We still appreciate everything, but maybe we should be able to see a little housekeeper report. I think we're going to go somewhere else. Hydrogen. I know we're going to have to remind you of this concept, but it really goes to show how sweet the sound is. Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States. Well, thank you very much, everybody. Wow. We've all been through a lot together and we probably deserve that hand for all of us because it's been a very unfair situation.
I invited some of our very good friends and we have limited room. But everybody wanted to come. We kept it down to a minimum. And believe it or not, this is a minimum. But a tremendous thing was done over the last number of months. But really, if you go back to it over the last number of years, we had the witch-hunt. It started from the day we came down the elevator, myself and our future first lady who's with us right now.
You know. And it never really stopped. We've been going through this now for over three years. It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars. And this should never, ever happen to another president, ever. I don't know that other presidents would have been able to take it. Some people said, no, they wouldn't have. But I can tell you, at a minimum, you have to focus on this because it can get away very quickly.
No matter who you have with. You can get away very quickly. It was a disgrace. Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster, by the way, it's possible I wouldn't even be standing here right now. We caught him in the act. Dirty cops, bad people. If this happened to President Obama, a lot of people would have been in jail for a long time already. Many, many years. I want to start by thanking some of an I call them friends because, you know, you develop friendships and relationships when you're in battle and war.
Much more so than, gee, let's have a normal situation with all that we've gone through. We've done, I think, more than any president and administration. And really, I say for the most part, Republican congressmen, congresswomen and Republican senators, we've done more than any administration in the first few years. You look at all of the things we've done.
I watched this morning as they tried to take credit for the stock market from.
Think of that. Let me say, if we didn't win, the stock market would have crashed. And the market was going up a lot before the election because it was looking like we had a good chance to win. And then went up tremendously from the time we won the election till the time we took office, which was November 8 to January 20th. And that's our credit. That's all our credit. And leading up to that point was our credit because there was hope.
And one of the reasons the stock market's gone up so much in the last few days is people think we're doing so well. They liked the State of the Union speech.
It really is it's a true honor to give in making the State of the Union speech. I was with some people that have been around, they'd been all over the world and one of them said highly sophisticated person said, you know, no matter where you go in the world doesn't make any difference. There is nothing like what I witnessed tonight.
The beauty, the majesty of the chamber, the power of the United States, the power of the people in this room. Really an amazing even I don't think there is anything like that anywhere in the world. You can go to any other country you can go to any other location, any other place. It's the beauty of everything. It's what it represents and how it represents our country. I want to start by introducing some of the people that are here.
I know some are going to be left out, but they work so hard. And this is really not a newsconference. It's not a speech. It's not anything. It's just were sort of it's a celebration because we have something that just worked out.
I mean, it worked out.
We went through hell unfairly, did nothing wrong. It did nothing wrong. I've done things wrong in my life.
I will admit, not purposely, but I've done things wrong. But this is what the end result is.
You could take that money, maybe we'll frame it fairly good headline. I've ever had in The Washington Post, I'd tell you, but every paper is the same.
Does anybody have those papers? Does anybody have them? Because they're really like that. So I appreciate that. But some of the people here have been incredible. Warriors are warriors. And there's nothing from a legal standpoint, this is a political thing. And every time I'd say this is unfair, let's go to court. They say, sir, you can't go to court. This is politics. And we were treated unbelievably unfairly. And you have to understand, we first went through Russia, Russia, Russia.
It was all bullshit.
We then went through the Mueller report and they should have come back one day later.
They didn't. They came back two years later after lives were ruined, after people went bankrupt, after people lost all their money. People came to Washington to help other people. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. They say they came one or two or three people in particular, but many people. We had a rough campaign. It was nasty. It was one of the nastiest, they say. They say Andrew Jackson was always the nastiest campaign. They actually said we topped it.
It was a nasty. It was a nasty both in the primaries and in the in the election. But you see, we thought after the election would stop, but it didn't stop. It just started. And tremendous corruption, tremendous corruption. So we had a campaign. Little did we know we were running against some very, very bad and evil people with fake dossiers with all of these horrible, dirty cops that took these dossiers and did bad things.
They knew all about it. The FISA courts should be ashamed of themselves. It's a very tough thing. And then we ended up winning on Russia, Russia.
Russia should have taken the one day, as I said it, it took years.
Then Bob Mueller testified that didn't work out so well for the other side. But they should have said that first week because it came out. Is that right, Jim Jordan? They knew in the first two days, actually, Devin, is that right? Two days. They knew that we were totally innocent, but they kept it going. Mark, they kept it going forever because they wanted to inflict political pain on somebody that had just won an election.
That to a lot of people were surprised. I mean, we had polls. It said we were going to win. We had Los Angeles Times and a few few papers actually said it was we're going to win. But it was going to be close and we did win. It was one of the greatest wins of all time. And they said, OK, he won. And, you know, I wrote this down because that was where a thing called the insurance policy to me when I saw the insurance policy.
And that was done long before the election was done when they thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. And by the way, Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid for millions, millions of dollars. The fake dossier. And now Christopher Steele admits that it's a fake because he got sued by rich people. I should have sued them, too. But when you president, people don't like suing.
I want to thank my legal team, by the way. Not for that advice before. Right at the beginning, they said, sir, you have nothing to worry about. All of the facts are on your side. I said, you don't understand. That doesn't matter. That doesn't matter. And that was really true. They made up facts. A corrupt politician named Adam Schiff made up my statement to the Ukrainian president. He brought it out of thin air to speed it up.
They say he's a screenwriter, a failed screenwriter. He tried to go.
Unfortunately, he wanted the politics after that. Remember, he said the statesman, which is a mob statement.
Don't call me. I'll call you. I didn't say that. Fortunately for all of us here today and for our country, we had transcripts, we had transcribers, professional transcribed. Then they said, oh, well, maybe the transcription is is not correct. But Lieutenant Colonel, we'd been. And his twin brother. Right. We had some people that really amazing. But we did everything we said. What's wrong with it? Well, they didn't.
They had this word or that didn't matter as it added probably wrong, but added.
So now everyone agrees that they were perfectly accurate when you read those transcripts. Tim Scott, I don't know if Tim's here, but he said, sir, the first one to call me sir. I read the transcript. You did nothing wrong. And Mitch, he stayed there right from the beginning. He never changed. And Mitch McConnell, I want to tell you, you did a fantastic job.
Somebody said, you know, Mitch is quiet. I said, is that right? They're not quiet.
These are the poor. He doesn't want people to know him. And they said, Is Mitch Smart? I said, Well, let's put it this way. For many, many years, a lot of very smart, bad in many cases. Sometimes good people have been trying to take his place and to the best of my knowledge. I've never even heard the subject come up because they've been wiped out so fast. This guy is great and I appreciate it, Mitch.
And he's also given us one ninety one now.
Hundred and ninety one federal judges, two Supreme Court judges that dropped the one ninety one. Great guy. He's a tough guy to read. I'm good at reading people. Tough guy to read a column. However, it's a how do you do with Mitch? I don't know.
That's what makes him good when you can read somebody. Fantastic job. Then he understood reference.
This was crooked politics. This was crooked politics. How about all these people? They're running for office.
They're saying the worst things about me, like eight senators on the Democrat side. Most of them got wiped out. You know, they got 1 percent or less, but some got less is I had to go home. Let's go back to California. Let's go back to wherever they came from. Let's go back to New York about that one. Our New York Senator Gillibrand. Let's go back to New York after they get nothing. And then they take an oath that they will be fair, that they will be regeni in all of the different things.
And they had a sign they're not there. But here's the beauty. So we have four left. They're saying the most horrendous things about MITSOTAKIS politics. And then they're supposed to vote on me. They tried to replace me. And then they're supposed to be voting. So I think it's I mean, I think it's incredible. But so much I want to thank you very much. Incredible.
And you have some of your folks here on their incredible people. And they've been right from the beginning. And again, you're out of session, unfortunately. And, you know, I always told these folks, let's do this today. We did a prayer breakfast this morning. And I thought that was really good. In fact, that was so good at might wipe this out. But by the end, by the time we finish, this will wipe that one out.
Those statements I had, I had Nancy Pelosi sitting four seats away.
And I'm saying things that a lot of people wouldn't have said.
But I meant I meant every word of it. But we have some of the folks that are going to be leaving right after this.
And they work hard and they did work hard. Bill CASSIDY. Senator, stand up, Bill.
What a guy. Great man, when I need to know about health insurance and pre-existing conditions and individual mandate cycle bill, I call Bourassa, we get those two guys that know more than anybody. A man who just became a senator.
He's a little bit like me. We have a couple of them, very successful guy in business.
And he said, what the hell? I'll run for the Senate from Indiana. And he ran and I saw him on television destroying his opponent in a debate. I said, you know, this guy could win.
And I got behind him. And Mike Braun, you have done some great job.
Thank you very much. A man who got James Comey to choke and he was just talking in his regular voice. He is the roughest man. He's actually an unbelievable. And I appreciate the letter you sent me today. I just got it. But he's got this voice that scares people.
You know, people from Iowa can be very tough. We're doing very well in Iowa. But Chuck Grassley, he's looking to call me where you tell me, what did you say?
Now, he wasn't being rough. Was just the way he talk. And that was when call me. I think that was when call me announced that he was leaking, lying and everything else. Right. He choked because he never heard anybody talk like that. You know, you should have gone. If I wish you got angry, you could have gotten the whole ballgame. He would have said, I give up. Chuck Grassley is an incredible guy.
And a man who, you know, he was running against a tough, smart campaign and we learned at how good she was, right?
She a great campaigner. Fact By the end of the campaign, she was actually I thought she was more for me than you were, Josh.. I was worried.
I saw ads. You were saying the greatest things about me. And you know who I'm talking about. And I went.
To a great place, Missouri, and I said, who do you have to beat her? And they said, well, we are four people. I said, let me see him again. INTERVIEWER Can you imagine I'm interviewing people for the United States Senate. This is what I do.
Where have I gone? But I love it. I love it because we're getting great people. The first one I met was Josh HAWLEY.
After about 10 minutes, I said to the people, don't show me anybody else. This is the guy who was the attorney general, did a phenomenal job in the state. Highly respected. And Claire McCaskill. So the theory was you couldn't beat her great campaign. Remember the last campaign she was gonna be take? She was always going to be taken out and she wins. And people say, how did that happen? Didn't happen with him, but she got so friendly toward me.
Fact one of the ads I still have, I'm putting it in the archives as one of the best ads I've ever made.
And she tried to convince people that we were best friends, but Josh ended up winning by five or six points.
You are unbelievable. You were tough and you are something. And one of the greatest supporters on the impeachment hoax was Josh Hall. He was incensed, actually. I watched him. He was incensed at what they were doing and what they were saying. And those were the ones you know, I had some that said, well, I wish he didn't make the call.
And that's okay if they need that. It's incorrect. It's totally incorrect. And then you have some that used religion as a crutch.
They never used it before. In an article written today. Never heard him use it before. But today, you know, it's one of those things.
But, you know, the failed presidential candidate. So things can happen when you fail so badly running for president. But Josh HAWLEY, I want to thank you. You were right from the beginning. Man, did I make a good choice.
Tremendous future. A man who is brilliant and who actually was deceived to an extent comes from a great state. Utah, where my poll numbers have gone through the roof and one of the senator's poll numbers and not this one went down big.
You saw that. You saw that, Mike. But Mike Lee is a brilliant guy.
He's difficult. Whenever I sign bills, you know, we do sign a lot of legislation that's it's big and it's powerful, but it's sort of everybody has to approve it.
And I see ninety nine to one, ninety nine to one. I say don't tell me who's the one.
Is it Mike. Yes. And he always has a good reason for two, by the way, but he is he's incredible. And right at the beginning, he knew we were right, Mike. And I appreciate very much. Just fantastic and say a lot of the people of Utah and tell him I'm sorry about Mitt Romney. I'm sorry.
OK. We can say that Mike Lee is by far the most popular senator from the state, but you've done a fantastic job, Mike. In many ways.
In many ways. A young woman who I didn't know at all, but she's been so supportive and I've had great support from other people in that state and she's been so supportive and she's been downright nasty and mean about the unfairness to the president. And Kelly Loffler, I appreciate very much.
Thank you. She saw it very early on. And we have. I don't know if we have other senators here, but we got a hell of a lot of congressmen. I'll go over and quickly.
But they have they have also been you know, it helped when we won one hundred and ninety seven to nothing.
That's got to be a first. Kevin Rudd isn't like a first. The Republicans have this image.
See, I say Democrats are lousy politicians because they have lousy policy. Open borders, sanctuary cities. They have horrible policy. Who the hell can win? Oh, the new policies raise taxes. They want to raise taxes. You know, all my life I wasn't in politics. But I'd say if you're a politician, you want to say we're going to lower taxes. They want to raise taxes. So they have open borders, sanctuary cities, raise everybody's taxes.
Get rid of everybody's health care.
Hundred and eighty million people in the United States. And they're really happy. And we're going to give you a health care that's gonna cost more money than the country could make in 30 years if it really does well.
That's one year.
So I've always said they're lousy politicians, but they do two things. They're vicious and mean vicious. These people are vicious. Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago when she said, I prefer the president. I pray for the president. She may pray, but she prays for the opposite. But I doubt she prays at all.
And these are vicious people, but they do two things. They stick together. Historically, I'm talking now they stick together like glue. That's how they impeached because they had whatever the numbers, two hundred and twenty people. So they don't lose anybody. They'll be able to impeach anybody. You could be George Washington. You could have just won the war. And they say, let's get him out of office and.
They stuck together and they're vicious as hell and they'll probably come back for more, but maybe not because the Republican Party's poll numbers, Mitch, have now gone up more than any time, I think since 2004, 2005.
And you know what happened then? But in normal times, decades, you would call it, that was a little unusual time.
It was for a very short period.
The Republicans Party party's poll numbers and Donald Trump's poll numbers are the highest I've ever had.
So maybe they were. It's no way to get your poll numbers up, it's not worth because from my family's standpoint, it's been very unfair for my family.
It's been very unfair to the country. Think of it, a phone call, a very good phone call. I know bad phone calls. That's a phone call with many people. I think Mike Pompeo was probably on the call. Where's Mike? Mike Pompeo was on the call. Many people were on the call. I know that many people. They even have a print tie bringing up an old favorite word of mine, The Apprentice. They have a printer.
They have people on these calls.
And I know there are many when I speak to the head of a nation and they have many people on. I may also let you think they're just in the case of Ukraine. He's a new president. Seems like a very nice person, by the way. His whole thing was corruption. He's gonna stop corruption. We even have a treaty. Two thousand one nineteen ninety nine.
It's a treaty signed treaty that we will work together to root out corruption in Ukraine.
I probably have a legal obligation, Mr. Attorney, to report corruption. But they don't think it's corrupt when a son that made no money that got thrown out of the military, that had no money at all, is working for three million dollars up front. Eighty three thousand a month.
And that's only Ukraine, then goes to China, picks up one and a half billion dollars. He then goes to Romania. I hear and many other countries, they think that's okay because if it is as Evocca in the audience.
0kaY. Well, my kids could make a fortune. They could make a fortune. It's corrupt, but it's not even that. It's just general corruption. And the other thing is mentioned in the call and something that I've told Mike Pence, our great vice president. I would tell him all the time.
And I told him when he went on the trip because he was over there, he never mentioned anything about this when you had your meeting. It's a terrible thing.
But I told Mike, I said, Mike, we're giving them money. And you know, you're always torn about that because we have our country to build. We have our cities to build and our roads to fix.
But we've given them money.
Tell me, why isn't Germany paying money? Why isn't France? Why is it United Kingdom paying money? Why are they paying money? Why are we paying the money? Is that a correct statement? I say find out what the hell's going on.
And I told that to all of my people, Alanby. I said I asked a question. How much is Germany paying? Why isn't Germany paying? Why is the United States always the sucker? Because we're a bunch of suckers. But that's turning around fast. But it makes it harder when stuff like this happens, because you want to focus and you want to focus perfectly. Think what we could have done if the same energy was put into infrastructure. Prescription drug prices.
Think of what we could have done. And I'm now talking both sides. Think of what we could have done if we had the same genius. Because it's genius. I will say it's genius on the other side. Maybe even more so because they took nothing. And brought me to a final vote of impeachment. That's a very ugly word. To me, it's a very dark word, very ugly. They took nothing. They took a phone call. That was a totally appropriate call.
I call it a perfect call because it was. And they brought me to the final stages. Of impeachment. But now we have that gorgeous word. I never thought a word would sound so good. It's called total acquittal.
Total. So I want to, if I could real fast just introduce a few of the people I have to start with. I have to start with Kevin, man. Did you do a job? Lucky you. They're lucky you're there. Because wouldn't it worked out if you don't have the right people. I'll tell you, Kevin McCarthy has done an incredible job.
And he loves his job and he loves his country to what Mitch and Kevin, they love what they do. Now, Mitch wouldn't even tell you he liked it. Hey, Mitch, you like it?
MATANA He's the greatest poker player, right? Kevin was. I love it. Right. And I will say that you're going to be speaker of the House because of this impeachment.
I I will. And I'm going to work hard on it. I'm going to try and get out to those Trump those Trump areas that we won by a lot.
And you know, in 18, we didn't win. We just won two seats in North Carolina, two wonderful seats in North Carolina that we're not supposed to be won. But I went and I made speeches and we had rallies and we did a great job and we won. We took two seats. Nobody writes about that and we lost them. It would have been the biggest story of the year.
But we're going to go we're going to do a job and we're going to win a lot of seats. We're going to win a lot of seats. People are very angry that Nancy Pelosi and all of these guys I mean, Nadler, I know much of my life. He's fought me in New York for 25 years. I always beat him. And I had to beat him another time, and I'll probably have to beat him again, because if they find that I happened to walk across the street and maybe go against the light or something.
Let's impeach him. So we'll probably have to do it again.
Because these people have gone stone cold, crazy. But I've beaten them all my life, and I'll beat them again if I have to. But what they're doing is very unfair.
Very unfair. So Kevin McCarthy has been great. So. A few names, right? And there'll be a few you'd forget if you want, you can raise and I'll say, great, love to have you. Wonderful. But we're going to do the best we can. And I have my cabinet, but my cabinet is different. I appoint them.
OK. I didn't see all of them helping so much. You know, they were running their their various bureaucracies. Right now, my cabinet is great and they're all here. But today is the day to celebrate these great warriors. Right? These are great war is a really fought hard for us.
And so I'll start. Kelly Armstrong, North Dakota.
Kelly, thank you. Great job. Great job, Jim Banks of Indiana. Andy Biggs, where's Andy? Boy, oh, boy, Andy. He got. Here's a guy who's tough. I hear you're doing well in Arizona, huh? Going good. You think so? I think I saw a poll that was very good for me.
I think we have to make sure Martha is going to do. I think Martha is going to do good. But we have some states that are going to be not easy. But Arizona has been great. And we're stopping illegal aliens from coming in. We're putting up walls. New Mexico to a state that's never been in play for Republicans is totally in play. Right. Nevada's really looking good. We're doing well. We're doing well, we're gonna have a great.
There's more spirit. I will say this. There's more spirit now for the Republican Party by far than the Democrats. You know, Mike Pence just got back. From a place, a beautiful place that Chuck Grassley knows well, Iowa. And he was talking about these fiasco, the Democrats. They can't count some simple votes and yet they want to take over the health care system. Think of that now. Think of it. But we also had an election out there and we got 98 percent of the vote.
We have two people running, you know. And I guess they consider them non-people, but they are running. And one was a governor. One was a congressman. Running who got 98 percent of the vote. And everybody from the media was saying who? Those crowds over there, you know, they expected to be one of these competitive where everybody is running because they want to win. They want to win. And it was Trump, right?
Mark Meadows, who Trump? This was a Trump crowd. And a lot of actually a lot of my guys went there. They went to Iowa and a lot of friends went there. And we had tremendous. They say the spirit the spirit for the Republican Party right now is stronger, I think, than it's ever been in the history of our country.
I think it's stronger than it's ever. And that includes honest Abe Lincoln and a lot of people forget Abe Lincoln. I wish you were here.
I give him one hell of an introduction, but he was he was a Republican. Abe Lincoln, Honest Abe, Bradley Byrne, Alabama.
What a great place. Bradley. A man who has been an unbelievable friend of mine and spokesman and somebody that that I really like and I know, Kelly, you're going to end up liking him a lot. Something's going to happen that's going to be very good. I don't know. I haven't figured it out yet. But Doug Collins, where is he?
Wurster, you have been so great. Thank you very much. Thank you. Really an amazing job, a young man who is born with a great gene because I know his father and how great a politician he was, but he's from Florida, sometimes controversial, but actually he's not controversially solid as a rock. And he's a friend of mine. Matt Gates.
Matt. All right, this guy. So he's the NCAA, meaning couple of years ago when he was in college wrestling champion NCAA. That's the big deal.
That means that all of college, you're the champ, you're the best. His record was ridiculous. Nobody would. Nobody could beat him. And I see it, you know, every time I see it. When I first got to know Jim Jordan, when I first got to know Jim, I'd said. Uh, huh.. Nevo is a jacket that has gone. He's obviously very proud of his body. And they say where he works out, you know, with the congressmen, senators they work at, they say when Jim works out, even though he's not as young as he was, but they he works out, the machine starts burning day.
It's just a different form of a workout than a straight sonny.
And there he is. Look at that guy.
But one day I'm looking and it looks tough and I'm looking and looking at those ears and I say those years of something going on there.
I said, did you ever wrestle? Yeah, I did. But he doesn't talk. But I checked this go is a were. This guy was a champion top top wrestler. And when I had the top, I had all of the teams.
And by the way, your Super Bowl champions are coming, I think, next week or soon?
Very soon. And they've every one of them want to be here. And the coach loves us. The coaches, great Andy Reid and every one of them want to be here.
We have people love it.
But we had all of the NCAA championship teams here. They had the golf, the basketball that they had every team here.
And one of the teams was wrestling. The wrestling team was that Penn State and Penn State won the title of a great team. And I walked up with Jim and it's like I didn't exist.
Those wrestlers, they grabbed him. They love Jim Jordan. And we love you, too, because you are some warrior.
A woman who became a star, we have a couple of women that became stars, you too. And I always like the name of her. You know, I like the name Lesko. I liked it. That's how I picked it. I liked the name.
I saw that face. I saw that everything. They gave me cards. She had like seven opponents. Right.
And. You have no idea how much the public appreciates how smart, how sharp you are. This I can't tell, can't tell. They just said, you know, she's really good. She's really talented. I said, let's go. We worked with her. She won her race. Tough race. It's no longer tough because what she does out there is is incredible. Arizona loves her. But you were so incredible representing. I don't see me representing our country and getting it out of this impeachment hoax.
What you did was incredible. So, Debbie, please stand up. Debbie Lesko.
Man who I became very friendly with I don't know why you ever have where. Unless the media, certain people call you take their calls. Other people call.
If they don't have information, they won't take anybody's call. But other people call. And, you know, this is a guy. He just he's just a very special guy, his wife. I actually like better than him, to be honest, because he doesn't know that. I know that he didn't actually support me right from the beginning, but she did.
And on my worst day. Right? On my worst day. My worst.
I won't tell you I was my worst, but it was not one of those good days.
She got on a bus, got many other buses and women all over North Carolina and they toured North Carolina. Well, Mark was back sort of semi supporting another candidate, which he ended up leaving very quickly. I don't think you had a choice because of your wife, but thank her. And Mark Meadows is an extraordinary guy. I mean, the only problem is, I guess he's announcing he'd only win by 40 points, but he's announcing that he'll be not running this time.
You have somebody good to run. Somebody's going to win your district by at least 20 points. Please. Okay. But he's a tremendously talented man, not just as a politician, as a human being. He's incredible. And and during these horrible times, I mean, the way he worked in gym and all of you guys, the way they worked was so. It was like their life was at stake, so many Ron DeSantis is another one.
He worked so hard. Then he called me, said, sir, I'd like to run for governor. Is it governor? I don't want you to run. I like you staying. No, I want to run for governor. And I said, well, if you have to, I'd like your support. I said, how can I support you? Year three. He was at three. He had no money. Somebody else was at 38 and they had twenty two million cash.
I said, look, if it's important, I'll do it because he's he's been another great warrior. And he's by the way. He ran. I endorsed him. His numbers went through the roof. The man who we beat who is expected to win easily called me after the race. He said you endorsed him. And it was like a nuclear bomb went off. There was nothing I could do. He never even spent his money. He saved it.
But Ron DeSantis is another one. And now he's the governor of Florida. And by the way, he's a great governor.
He's a very popular governor. His numbers are in the 70s and he's done a great job. But, Mark, I want to thank you very much. Fantastic job.
Thank you very much. Mark Meadows. And Mike Johnson of Louisiana. Where's my central casting? What a job you can represent me. Any time. You can represent me at time. Thank you. What a job you've done.
Thank you, Mike. And a man nobody's ever heard of except the other side. He's the other side's worst nightmare. This guy. Goes down into dungeons and basements, he'll find a document no matter what. He's the most legitimate human being, is the hardest worker.
He's unbelievable. He took tremendous abuse. I mean, abuse the the media. And you know, the other side and the bad ones, the leakers, the liars, the dirty cops, they wanted to destroy him. They tried. They got close, but he would let it happen. And honestly, in a certain way, he was the first one. When you say Jim and mark it over. This was the first guy came out of nowhere.
He's saying these people are corrupt. He's still saying it. And he was unbelievable. Devon Nunez is under. That's so true, dervin. He'd come in and say, I didn't even know. I just heard there were like there was this congressman who kept going into a basement, into files.
He knew something was wrong. You felt it right.
And now we know a lot more than we knew then. You never thought it was as bad as it is, and hopefully we're going to take care of things because we can never, ever allow this to happen again.
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania Scott, thank you. Really great. And you're doing very well over there, by the way, just so your numbers. A man who is a I mean, central casting, if I'm going to pick Perry Mason, I'm going to do a remake of Perry Mason. Other than Bill Bar, I pick this guy. But I have to say pick. But I pick bar first. Right. John Ratliff. Right.
But I have to tell you, if we're doing a remake of Perry Mason, the man I get, there's nobody in Hollywood like this. John Rateliff.
Right. So such a great lawyer, incredible guy, incredible talent, but just a great lawyer that we appreciate.
He gets on that screen and everyone says, I agree. The other side folds up so fast. We'll probably be using a lot of you in the next year, but you have been fantastic. Jan, we appreciate it. Thank you very much.
A man who's braver than me and braver than all of us in this room. He got he got whacked. He got whacked, my Steve, right. I went to the hospital with our great first lady that night. Right, honey. And we saw a man that was not going to make it. He was not going to make it. He was the doctor. And I told him, his wife. I said, she loves you. Why do you say that?
Because she was devastated.
A lot of wives wouldn't give a damn lot of a lot of wives. A lot of wives want to send her. Yeah. I said, how's he doing? Oh, she couldn't even talk. She was inconsolable. WasWas it's not good. Listen, I'm going home.
But the doctor came in.
The wife is like she was a total mess. She was really devastated. And it really looked like he had a twenty twenty five percent chance. I think you set a record for blood loss. And Steve Scalise. I actually honestly, I think you're better looking now, you're more handsome now, you you weren't that good looking. You look good now. He looks better now. Can you believe it? I don't know what the hell that is. What a guy.
He was practicing. He was practicing for the baseball game against, I guess, the Democrats. Right. And this whack job started shooting. Hert Rogers I don't have Rogers here, but heard a number of people hit him, but really hit Steve. Steve was at second base, he was the second basement and he went down and it was terrible. I mean, I saw the whole thing and it was terrible. Fortunately. You had two brave policemen with you because of your high position in Congress.
You had two policemen and they were amazing. The man and the woman and they came and they didn't have rifles, they were against a supposedly pretty good sharpshooter with rifles, good equipment, and all they had was a gun. And they started coming in from the outfield shooting. And they're so far away that a handgun is not preferred. This guy has the rifle and he's hitting people. And he was going to move up and there was no out.
I mean, if he would have been able to move up, there was no way to get out. The entrance was a single entrance way on the other side where he was.
So everyone went into the dug out, ran into the dug. But Steve was really hit badly in the stomach and with a bullet that rips you apart. It was supposed to do that. It rips it rips you apart.
And these two people came charging forward. Bom, bom, bom. And one of them, you know who? One of them? Him. Got the shooter. Hit him. And then got him, killed him from long distance. It was amazing if you didn't have those two people, you can imagine, right? You could imagine what would happen. So Melanie and I went to the hospital that night and he was in such bad shape and he's been working ever since so hard.
But six months ago, they had a baseball game at the Nationals Park. And I'm watching. And it's it's on television. And it's just, you know, game people, you want to win it. Right. And Steve's a second best.
Poor guy. Can't even walk. Do you remember Bobby Richardson for the New York Yankees? He was known for Range, Louis Range shared the greatest range of a balls hit. The shortstop Bobby Richardson's a second play. Second baseman Bobby Richardson would field the ball if it hit the first Pasto, throw it at a first baseman. He had unbelievable range. This was not Steve Scalise.
Steve had no ranch one foot him.
He has to fall down. Right. Because, you know, he was trying to get better. I don't know who to help put you on the field. And this is a true story.
So the game starts. And the first pitch, Steve San is second base and the guy is really in bad shape. And I said this is terrible. I shot. Groundball shot is hit the second. And Steve, I see. I didn't have time to think too much, but he said this is not good. That ball is going toward him and this guy. Stop that ball.
Caught the ball. He's now laying down.
He throws the ball, the first base he gets about. I said it's the most incredible thing I've never seen athletically.
I've never seen it. And it gets them out and they then took them out of the game, which was a very wise thing, because you could never do that again in a million years.
But you aren't going to let that ball go through. I don't care if I was hit by the greatest of all time. Right. That ball was not going through you. Because you are a warrior, Steve. He is fantastic. You are fantastic. You and Liz and Kevin. What a great what a group. I mean, what a group. I got lucky. I got lucky because you need the right people. I had the wrong people there.
The maybe a different story. Maybe we'd be celebrating something off.
But I really want to thank you, Steve Scalise. And. Elise, you. I just read this story. She's the most incredible. What's going on with you, Elise? So I even said, you know, I was up campaigning for helping her, but I thought she looks good.
She looks like good talent. But did I not realize when she opens that mouth, you are killing them unless you are killing them?
Elise, there's a big story in The New York Post. I would love The New York Post because they treat me well. There aren't too many of you. They do. But today you're treating me well. I even had a great headline, The New York Times, Washington Post. I had all these great headlines. Maybe we should just end it right there. But you had the greatest story yesterday in The Post that people from all over the country are contributing to our campaign.
They were so enthralled with the way you handled yourself, what you said. The way you said it. And I'll always be your friend. I think it was. It's really an amazing story. What a great future you have. What a great future. Thank you.
First lady agrees that the first lady agrees. And Michael Turner, you can represent me anytime.
Where's Michael? Where is he? Well, you can represent. How good were you? There's another there's another Perry Mason type, I think.
Right. What do you think, John? But, Michael, you were fantastic and we appreciate it. Brad Wenstrup was Brad.
Brad. There's a big day for, you know. Only the lawyers state they all the lawyers stayed behind. Lee Zeldin, how good are you?
How good are you? And Lou, your name's not down that you give me a name. Do you know if I didn't announce Louie, whoever the hell made this list? I got to get rid of it, because if I wouldn't have announced Louie, it might have been the end of the presidency. Louis, you have been so great, so tough and so smart.
Thank you. I get it. But Louis has been amazing. He's a tough guy. He's a smart guy. He's streetwise like crazy. We love Texas. And we're with you all the way, Louis. We're with you all the way.
Thank you very much. So. So that's a story we have a great group of warriors and there are others left and I guess probably I'm sure I did mention a few and I apologize if that's the case. How C-PAC doing good, my man, stand up, please. We're. He's the one who said you should run. Right. Matt said. It's like five years ago, six years ago, and I made a speech and then they do some kind of a straw poll.
Who made the best speech? And he said, I made the best speech of all these professionals. I hate to say this with all these professional politicians. They voted by far the best speech was Trump because he says you should run for politics. I say, what do I know about politics? But you know what? We learned quickly and our country has never done better than it's doing right now.
So. Thank you, Matt. Great. So that's the story we've been treated very unfairly. Fortunately, we have great men and women that came to our defense. If we didn't, this would have been. A horrific incident for our country when you have. Lisa and Peter, the lovers, the FBI lovers. I want to believe the path you threw out. For deputy director Andrew McCabe, that's the office. There's no way he gets elected, me and me.
There's no way he gets elected. This is Peter. To Lisa. It's probably trying to impress her.
For obvious reasons, there's no way he gets elected. But I'm afraid. We can't take the risk. Now, think of this, in other words, if I get elected. They can't they too, lowlifes. They can't take the risk, they can't take their stick of it. And that's where it came up, the greatest word of all insurance policy. Suisse's. But I'm afraid we can't take the risk. She may lose. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event.
You die before you're 40, in other words. If I won, they were going to do exactly what they did to us. They were going to try and overthrow the government of the United States, a duly elected president. And if I didn't fire James Comey, we would have never found this stuff. Because when I fire that sleazebag, all hell broke out. They were ratting on each other. They were running for the hills.
Let's see what happens. Let's see what happens. It's in the hands of some very talented people. We're gonna have to see what happens. But I can tell you, in my opinion, these are the crooked as most dishonest, dirtiest people I've ever seen. They said this is struck. God. Hillary should win one hundred million to one. This is about me. This is an agent from the FBI. Look how they let her off. Thirty three thousand e-mails deleted.
Nothing happens to her. Nothing happens. It's unbelievable. But think of that God. Hillary should win when these guys are investigating Hillary. Then they go to work for Mueller.
The two of them. And when Mueller found out that everybody knew that they were 100 percent this way. He let them go, but they deleted all of their emails and text messages. So when we got the phone, they were all deleted. Could you imagine the treasure trove they illegally deleted? So they left. They left Bob Mueller. He had the look, but he didn't have a lot of other things, always had to look at Mr. G-man.
And I love the FBI and the FBI loves me. Ninety nine percent. It was the top scum. And the FBI people don't like the top scum. So think of that one hundred million to one and he's investigating me and then. Trump is a loathsome human being, isn't he? These are people looking at me. I'm really not a bad person. And p_h_d_. Yes, he's awful. How would you like to have that? This is just this is the good stuff.
This stuff 100 times worse than that. These are old dirty people. And now I just heard that they are suing the United States of America. Because they were interfered with. Let it happen. Just duck it, let it happen. We cannot let this happen to our country.
So I'm going to leave now, and I don't know if any of you have anything to say, you could say it, but this is sort of a day of celebration because we went through hell. And I'm sure that Pelosi and Cry and Chuck Dolan, this guy all the time. Only time I ever saw him cry was when it was appropriate. Don't for a long time cry in check. But I'm sure they'll try and cook up other things. They'll go through the state of New York, they'll go through other places.
They'll do whatever they can, because instead of wanting to heal our country and fix our country all they wanted to. In my opinion, it's almost like they want to destroy our country. We can't let it happen. Jim Jordan, did you want to say something? Go ahead.
Mark. That is a small reflection of the kind of support. This was a highly partisan. SITUATION, Pelosi said I copied it down exactly. Before the impeachment, she went on impeach from day one, by the way. Don't let it fool you. She said, no. The impeachment is a very serious thing. I said, she wants to impeach watch.
Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling. And so overwhelming and bipartisan. Bipartisan. Was one hundred ninety seven to nothing. And other than one failed presidential candidate, and I call that half a vote because you actually voted for us or the other one. But we had one failed presidential candidate.
That's the only half a vote we lost. So we had almost fifty three. Do nothing. We had one 97 to nothing. And the only one that voted against was a guy that can't stand the fact that he ran one of the worst campaigns in the history of the presidency. But she said there's something so compact has to be so compelling and so overwhelming and bipartisan.
I don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country.
Who's right about that? And it's just not worth it. That was Nancy Pelosi a year ago. Right. And I think it's a shame. I think it's a shame. But as I said, if we can put this genius to work on roads and highways and bridges and all of the things we can do. Prescription drugs, you know, we had Secretary izzo's here. I want to thank him for this. But we had first time in 51 years where drug prices actually came down last year.
First time in 51 years.
But what we can do working with both parties in Congress is would be unbelievable. They'd be unbelievable. All we can do and I know Chuck Grassley is working very hard on it and Mitch is working very order. But what we can do is is incredible. What we can do just generally. We've done so much without it.
We've rebuilt our military. We've cut regulations at a level that nobody thought possible. Will always protect our Second Amendment, we all know that. But I just want to tell you that it's an honor to be with you all. I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through. A phony rotten deal by some very evil and sick people. And Iraqis here and my my sons and my whole family. And that includes Baron Identies.
Bharara's up there as a young boy. Stand up. So I just want to thank my family for sticking through it. This was not part of the deal I was going to run for president and if I won, I was going to do a great job. I didn't know that I was going to run. And then when I got in, I was going to have to run again and again and again every week at a run again. That wasn't the deal.
But they stuck with me. And I'm so glad I did it, because we are making progress and doing things for our great people that everybody said couldn't be done. Our country is thriving. Our country is just respected again. And it's an honor to be with the people in this room. Thank you very much, everybody.
Thank you. Thank you very much.