You could lump this in with the schadenfreude, if you like: another ginormous Trump rally, with tens of thousands of real Americans showing up to demonstrate their support of what is already turning out to be one of the best Presidents we’ve had in my lifetime.
Thank you, everybody, thank you. I didn’t know that Melania was going to be saying the Lord’s Prayer, but I thought that was very beautiful, thank you, thank you.
It’s now been a month since my inauguration. And I am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making America great again. I’m also here to tell you about our plans for the future and they’re big and they’re bold and it’s what our country is all about, believe me.
I’m here because I want to be among my friends and among the people. This was a great movement, a movement like has never been seen before in our country or probably anywhere else. This was a truly great movement. And I want to be here with you, and I will always be with you. I promise you that. I want to be in a room filled with hard working American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag and who pray for a better future.
Sad that this sort of uplifting, positive, patriotic rhetoric has come to seem such a bizarre violation of the norm, isn’t it? And not just among the Left, whose supercilious, sneering antipathy towards this country and the ordinary citizens who make it work is nauseatingly familiar; when was the last time you heard a Republican establishment politician speak in such tones?
I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. The dishonest media which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them, they make them up in many cases, they just don’t want to report the truth and they’ve been calling us wrong now for two years. They don’t get it. By they’re starting to get it. I can tell you that. They’ve become a big part of the problem. They are part of the corrupt system. Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln and many of our greatest presidents fought with the media and called them out often times on their lies. When the media lies to people, I will never, ever let them get away with it. I will do whatever I can that. They don’t get away with it.
They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda.
No, it isn’t, and no, they don’t get away with it. Not anymore, they don’t. Good for President Trump; keep calling the liars out, Donald. It’s long past time somebody did. And as your electoral landslide already proved, if the Republicans won’t do it, we’ll find someone who will. Here’s perhaps the best part, though:
I saw this man on TV just now, you. I just saw him on television. He said I love Trump. Let Trump do what he has to do. That’s my guy right there. Come here. Come here. No, I just. I’m coming in. That’s okay.
Let him up. I’m not worried about him. I’m only worried he’s going to give me a kiss. I’m not worried about anything else. This guy is so great. He was one of many people. They’re interviewing people in the line. And I have to say, there was a tiny group of protesters out there and they were given as much publicity as this massive room packed with people, but they interviewed this man. Come on up here. Come on up. Guy was great. Hop over the fence. Come on. He can do it. He’s in good shape. Look at him. Look at this guy. Come on. This guy is great. Don’t worry about him. No, no. Come here. They’re going to — come on up. Come here.
This guy. So he’s been all over television saying the best things and I see him standing and didn’t you get here at like 4 in the morning.
I did sir.
Say a couple of words to this crowd.
Mr. President, thank you sir. We the people, our movement is the reason why our President of the United States is standing here in front of us today. When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us. Thank you so much, sir.
A star is born.
A star is born. That’s fine.
I wouldn’t say that Secret Service was thrilled with that, but we know our people, right? We know our people.
He most certainly does. Better yet, he likes his people. He admires them, respects them, wishes to see them do well, and intends to do what he can to help them. He knows that when they thrive, America thrives. And he also seems to know that, although government assistance is sometimes necessary for some, our system works best when government gets out of their way and leaves them free to be creative, to strive and achieve and succeed via their own best efforts and ingenuity. Again: when have you heard that notion paid anything more than the most perfunctory lip service from our professional politicians, from either wing of the Uniparty?
The so-called global elite have done well for themselves, but left working families with shrinking wages. Really they are shrinking. 18 years ago though many of you in this room made more money working one job than you’re making right now working two and three jobs. Instead of peace, we’ve seen wars that never end and conflicts that never seem to go away. We don’t fight to win. We fight politically correct wars. We don’t win anymore. We don’t win at trade. We don’t win in any capacity. We don’t win anymore. We’re going to start winning again. Believe me.
And we have the chance now working together to deliver change for the ages. This will be change for the ages. Change like never before. To pursue real peace, real stability, and real prosperity. We want to secure our borders and protect our workers. To rebuild our military and our infrastructure. To fix our schools and restore safety to our neighborhoods. To bring hope and opportunity to our inner cities. To ensure a level playing field for all women in the workforce. To reform our tax code and remove the regulations that undermine growth and innovation. And to replace chaos and distrust with community and cooperation. The tired echoes of yesterday’s fights. We’re fighting battles that no longer help us. We’re fighting battles that other people aren’t treating us fairly in the fight.
No longer are we chained down by the discredited approaches of the past. No longer must we listen to those who have nothing to brag about, but failure. New circumstances demand new solutions. Americans have fought and won wars together. Our heroes have shed their blood together and lost their lives. Our citizens have raised their children together, fought for justice together, and shared common hopes and dreams from one generation to the next. Stretching back to the first day of our American independence. This is our legacy. It belongs to all of you. And it belongs to every man, woman, and child in our nation.
Now is the time to call upon these deep ties in the name of bold acts. Let us move past the differences party and find a new loyalty rooted deeply in our country. We are all brothers and all sisters. We share one home. One destiny and one glorious American flag. We are united together by history and by providence. We will make America strong again. I promise. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Greater than ever before.
May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Plenty of people complain about Trump’s odd speaking style, his inability to stay on script, and so on. But seriously: when was the last time you heard rhetoric this soaring, this sincere, this plain-spoken—and most especially, this inspiring? And another question: who could possibly oppose any of this? Who could complain about it in any way? What is there here for any patriotic American who still believes in the shining, sacred promise of our Founders to find fault with? Who but a twisted, bitter, hateful person who perversely wishes to see their own nation brought low, frustrated, and vanquished could dismiss this as the “dark” ravings of an unhinged tyrant?
If you love America—the America of the Founding, not the hollow distortion foisted on us by a disloyal, dishonest, and counterrevolutionary opposition—and trust in the essential decency and wisdom of the American people, what is there in any of this to fear?
Much though the liberal media has tried to discredit the notion—and they have—I hope Trump continues to do these rallies on a regular basis. As I said long ago, poor Donald: the entire political, media, and cultural establishment in this country oppose him—is at war with him, in fact. All he really has is We, the People. Rallies such as this are good for us. I can’t help but believe that they’re good for him, too. It must seem a lonely battle he’s fighting; getting out of the DC shitpit and out among his people to recharge the batteries and energize himself for the next skirmishes would have to be heartening for him.
That could never be true if his love for his country and its people wasn’t deep and sincere. Watching this video, and having paid close attention to him these last two years, it seems entirely obvious to me, and I can’t see any reason at all to question it.
No, he isn’t a savior, a knight on a white charger here to rescue the entire world. What he is, is a leader. And if he stays strong and sticks to his guns, we can win this fight at long last. Doesn’t mean we’ll have a perfect Constitutional government; doesn’t mean we’ll achieve some Platonic ideal of liberty and self-determination. But we can at least thwart the dark forces arrayed against freedom and justice, for our own time at least. That’s the best any human generation can hope for.
Update! This. Exactly, precisely, entirely this.
If you make tangible goods or have a mortgage, you are more likely to want borders and a nation. If on the other hand you deal largely in intangibles, in information, in strings of numbers, in data on global servers and financial transactions around the world, in movies and music, in ideas, then borders are an unreal abstraction. If you get your rides from Uber, your house from Airbnb, your entertainment from Netflix and your dates from Tinder, if you don’t actually own anything, and have no plans for a family or anything more permanent than a virtual existence, who needs a nation?
Patriotism is an ideal grounded in real things. Our elites exist in an unreal world filled with unreal things. Their world is based on rapid communications that organizes the world in new ways. They have grown so dazzled by the potential of that organization that they ignore what is underneath.
That metaphor became reality with Brexit and Trump. The country rebelled against the city. People who were in the business of making and doing real things rose up against a virtual economy.
The elites are unable to understand the nationalistic and territorial impulses of either their own citizens or Islamic terrorists. Their strange social-plutocratic fusion of Marxism and technocracy sees it as a problem of sharing the wealth. All the popular uprisings can be put down with a bigger welfare state. Redistribute more of the profits from Facebook to Muslims and Trump voters. Problem solved.
But the problem can’t be solved by enlarging the welfare class. It’s a gaping cultural chasm.
People need meaning. It is meaning that gives them a sense of worth. The angry leftist reactionaries find meaning in their post-everything world. The shattering of this world has driven them into the streets. And yet they can’t grasp that it was the shattering of their world that drove so many working people to vote for Brexit or Trump. They refuse to comprehend that nations have meaning to more people than their post-national world order of interchangeable multicultural megacities does or that most people want something tangible to hold on to even if it requires labor and sacrifice.
It was a war between Davos, Conde Nast, GQ, Soros, MSNBC, Hollywood, Facebook and America. And America won.
The “resistance” is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile. They had their chance to impose their vision on the people. And they lost.
And no matter how unhinged, insane, violent, and insolently treasonous they get—no matter how petulantly they cry, whine, riot, loot, vandalize, undermine, burn, and attempt to overthrow and destroy—we must see to it that they go on losing.