commander in chief who puts America first. Keep in mind the other guy running for president is mostly concerned about power. Yes, yes, power for them but not for the benefit of all Americans.  221024 I'm speaking to you today because I have seen people like this before. I've seen movements like this before. I've seen ideas like this before. And I am here to tell you we cannot let them take over our country. I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me who look like me, who suffer and starve and died because they believe those empty promises. They swallow their communist poison pill.  221105 If you have a chance, go to the freedom tower in Miami. Stop and listen. You can still hear the sounds of those broken promises. It is the sound of waves in the ocean carrying families clinging to pieces of wood. Families with children who can't swim but willing to risk everything to reach this blessed land. It is the sound of tears hitting the paper of an application to become an American citizen. Most heard and like the promises but soon after, they experience the reality. 221149 Look at them, listen to them, learn the truth. Those false promises, spread the wealth, free education, free health care, defund the police? Trust a socialist state more than your family and your community? They don't sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar. Fidel Castro was asked if he was a communist. He said he was a Roman catholic. He knew he had to hide the truth.  221230 But the country I was born in is gone, totally destroyed. When I watch the news and Seattle, Chicago, Portland, and other cities, when I see the history being rewritten, when I hear the promises, I hear echoes of a former life I never wanted to hear again. I see shadows I thought I had outrun.  221305 My parents only wanted one person to decide my fate, me, not some body member, not some government official, not some bureaucrat. In America, I would decide my own future. I am so grateful to America, the place where I was able to build my American dream through hard work and determination. President Trump knows that the American story was written by people just like you and I who love our country and take risks to build a future for our families and neighbors.  221347 I may be Cuban born, but I am 100% American. This is the greatest country in the world. And I said this before. If I gave away everything that I have today, it would not equal 1% of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours. The gift of freedom. Right now it is up to us to decide our fate and to choose freedom over oppression.  221432 President trump, he's fighting the forces of anarchy and communism. And I know he will continue to do just that. And what about his opponent and the rest of the swamp? I have no doubt they will hand the country over to those dangerous forces. You and I will decide. And here's what I've decided. My decision is very easy.  221505 I choose president trump because I choose America. I choose freedom. I still hear my dad. There is no other place to go. Thank you, and may the good lord bless America.  [RNC VIDEO] 211536 >> The Democrats are just going more and more left.  >> Many positive about socialism liking it more than capitalism. 221540 SANDERS (ON VIDEO)>>  Many of the ideas we fought for that were considered radical are now mainstream. The compromise that they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most Progressive president since FDR.  221557 >> The radical left has taken over the democratic party. And Joe Biden is marching in lock step with them. Biden and the far left are promising to crush middle class families with trillions in new taxes.  221611 BIDEN (ON VIDEO)>> If you elect me, your taxes will be raised, not cut.  >> Promising amnesty and health care for 11 million illegal immigrants.  BIDEN (ON VIDEO)>> Citizenship for 11 million undocumented folks. >> Promising to shut down energy exploration, killing jobs and hurting America's economy.  221626 BIDEN (ON VIDEO)>> I guarantee, we're going to end fossil fuel.  >> In Joe Biden's America, the radical left gets whatever they want and you get to pay for it. They have already taken over Joe Biden and the democratic party. Don't let them take over America.  NIKKI HALEY 101651 HALEY>> Good evening. I'm Nikki Haley, and it's great to be back at the Republican National Convention. I'll start with a little story. It's about an American ambassador to the United Nations. And it's about a speech she gave to this convention. She called for the re-election of the Republican president she served, and she called out his democratic opponent, a former Vice President from a failed administration.  221720 That ambassador said, and I quote, "Democrats always blame America first." The year was 1984. The president was Ronald Reagan, and ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick's words are just as  true today. Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first. Donald Trump has always put America first, and he has earned four more years as president.  221754 It was an honor of a lifetime to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. Now, the U.N. is not for the faint of heart. It's a place where dictators, murderers, and thieves denounce America, and then put their hands out and demand that we pay their bills. Well, president Trump put an end to all of that. With his leadership, we did what Barack Obama and Joe Biden refused to do.  221823 We stood up for America, and we stood against our enemies. Obama and Biden let North Korea threaten America. President Trump rejected that weakness, and we passed the toughest sanctions on North Korea in history. Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash. President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal.  211852 Obama and Biden led the United Nations to denounce our friend and ally, Israel. President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem and when the U.N. tried to condemn us, I was proud to cast the American veto. This president has a record of strength and success. The former vice president has a record of weakness and failure. Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS, great for communist China.  221923 And he's a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologize, abstain, and abandon our values. Donald Trump takes a different approach. He's tough on China, and he took on ISIS and won. And he tells the world what it needs to hear. At home, the President is the clear choice on jobs and the economy. He's moved America forward, while Joe Biden has held America back. When Joe was V.P., I was governor of the great state of South Carolina. We had a pretty good run.  222000 Manufacturers of all kinds flocked to our state from overseas, creating tens of thousands of American jobs. People were referring to South Carolina as the "beast of the southeast," which I loved. Everything we did happened in spite of Joe Biden and his old boss. We cut taxes, they raised them. We slashed red tape, they piled on more mandates. And when we brought in good-paying jobs, Biden and Obama sued us.  222034 I fought back, and they gave up. A Biden-Harris administration would be much, much worse. Last time Joe's boss was Obama. This time, it would be Pelosi, Sanders, and the Squad. Their vision for America is socialism, and we know that socialism has failed everywhere. They want to tell Americans how to live and what to think. They want a government takeover of health care.  222106 They want to ban fracking and kill millions of jobs. They want massive tax hikes on working families. Joe Biden and the socialist Left would be a disaster for our economy, but President Trump is leading a new era of opportunity. Before communist China gave us the coronavirus, we were breaking economic records left and right. The pandemic has set us back, but not for long.  222134 President Trump brought our economy back before, and he will bring it back again. There is one more important area where our president is right. He knows that political correctness and cancel culture are dangerous, and just plain wrong. In much of the Democratic party, it's now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country. 222206 This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America, and settled in a small southern town. My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a brown girl in a black and white world. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. My mom built a successful business. My dad taught 30 years at a historically black college.  222240 And the people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor. America is a story that's a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone. That's why it's so tragic to see so much of the Democratic party turning a blind eye towards riots and rage. The American people know we can do better, and of course we value and respect every black life.  222314 The black cops who have been shot in the line of duty, they matter. The black small business owners who have watched their life's work go up in flames, they matter. The black kids who've been gunned down on the playground, their lives matter too. And their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets. It doesn't have to be like this. It wasn't like this in South Carolina five years ago. Our state came face to face with evil. 222347 A white supremacist walked into Mother Emmanuel church during bible study. 12 African-Americans pulled up a chair and prayed with him for an hour. Then, he began to shoot. After that horrific tragedy, we didn't turn against each other. We came together -- black and white, Democrat and Republican. Together, we made the hard choices needed to heal and removed a divisive symbol peacefully and respectfully.  222421 What happened then should give us hope now. America isn't perfect. But the principles we hold dear are perfect. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that even on our worst day, we are blessed to live in America. It's time to keep that blessing alive for the next generation. This president and this party are committed to that noble task.  222449 We seek a nation that rises together, not falls apart in anarchy and anger. We know that the only way to overcome America's challenges is to embrace America's strengths. We are striving to reach a brighter future where every child goes to a world-class school chosen by their parents, where every family lives in a safe community with good jobs, where every entrepreneur has the freedom to achieve and inspire; 222519 where every believer can worship without fear and every life is protected, where every girl and boy, every woman and man of every race and religion has the best shot at the best life. In this election, we must choose the only candidate who has and who will continue delivering on that vision.  222542 President Trump and Vice President Pence have my support, and America has our promise. We will build on the progress of our past, and unlock the promise of our future. That future starts when the American people re-elect president Donald Trump. Thank you, good night, and may god always bless America.  DONALD TRUMP JR.  222628 TRUMP JR>> Good evening, America. I'm Donald Trump Jr. We're here tonight to talk about the great American story, to talk about this country we all  love, this land of promise and opportunity, of heroes and greatness. Just a few short months ago, we were seeing the American dream become a reality for more of our citizens than ever before. The greatest prolonged economic expansion in American history, the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years.  222656 The lowest unemployment rates  ever for black Americans, hispanic-americans, women, and pretty much every other demographic group. And then, courtesy of the Chinese communist party, the virus struck. The president quickly took action and shut down travel from China. Joe Biden and his Democrat allies called my father a racist and a xenophobe for doing it. They put political correctness ahead of the safety and security  of the American people.  222726 Fortunately, as the virus began to spread, the president acted quickly and ensured ventilators got to hospitals that needed them most.  222733 He delivered PP and E to our brave front line workers. And he rallied the mighty American private sector to tackle this new challenge. There is more work to do, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Job gains are outpacing what the so-called experts expected. But Biden's radical left-wing policies would stop our economic recovery cold. He is already talking about shutting the country down again.  222800 It's madness. Democrats claim to be for workers, but they've spent the entire pandemic trying to sneak a tax break for millionaires and Democrat states into the covid relief bill. Then, they attacked my father for suspending the payroll tax for middle-class workers. In fact, if you think about it,    222826 He supported the worst trade deals in the history of the planet. He voted for the nafta nightmare. Down the tubes went our auto industry. He pushed for ttp, good-bye, manufacturing jobs.  222839 Beijing Biden is so weak on China that the intelligence community recently assessed that the Chinese communist party favors Biden. They know he'll weaken us both economically and on a world stage.  222853 Biden also wants to bring in more illegal immigrants to take jobs from American citizens. His open border policies would drive wages down for Americans at a time when low-income workers were getting real wage increases for the first time in modern history. He's pledged to repeal the trump tax cuts, which were the biggest in our country. After eight years of Obama and Biden's slow growth, trump's policies have been like rocket fuel to the economy and especially to the middle class.  222926 Biden has promised to take that money back out of your pocket and keep it in the swamp. That makes sense though, considering Joe Biden is basically the lochness monster of the swamp. For the past half century, he's been lurking around in there. He sticks his head up every now and then to run for president. Then he disappears and doesn't do much in between. So if you're looking for hope, look to the man who did what the failed obama/biden administration never could do and built the greatest economy our country has ever seen.  222959 And president trump will do it again. We will be stronger than ever because when we put our mind to it, there is no obstacle that America can't surmount. Except there's a difference this time. In the past, both parties believed in the goodness of America. We agreed on where we wanted to go. We just disagreed on how to get there. This time the other party is attacking the very principles on which our nation was founded.  223029 Freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the rule of law. Thomas Jefferson famously said "I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Our founders believed there was nothing more important than protecting our god-given right to think for ourselves. Now, the left, they're trying to cancel all of those founders.  223057 They don't seem to understand this important principle: In order to improve in the future, we must learn from our past, not erase it. So we're not going to tear down  monuments and forget the people who built our great nation. Instead, we will learn from our past so we don't repeat any mistakes. And we will work tirelessly to improve the lives of all Americans. Joe Biden and the radical left are now coming for our freedom of speech. They want to bully us into submission. If they get their way, it will no longer be the silent majority. It will be the silenced majority.  223135 This has to stop. Freedom of expression used to be a liberal value, at least before the radical left took over. Now the Republican party is the home of free speech, the place where anyone from any background can speak their mind, and may the best ideas win. People of faith are under attack. You're not allowed to go to church, but mass chaos in the streets gets a pass.  223201 It's almost like this election is shaping up to be church, work, and school versus rioting, looting, and vandalism. Or in the words of Biden and the Democrats, "peaceful protesting." Anarchists have been flooding our streets, and Democrat mayors are ordering the police to stand down. Small businesses across America, many of them minority-owned, are being torched by mobs.  223229 The Democrat mayors pretend it's not happening. They actually called it a summer of love. And that brings me to another important principle. Every American must be free to  live without fear of violence in your country, in your communities, and in your homes. All men and women are created equal and must be treated equally under the law. That's why we must put an end to racism, and we must ensure that any police officer who abuses their powers is held accountable.  223302 What happened to George Floyd is a disgrace. And if you know a police officer, you know they agree with that too. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that our police are American heroes. They deserve our deepest appreciation because no matter what the Democrats say, you and I both know when we dial 9-1-1, we don't want it going to voicemail. So defunding the police is not an option.  223329 Everything starts with safety and security. You can't have anything else without it. You can't focus on building a better future for your children without the peace of mind that they can study safely in their classrooms, play safely in their neighborhoods, and sleep safely in their beds. But safety is only the beginning. Trump's America is a land of opportunity, a place of promise. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that could afford the best schools and the finest universities. But a great education cannot be the exclusive right of the rich and powerful.  223403 It must be accessible to all, and that's why my dad is pro-school choice. That's why he's called education access the civil rights issue not just of our time but of all time. It is unacceptable that too many African-American and Hispanic-american children are stuck in bad schools just because of their zip code. Donald Trump will not stand for it.  223428 If Democrats really wanted to help minorities in underserved communities, instead of bowing to big-money union bosses, they'd let parents choose what school is best for their kids, they'd limit immigration to protect American workers, they'd support the police who protect our neighborhoods, they'd learn how to negotiate trade deals that prioritize America's interest for a change, they'd end the endless wars and quit sending our young people to solve problems in foreign lands.  223459 They'd cut taxes for families and workers. They'd create opportunity Zones that drive investment into inner cities. In other words, if Democrats cared for the forgotten men and women of our country, they'd do exactly what President Trump is doing. America is the greatest country on Earth. But my father's entire world view revolves around the idea that we can always do even better.  223527 Imagine the life you want to have -- one with a great job, a beautiful home, a perfect family. You can have it. Imagine the country you want to live in -- one with true equal opportunity, where hard work pays off and justice is served with compassion and without partiality. You can have it. Imagine a world where the evils of communism and radical islamic terrorism are not given a chance to spread, where heroes are celebrated and the good guys win.  223600 You can have it. That is the life, that is the country, that is the world that Donald Trump and the Republican party are after. And, yes, you can have it. Because, unlike Joe Biden and the radical left Democrats, our party is open to everyone. It starts by rejecting radicals who want to drag us into the dark, and embracing the man who represents a bright and beautiful future for all.  223630 It starts by re-electing Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. Thank you, and god bless America.  CATALINA AND MADELINE LAUF 223646 CATALINA LAUF>> I'm Catalina Lauf. I work in the political space. MADELINE LAUF>> And I'm Madeline Lauf, and I'm the founder of Begin Health, a children's nutritional company. CL>> We grew up in a really small town outside of Chicago. ML>> Our mom is from Guatemala. Our dad's a small business owner from Chicago. And so, you brought two different cultures together to create us. A little bit of crazy and a --  CL>> A little bit of fun, I guess. They taught us the values of hard work, liberty, to love this country unapologetically. 223718 Our dad is a beekeeper, and just had so many different things out in the countryside, and it was just such a sweet point (?). ML>> We grew up selling honey at farmer's markets, so my line was "have you ever been stung by a bee?" [laughing] But really, it was teaching us, again, entrepreneurship, small business, self reliance and that we're the ones that need to put in the hard work to get what we want. 223745 CL>> My mother, being from Guatemala, escaping what she had there, growing up in poverty and coming here to the United States, being able to fulfill her destiny and be somebody that she couldn't, there, in her home country -- ML>> And they really instilled in us this sense of purpose but also self accountability, and that we had to strive to do the things that we wanted and it was up to us to make those things happen. 223815 CL>> In America, there's no ceiling of opportunity. You know, you design your own destiny through personal responsibility, through hard work, through having a moral value system. That's the American dream, and President Trump's providing that for everybody. ML>> Look at my business, BeginHealth. As a small startup that is growing and launching, we are constantly trying to innovate, and the big challenge that Covid brought that we just didn't see coming was that just almost everything kind of just shut down. 223848 And when you are a small startup and you have limited funding and funding is really only to get you to that next milestone, we were really struggling. And so, we were able to apply for a PPP loan which really helped allow us to continue hiring and working and developing our product so that we could, ultimately, still launch. 223909 CL>> It's, now more than ever, so important to  have a President and an administration that understands that small business is the backbone of our economy. Tax cuts and Jobs Act was huge. Manufacturing, deregulation, fair trade -- these are things that affected really Americans.  223928 ML>> We have a champion in the Oval Office who has this business background. He actually understands the need for small businesses like my sister's to survive. We aren't the stereotypical conservative. I mean, we're -- we come from Hispanic descent, and we're millenial women, and that's not what the media wants. And so, somebody like AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, this far left, these women come out with these very, very destructive political ideologies that are trying to infiltrate millennials and the next generation.  224005 I decided to step up and say, well, we need a countervoice to these women. CL>> There has been an assault on capitalism. Just generally. And I think it's very scary to imagine a Biden world, where the progressive-wing ideas are starting to take front and center stage. You know, that will really choke the American economy. There will be over regulation, over taxation. It's very hard to innovate through those two things. 224034 And ultimately, what's really sad is, you know, the making all of us dependent on the government. And we are not going to allow that to happen.  ML>> I've seen a lot of moderates, a lot of people now changing over because of everything that's been happening. This is a taste of Biden's America. I mean this, the rioting, the crime. Freedom is at stake now. And this is going to be the most important election of our lifetime.  224102 CL>> We want to preserve the America that our mother came here for. Having a thriving economy, that is keeping America great. And president Trump has delivered on that promise. He's truly fighting for the American people.  ML>> We're the greatest country in the world. Period. On our worst day, we're still the greatest country in the world. And in order to preserve that, it's by putting America first, having a thriving economy, having happiness.  SENATOR TIM SCOTT 224142 TIM SCOTT>> Good evening. I'm Senator Scott from the great state of South Carolina. To all of you tuning in and participating in the political process, god bless you. This isn't how I pictured tonight, but our country is experiencing something none of us envisioned. From a global pandemic to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven't seen for decades, but regardless of the challenges presented to us, every four years, Americans come together to vote.  224214 To share stories of what makes our nation strong and the lessons we have learned that can strengthen it for further generations. Because while this election is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it's not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It's about the promise of America. It's about you and me. Our challenges and heart breaks, hopes and dreams. It's about how we'd respond when tackling critical issues like police reform.  224243 When Democrats called our work a token effort and walked out of the room during negotiations because they wanted the issue more than they wanted a solution. Do we want a society that breeds success or a culture that cancels everything it even slightly disagrees with?I know where I stand because you see, I am living my mother's American dream. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old and we moved in with my grandparents into a two bedroom home with me, my mom and my brother sharing a room and one bed. 224318 My mom worked 16 hours a day to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. She knew if we could find the opportunity, bigger things would come. I thought I had to use football to succeed in life and my focus on academics faded away. My freshman year, I failed out. I failed four subjects. Spanish, English, world geography and even civics. Trust me though, after seven years in  the senate, I know I'm not the only one in congress who failed civics. 224353 But even while I was failing the ninth grade, my mother always said to me, Timmy, if you would just shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll be among the stars. She never lost faith in me even when I lost faith in myself. Because of her encouragement, I went to summer school and caught up. The next year I met my mentor, John (?), a Chick-fil-A operator. 224420 John saw something in me that I could not see in myself and started teaching me valuable life lessons like having a job would be a good thing. But creating jobs would be even better.That having an income could change my lifestyle, but creating a profit could change my community. He planted the seeds of what would become opportunity zones. This initiative that the president and I worked together on is now bringing more than $75 billion of private sector investment into distressed communities.  224455 I took those lessons to heart and started putting the pieces of my life back together. I realized a quality education is the closest thing to magic in America. That''s why I fight to this day for school choice. To make sure every child in every neighborhood has a quality education. I don't care if it's a public, private, charter, virtual or a home school. When a parent has a choice, their kid has a better chance.  224527 And the president has fought alongside me on that. Later in life, I started my own small business. That's why I know it's critical for us to have a tax code that encourages growth. We actually saw revenues to the treasury increase after we lowered taxes in 2017. Rest assured that Democrats do not want you to know that. After starting my small business and spending some time in local government, I decided to run for congress in 2010. The district is based in charleston, South Carolina where the civil war started.  224605 Against a son of our legendary Senator Strom Thurmond. You may be asking yourself, how does a poor black kid from a single parent household run and win in a race crowded with Republicans against a Thurmond? Because of the evolution of the southern heart. In an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me not on the color of my skin but on the content of my character.  224637 We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news. Racially, economically and culturally polarizing news. The truth is, our nations arc always bends back towards fairness. We're not fully where we want to be, but I thank god almighty we're not where we used to be. We're always striving to be better.  224705  When we stumble, and we will, we pick ourselves back up and try again. We don't give in to cancel culture or the radical and factually baseless belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or the 1960s. We have work to do, but I believe in the goodness of America, the promise that all men and all women are created equal and if you're watching tonight, I'm betting you do, too.  224737 Over the past four years, we've made tremendous progress towards that promise. President Trump built the most inclusive economy ever. Seven million jobs created pre-covid-19 and 2/3s of them went to women, African Americans and hispanics. The first new major effort to tackle poverty in a generation, opportunity zones. We put hard-earned tax dollars back in people's pockets by cutting their taxes especially for single parent households like the one I grew up in. Cutting single mother's taxes 70% on average. 224821 President Trump supported these tax cuts for those single moms and other working families and signed these policies into law and our nation is better off for it. So I'm going to ask you, the American people, not to simply look at what the candidates say, but to look back at what they have done. This election is about your future and it is critical to paint a full picture of the records of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Joe Biden said if a black man didn't vote for him, he wasn't truly black.  224901 Joe Biden says black people are a monolithic community. It was Joe Biden who said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids and while his words are one thing, his actions take it to a whole new level. In 1994, Biden led the charge on a crime bill that put millions of black Americans behind bars. President Trump's criminal justice reform law fixed many of the disparities Biden created and made our system more fair and just for all Americans.  224937 Joe Biden also failed our nation's historically black colleges and universities. Heaping blame on them as they fought to ensure our young folks had access to higher education. Once again, to clean up Joe Biden's mess, president trump signed into law historically high funding for hbcu's as well as a bill to give them permanent funding for the first time ever.  225007 And now Joe Biden wants to come for your pocket books. Unless, of course, you're a blue state millionaire. I'm serious. That's one of their solutions for the pandemic. They want to take more money from your pocket and give it to Manhattan elites and Hollywood moguls so they get a tax break.  225028 Republicans, however, passed president trump's once in a generation tax reform bill that lowered taxes for single moms, working families and those in need. So when it comes to what Joe Biden says he will do, look at his actions. Look at his policies. Look at what he already did and what he didn't do while he's been in Washington for 47 years.  225059 Ladies and gentlemen, people don't always see those failures. Because they think we're having a policy debate on two sides of an issue. That is not what is happening.  225113 Our side is working on policy while Joe Biden's radical Democrats are trying to permanently transform what it means to be an American. Make no mistake, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution, a fundamentally different America. If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia. And history has taught us that path only leads to pain and misery, especially for hard-working people hoping to rise.  225148 Instead, we must focus on the promise of the American journey. I know that journey well. My grandfather's 99th birthday would have been tomorrow. Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton. He never learned to read or write.  225219 Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States house and the United States senate in the history of this country. Our family went from cotton to congress in one lifetime. And that is why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.  225245 There are millions of families  just like mine all across this nation full of potential seeking to live the American dream. And I'm here tonight to tell you that supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality. God bless you. And father, please continue blessing the United States of America. God bless.  ####
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