Trump gave a hard hitting speech near the Gettysburg National Battlefield this morning. He detailed what he will do in the first 100 days of his presidency. Check out the details below.
Donald Trump planted a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by laying out near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in his first 100 days as President of the United States.
Touting ‘the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,’ Trump told an audience of about 300 invited guests that he will ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, replacing the current government ‘with a new government of, by and for the people.’
The symbolism factor was high, with a campaign aide telling reporters Friday night that the Civil War battle in Gettysburg memorialized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 ‘was the moment when the war turned.’
The Republican nominee left the podium and made a beeline in his motorcade for the National Military Park – the battlefield memorial – spending about as much time there as it took Lincoln to speak his 272 words.
Trump’s own war – a two-front clash against both Hillary Clinton and the mass media – will come to a climax on November 8 when most Americans will choose a leader for the next four years.
He summed up the substance of his campaign in a ‘Contract With The American Voter’ – a point-by-point set of initiatives that track with the themes he has focused on for 16 months.
‘It is a contract between myself and the American voter, and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington,’ Trump said.
Included are six anti-corruption pledges, seven actions related to jobs and trade and five on immigration and the ‘rule of law.’ He ended his contract with a list of 10 bills he said he would try to quickly shepherd through Congress.
Aides promised the Republican nominee would put more meat on the bare bones of some of his mainstay pledges, but little in the speech broke new ground.
Instead, Trump formalized his signature pledges by announcing a legislative package that he said he would help shepherd through Congress.
He also reiterated a laundry list of executive actions that he has sketched out in speeches stretching back more than a year.
The small crowd gathered in a hotel ballroom was a far cry from the 10,000 rowdy fans he typically draws, but they brought moments of enthusiasm.
The audience rose to their feet and chanted ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’ as he entered. One man shouted: ‘We love you!’
And in a sign of how deeply the GOP’s most negative campaign slogan has taken root, half the crowd chanted ‘Lock her up!’ at the first mention of Hillary Clinton’s name.
Trump reinforced his improbable but now undeniable populist bona fides, casting Clinton as the embodiment of a corrupt political establishment that’s willing to throw the middle class under bus the day after Americans vote.
‘Hillary Clinton is running against all of the American people, and all of the American voters,’ he said.
The billionaire real estate tycoon minced no words about his fears that rampant voter fraud could cost him and other Republicans a fair shot at winning 17 days from now.
Citing Pew Research Center numbers, he said that ‘1.8 million dead people are registered to vote.’
‘And some of them are voting. I wonder how that happens!’
He also referred to 2.8 million people who are ‘registered in more than one state’ and said that ’14 per cent of non-citizens are registered to vote.’
Saturday’s two loudest applause lines were Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Obamacare medical insurance law and to end federal funding for ‘sanctuary cities’ – Democrat-run municipalities that offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants.
Saturday marked the second time Trump has engaged in the customary ‘first 100 days’ routine: In June he tacked a laundry list on to a speech castigating the Clintons for profiting from a ‘special interest monopoly’ in Washington.
That set of promises was predictably vague, including pledges to ‘appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution,’ ‘stand up to countries that cheat on trade’ and ‘pass massive tax reform to create millions of new jobs.’
But on Saturday, for instance, those vagaries were supplemented by some concrete initiatives.
His famed wall on the U.S. border got a budget line-item with a proposed piece of legislation that will fund its construction – ‘with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States.’
Trump’s light overtures on tax reform were ornamented with a few new numbers: a 35 per cent tax cut for middle-class families with two children, and a reduced 10 per cent rate for American companies that bring overseas money back home.
Before rattling off his policy to-do list, Trump aired more grievances against the journalism profession and the parade of women who have accused him of unwanted kissing and groping years – and in some cases decades – ago.
He said after the election, he plans to sue them.
TRUMP’S ANTI-CORRUPTION TO-DO LIST
1. Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress
2. Hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition
3. Requirement to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one
4. Five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists
5. Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments
6. Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections
TRUMP’S PLEDGES ON IMMIGRATION AND ‘RULE OF LAW’
1. Cancel Obama’s ‘unconstitutional’ executive actions, memoranda and orders
2. Pick a conservative replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
3. Cancel all federal funding to ‘sanctuary cities’ that harbor illegal immigrants
4. Begin removing the 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the U.S., and cancel visas to countries that won’t repatriate them
5. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where incoming people can’t be properly vetted.