Trump’s Youngstown Speech – Summary

The text of this post is borrowed, with permission, from another blog.

What do you think about this emphasis on trying to filter out terrorist-tending bigotry and hatred from society? Do you worry you will get caught up in that net just for having traditional Christian views on homosexuality and other sinful actions which American political system requires that we tolerate legally? Is Trump asking us to believe that in order to tolerate things legally for the sake of freedom, it will be necessary to tolerate them socially as well? Or will other religious speech remain protected while Radical Islamic speech is suppressed? Does Trump see the difference between religious speech which may offend, and radical religious speech which urges people to acts of violence and material oppression?

On the hopeful side, he’s promised to repeal the rule that threatens churches with loss of tax-exemption for engaging in political speech.

So my feeling is that we will have to watch how this line of thought develops throughout the rest of the campaign.

Meanwhile, I’ll simply report my overall impression. Whenever I read about Trump in news reports – even conservative ones – I become anxious about who he is. But whenever I sit down and watch a full speech by him, I feel a calm and distant sense of greatness. He is not my sort of person but my sort of person could never be President.

When all is said and done, this is no dapper, over-educated community organizer from the murder capital of the nation. I know a lot of people in the educated classes are horrified at the way that Trump refuses to or cannot live up to academic values. My question is, Why should he? There are other kinds of people in America. And academicians are not always, but can be, highly articulate and yet very silly people.

In Youngstown Ohio on 8/15/2016, Donald Trump gave a speech on his projected foreign policy should he become President. Trump had been criticized for sweeping statements that sounded crazy to a lot of people who were used to more cautious speech, but in this speech he sought to show the details of how his goals could work out. Not everyone will be happy with everything but the speech shows that he is capable of thinking originally and practically, listening to advisors, developing an action plan, and shifting when need be. Most of all, it positions him as a visionary solidly within the American tradition who thinks that it is possible to make large changes.

RIT is my abbreviation of “Radical Islamic Terrorism” and RI of “Radical Islam.”

Note: While I confined my report to Trump’s vocabulary and sequence and intent, many statements are shortened or condensed. Please do not take any statement as a direct quote unless quotation marks are around it.

Here’s what Trumps says in the speech:

  1. – Topic identified as “How To Make America Safe Again.” (Title harks back to day 2 Republican National Convention theme.)

  2. In the last century, Trump says, America beat Fascism, Nazism, and Communism. Now “a different threat faces our world.” Identified as Radical Islamic Terrorism. (This statement positions Trump as basically a centrist who thinks that Fascism and Communism are both bad and also makes the point that RIT is an equal threat.)

  3. Outside war zones, terrorist acts committed every 84 hours this summer. (Although Trump didn’t mention it, a look at the Wikipedia page detailing all acts of terror shows that if you included Middle Eastern war zones the average is 3-4 acts of terror per day.)

  4. Recital of Islamic terror acts and death/injury tolls in the last few years. In America, “one brutal attack after another.”13 dead, 38 wounded Fort Hood. Boston Marathon 264 wounded, maimed, 5 dead including 2 police. Chattanooga Tennessee 5 unarmed marines “unbelievable people” shot, killed. 14 gunned down, 22 gravely injured at office party San Bernardino. 49 dead, 53 wounded – worst mass shooting in our history – Orlando Florida. (Cheers at the emphasis on “LGBTQ” victimization.)

  5. Recital of foreign terrorist acts. 12 killed, 2 wounded in France at newspaper over satirical cartoon of Mohammed. 4 murdered in Jewish delicatessen. Shooting rampage in Paris, 130 dead, 368 wounded. Tourism industry massively negatively affected. Brussels airport, 32 dead, 340 injured. South France, Islamic terrorist turned truck into instrument of death 85 dead 308 wounded including two Americans. Germany, refugee with axe wounded 5. Normandy, France, slit beloved priest’s throat before the altar of a Christian church just recently.

  6. Isis abroad: children slaughtered, girls sold, men and women burned alive, crucifixions, beheadings, ethnic minorities targeted for mass execution, holy places desecrated, Christian driven from homes and hunted for extermination, rounding up what ISIS calls, “Nation of the Cross” in campaign of “absolute and total genocide.” Trump says “We cannot let this evil continue.” (Sustained cheers follow but not as raucous and intense as the cheers for the Orlando nightclub statement.)

  7. Hateful ideology, oppression by radical Islam of women, gays, unbelievers, cannot be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries (Western.)

  8. We will defeat RIT just as we have defeated every other threat but not with closed eyes or silenced voices. Our president cannot name our enemy; anyone who can’t is not fit to lead us. Anyone who can’t condemn the moral depravity of RI lacks the moral clarity to serve as our President.

  9. The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by Obama and Clinton. In 2009 Libya was stable, Syria was under control, Egypt ruled by secular president, ally of U.S. Iraq experiencing reduction in violence, pre-ISIS group was nearly extinguished, Iran being choked off by economic sanctions. Today, Libya in ruins, our own people dead there, and ISIS gained new base there, Syria in midst of disastrous civil war, ISIS controls lots of territory, refugee crisis threatens U.S. and Europe. In Egypt terrorists have has gained a foothold in Sinai desert, at Suez canal, one of the most important waterways in the world. Iraq in chaos, ISIS on the loose.

  10. In 2014 ISIS was in 7 nations. Today fully operational in 18 countries, with aspiring branches in 6 more, or even more. Situation worse than public knows, based on Congressional report. 40% of official government analysts experienced efforts to manipulate their findings to make things look better.

  11. ISIS seeking to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and U.S.

  12. Iran flush with 159 billion dollars in cash from U.S. plus 400 million in cash used for ransom.

  13. Obama’s nuclear deal puts Iran, No. 1 state sponsor of terror, on a path to nuclear power.

  14. Obama/Clinton foreign policy unleashed ISIS, put Iran, chanting death to American, in position, of regional power. Also, Iran seeks to become a world power.

  15. It all started in 2009 with “Obama’s global apology tour.” Speaking to foreign nations, he described America as “arrogant, dismissive, derisive, and a colonial power.” He was describing us. He informed other countries he would speak up about America’s past errors. Lectured CIA officers “acknowledge your errors.” Most misguided, Cairo Egypt speech. In winning the cold war, Ronald Reagan repeatedly touted the superiority of freedom over communism, and called the USSR “the evil empire.” When Obama delivered his Cairo speech, no such moral courage could be found. Instead of condemning the oppression and systematic violation of human rights and financing terrorism, Obama tried to draw an equivalency between our human rights record and theirs.

  16. His naive words were followed by naive actions. Failure to establish a new Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, and his election-driven timetable for withdrawal, surrendered our gains in Iraq, led to rise of ISIS. The failures in Iraq were compounded by Clinton’s disaster in Libya. Obama regrets Libya; considers it his worst mistake. Then Sec. of State Robert Gates says it was nearly a split decision but Clinton’s forceful advocacy was the deciding factor. With one bad decision after another, Clinton’s bad decisions launched ISIS onto world stage.

  17. The Clintons made almost 60 million in gross income when she was Secretary of State.

  18. Over and over, Clinton proves she lacks judgment, stability and temperament and moral character to lead our nation.

  19. She also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all our adversaries, not only in terrorism but in trade and other challenges to turn our great country around.

  20. Our current policy of nation building and regime change are a proven failure. We have created a vacuum in the Middle East that allows terrorism to thrive.

  21. Trump says he was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning. Publicly expressed his private doubts – in interviews with journals and magazines. During Iraq war, told Esquire, “Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where everybody is going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is going to go and happily step up and lead the country?” (Laughter and applause.) “Two minutes after we leave, there’s going to be a revolution and the meanest toughest smartest most vicious guy will take over. And he’ll have WMD which Saddam Hussein did not have. What was the purpose of this whole thing?” (He doesn’t mention the fact that Bush started the war, a president from his own party. Laments the death of American and Iraqis.) “All of this death and destruction for nothing.”

  22. Trump says he has been clear all along we shouldn’t have gone in, but at the same time the reckless way in which Obama/Hillary pulled out was a disastrous mistake. After we had made all those hard fought sacrifices and gains, we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal on a timetable advertised to our enemies. Who would do this but an incompetent President?

  23. Al Qaeda in Iraq had been nearly destroyed, but Obama and Clinton gave it new life and allowed it to spread all over the world.

  24. They should never have attempted to build a democracy in Libya, pushed for immediate regime change in Syria, or supported Mubarak in Egypt.

  25. We should have kept the oil in Iraq. (Doubtful applause.) Explains: another area where my judgment has been proven correct. “I said it every time I was interviewed. “I said, ‘keep the oil, keep the oil, keep the oil, don’t let somebody else get it.” ISIS made 500 millions in oil sales, fueling and funding its reign of terror. If we had controlled the oil, we could have prevented ISIS, and through the presence of US forces necessary to safeguard the oil. Trump wanted to use the oil to help take care of the wounded soldiers and families of those who died in the war. Thousands of lives would have been saved. We would have had soldiers guarding the oil, which would have kept order. “To the victor belonged the spoils” in the old days. (Uncertain applause.)

  26. Instead all we got for our adventures in the middle east were death, destruction and tremendous financial loss.

  27. It’s time to put the mistakes behind us, chart a new course.

  28. Era of nation building brought to swift and decisive end if I become President. (Cheers and applause.)

  29. New approach (must be shared by all parties, international allies) to halt the spread of RI. All actions should be oriented around this goal. Any country who shares this goal will be our ally – very important. Names potential allies: Israel, King Abdul of Jordan, president of Egypt, all others who recognize this ideology that terror “must be extinguished.”

  30. We must work closely with NATO. I previously said it was obsolete but they have changed, have a new division focused on terror threats, very good.

  31. We could find common ground with Russia in the fight with ISIS. They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria. They have a big problem with ISIS. (Slow but substantial applause.)

  32. My administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to CRUSH and destroy ISIS, to cut off their funding, intelligence, cyber warfare to disable their propaganda and recruiting. They are setting recruiting records. It’s got to be stopped.

  33. We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool and for other purposes by our enemies. We must immediately cut off their access.

  34. Unlike Clinton who risked lives, my administration will not telegraph our intentions to our enemies.

  35. What’s happened with her 33,000 emails is an absolute disgrace to America. (Chants of “Trump Trump Trump”)

  36. MacArthur and Patton would be in a state of shock if they could see how Obama and Clinton recklessly announce their every strategic move before it happens so the enemy can prepare. The enemy says “Thank you.” (Laughter)

  37. We will decimate Al Qaeda and starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah.

  38. We can use existing U.N. security council sanctions to defund terror.

  39. We must use ideological warfare as well. (Barely any applause; he goes on to explain for pretty much the rest of the speech.)

  40. Just as we defeated communism by showing the evils of it and the virtues of the free market, so too we must take on the ideology of RI. While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in donations from countries where being gay is an offence punishable by prison or death, my administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays, different believers.

  41. My administration would be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East and would amplify their voices. Include speaking out against honor killings where women are murdered by their own relatives for dressing, marrying, or acting to violate fundamentalist teachings. 1000 Pakistani girls each year estimated honor-killed.

  42. Shockingly these practices have reached our shores. One Iraq immigrant in America ran over his own daughter for being too westernized; sentenced to 34 years.

  43. We must speak out against hateful ideology that becomes a breeding ground for terror.

  44. A new immigration policy is needed immediately. (Sturdy cheers.) The common thread linking the major Islamic terror attacks on our soil – 911, Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando, – involved immigrants or children of immigrants. Clearly new screening procedures are needed. (Nervous applause.)

  45. Review by US Senate immigration subcommittee identified 380 foreign-born charged with terrorism or related offenses between 911 and 2014. This year it’s gotten far worse. We also know that ISIS recruits refugees after they arrive here. The Somali-born population in Minnesota is an example of this. Foreign populations have brought their anti-semitic attitudes with them.

  46. In Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve – we saw the reports of sexual violence far greater than anybody knows. (Trump is referring to the fact that German police were directed by Angela Merkel’s government to suppress reports of 100’s of mass rapes of German women by migrants lest they lead to bigotry.) In many countries from which we draw large numbers of immigrants, extreme views about religions hold sway. The death penalty is very common if you don’t have the faith they demand you have.

  47. The Trump administration will establish a clear principle to govern all decisions pertaining to immigration. We will be tough. We will be even extreme. We should only admit those who share our values and respect our people. In the Cold War we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to have a new one for today’s threats. I call it “extreme vetting.”

  48. Our country has enough problems, we don’t need more. And these are the worst problems we’ve ever faced.

  49. We must screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles. Any who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our constitution or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration. (Cheers and applause.) Only those who we expect to flourish in our society and support a tolerant American society should be issued visas. (Applause; a bit of cheering.)

  50. To put these new procedures in place, we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous  areas that have a history of exporting terrorism. “Not for us.” (Chants of Trump Trump Trump.)

  51. As soon as I take office, I will ask the State Department and Homeland Security to identify from which regions adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or procedures. The size of current immigration flows are simply too large to perform adequate screening. We admit 100,000 permanent immigrants, 100’s of thousands of temporary workers, visitors from same regions middle east. If we don’t control numbers, we can’t screen.

  52. My opponent wants to increase the flow of Syrain refuggess by 550%. (Boos)

  53. The US Senate Subcommittee estimates that Clinton’s plan would mean the 620 thousand refugees in her first term. This would be additional to all other non-refugee immigration. Unbelievable numbers. (Silence.)

  54. Subcommittee estimates plan would impose lifetime cost of 400 billion dollars when you include government entitlement benefits that are excluded from State Departments figures.

  55. In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel. To Germany, massive immigration has been a disaster. Crime has risen to levels no one thought they would see.

  56. Lastly, we will need to restore common sense to our Security Procedures. Warning signs were totally ignored in the past. 911 hijackers had fraud all over their visa applications, practically in big bold letters. Russians warned us about the Boston bombers, who were political refugees. The attackers were twice interviewed by FBI. The Female San Bernardino shooter was here on a fiance visa, from Saudi Arabia, and openly said she wanted to support jihad online. A neighbor saw suspicious behavior – bombs on the floor (laughter) but didn’t warn authorities because they didn’t want to be accused of racial profiling. Now many are dead and gravely wounded. The shooter in Orlando celebrated in his classroom after 911. Interviewed by FBI. His father, native of Afghanistan, supporter of Taliban, expressed anti-American views very strongly, and was just seen sitting behind Hillary Clinton with a big fat smile on his face all the way through her speech. (Angry shouts.) He obviously liked what she had to say. It’s called weakness and stupidity. And we’ve had it. (Sustained applause.) The Fort Hood shooter delivered a speech to a room full of mental health experts in which he threw out one red flag after another. He proclaimed, “We love death more than you love life.” These warning signs were ignored because political correctness has replaced common sense in our society. (Chants, Trump Trump Trump)

  57. That is why one of my first acts as President will be to establish a commission on RI (which will exclude reformist voices within Islam – whom we will work with.) We want to build bridges. The goal of the commission will be to explain to the American public the core beliefs of RI, to help them identify warnings signs of radicalization and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization. Develop new protocols for local, federal police, investigators.

  58. By the way, let’s give a hand to our law enforcement (Sustained loud cheering and applause; chanting.)

  59. We will also keep Guantanamo Bay open (huge cheers) with a renewed emphasis on human intelligence. Drone strikes will remain, but we will seek to capture high level personnel for intelligence purposes.

  60. Foreign combatants will be tried in military commissions. (Loud cheers and applause.)

  61. Finally, we will pursue aggressive criminal or immigration charges against anyone who lends support to terrorism. There will be consequences for those people, very serious ones.

  62. Like taking down the mafia, the understood mission of every federal investigator and prosecutor in America must be to take down RIT. (Cheers)

  63. RI will be stripped down… removed one by one… “viciously if necessary.”

  64. Immigration officers will have their powers restored (Cheers) They have been taken away. Those guests who preach hate will be asked to return home; if they won’t, we will return them.

  65. We must work together again. Our victory in the Cold War relied on bipartisan and international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat RI.

  66. Just like we couldn’t defeat communism without acknowledging it exists or explaining its horrible evils, we cannot defeat RIT without doing the exact same thing. Explain that it exists, and its difficulties. We have to have a leader who can do that, and we don’t have that.

  67. We have to promote the exceptional virtues of our way of life that is being tread on by sick sick people. We have to expect that newcomers to our society will do the same. Pride in our institutions, history, and values should be taught by parents and teachers. All those who wanted to come in and join us must as well. Assimilation is not an act of hostility but an expression of compassion. Our system of government and American culture is the best in the world and will produce the best outcome for all who adopt it. (Chanting: We Love Trump; USA)

  68. This approach will make us safer but bring us closer together as a country. Renewing spirit of Americanism will heal divisions in our country. (We have a divider as President. We call him The Great Divider. It’s the thing he does best.) It will do so by emphasising what we have in common. My pledge: As your president I will be your single greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its many forms. We will seek a new future based on our common culture and values as one American people. So we will America safe and great again for everyone. (Cheers, applause, chants.)

4 thoughts on “Trump’s Youngstown Speech – Summary

  1. Trump is a populist. Populists always trade on emotional issues to get votes. They rarely get elected and if they do seldom act on the emotional promises.

    I would be far more worried about Hillary. She will enact tyrannical limitations against Christians based on her idea of “freedom of worship” , homosexual “rights” and abortion on demand plus (likely) assisted suicide and euthanasia.

    Trump has no real principles, a true pragmatist. He is unlikely to do anything at all on social and moral issues. The best we can hope from him is benign neglect. Given the alternative that is not so bad.

    Still, I have come to appreciate Mark Twain’s observation that, “If voting changed anything, it wouldn’t be allowed”

    We are ruled by a neo-facist oligargy. Hillary is a main player, Trump a sympathetic outsider.

    I vote None of the above!

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    • Well he certainly is a populist. But he’s something more as well, a deal maker. I read his convention speech as a deal with America. He offered a little something to everyone in return for getting elected. To the gays, the kind of worthless emotional heartwrung approval they seem to long for. To the Christians, the promise to get the IRS off their backs. It’s not everything, and it won’t bother our cultural enemies much, but it is something. We could make something of it if we were able.

      And other things to other groups. He’s been very shrewd in offering law and order to the black voters. Everyone thinks that Black Lives Matter speaks for the rank and file; actually they are a bunch of college-aged queers trying to further destroy black communities and families, doing their part for The Cause, whatever mashup of Marxism and Fascism the Cause is nowadays. Regular blacks want criminals out of their neighborhoods, and they deserve to have it.

      Anyhow, he is offering all this in exchange for making him President. But why does he want to be President? I believe he’s quite genuine when it comes to trade deals. He’s personally upset, because he’s in Big Business, about the way that trade policies have hurt the American dollar, the American business, and American prosperity in general. He believes he can do something about it. On that point I believe he does have principles and is quite sincere. It may be that he is utterly guidable in the rest, but as proof of his intentions, he has made sure to surround himself with guides who reflect what the people want. For instance, Ben Carson on education.

      There was never any fear that I, at least, would vote for Clinton. She stands for everything I loathe.

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  2. I hope you are right. I hope we actually have a free and fair election. I am suspicious. In any case there are a lot of very angry people out there ant many more willing to be led.

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