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Trump's Remarks at a Commencement Address at Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony; Las Vegas, NV


Remarks by President Trump at a Commencement Address at Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony | Las Vegas, NV

Law & Justice

Issued on: February 20, 2020

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Las Vegas, Nevada

11:57 A.M. PST


Now, you see a lot of press back there. So before we go any further, I want to address today’s sentencing of a man, Roger Stone. Roger Stone. He’s become a big part of the news over the last little while. And I’m following this very closely, and I want to see it play out to its fullest because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration, in my opinion. (Applause.)

I’ve known — and you people understand it probably better than anybody in the room. I’ve known Roger Stone and his wife, who’s really a terrific woman, for a long time. And Roger is definitely a character. Everybody sort of knows Roger. Everybody knows him. And most people like him. Some people probably don’t, but I do and I always have. He’s a smart guy. He’s a little different. But those are sometimes the most interesting. But he’s a good person. His family is fantastic. He’s got a fantastic family. And there’s always a reason for that, isn’t there?

Roger was never involved in the Trump campaign for President. He wasn’t involved. I think early on, long before I announced, he may have done a little consulting work or something, but he was not involved when I ran for President. And he’s a person who, again, he knows a lot of people having to do with politics. His whole life is politics. That’s what he is.

And it’s my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury — the woman who was in charge of the jury — is totally tainted. When you take a look, how can you have a person like this? She was a anti-Trump activist. Can you imagine this? (Laughter.) Now, you wouldn’t know about a bad jury. Anybody here know about bad? No? (Laughter.) These people know more about bad juries than everybody here, including the sheriff and the mayor and everybody. (Laughter.)

They know about bad juries. We’re not going to say it too much, so let’s not say it in front of more cameras than this. (Laughter.) But you’re my experts, okay?

No, but this is a woman who was an anti-Trump person, totally. Now, I don’t know if this is a fact, but she had a horrible social media account. The things she said on the account were unbelievable. She didn’t reveal that when she was chosen.

And she’s, I guess, from what I hear, a very strong woman, a very dominant person, so she can get people to do whatever she wants. And she got on, and then she became the foreperson, forewoman, on the jury. And I assume they asked her a question: “Do you have any bias? Do you have any…” She didn’t say that. So is that a defrauding of the court? You tell me.

But does this undermine our fair system of justice? How can you have a person like this? Did she delete her social account? And when Roger was determined by the same jury to be guilty before the judge issued a sentence — and he was determined to be guilty — and she started going a little wild. She’s very happy. And she started saying things that people said, “That’s strange. That’s strange.” And then they started looking at it, and how can you have a jury pool tainted so badly? It’s not fair. It’s not fair.

And, you know, it’s not happening to a lot of other people, because you could — look, I won’t name names, but everybody knows who I’m talking about. What’s happening over there? Nobody, nobody.

There are people that are even in Roger Stone’s basic business of politics that were going to be in big trouble. Well-known people. The biggest people. Big trouble. They were forced to leave their firm.

One man was forced to leave his firm and he was going to — bad things were going to happen to him the following day. Nothing happened. Nothing happened. He was the biggest; nothing happened. But it happened to Roger Stone, and it happened to General Flynn. And it happened to — I won’t name names. (Laughter.) It happened to a lot of people, and destroyed a lot of people’s lives.

And I’m here to make a fair system. Again, Roger is not somebody who worked on my campaign. I know Roger, but a lot of people know Roger. Everybody sort of knows Roger. And what happened to him is unbelievable. They say he lied. But other people lied too. Just to mention, Comey lied. (Laughter.) McCabe lied. Lisa Page lied. Her lover, Strzok — Peter Strzok — lied. You don’t know who these people are? Just trust me, they all lied. (Laughter and applause.)

You had people that forged documents. You had people that wrote fake dossiers and brought them to the FBI, and used people in the Justice Department to get them to the FBI. And these people know — in the front row, you know better than anybody in this room what the hell I’m talking about, probably. (Laughter.)

So I’m only responding to you. I’m not even talking to the folks all the way (inaudible). (Laughter.) But they get it better than anybody too. A lot of bad things are happening, and we’re cleaning it out. We’re cleaning the swamp. We’re draining the swamp. I just never knew how deep the swamp was. (Applause.)

So if this woman was tainted, I hope the judge will find that she was tainted. And if she isn’t tainted, that will be fine too. But I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a President of the United States. I want the process to play out. I think that’s the best thing to do, because I’d love to see Roger exonerated, and I’d love to see it happen because I personally think he was treated very unfairly.

They talk about witness tampering. But the man that he was tampering didn’t seem to have much of a problem with it. (Inaudible) think they know each other for years. And it’s not like the tampering that I see on television when you watch a movie. That’s called tampering — with guns to people’s heads and lots of other things.

So we’re going to see what it is. Maybe there was tampering and maybe there wasn’t. But I can tell you that there was tremendous lying. Really, lying and leaking classified documents. That, you don’t know about. But they leaked classified documents.

You know, there was a young sailor who took pictures of an old submarine and sent them to his mother and a friend. And they destroyed his life. I let him out. They were considered classified. Now, Russia and China, I guarantee you, have the pictures of this submarine, for a long time. The submarine was like 30 years old. They had them in the first year; they didn’t have to wait for the 30th year. But this is a famous story. And they had these pictures, and they put him in jail. He sent them to his mother and to his friend. His friend was not interested in what you’re thinking. And there were many other cases where documents were leaked, even accidentally. It’s so — classified documents are so important that even if they are leaked accidentally —

Now, Hillary Clinton leaked more classified documents than any human being, I believe — (laughter) — in the history of the United States of America. Right? And she deleted 33,000 emails. And she said, “Oh…” And, by the way, if you did it: five years, maybe more. Okay? But you never have access to classified. Very few people have access. She deleted 33,000 emails. I kept waiting. Because, you know, they can talk Benghazi; they can talk 100 different things.

What people understand is when you get rid of this kind of evidence — so the United States Congress said they subpoenaed her. They wanted to see her emails. After getting the subpoena, she deleted 33,000 emails. And they said — do you remember this? — “yes, the emails were about her yoga classes, her exercising, and her daughter’s wedding.” Thirty-three thousand about her daughter’s wedding? (Laughter.) That must have been the greatest wedding of all time. (Laughter.) And nothing happened to her. And yet, they’ll put a young sailor in an old submarine, with a picture — a couple of pictures — they’ll put him into jail.

And I pardoned him because it was unfair that she was able to do it at the highest level, and his level wasn’t — what he did was, it was confidential. “Confidential” is a much lower class then “classified.”

So I tell you this because it’s interesting. This is part of our nation. This is what’s going on now.

So I’m going to let this process play out. And we want to have a great and fair court system. And I hope you had a fair and — you know, fair and wonderful court system. But perhaps you didn’t. Perhaps you didn’t. And if you didn’t, we want to straighten it out. But we have to straighten it out also at the top level.

So we had a lot of dirty cops. FBI is phenomenal. I love the people in the FBI. But the people at the top were dirty cops. And if you would have read the report written about Comey — 78 pages of kill, with a reference of “Go get him.” They really said it: “Go get him.” And then you read about McCabe and you see what they said. It’s so bad. And we’re just waiting. I’m not doing any — I’m just sitting here, standing here, talking to you. We’re waiting. (Laughter.)

So I just want to let the fake-news media know that — (laughter) — I just want to let them know, because there’s few people more dishonest than these people, I will tell you that. And you have some very good ones. A hell of a lot more dishonest than most of you in the audience were. (Laughter.)

But I’m going to let the media know that I’m going to watch the process; I’m going to watch it very closely. And at some point, I’ll make a determination.

But Roger Stone — and everybody — has to be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair process. Okay? (Applause.) Thank you.


You don’t know how much people respect you. You don’t hear it. You don’t hear it. People respect you like you wouldn’t believe. So we just want to thank you all. The job you do is incredible. The law enforcement. We honor your selfless service and bravery.

By the way, Fire Department, also. I just left an area of the country where two firemen were just killed, and — terrible — up in a certain portion of a beautiful place in California, where a building collapsed. Two people killed. Two firemen killed. And we honor them. And we — this took place yesterday. But they’re fantastic.




But they’re really a testament to the bright future that awaits you all. It’s a great — it’s a great time in our country in so many ways. Our military is strong, our country is just strong. We’re stronger in, I would say, just about every way than we ever have been before — militarily.

You take a look at what we’re doing with the stock market. We’ve had 144 out of three years — I’ve been here just a little more than three years. And in a little more than three years, Jon, we’ve had 144 stock market records.

Now, that’s good for everybody. It’s good for your 401(k)s and it’s good for jobs. And it’s good for — those are the ones that I think about first: jobs, 401(k)s. And people are making a lot of money and people are getting tremendous — you’ll be investing some of your money in this now. You’ll be doing fantastically well and you’re going to have 401(k)s or something — the equivalent. And you’re going to do fantastically well.

And, you know, as I say sometimes in speeches: The best is yet to come. We have tremendous potential. We have just made some incredible trade deals that will soon start kicking in. It’s going to make it a different country, economically. As good as it does, it’s going to be much better.

We had horrible, horrible deals, or no deals at all, and now we have phenomenal deals. We made a massive deal with China. Then we did the USMCA; that’s Mexico, Canada. We did a 40-billion-dollar-a-year deal with Japan and we did a deal with South Korea, and we have other deals too. And I’m going to India next week and we’re talking about — you know, they have 1.5 billion people, and Prime Minister Modi is number two on Facebook. Number two. Think of that.

You know who number one is? Trump. Do you believe that? (Applause.) Trump. Number one. I just found that out. The head of Facebook, Mr. Zuckerberg, came in three weeks ago. He said, “Congratulations.” I said, “On what?” He said, “You’re number one on Facebook.” I said, “That’s cool.” (Laughter.) Number one on Twitter too. But that’s because — (laughter and applause.) It’s true.

And if I wasn’t, I could never say it because it would be breaking news that — (laughter) — that Trump told a fib. No, number one. And I congratulated Prime Minister Modi. I said, “But, you know, you have 1.5 billion people. I have 350 million. You have an advantage.”


We want every citizen to join America’s unparalleled success and every community to take part in America’s extraordinary rise. Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs. (Applause.) The unemployment rate has reached the lowest rate in over 51 years. Think of that: 51 years. Half a century. (Applause.)

And, by the way, the 7 million jobs — they thought it might be 2 million, if we’re lucky. You go back three years, they were saying “2 million.” We did 7 million, and it’s pretty amazing.

African American poverty has declined to the lowest rate ever recorded. (Applause.) But I think one of the things we’re most proud of in this incredible economy — we’ll call it “Trump economy.” Call it — we’ll call it the “Ponder economy.” We’ll call it something. (Laughter.)

But whatever we call it, this economy has been great. And the thing that might be the best of all is what we’ve done with criminal justice reform. I really think so. (Applause.)

Our jobs market is so strong that businesses are recruiting the former prisoners off the sidelines in, by the way, record numbers. Record numbers. Never happened anywhere even close to these numbers.

We know that having a job gives you the best chance to work hard, to earn the paycheck, care for your families, chase your dreams, and succeed.

Through our Pledge to America’s Workers, spearheaded by a very famous young woman — did you ever hear of Ivanka? (Laughter and applause.) She did. She’s — she said, “Daddy, I want to help with jobs.” I said, “Well, I’ll put you here, there.” “No, no. I want to help with jobs. I want to get people jobs. They have to be trained. They have to be…”

So she had a goal of 500,000 jobs. That’s a lot — half a million jobs. She just broke, Jared, I guess — is Jared around? She just broke — she just broke — Jared Kushner — she just broke — the father of criminal justice reform. He really is. I mean, he works so hard. And Ivanka just was broke 15 million jobs. Fifteen. (Applause.) Mayor, that’s good, right? (Applause.)

And this is where they — they train the people in the companies. The government can’t do this. Walmart took a million people. Think of it. These big companies take — and they train them. It’s very complicated stuff, with computerization and all of the things you have to learn. That’s not for government.

Fifteen million people taken by many of the biggest companies, but also midsized companies, even some smaller. But she broke 15 million people about two weeks ago. And her goal was 500,000 people over a fairly long period of time. Fifteen million. But if you know Ivanka, you’re not at all surprised. Believe me. I wasn’t surprised. I was sort of saying, “So what else is new?” (Applause.)


Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you.


12:45 P.M. PST

Almost incredibly, that story about the firefighters is true:

2nd firefighter found dead in California library fire allegedly started by 13-year-olds

The fire erupted Tuesday at the city library in Porterville, California.

By Emily Shapiro
February 20, 2020, 2:12 PM • 5 min read

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Reply Trump's Remarks at a Commencement Address at Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony; Las Vegas, NV (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Feb 21 OP
CurtEastPoint Feb 21 #1
CaptYossarian Feb 21 #2
lagomorph777 Feb 21 #6
rzemanfl Feb 21 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Feb 21 #4
rzemanfl Feb 21 #7
SCantiGOP Feb 21 #5
eppur_se_muova Feb 22 #8

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:32 PM

1. Jesus he even trotted out that old cadaver Adelson.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:36 PM

2. If they have bolts in their neck, are they still a cadaver?

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:53 PM

6. Another Turd Talk. You would have to hold me prisoner to make me listen to that shit.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:36 PM

3. Who will rid us of this raving asshat? n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:46 PM

4. You and about 65 million other people, in November.*

* Assuming you and your buds show up where the electoral votes make a difference.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 05:30 PM

7. Florida's electoral votes make a big difference, but I have no faith

in the counting. Putin's psyop and interference will have one side or the other believing the election was stolen. I suspect there will be arguments about who actually won the primaries. Moscow Mitch will keep anything effective from being done about election integrity but lots of voter suppression will happen.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:50 PM

5. "It's good for your 401(k)s..."

These people are getting out of prison; does he think they fund a 401(k) program in jail?
But I’m glad the Orange Asshole had a captive audience so he could talk about himself for a while.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:58 AM

8. I've referred to 45's "speeches" as "black acid core dumps". This is just another case in point.

You could call them "stream of consciousness" but I think "consciousness" overstates the case.

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