US Elections 2016: Donald Trump’s ‘Long Winding’ Speech

US Elections 2016: Donald Trump’s ‘Long Winding’ Speech
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Donald Trump is running for president. He made his announcement at the Trump Tower in New York City with a speech that tackles China, and then Japan and Mexico, too. At some point he talked about stories he wanted to tell about Ford, about his real estate dealings and then about how he is worth more than $8 billion.


It was easy to get lost listening to his long winding speech until he made seven promises that actually made sense.

The long winding speech

Trump begins his speech unlike any other presidential contenders. He did not go about a long family background of being rags to riches or the tender years of childhood past.

He went straight to attacking his rivals.

“This is beyond anybody’s expectations. There’s been no crowd like this. And, I can tell, some of the candidates, they went in. They didn’t know the air-conditioner didn’t work. They sweated like dogs,” Trump said in his speech.

He then discussed how China is already beating America economically, but that he has beaten China in trade deals, “all the time, all the time.”

He suddenly was talking about the ISIS and how he is now at competition with the terrorist group.

“Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel.”

He then launched an attack against the current leaders saying American now owes China $1.3 million and Japan more than that. “So they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money, and we pay them in interest, and then the dollar goes up so their deal’s even better,” he said.

“How stupid are our leaders? How stupid are these politicians to allow this to happen? How stupid are they?”

All of a sudden he was talking about how he could convince Ford not to pursue its plan of building a car factory in Mexico. He said Mexico too is taking jobs from the American people. The story about Ford was a long one but the bottom line was that he was rich and will refuse any offer from Ford but can make the company stay and do business within his terms. He will make the country rich with his business skills. America, as he sees it, is now becoming a poor country.

“We got $18 trillion in debt. We got nothing but problems. We got a military that needs equipment all over the place. We got nuclear weapons that are obsolete.”

“We’ve got nothing. We’ve got Social Security that’s going to be destroyed if somebody like me doesn’t bring money into the country. All these other people want to cut the hell out of it. I’m not going to cut it at all; I’m going to bring money in, and we’re going to save it.”

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Trump’s promises that made sense

At the very core of Trump’s long winding speech are seven promises that actually reflect what America needs at present.

1. I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.

2. I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.

3. Mark my words. Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody.

4. I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

5. I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration,

6. Rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Nobody can do that like me. Believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought.

7. Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts.

And finally an all-encompassing promise that America needs to hear:

“Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”

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  • StuartMill

    Injecting the wreck that free trade has done to the American worker will make DC lobbyists quake. There are many many such speeches to come, and the American worker will expect similar tough talk from the rest of the field even as the are bought off with unlimited campaign money. Trump dares say what everyone knows. The pride of American jobs has been eviscerated by the free traders. People want jobs, not cheaper toys.