Full Trump Iowa Speech: History Is Written By The Dreamers, Not The Doubters

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On Wednesday evening, President Trump will give a campaign-style speech to supporters in Cedar Rapids, IA. He will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and is expected to touch on many issues. President Trump's campaign-style rallies are event TV and his schtick is often talked about for weeks afterward.

Relative transcript:

TRUMP: Thank you, everybody. It is great to be back in the great state of Iowa...

(APPLAUSE) ... home of the greatest wrestlers in the world, including our friend Dan Gable, some of the great, great wrestlers of the world, right? We love those wrestlers.

It's always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp...

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... and spend time...

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... with the truly hardworking people. We call them American patriots. Amazing people.

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I want to also extend our congratulations this evening to Karen Handel of Georgia.

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And we can't forget Ralph Norman in South Carolina. He called me and I called him...

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He said, you know, last night I felt like the forgotten man. But he won, and he won really beautifully. Even though most people, a lot of people didn't show up because they thought he was going to win by so much. It's always dangerous to have those big leads. But he won very easily. And he is a terrific guy.

And I'll tell you what, Karen is going to be really incredible. She's going to be joining some wonderful people and doing some wonderful work including major, major tax cuts and health care and lots of things.

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Going to be reducing crime and we're securing that Second Amendment. I told you about that. And that looks like it's in good shape with Judge Gorsuch. That looks like it's in good shape.

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I'd like to also take this moment to send our thoughts and prayers to our courageous friend, somebody that I've gotten to know very well, Steve Scalise, and everyone...

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TRUMP: ... recovering from the assault.

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Never fails. Never fails.

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

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AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, President Trump.

TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you.

And we love our police. We love our police.

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So, to Steve we say -- and he's a great guy, was in my office the day before, incredible. We're praying for you. We're pulling for you. You have our absolute support and our deepest admiration.

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And our gratitude goes out tonight as well to the Capitol Police officers who saved so many lives. You know, they ran from the outfield and they were being hit by rifle fire. They only had handguns. And they were able to get him. It was an amazing show of talent and bravery.

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So, we want to thank all of the police officers who so bravely serve and protect us. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Hopefully our nation emerges from this ordeal -- it was an ordeal, terrible -- more unified and more determined than ever before. And I can see it. And we are indeed more unified in our own way than ever before. You just have to take a look at what's happening here. Right?

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If we set aside the cynics and the critics, we have a chance, and it's a great chance. It lies before us to do extraordinary things for our country in the years ahead.

History is written by the dreamers, not the doubters.

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So...

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... while we are here tonight to celebrate the amazing progress that we've already made, and we have made amazing progress...

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... we're also here to lay out the next steps in our incredible movement to make America great again.

AUDIENCE: Great again!

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TRUMP: Everyone gathered in this arena is bound together by common values. You love our country. You obey our laws. You honor our traditions. And you care for your families. And you love your communities.

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All you want is a government that shows you the same respect and loyalty in return. You believe that America must protect and defend its own citizens. With that conviction deep in your hearts, you showed up on Election Day, November 8th, and voted to put America first.

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About time. It's about time.

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And from the moment I took that solemn oath of office and every single day since, that is exactly what I've done, put America first.

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After years of sending our jobs and our wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our country. And you see it happening. You see it happening. You see what's going on.

Jobs are just about the best they've ever been. We've created almost $4 trillion in wealth if you look at your stock values and you look at what's going on with our country. But we've created tremendous wealth. The enthusiasm and spirit on every single index is higher than it's ever been before for our manufacturers and for our companies.

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After spending billions of dollars defending other people's borders, we are finally going to defend our borders.

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AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

TRUMP: After decades of rebuilding foreign nations all over the world, we are now rebuilding our nation.

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As of a few months ago, our country has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, wasted. And the lives, the lives, thousands and thousands and thousands of lives. $6 trillion and thousands of young, beautiful lives.

We started 16 years ago and it's in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago by many times over. So, we spent all of this money, all of these lives.

And let me tell you, I came in and took over a very, very difficult hand. But we're going to get it fixed. That's what you put me here for. We're going to get it fixed.


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