Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, NC - transcription powered by Happy Scribe

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Good music. We have to get down to business. We're in North Carolina and they talk business. But I want to just thank everybody for being here. Wonderful crowd. Oh, look up there. Look at all those people.

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Thank you very much. And thank you to Ben especially. He was very tough. You know, on the campaign trail, I had to fight him for a long time. He wouldn't go away. He doesn't give up. And he's smart and he's good.

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And he was a great a great surgeon. And he gave that up for politics. I tried to talk to you about that. Or is he saying where is he met you? Why did you to talk to you about that? I have to explain. I think he's probably regretting that now. He's doing an incredible job. A incredible job. Really? I've been housing he's done a job like a few people have done it.

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But wonderful to be here with the incredible men and women who are restoring prosperity. What are you doing? Rebuilding hope and delivering opportunity to those who need it most. Together, we're making our country stronger than ever before. We are doing numbers that you wouldn't even believe. Nobody would have thought it was possible. This morning, the brand new jobs numbers came in.

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We smashed expectations and created two hundred twenty five thousand new jobs last month. Two hundred and twenty five thousand.

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They were thinking maybe a hundred, maybe a hundred and five. I was watching all the geniuses this morning on television. What do you think it's got to be? It's got to be one ten to twenty five. Pretty good, right? Two hundred and twenty five thousand for last month.

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That's only last month.

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Unemployment claims in North Carolina are down 30 percent since the election and have fallen to their lowest level ever recorded with a good.

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And we're here in Charlotte to expand and grow this unprecedented economic momentum that we have going all over the country. You're having the best year you've ever had in this state by far. Today, we're launching a brand new nationwide campaign to revitalize underserved cities and towns all across America. It's called Opportunity Now Opportunity Now. It's a big deal.

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And you know, we did with Tim Scott. Opportunity zones and they're the hottest thing you've seen. It's the money is pouring in. Tim from South Carolina. And the money is anybody from South Carolina to say hello to Tim? He really did. He came to my office with this idea and I said, sounds good. But those things traditionally have not worked. And opportunity zones are amazing what's happened. Tremendous amounts of money being put into areas that hadn't seen money for decades and decades anyway.

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So what we're doing is because we aren't waiting for tomorrow and we aren't deferring people's dreams to another day with relentless optimism, we're taking action right now. And I mean right now to create a future of dignity and security for all. Going to be an incredible situation. You'll see.

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And we believe in no American left behind. That's what it's all about. No American left behind. In the coming months, my administration will hold summits just like this one in cities across the country, working closely with community leaders, workers, entrepreneurs, employers and faith leaders, great faith leaders. So many great people I've met. You know, we got rid of the Johnson amendment so they can speak their will.

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Right. To make sure that every citizen can join in America's unparalleled success in every community can take part in America's extraordinary rise. Together, we're building the most inclusive economy and the most inclusive society ever to exist. We're fighting for great jobs, great education, safe homes and a limitless future for our people. We're lifting high citizens of every race, religion, color and creed. We are all Americans and we are all made equal by the hand of Almighty God.

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You know that.

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Joining us today is small business administrator Joe Vita Carranza, who is helping to lead this groundbreaking effort along with Secretary Carson Giovino, whereas the board.

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Thank you, Joe, later. Great job. Thanks also to the many great members of Congress that you have with us. And these are warriors. These aren't like these people have been fighting hard. Do you mind if I take them? Am I allowed to take a couple of seconds and introduce them? I call them warriors, senators and congressmen and women. But they've been incredible. You saw what happened. It was the impeachment hoax.

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And now that's a thing of the past. And now they have a failed impeachment hoax. They can put that on. They can put that on their resume. That doesn't go good. That's a failed hoax. Everybody well, every one of them have to put a red on that resume was their fix. Except when it got up to Congress.

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We had one hundred ninety seven to nothing. Our Republicans hung in and our senators were incredible. They were really incredible. Same kind of a thing. And a man's here who's really become a friend over the last year and a half. And we had a good relationship, but we sort of disagreed on a couple of minor policies. And that's OK. Course I won't put up with it for long. Tom, tell us.

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He's been a great friend. It's true. Now, we had we just had some disagreements at the beginning and now at the last year, year and a half, boy, it's been it's been good. It's been good. And you have something on sanctuary cities that's going gonna be incredible to get one of the big hands that I know.

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Nobody listened to the speech the other night, but it got one of the big hand going to be good. We've got to push that right. So, Tom, thank you.

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Thank you for your support. It was great, your vote and everything else. And we have some congressmen. I've gotten to know him well. It's like where we were in the trenches together. Representative Ted Bud.

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Thanks, dad. Good job. A man I campaigned with and he was fantastic, he handled pressure very well. They they said you couldn't win and he won by a lot. We did a little bit of a rally for two guys at a very special. One of them is Dan Bishop Dan.

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Thank you, Dan.. He campaigned and he didn't joke. There was no joke.

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He had a lot of pressure, but he ended up one by like five or six points wasn't. It was like boring that evening. You were winning by too much. I thought I was going to be a lot closer than that. Right. Richard Hudson. Another one.

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Great, Richard. Great. Great job. Everybody knows Mark Walker. Another one of those two that I talked about recently, you know, CNN and they all had their vans, they were already because they thought we'd have two losses and they go out and say, Trump had a terrible night, but they both won. And this guy was pretty even. And I think he won by twenty eight points. Right. It was like Greg Murphy like.

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He won by a lot. They both won by a lot. A man that I've gotten to know too well.

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I love his wife. I mean his wife. She was with me before he was with me, I have to say it, but he came along very quickly. Long time ago. Right. And she would go out with women for Trump. The buses. Yes, buses all over the place.

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Deb, where is she? Where's our Deb? Oh. Well, I know them. Could they follow me around a little bread, right? They are incredible. They are incredible how many of you come to how many rallies have you? This isn't a rally. This is a serious deal. How many rallies would you say?

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It's a lot and we have a lot of fun. Thank you very much. Mark Meadows, everybody.

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Great guy, a man who is without question the greatest name in politics. I said if I had his name, I would have been president at least 10 years sooner.

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Patrick McHenry My best name and power. A woman is much tougher than any of these people. She doesn't stop, right? Boxing doesn't stop, but she's great. We love her. Virginia Fox.

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A very popular guy who wins elections by a lot. He's a tremendous asset to Congress and a tremendous friend, Ralph Norman.

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I grew up we call him Landslide Ralph. He wins by a lot. William Timmons.

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William, thank you. Great job. Great job.

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And a man whose son I'd probably like even more than him. Ă…land what a job Alans done. Joe Wilson is tough and smart and he is there all the time. And his son is just like him. His son is better than him either, right.

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And he doesn't mind. You know, I have a lot of fathers that they don't like it when I say that I've had some. Please don't say that my son is better. Say you're not a good father. He's a great father. And he's proud of his son, his son's fantastic and he's fantastic and thank you very much. Thanks, Joe. So we're honored to be joined by North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest Wolves.

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Big future, big future. You've got to get rid of the sanctuary city. Dan, you're going to be able to do it. I think that a lot of people want to get rid of them.

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Plenty of people in California want to get rid of unbelievably, it's something we have many other state and local leaders from all across North Carolina. We're thrilled to have you all here. And you're the ones that really know best. And we are we're spending a lot of time in this state will be coming here. Lewises around someplace. Where's Lewis? Lewis to Joy. Thank you very much. And I appreciate it. We'll be coming here a lot. And we're way up in the polls.

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But you know what I say? I pretend one-point down everywhere. Somebody said, how you doing? I said, well, one-point down everywhere. But we're way up. That's what they tell me. Way up in North Carolina, way up in South Carolina. Way, way up in south down, Ralph. Way, way up.

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So anyway, so we just assume it's always good. I always say pretend you one point down that way you work your ass off, right? We have to do that because this is the most important election coming up. This election is used to say the other and the other. You know, the other is the other. 2016 was incredible. But you see what's going on. You see what's happening on the other side. You want to take everything away.

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They wanted destroy everything we've built. We've got the most successful country in our history. They want to take it away. Not going to happen. It's not going to happen. As I said in my State of the Union address earlier this week, our nation is in the midst of the single greatest comeback that we've ever had. It's a comeback. We were doing poorly. You know, if you remember, goes all the way back four years. I heard that China will take over as the largest economy in the world in twenty nineteen.

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I kept hearing that I hated it because I said if I run, twenty is not so far away. We are so far ahead. We are so far ahead now.

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We became a rocket ship.

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Take it in billions and billions and billions in tariffs, giving a lot of it to our farmers and different people that were targeted. Now we have a deal with China. I just spoke to President Xi last night. And you know, we're working on the problem. The virus, it's it's a very tough situation, but I think he's going to handle it. I think he's handled it really well. We're helping wherever we can. But we have a great relationship.

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It's incredible. They respect us again. They didn't even respect us what they were doing to us.

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They didn't respect us. They respect us again. And we respect them.

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And we think I think we have the best relationship we've had with China. But it's it's really incredible. So we signed the deal. We signed the Mexico Deal and Canada deal USMC. It signed a deal with Japan, $40 billion coming in, signed a deal with South Korea, which had a terrible deal. That was a deal made by crooked Hillary Clinton. She said 250000 jobs this will produce. It's going to produce 250000 jobs. And she was right for them.

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They got 250000 jobs. She never said that. You said 250000 jobs. Anyway, we changed it around. We said sorry about that, but we're changing this deal around. For decades, Washington politicians put special interests ahead of American interests. They enacted disastrous trade. Really? I mean, disastrous trade policies like it's unimaginable, frankly. I looked at some of these deals. They said, who the hell would have done this? Who would have done this?

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A child wouldn't have agreed to this stuff. Unbelievable. And we're still here. You know, it's pretty incredible when you think of it. But that or know that we would have been. So we changed him around. But the trade policies that shuttered our factories, gutted our communities and shipped millions and millions and millions of jobs overseas and to other places. They spent trillions of dollars in the Middle East, but they allowed our own cities to crumble in total disrepair.

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You have a road. You have a bridge. You have a school. We build schools in Afghanistan. They blow it up. We'd rebuild it. They'd blow it up. We'd rebuild it. But of a school in South Carolina needed money, of a school in North Carolina needed money for school in Florida. Any of the places you know, add right here north, you can't get money, but we get you the money. We get you the money.

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But they spend almost eight trillion dollars now in the Middle East. Terrible, terrible thing. But we're doing tremendous work and a lot of our soldiers are coming back home. You see it. You see what's happening. They're all coming back.

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They weren't meant to be law enforcement. They weren't meant to be law enforcement. They're meant to be soldiers. You know, we love our law enforcement, but we didn't put the soldiers over there to be law enforcement. And they impose crushing government burdens that punish working class Americans of all backgrounds. But not anymore. Those days have changed and they've changed very quickly and more so than you're even hearing about. After years of building up other countries, we are finally building our country.

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From our inner cities to rural communities all over the land, the forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no longer because we are finally putting America first.

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Took a long time, long time, a long time.

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Our economy is now the envy of the entire world, is it's you have to see when leaders come to my office, this beautiful Oval Office. I've had people walk into the office. It's beautiful. But. They have more beautiful than many cases, I guess, but it's what it represents. They walk in powerful people, big people, and you see them crying. I've seen heads of corporation walking. Have you ever seen the Oval Office? No, I haven't.

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How many times have you been in the White House? Fifty one times have said that the head of a big car company. 51 times, huh? Have you ever seen the Oval Office? No. They never took me. I'll take you in. I like showing it right. I'll take you in and you see them start to cry. Tough people. They haven't cried since they were babies. Some of them never cried at all, even when they were.

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And they start to cry when they walk into the Oval Office. Pretty amazing. Since my election, America has gained 7 million brand new jobs, including two hundred and twenty thousand brand, brand, beautiful new jobs in a place called North Carolina.

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Great state. New business applications in North Carolina have surged by 30 percent, African-American workers have gained 1.3 million jobs for the first time ever.

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Think of this for the first time ever. Most new hires, its new jobs are minorities and women. Think of that first time ever.

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The unemployment rate has just hit and has been for a little while, but just hit the lowest in over 50 years. The average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any previous administration in the history of our country. Think of that.

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The average rate, the average rate and you've heard me say this many times, but I keep saying it because I think people are really getting it and understanding what's going on.

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It's been an incredible thing. African-American unemployment. Hispanic American unemployment. Asian-American unemployment have all reached the lowest levels in the history of our country.

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I say it because. Very importantly, African-American youth unemployment has reached its lowest level ever recorded. African-American poverty has plummeted to the lowest rate ever recorded. The best numbers we've ever had.

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No, I used to say, what do you have to lose? I was in a room and it started and I'm reading off economic numbers. The worst crime numbers, worst housing ownership numbers, worst ever, just worst education, worst everything. They go 9 and 10 different very major factors. African-American. I said you've been with the Democrats for a hundred years. One hundred and twelve, to be exact. But for a hundred years, over a hundred years and they treat you badly and they only come around two months before the election.

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And then right after the election, they say bye bye. We'll see in two years or four years. Right. But they come around and they work real hard. They want your vote. And then the day after the election, they're gone. That's the Democrats. And I said. All these bad numbers. What the hell do you have to lose? I say it two ways. When I have a very sophisticated, tough group like this, I say, what the hell do you have to lose?

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And when I have a very kind cup, I know too many of the people in those places that that's OK. But I say I say, what do you have to lose? It's very much less effective. When I said that when want to go, what do you have to lose? It's like, let's fall asleep. When I say what I remember, I said it this night. I said, What? Twenty five thousand people. I said, what the hell do you have to lose?

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Place went crazy. Then I went off stage and my people told me, I don't know. That's not nice. I said, no, it's true. What do they have to lose? Right. They didn't like it. They didn't like it. That's why they're all looking for jobs. We didn't take that. I said, no, we've got to get the point across. And we did well in the election. But now we're doing numbers that I think maybe no Republican has done.

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We're doing numbers. Let's see if that has to carry November 3rd. We have to go to November 3rd. But. But the numbers have been incredible. And thank you for putting on that beautiful hat. I love that hat. Thank you, man. But it's it's incredible. What you're seeing now is incredible. It's a it's a renaissance for African-American, but for Asian-American, for women, for everybody. Workers without a high school diploma have achieved the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded in history.

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Think that there's a lot of people they don't have a diploma. They didn't go to high school. They went to a school. They didn't graduate, let's say. And now they're doing well. Low income workers have seen a 16 percent increase since my election. That's in wages. That's a record. This is a blue collar boom.

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Wages for African-American workers have increased by two thousand four hundred dollars per year. That's a record since my election. The net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by 47 percent. That's three times faster than the increase for the top 1 percent. Larry Kudlow left. He said, please, please read this. I say, who the hell is going to know what it means? But you know what it means. It means the people that are really working hard, that aren't doing so well, haven't done well, are doing proportionately better than people that are doing very well.

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It's great. Median household income reached the highest level ever recorded.

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Think of that word, median household income. And think of it, President Bush for eight years. Four hundred and fifty dollars. President Obama for eight years. It's nine hundred and seventy five dollars. President Trump. And really, when they did, the stat was two and a half. Now we're at the three, we're a little over three. Can you believe how fast we're going see? We'll keep the rallies going. Don't worry.

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Even if we win, even when we win, next time, we'll do rally. OK. But no. Think of it.

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So you have 450 of 975. And now you have two and a half. Let's say three years instead of eight years. So it's eight, eight and three. And with us, when you add the tax cuts and we add the regulation cuts, it's close to ten thousand dollars. And that's in a short period of time. That's what's fueling the boom. That's what's fueling the stock market. That's why other countries are doing well.

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And we are an incredibly, according to the Gallup poll, no friend of mine. They tend to be slightly left of center, like about 200 degrees. 90 percent of Americans say they're satisfied with their personal life. The highest percentage ever. I wonder what their definition of personal life is. I don't know. It's an it's a strange day. It's a strange poll. I've never heard of a poll like that. You have. Are you happy with your personal life?

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Is everyone here happy with their personal?

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I know Mark Mendozas know it's a strange poll, I'm trying to if I give me a definition of words and a lot of definitions, you could get them to lift up underserved communities across the nation. Our tax cuts created nearly 9000 opportunity zones. Again, Tim Scott, including more than 250 right here in North Carolina. So that's something. Two hundred and fifty in North Carolina.

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Long term investment in these communities is now taxed at zero.

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These deserving communities have not known opportunity in a long time. But now the investments are flooding in creating energy and creating excitement like they haven't seen for a long time. One of the Americans benefiting from this gusher of new investment is a man who became very famous the other night because I introduced him during the State of the Union Army veteran Tony Rankins of Cincinnati, Ohio. Good place. I had a summer job in Cincinnati. I worked in Cincinnati one summer.

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I did a good job. I did a good job.

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I loved visiting the Queen City. I love Cincinnati. After struggling with drug addiction, Tony lost his job, his house, his family, and he was homeless. He lost everything. But then Tony found a construction company that does work in opportunity zones. And the company saw Tony's great skill and talent, helped him lift himself out of homelessness, break free of addiction. And these are great people. And they trained him for the new job. He didn't need that much training either.

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Tony is now a top carpenter who renovates historic buildings in Cincinnati. He's drug-free and he's reunited with his family. And Tony, I'd love to have you come up and say a few words, please. Tony. Tony Rankins.

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Thank you. Thank you. I'm not a public speaker, so bear with me. First of all, I would like to thank the president for signing this bill, too, because without it, I wouldn't be standing here before you right now. It means a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to the people that we're going to help. I was homeless. And. Due to that fact, I know how it feels and I know that sometimes we get down.

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You don't feel like it. No. But with this bill that has been passed, it's going to be an opportunity for a lot of people to not be homeless, to get back on their feet and go back with their families. And I would just like to thank the president of the United States for doing this.

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Well, out of love, they. The fact is he became very famous. So he'll leave his job as a corporate. He'll go to California, become a movie star.

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Know never good. Tony, thanks a lot. They really did. And they loved you the other night. I sat right next to my daughter Evocca. And great. Really great. The construction business is where Tony's employed and working to help 200 people rise out of homelessness every year by investing in the opportunity zones. And now they're coming to North Carolina to build housing for veterans and an opportunity zone right here in Charlotte. And I want to thank.

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I want to thank their founder and ask their founder, Travis Steffens, to please come up and say a few words, please, drivers.

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Thank you. You know, Tony got a much bigger hand than the boss strike much back. Thank you all for investing your time to be here today. Awesome. Thank you for loving on Tony. Tony, thank you for being the man that you are. And Mr. President, thank you for passing this incredible bill. We're all here to celebrate opportunity zones and I being part of the private sector. I just really want to implore all of us to pull together for the opportunity that we have to reunite this country through this bill.

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We've been working in opportunity zones for 14 years and over that time, that's when we fell in love with being able to help the people in these areas. And all of us having the opportunity to take advantage of these long term investments, which is what's going to really make the difference, is really where it's at. And so this bill is really well thought through with this 10 year enactment. And being able to have that top that amount of focus on these areas is really what's going to be impactful and understanding that putting the people first.

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The money will come later. I guarantee it. We're proof of that. So. So we've helped hundreds of people like Tony and you guys can do the exact same thing. So we'd love to share our model. We'd love to explore with you. We have an awesome algorithm and it's not proprietary. We'd love to help this expand across the country. How did he do turning? OK. OK. He did good, right? You did better.

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He did better. Thank you very much.

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And thank you, Travis. And it's 200 people, I think, Travis. So that's that's tremendous. Two hundred. You'll be up to a lot more than that. To further support opportunity zones, I established the White House opportunity and the Revitalization Council, chaired by Secretary Carson Benza, worked very hard on it, really hard. Its mission is to marshal 17 federal agencies and coordinate dozens of existing federal programs to provide maximum support to opportunity zones. Under my administration, we're working every day to restore the American promise of upward mobility.

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We don't want anyone to just get by. We want everyone to get ahead and get ahead. Big league. From the day I took office, I have been working to build an unlimited future for African-American communities who have given, served and sacrificed so much for our nation. Tremendous, tremendous amount. I've been fighting for higher wages. Fair trade deals, safe communities, affordable health care, lower drug prices this year, meaning last year's numbers just came in first time in 51 years where drug prices, prescription drugs went down, first time in 51.

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And frankly, if the Democrats would ever negotiate instead of wasting all their time we could get we could drive those prices down so low. It would be so beautiful. I mean, what's not to like?

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So we're fighting for school choice and also criminal justice reform, you know, we got that done.

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Criminal justice reform. Big thing, we got it done. I will not rest. I will not stop. I will not give up until we have delivered equal and abundant opportunity for every community in our land.

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We are not interested. It's for. Now, we're not interested in business as usual, we're not interested in continuing yesterday's failures, of which there were many or the old ways of doing things, we want to disrupt what's broken on really disrupt this place because none of the other stuff work. When you look at the opportunity zones, how successful they've been, we're doing things that are just really incredible. Now the economy is helping, I guess, and a lot of things are happening, a lot of good things are happening, but so many people are benefiting.

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We want to challenge what's failed and focus on delivering real results, improving real lives and making the world a better place for every American child, no matter their place of birth or zip code or residents, no matter where they live, no matter where they come from. Our commitment to opportunity now includes those who have been released from prison. This is the first time where prisoners are coming out and getting jobs and not having to go back. The percentage is unbelievably different.

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To give former prisoners the chance for a fresh start. Last year, I was proud to sign the landmark criminal justice reform into law, took a lot of work. It was a very tough one. They've been trying to get it for a long time. And other administrations couldn't get it, we got it done, we get things done. America is a nation that believes in redemption. People were in jail. You know, Alice Johnson spent 22 years in jail.

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She had 18 or 20 left. For something no good. But but not it's not a 40 or 50 year sentence. And she's an incredible woman, you probably saw the ad we took at the Super Bowl and. I had another ad, we had two of them and the first one was going to go in that spot. That was the best, but that was right after the first time out. And this was one with jets and aircraft carriers and missiles all over the place.

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It was exciting, was great. And I was all. I thought this was going to be just great. And then we had the Alice Johnson ad, so we played the first one, and I have one guy in particular who's a tremendously talented person and everybody just assumed, you know, the the missiles and the planes that was gonna be the ad. And then we'll put Alice back a little bit further, frankly, and not in his goody two spots.

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You can get one great spot. One not so great. But this guy comes in, looks at both ends. He says the Alice Johnson here is unbelievable. So what about the aircraft carriers? He said it's fine. But, you know, I've seen them before. You do more all the time, actually. Right. And as soon as he said that, I realized and everybody is talking about that.

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Alice is a tremendous woman, tremendous person. And I said, how many other women do you know in prison like that? She said, many. I said, now, do you know some that can't come out? Absolutely. Because I wanted to hear that, too, because that's true also. But I said, how many have many heisey? Give me their names. Just get me their names. She knows she's in there a long time, 22 years she spent.

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A roaring economy is for the first time ever, given many former prisoners the ability to go out and get a great job. We've also made it a priority to encourage businesses to expand second chance hiring practices.

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When my administration says higher American, we mean all Americans, every American. To help former inmates find housing, jobs and support, my administration is establish the Council on Crime Prevention and Reentry, very big deal. Today, I'm proud to announce that I'm appointing Tony Louden, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church with Tony. In Georgia, Tony, where is my dad? I'm Tony, Tony's gonna be our executive director. Tony, tell us a little about your work place.

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To God be the glory. I truly want to thank president from the bottom, my heart from sign this legislation to many by men and women are ended up in our prisons and coming home with nothing to get back on their feet, too. Too many of our children are ended up in our prisons. Too many of our people who are living with mental illness are finding themselves in our prisons. And here's one for you. Too many of our soldiers come home with Old Glory on their shoulders.

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End up in our prisons and we are better than that. And so with this legislation that the president signed, now is the time to take this opportunity, rebuild our communities. And if you learn how to cut hair and and cut grass and be an entrepreneur in prison, we're going to give you a second chance and we're going to make sure you come on with your driver's license, your I.D. and your birth certificate so you can get back on your feet and be reunited with your family.

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Now is the time. So with that, I encourage our faith based organizations on clergy, businesses, a Chamber of commerce and all our legislators. Now is the time to get together and get behind as president. Thank you.

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He's done that before, he's some pastor. That's what the word is. Now, I understand. We're grateful to you, Pastor. Thank you very much. All of our country's African-American churches have done such an incredible job. Everything they do. They really raised the spirit of our people and lift up the conscience of our nation, and we really appreciate you being here. That was beautiful. Thank you very much.

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My administration will always defend the cherished legacy and vital contributions of our African American churches. They are so vital, so important to make the most of America's boundless opportunities. Every American child deserves a great education. Yet for too long, countless American children have been trapped in poorly performing schools. That's why it's one of those things I talked about in the State of the Union address. I highlighted the story of Jeannine Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia who was on the waitlist for a school choice education freedom scholarship in Pennsylvania, along with 50000 other Pennsylvania students.

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We got Jeannine. Her second really you go to sort of a second chance. But we got to the school choice scholarship that she so desperately wanted with her mother. That's terrific. Now, I want to ask Congress to pass legislation that would extend the same opportunity to one million American children, including 40000 students right here in this incredible state, this incredible place.

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School choice. We all like school choice. Every child has the right to attend a great school. That's what it is. They have a right. So it's catching on like people wouldn't believe in my State of the Union. I also ask Congress to support my plan to offer vocational and technical education at every single high school in America.

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We must be training our children so they have the skills to score well-paying job, sometimes better paying than if they did it the traditional way. You know, when I was growing up, we had a lot of vocational schools and they'd teach auto mechanics and they teach bricklaying and teach all these great professions that make a lot of money. And I'd be in school with people and they didn't love doing the traditional academics, but they could fix a car, an engine, a motor.

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They could fix it blindfolded. They were unbelievably talented. They also like doing it. That's what they wanted to do. And we don't really have that anymore. We call them junior colleges, and maybe that's good. But I think the vocational school concept is what we really have to look at.

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They had tremendous style. I'll never forget tremendous talent.

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I sat next to one very young person at the time. That's what he loved. That's what he wanted to do. Had no interest in what we were doing. It just none. And I had no interest in what he was doing.

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You want to know the truth. But he was unbelievable. He could fix anything. And that's you know, that's what you have to do. You have to go with the aptitude. In addition to everything else. And they have tremendous aptitude, but there's no place. And so we're gonna go with a vocational school system where they can go out, actually make more money and have something they really want to do. My administration is determined to give our citizens the opportunities they need, regardless of age or background, through our pledge to America's workers.

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Spearheaded by a young woman that perhaps some of you may have heard of. If could trump.

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Over 415 companies have committed these are the big companies for the most part have committed to providing new jobs and training opportunities to nearly 15 million Americans. You know, when she started, she said that it won't help people get jobs. This was at the beginning of the administration. She said, I'm working on five hundred thousand jobs, so she'd call Wal-Mart and call all these great companies. So she had a goal of 500000, half a million jobs. Sounds like a lot.

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I said, that's a lot. She just broke 15 million jobs. Amazing.

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Fifteen million. And they're not trained by government. Government can train them. Look at look at what happened. I mean, look at. Look at I love the state of Iowa. We just did very well in Iowa. By the way, we set a record.

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But nobody talks about that. What they do talk about, the fact is the Democrats don't know what the hell they're doing.

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Mark just got back. You know, I'm watching as you'll have to see this campagin or they'll spend twenty twenty five million dollars, I'd say on average, but it's really more than that. And they go out, they work and they work. They've been campaigning there for weeks. They even had to leave the impeachment hearings.

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I said keep them here. You'll get a real fair settlement. But they couldn't do it. But they go out and they work and they spend tens or just millions, hundreds of millions of dollars. And the only thing they didn't check to see whether or not the app worked.

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It didn't it fried freidel votes. They're all fried. So now you have about. Now you have all these people fighting. I was first though, I was first taking samples. They're doing the vote by a simple we get 2 percent of the vote. Let's see who won. And it turned out to be Pete booted. Yet you ever held at us, Mayor Pete.

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Splayed out when tell me something, you go, you're going to explain that went to me, right? Right. You people. Now, do you ever see anything so crazy? They can't kill simple votes, but they want to fix your health care system.

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Remember the Obamacare? Right. Remember, it was going to cause five million acres. Fifty five billion, right. Five billion still didn't work. Still didn't work, but they have something going on and I with it said, actually, if you want. It's embarrassing. Although I'm not overly embarrassed by it.

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I see these shows as one of them saying it is a disaster. Trump is going to kill us on this one. They're right.

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Well, that time. Thank you. Now, if you want to drive them crazy, go 12 more years, 16, sixteen more, drive him crazy.

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Look at all the fakeness back there to expand equal opportunity. I'm also proud to report that my administration has achieved record and permanent funding. This is so important every year. Historically black colleges and universities for three years. Now they come and see me. We need money. And after two years or so, how come they come back all the time? That's a nice. That's not respectful of them. No, really, I really mean it. You understand, right?

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It's not respectful. They come back every year. They give me one year. The Democrats give me one year, and then you're supposed to come back hat in hand. And what I did. I won't get any credit for it. They'll take the credit. But, you know, it's one of those things that happens all the time. Criminal justice reform.

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Thank you. That is nice. I think so. I think we're getting eyed look. We are in the Oval Office. I guess something happened, right? But it is still with criminal justice reform. They couldn't get it. Nobody could get it. And a group of people, including Van Jones and others, came to the Oval Office. They came with Jared Christian, smart kid, smart guy, and they came to the Oval Office. And they said we can't get it.

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We need help. I said, who do you need help with? Some very tough senators. Like Tom? No. They need help with some very tough people that are centers, they needed to get over the line. They needed numerous senators, Republican senators that weren't so inclined. We had some that absolutely right from the beginning. Ted Cruz right from the beginning. Mike Lee, very conservative right from the beginning. But they need help. There was no way they could it was dead.

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So they came to see me. Group of people headed by Van Jones. And they asked me for help. And I called like six people. And I got them, I explained it quickly and I got them to support it. And it could past. And you had another side. And you had another side that that you don't necessarily like it, but people are starting to like it now a lot because it's fair. It's just fair. And some states have done it.

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Texas has done it. And Kentucky has done it. States that are known as being pretty tough on law and order. So I got it done. And about a week later, I saw Van Jones making the speech. And he was taking everybody. I called my wife. I said, darling, I'm so proud of this. Come in. I'm sure he's going to say nice things. He never mentioned my name. I want to thank the Reverend Al Sharpton.

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Al Sharpton. I didn't even know he was involved. I want to thank people that I never even heard of. He was thanking people. He never mentioned my name. So I had somebody call and say just that you don't have to do that, but if it's so tough, not fair. But you know, you should do it. He apologized. He said he made a mistake. But it could have never gotten done without me. And sometimes, you know, in life and you have to do this if you're not going to get credit.

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You might as well take it yourself because you're the only one that's going to give up.

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You might as well take it yourself, because then I going to give it to you. So we're very proud of it. But this was it, although historically black colleges and universities and I said that's not fair. So we put them down, as you know. Right. We put them down would have long term. They don't have to come back every year and beg to come back and beg every year. Right. You were one of the guys you'd mentioned to tell me it was just unfair.

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These are great schools. These are schools that do a phenomenal job. We didn't have those schools be terrible. So now they have a long term deal. Get got the money and they can focus on education.

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Right. And most importantly, we're going to ensure that the HPC use will always be an important part of our educational system because we're going to lose a lot of them. They couldn't do this. They just couldn't go. They were hiring consultants, you know, wise guys, right? Real wise guys. They were hiring consoles, I call it, who get percentages, who get a lot of money to go to Washington and lobby and work and this and that.

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And a lot of the percentage of the time spent was on spending and seeing congressmen, seeing senators, seeing people. And I still can't do that. And these consoles would say, hey, gotta give us something. They paid the concern, just a waste of money. They didn't do anything. I never spoke to a consultant about what we're talking about. Right. So we have it. You're done for long term and that's the way it's gonna be.

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And we might as well let you have it. But I'm very proud of that one. Thank you.

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Previously, federal law also restricted more than 40 faith based HBC use and seven hours from fully accessing federal support. But my administration has stopped the federal government from discriminating against faith based H-B seniors and some of the best of our faith based.

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Some of the best are faith based. That's a whole thing going on. It's no good can do that as part of our relentless campaign to make life better for working families. I've asked Congress to pass legislation extending family leave to new parents nationwide so that every parent can spend critical time with their newborn or newly adopted child.

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And we've also overseen historic funding increases for high quality childcare, enabling states to help more children, many of which have reduced or eliminated their waitlists altogether. We had tremendous waitlists and those lists are way down. At the heart of our economic agenda is the conviction that for America to truly prosper, all of our communities must share in the gains. We're making big gains and they have to share together. We're bringing opportunity back to the places that need it most.

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We're honoring the allegiance to the hard working men and women whose faith loves sweat and sacrifice make our country run. We are restoring the bonds of loyalty that unite us as Americans. No matter your party, no matter your politics, we're fighting to deliver freedom, justice and equality to every man, woman and child in our land. We're fighting to bring opportunity, dignity and hope to every block and every neighborhood all throughout this magnificent nation. And it is indeed a magnificent nation.

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Thank you very much. Thank you. With the help of everyone here today, we are restoring the American dream for the American family. We're giving a voice to those who were voiceless and hope to those who felt hopeless. No part of this country will ever again be ignored, neglected, overlooked or abandoned. We are all united by a shared home, a shared destiny and a shared devotion to our fellow citizens. We love our country. We are one American family.

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Thank you, darling. I love you, too.

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She blew my best lie. But would you stand up, please?

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Where are you? I think you're great. I love you, too. Thank you very much. I was all set to really hit it, but I like that better.

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But we're one American family. We rise together, we thrive together and we win together. And thank you very much to all of those for your work, your drive, your commitment, your patriotism, your love for this nation. Our future has never been brighter. And my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come.

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God bless you. Thank you. North Carolina. Thank you very much. God bless you all. Today he was. Always did.