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things that are very critical of westnited states or of the . that is more common than somebody saying something offensive about being a woman are causing problems. people tend to be, generally speaking, i'm speaking very broadly now, more helpful to a woman into a man. they can also try to take advantage of you in various ways. my experience has been that if they are not going to like something about you, or going to mistrust something about you, it's not going to be because you are a woman, it's because you are an american. at 8:00 sunday night p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. americans affected by covid-19, violent crime, and the economy spoke at a 2020 republican national convention last week. here are some of their comments. ♪ >> i am so grateful to speak
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with you today. my name is tanya. i am from montana where i live and my husband, my hero. a marine and retired police officer. and i own a we are not from multinational corporation. our success is not measured by stockholders that by our neighbors, but people we see at church and that go to school with our son. our story is the american story. a story not just brought to printers, but for hard-working men and women who were building their american dream every day. like so manyago, businesses, we got the crushing news a large event we were serving was canceled because of the virus. our business was on the brink. threatened to be shutdown from losses that were not our fault.
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i was scared. i thought of our 50 employees id when i thought of our jobs thought of the kids and i felt personally responsible. i am not too proud to admit that i fell on my knees and prayed, lord, what do i do? his words ring clear, keep on working. it will be ok. i had faith. and let me tell you, you have to have faith when your husband is a marine and a police officer who were shot at on the job. , a when you run a business little faith goes a long way. faith in america. and in jesus. i am worried we have a generation of americans who have been told that the american dream does not exist. that is a lie. i know because i live that train. that's why i feel so strongly that we need a president who believes in the american dream like president donald trump.
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now more than ever. i am so thankful that my prayers for help were answered. my company was one of the first to receive a ppp loan, and praise god, it has been a lifesaver. not only were we able to keep every single employee, but we have been hiring weekly ever since. i feel for local businesses across america who are under assault from shutdowns, from riots, and facing the terrifying prospect of joe biden coming after everything we've built. i am so grateful we have leaders like president trump standing up for local businesses like mine. president trump, it is exciting to be a part of this great american comeback story. good evening, america. we are speaking with you tonight from st. louis, missouri, where just weeks ago you may have seen as defending our home as a mob
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of road testers descended on our neighborhood. america such a great country that not only do you have a right to own a gun and use it, but thousands of americans will offer you free advice on how to use it. at least that's what we experienced. what you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you were watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country. that's what we want to speak to you about tonight. right.'s exactly whether it's the d funding of police, ending cash bail so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day , or encouraging anarchy and chaos on our streets, it seems that the democrats no longer view the democrats -- the government's job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens. not a single person in the outer control -- out-of-control mob outside of our house was charged with a crime.
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but you know who was? we were. they actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home. on top of that, consider this, the marxist liberal activists leading them on to our neighborhood stood outside our home with they will warned screaming, you cannot stop the revolution. just weeks later, that same marxist activist won the democrat nomination to hold a seat in the u.s. house of representatives. in the city of st. louis, that's the same as winning the general election. ist marxist revolutionary now going to be the congresswoman from the first district of missouri. are not content with marching in the streets, they want to walk the halls of congress. they want to take over. they want power. this is joe biden's party. these are the people who will be in charge of your future and the future of your children. we are not satisfied with
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spreading the chaos and violence into our community. they want to abolish the suburbs altogether by ending single-family homes zoning. this would bring crime, lawlessness and low-quality apartments into thriving suburban neighborhoods. president trump smiley and this government overreach, but joe biden wants to bring it back. these are what's coming to a neighborhood near you. so make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical democrats america. ifat this moment in history, you stand up for yourself and for the values our country was founded on, the mob, spurred on by their allies in the media will try to destroy you. you have seen us on your tv screens and twitter feeds, you know we are not the kind of people who back down. thankfully, neither is donald trump. president trump will defend the
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god-given right of every american to protect their homes and their -- and their families. but more than that, trumps vision for america is a country we have an opportunity to work hard and build the life you dream of with a job you love, with your children being educated in grade schools in a community where your family can play in the backyard without fear. worship in a church without shame, and express your beliefs without retribution. trump brought us the greatest economy our country had ever seen. the democrats have brought us nothing but destruction. >> when we don't have basic safety and security in our communities, we will never be freed to build a brighter future for ourselves, for our children, or for our country. that is what's at stake in the selection and that's why we must reelect donald trump. god bless you, god bless the president and god bless these
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united states. ♪ , i am from miami, florida. it is a just the -- just a 90 street.e it divides freedom from fear. it divides the past from the future. i know all about the past. i will never forget my own. family has fled from communism. more than once. first my dad from spain, then from cuba. is not born that way. by the grace of god i live the american dream. the greatest blessing i have had.
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my dad only had a six grade education and told me, don't leave this place. todaypeaking to you because my family is done abandoning what we rightfully earned. there is no place to hide. i am speaking to you today because president trump may not always be politically correct, in fact, he is a successful not assman and politician. our president is just another family man, a friend, and most importantly, our elected commander-in-chief who puts america first. keep in mind the other guy running for president is not really -- is concerned about power. power for them, but not for the benefit of all americans. i am speaking to you today because i have seen people like
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this before. i have seen movements like this before. i have seen ideas like this before. we i am here to tell you cannot let them take over our country. i hear the promises of fidel castro and i can never forget all those who grew up around me, who look like me, who suffer and starve and died because they believed those empty promises. they swallowed the communist poison pill. if you have a chance, go to the freedom power in miami. stop and listen. you can still hear the sounds of .hose broken promises it is the sound of waves from the ocean carrying families clinging to pieces of wood. wholies with children
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cannot swim, but willing to risk everything to risk -- reach this blessed land. thes the sound of tears on paper of an application to become an american citizen. soon after they experience the reality. look at them. listen to them. learn the truth. those false promises spread the wealth. free education, free health care, defund the police. trust the socialist state more than your family and your community. they don't sound radical to my familiar. sound fidel castro with asked -- was asked if you was a communist. he said he was a roman catholic.
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he knew he had to hide the truth . but the country i was born in is gone, totally destroyed. i watched the news in seattle, chicago, portland and other cities. when i see hit tilt -- what i see history being rewritten. , i hearear the promises echoes of a former life i never wanted to hear again. shadows. parents only wanted one person to decide my fate. me. not some party member, not some government official, not some bureaucrat. in america i will decide my own future. , theso grateful to america
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place where i was able to build my american dream through hard work and determination. president trump knows that the american story was written by people just like you and i love wish totry, and they build a future for our families and neighbors. american. this is the greatest country in the world. and i said this before. if i give away everything that i , it would not equal when ihat i was given came to this great country of ours. the gift of freedom. right now it is up to us to chooseour fate and to
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freedom over oppression. , he is fighting the forces of anarchy and communism. and i know he will continue to do just that. andwhat about his opponent the rest of the d.c. swamp? i have no doubt they will hand the country over to those dangerous forces. and here's is what i have decided. easy,ision is very president trump i choose america. i choose freedom. of my there is no other place to go. thank you, and may the good lord
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bless america. >> i had always had this unshakable sense that i now know that life has to be more than what it was. i, my very first conviction at 16 years old and that type of behavior had led me into more and more arrests until i was 37 years old. i was arrested for a string of bank robberies/ . based off my criminal history there is a potential that a federal judge can send is me up to 23 years in a maximum security united states federal penitentiary. to makemoment i prayed a deal with god. or 50r it is 10 years years, i am going to invest the rest of my life serving you. thatod for -- before federal judge, he took his
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glasses off, leaned back and said, i do not know why i am going to do this. he said i'm not going to give you what you deserve. he gave me a lesser sentence. stand,id on that shackled by my hands and my feet, i heard god utter into my spirit. forget theer promises that you made to me. ever since that day, i got up off the floor and my life has made a 180 degree turn in the other direction. sends ijohn got that said wow, you are destined for bigger things than prison. my name is richard beasley, i was an fbi special agent for about 25 and a half years. there was something about his demeanor when he walked into that room, i had this feeling
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like everything is going to be ok. when he got out he said hey rich, let's have lunch. i economic knowledge and he has a bible with him, i've seen it before where guys use a bible as a prop. it took me about 30 seconds to realize he was a changed guy from the man that i arrested. >> when i saw the way he treated me fairly, i saw the man behind the suit. i started thinking, if that worked for me with this law iforcement officer, how can multiply that and get more law enforcement officers involved so we can impact this on a larger scale? >> president trump had made a bunch of promises, let me be transparent with you. he was talking about the things
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he was going to do, he is serious, because everything he was saying that he wanted to do was think that needs to be done. before he walked out of that meeting that day, i promise i will make it out there to come speak at one of your graduations. when he stood there in that graduation and he went out of hand ofto shake the ,very one of those 29 graduates that the office of the president of the united states, the promises that you made were promises that you kept. >> two years ago i was honored to tell john ponders a story of transformation in the rose garden on the national day of prayer. today i'm thrilled to welcome him back to the white house. john's life is a beautiful testament to the power of redemption.
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john grew up without his father. as he tells it, my mother was strong, but what she was not able to keep us out of the gangs and off of the street and they were violent streets. at the age of 38, he was arrested four robbery -- four robbery. one day he heard reverend billy on the radio playing jesus wants to be lord of your life. on that day john dedicated his life to christ, he spent the rest of his time in prison cutting the bible -- studying the bible. we need was released he heard a knock at his door, it was the fbi agent who put him in jail who said i want you to know that i have been praying for you. now richard and john are best friends and we are grateful that richard is here with us today. in the last 10 years since john was released he has created one of the most successful reentry programs, hope for prisoners in
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las vegas. i was grabbed -- glad to speak their earlier this year. hope for prisoners is a movement that began as a dream in a tiny prison cell and is now making a difference in the lives of thousands truly bringing hope that there is an opportunity and a community that is waiting and willing to offer them a second chance. devotion toor your a show returning citizens that they are not forgotten. we believe each person is made by god for a purpose, i will continue to give all americans including former inmates the best chance to build a new life and achieve their own american dream and a great american dream it is. now i would like to ask john and richard to say a few words. >> i cannot tell you how grateful i am to have the opportunity to speak to you today. wasso long ago, my life running from the police, and avoiding the police.
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not because of anything the police had done to me, but due to the anti-mossadegh -- animosity i had grown inside me. today, praise god, i am filled with hope. a proud citizen who has been given a second chance. my trance from a began in a citizen -- prison cell where i found myself a felon facing yet another sentence. i gave my life to jesus and made him a promise that i would spend the rest of my days helping others like me. support came and from the unlikeliest of places, the fbi agent who arrested me. he is now a dear friend and has been a source of encouragement throughout my entire journey. i'm grateful for the men and women of the las vegas police department who volunteered their time to people who were returning to our community after incarceration. these are the real-life heroes
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who put their lives on the line every day armed with the promise they made to protect and serve. thatpe for america is fully incarcerated people will be afforded the opportunity to take advantage of the fact that we live in the nation of second chances. my hope for america is that law enforcement, people in the communities across our country can come together and realized that as americans we have more in common than we have differences. my hope for our great nation is to continue on this path we are on on being the most prosperous country in the world. >> i am so proud of john and all the lives he has helped change. thaty be hard to believe as an fbi agent one of my best caught ofs someone bank robbery.
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when i met john he was angry and scared, on the drive to prison i stopped a that -- at a convenience store. noteon me a necktie and a thanking me for treating him like a gentleman. when john got out of prison he called me and wanted to meet for lunch, he was a different man, he talked about starting a reentry program for men and women numbing out of prison. over time, john earned the trust and respect of the law enforcement community. i am grateful for president trump's commitment to criminal justice reform. on february -- february 20 of this year he was the guest speaker at the graduation. he stayed much longer to hand out diplomas to the men and women who graduated that day. the most important man in the free world shaking hands with x offenders. the families were there, the community was there, what a great second chance. i also appreciate president
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trump's support of law enforcement, i always felt like i had strong support as an fbi agent, but there is nothing worse than being second that -- guest when you are doing your job. law enforcement does not feel like they have the support of their leaders, they are being painted with a broad brush with calls for defunding. overwhelmings, the percentage of law enforcement officers are good people who were doing their jobs very well and they can change the world working with people like john. thank you. >> now i would like to invite john's wife jamie to join us as i grant john, i'm not sure you know this, a full pardon. that,ot know if you know come on over here. you have done incredible work, thank you's are -- thank you sir. all of las vegas and all of nevada is very proud of you. i was supposed to be there for
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five minutes, i stayed for an hour because it was so interesting to me. congratulations to you both, richard, thank you very much for the job you did. >> ok, i think i will give it to jamie, what do you think? [laughter] [applause] ♪ my name is abby johnson and i spent eight years working for planned parenthood, but today i am a pro-life activist. when i was in college, planned parenthood approached me at a volunteer fair, they talked about helping women in crisis and their commitment to keeping abortion safe, legal, and rare. i was convinced to volunteer and
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later offered a full-time job as a medical assistant before my promotion to director of the clinic. i truly believed i was helping women, but things drastically changed in 2009. in april i was awarded planned parenthood's employee of the year award and invited to their gala where they present an award named for their founder. whoaret sanger was a racist believed in eugenics, her goal was -- when founding planned parenthood was to eradicate the minority population. today, almost 80% of planned parenthood abortion facilities are strategically located in minority neighborhoods. every year, planned parenthood celebrates its racist roots by presenting the margaret sanger award. later in august, my supervisor assigned me a new quota to meet.
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an abortion quota. i was expected to sell double the abortions performed the previous year. when i pushed back underscoring planned parenthood's public facing goal of decreasing abortions, i was reprimanded. i was told abortion is how we make our money. the tipping point came a month later when a physician asked me to assist with an ultrasound guided abortion. nothing prepared me for what i saw on the screen. an unborn baby, fighting back, desperate to move away from the section -- suction. i will never forget what the doctor said next, beaming me up scotty. the last thing i saw was a spine twirling around in the mother's womb before succumbing to the force of the suction.
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on october 6, i left the clinic, looking back only to remember why i now advocate so passionately for life. i founded and currently run and then there were none. a nonprofit organization that has helped nearly 600 abortion workers transition out of the industry. for most people who consider themselves pro-life, abortion is abstract. they can't even conceive of the barbarity. they don't know about the products of conception rooms and abortion clinics where infant corpses are pieced back together to ensure nothing remains in the mother's womb. or that we joked and called it the pieces of children room. for me, abortion is real. i know what it sounds like. i know what abortion smells like. did you know abortion even had a smell? i have been the perpetrator to these babies, to these women, and i now support president
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trump he has done more for the unborn than any other president. during his first month in office, he banned federal funds for global health groups that promote abortion. that same year, he overturned an obama-biden rule that allowed government subsidy of abortion. he appointed a record number of pro-life judges, including two supreme court justices. importantly, he announced a new rule protecting the rights of health care workers objecting to abortion, many of whom i work with every day. life is a core tenet of who we are as americans. this election is a choice between two radical anti-life activists and the most pro-life president we have ever had. that is something that should compel you to action. go door-to-door, make calls, talk to your neighbors and friends. and vote on november 3.
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take action that reelects our president and do it with our very most vulnerable americans in mind. the ones who haven't been born yet. >> hi i am ryan. i am a police officer from new mexico. in 2017, i had an encounter that changed my life forever. i had just started my shift and responded to a call for service at a gas station. when i arrived, i saw a man and woman sitting on a grassy slope. i recognized the signs. a needle, a spoon. i knew immediately they were preparing to inject themselves with heroin. sadly, this is a common sight for me. i encounter the ravages of addiction every day. but nothing could prepare me for what i discovered as i approach them. the woman was very pregnant. in my shock, i asked her if she knew she was harming her baby by doing drugs.
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she crumbled and burst into tears. two worlds collided as i knelt down beside her. a police officer and a homeless drug addict. brought together by forces outside of our control. as we talked, our humanity, distinct from our stations in life, was made abundantly clear. her name was crystal and in the midst of her suffering, she confided that she loved her unborn baby. she wanted the best for her child. in that moment, i saw her the way that all of you who know and love an addict see them. as fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, cousins, and friends. as human beings, full of value and dignity but robbed of their potential by this disease. when crystal said she was looking for a family to adopt her baby, god showed me exactly
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what i had to do. without hesitation, i told her my family would welcome her baby through adoption. today, our beautiful daughter hope is a thriving two-year-old. crystal is fast approaching three years of recovery. she is a dear friend and a constant inspiration to me and others. i hold a special place in my heart for those facing opioid addiction and that is why i am enormously grateful to the president for his leadership in fighting this deadly enemy. through his efforts, we are turning the tide on the crisis of addiction. president trump declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency and then secured $6 billion in new federal funding to help americans fight opioid abuse. he invested additional $100 million to stop the opioid crisis in rural america. and, in a move that strikes at the root of the problem, he implemented a safer prescribing plan aimed at reducing opioid
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prescriptions by over one third within three years. this is an effort that stops addiction before it ever gains a hold in someone's life. and it is having an impact. drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018 for the first time in 30 years. many of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis are seeing the largest drop in deaths. we are seeing that doctors are writing fewer prescriptions for opioid pain drugs. these are significant improvements that have a meaningful impact. i think we are fortunate, america, to have a president who cares deeply for the downtrodden and who works tirelessly to find solutions. a president who doesn't just talk about problems but stops and helps. president trump is the leader we have needed the last four years and he is the leader we need for the next four.
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you see, donald trump is the right president at the right time. let's make sure he is reelected on november 3. i pray god's blessings on you and your family, and may god bless america. ♪ >> good evening. my name is tara myers. tonight, i am here as the wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son, samuel. before samuel was even born, i was told his life wouldn't be worth living. when early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. he said if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family, and your community. i knew my baby was a human being created by god and that made him worthy of life. i am thankful that president
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trump values the life of the unborn. when we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. don't stress him out by trying to teach him. when we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. when i inquired about functional learning, i was told this is all you get, like it or not. well, i did not like it. one size did not fit all. i fought to pass legislation in ohio for a special needs scholarship so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. i worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. finally, samuel had an appropriate place to learn. last december, samuel was invited to the white house to meet our president and share his
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thoughts on education freedom. he said, school choice helped my dreams come true. my school taught me the way i learn best. i was able to fit in, i made many friends, i became a part of my community. my teachers helped me become the best i can be. president trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. your son is amazing. unlike the doctor who told me to end samuel's life before it even began, president trump did not dismiss my son. he showed samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. president trump gave samuel an equal seat at the table. tonight, i would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of meaningful education a reality.
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and for fighting to ensure every child in america has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. thank you and may god bless america. ♪ >> good evening. i am sister dede byrne. i belong to the community of the little workers of the sacred hearts of jesus and mary. last fourth of july, i was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to american celebration. i must confess that i recently prayed while in chapel, begging god to allow me to be a voice, and instrument for human life. now, here i am speaking at the republican national convention. i guess you better be careful for what you pray for. my journey to a religious life is not a traditional route. if there is such a thing. in 1978 as a medical school student at georgetown university, i joined the army to help pay for my tuition.
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and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like afghanistan and egypt's sinai peninsula. after much prayer and contemplation, i entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and haiti, sudan, kenya, and washington, d.c. humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult for me to talk about myself. those refugees all share a common experience. they have been all marginalized. viewed as insignificant powerless, and voiceless. , while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in
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the world can be found here in the united states. they are the unborn. as christians we first met jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother. and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of the cave . it is no coincidence that jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said was not politically correct or fashionable. as followers of christ we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. we must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. and we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out a powerless, voiceless life? as a physician i can say, life
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begins at conception. while what i have to say a be difficult for some to hear, i'm saying it because i'm not just pro-life and pro-internal life and i want all of us to end up in heaven together someday. it brings me to why i am here today. donald trump is the most pro-life president that this nation has ever had. defending life at all stages. his belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. trump will stand up against biden-harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. because of his courage and conviction, president trump has earned the support of america's pro-life community. moreover, he has a nation of religious standing behind him. you will find here our weapon of choice -- the rosary.
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thank you, mr. president. we are all paying for you. ♪ >> good evening. there is a hole in my heart since my beloved jackie was taken from me. this is her story. there were two things that jackie loved to do every day. one was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers for her friends. on november 19, the tweets stopped. that today it started out like any other day. she left for the gym early in the morning. i heard the garage door open. seconds later i heard the car horn. i went outside to see if she had forgotten something. what i saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. i noticed the bullet hole in jackie's window. i saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood.
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we think this was a carjacking gone wrong. very wrong. every time i opened the garage door or stand in the driveway, i hear that horn. i see her slumped in the seat. when i go to bed at night, that sound and image haunts me. that is my life sentence. it is a sentence for families left behind by senseless killings. in albuquerque where i live, it is one of the most violent cities in the country. fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. it is a sad irony that jackie came to the u.s. for a better life than her native columbia, only to be gunned down in her own driveway. for eight months, there were no arrests, no leads in connection with jackie's murder. the albuquerque police were overwhelmed. they needed help. help arrived when president trump launched operation legend
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in july of this year. almost immediately, the fbi took over jackie's case. in a matter of days, they arrested four people. the fifth suspect killer was arrested in texas on unrelated charges. he is an illegal immigrant. he had been deported in september and came back in october to terrorize our community. i am extremely grateful to president trump and the fbi for their efforts to deliver justice. for jackie and all of the other innocent victims of violent crime. i am honored to support the president because he is supporting us. i know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law & order, for peace, for security in our communities. >> hello. i would like to introduce you to my husband, david. father of five, brother of 12, grandfather of 10, friend to thousands.
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he was the most kind, dedicated, loving life partner i could have hoped for. he had a big smile and heart to match. he was blessed the gift of gab. that gift enabled him to touch souls and inspire people. especially young people. how kids loved him. they really loved him back. dave was all about service. he served 38 years in the police department and six years as chief of the police department. after 44 years, he retired from law enforcement. but he never retired from helping a friend in need. since he befriended every person he met, he was a very busy man. one example of that was his friendship with a young man named lee. david met him when lee was just a kid. after members of his family were
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attacked and murdered. dave took a special interest in the boy. they bonded and their friendship grew and remains strong throughout the years. lee eventually opened a pawnshop. he trusted dave implicitly and asked dave to help with security. david readily agreed. whenever the shop's alarm would go off, the alarm company called dave. he would investigate. if he got a call after i went to bed, he would wake up and tell me he was going to leave. just to make sure everything was all right. most of the time, they were false alarms triggered by a storm or animals. but i never rested easily. until i heard dave's key turn in the door, knowing he was safe. the alarm that went off the morning of june 2 was for real. it was a violent night in st. louis. four officers were shot, others
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were hit with rocks and fireworks. at least five businesses were damaged, looted, or set on fire. as the officer coordinator with the police department, i was keenly aware of the rioting. i spent the evening getting ready to mobilize support for officers who were impacted. after i had gone to bed, david received a call from an alarm company. the front door of the pawnshop had been breached. this time, he didn't wake up to tell me. he probably knew i would've tried to stop him. or insist on going with him. as i slept, looters were ransacking the shop. they shot and killed david in cold blood. and then livestreamed his execution and last moments on earth. david's grandson was watching the video on facebook in real
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time. not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk. i learned of all this around 4:00 a.m. when our doorbell rang. the chief of police was standing outside. i wondered why dave had not answered the door. but it wasn't uncommon for him to be watching tv at this time. i called out to him several times but there was no reply. he just wasn't there. i let in the chief, and fighting back tears, he uttered the words every officer's spouse dreads. i re-live that horror every single day. my hope is that having you relive it with me now will help shake this country from this nightmare we are witnessing in
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our cities and bring about positive, peaceful change. how did we get to this point? where so many young people are callous and indifferent toward human life? this isn't a videogame where you can commit mayhem then hit reset and bring all the characters back to life. dave is never, never coming back to me. he was murdered by people who didn't know and just didn't care. he would have done anything to help them. violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest. they do not safeguard black lives. they only destroy them. president trump understands this. he has offered federal help to restore order in our communities. at a time when police departments are short on resources and manpower, we need that help. we should accept that help. we must heal before we can
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effect change. we cannot heal amid devastation and chaos. president trump knows we need more david's in our communities, not fewer. we need to come together in peace and remember that every life is precious. ♪ >> my name is marsha mueller. this is my husband carl. our daughter was taken and murdered by isis. from a young age, kayla was amazing. she taught herself languages, how to write music, how to play guitar. she worked with troubled youth, military veterans, and native americans. everywhere kayla went, people smiled. kayla had a gift to be able to see the world through someone else's eyes. she became a humanitarian aid
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worker and when she was helping children at an orphanage in india, kayla wrote, i find god and the suffering eyes reflected in mine. this is how you are revealed to me, this is how i will forever seek you. she went to turkey to help syrian refugees in 2012. in august 2013, she was asked by another aid worker to cross the border into syria to help at a hospital. on august 4, 2013, isis terrorists stopped her vehicle and took her captive. >> kayla was mostly held in a 12 by 12 cell in solitary confinement. it was cold and dirty. isis terrorists shined bright lights in her face. they shaved her head, they beat and tortured her. the leader of isis, al-baghdadi, raped her repeatedly. for 18 months, she endured.
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and we endured an agonizing back-and-forth between us, the obama administration, and isis. we put all of our faith in the government, but the government let us down. president obama refused to meet with us until isis had already beheaded other americans. to this day, we have never heard from joe biden. instead, the obama administration hid behind policy so much that we felt hopeless when they kept us from negotiating to save kayla's life. the administration showed more concern for the terrorists in guantanamo than the american hostages in syria. the military prepared a rescue mission, but the white house delayed it. by the time it went forward, kayla had been moved to another location. after 18 months of brutal torture, we learned from isis that kayla had been killed.
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the obama administration kept telling us they were doing everything they could. but their version of everything wasn't enough. what a difference a president makes. under president trump, u.s. army special operators conducted a raid on al-baghdadi's compound. after we learned that al-baghdadi was killed, we learned something else. the operators named themselves task force 814 after august 14, kayla's birthday. and the mission was named operation kayla mueller. to those soldiers, thank you. kayla was looking down on you. the trump team gave us empathy we never received from the obama administration. the obama administration said it was doing everything it could. the trump administration is. let me just say this. kayla should be here. if donald trump had been president when kayla was captured, she would be here today.
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when kayla was a hostage, i would go outside at night and look at the moon. i would look at the moon and i would promise her i would do everything i could to get her home. now, when i see the moon, i am reminded of my promise to her i couldn't keep. >> all kayla wanted was to make it home. we are still working to find her and god willing, we will bring her home. kayla was born a miracle. we were told we would never have a second child. but god gave us kayla and she gave herself to the world. eight months into kayla's captivity, another hostage was able to smuggle out a letter kayla had written. as we read it, we could see that god was holding her in his arms. in her words, she felt tenderly cradled in freefall. she also wrote, i have been
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shown in darkness light and have learned that even in prison, one can be free. i am grateful. i have had many hours to think how only in your absence have i finally at 25 years old come to realize your place in my life. none of us could have known it would be this long, but no i am also fighting from my side in the ways that i'm able and i have a lot of fight left inside of me. i am not breaking down and i will not give in, no matter how long it takes. kayla taught me so many things as her mom. she still is teaching us. carl and i support donald trump because of his commitment to make and keep america great. not with the power of the government, but with the passion of people like kayla. americans, who even in their darkest days, always have more fight left inside them.
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americans who don't just talk, they act. that was our daughter. that is president trump. as long as we stay strong like kayla, as long as we refuse to break, we will be great. thank you. ♪ >> i am free to hug my family. i am free to start over. this is the greatest day of my life. my heart is bursting with gratitude. i want to thank president donald john trump. [applause] >> almost all people said that criminal justice reform would never pass. but we came together as a group, we worked across party lines, and we got it done. >> i am an example of a woman who has been given a second
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chance in life. god bless you and god bless america. [applause] >> good evening. i am alice marie johnson. i was once told that the only way i would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse. but by the grace of god and the compassion of president donald john trump, i stand before you tonight and i assure you, i am not a ghost. i am alive, i am well, and most importantly, i am free. in 1996, i began serving time in prison. life plus 25 years. i had never been in trouble. i was a first time nonviolent offender. what i did was wrong. i made decisions that i regret.
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some say, you do the crime, you do the time. however, that time should be fair and just. we have all made mistakes. none of us want to be defined forever based on our worst decision. while in prison, i became a playwright, a mentor, a certified hospice volunteer, an ordained minister, and received the special olympics event coordinator of the year award for my work with disabled women. because the only thing worse than unjustly imprisoning my body is trying to imprison my mind. my transformation was described as extraordinary. truth is, there are thousands of people just like me who deserve the opportunity to come home. i never stopped fighting for my
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freedom. my christian faith and the prayers of so many kept hope alive. when president trump heard about me, about the injustice of my story, he saw me as a person. he had compassion. and he acted. free in body, thanks to president trump, but free in mind thanks to the almighty god. i couldn't believe it. i always remembered that god knew my name, even in my darkest hour, but i never thought a president would. when i was released on june 6, 2018, i ran across that road and hugged my grandchildren for the first time. i will never forget that feeling. and then i remembered the promise i had made to the men
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and women i had left behind. that i would never stop fighting for them. and i haven't. i am using my voice to tell their stories, and i pray that my faith reminds you of those forgotten faces. six months after president trump granted me a second chance, he signed the first step act into law. it was real justice reform and it brought joy, hope, and freedom the thousands of well-deserved people. i hollered, "hallelujah!" my faith in justice was rewarded. imagine, getting to hug your loved ones again. and to think, this first step meant so much to so many. i can't wait, because we are just getting started. the nearly 22 years i spent in
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prison were not wasted. god had a purpose and a plan for my life. i was not delayed or denied. i was destined for such a time as this. i pray that you will not just hear this message, but that you will be inspired by my story, and your compassion will lead you to take action for those who are forgotten. that's what our president, donald trump, did for me. and for that, i will be forever grateful. god bless you, god bless president trump, and god bless america. thank you. ♪ you read >> he read the thing
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that were said about thomas jefferson, that he was an infidel at and a part of the french government, sounds a little reminiscent doesn't it? said about abraham lincoln, the things said about fdr that he wanted to be a dictator, it does come with the territory, but i think in terms, in the model -- modern clinical area i have never seen anything like it. >> sunday at noon eastern on new -- in-depth, our conversation with ralph reed whose books include awakening, active faith, and his most recent, forgotten country. join in the conversation with your calls, facebook comments, texts, and tweets. watch sunday at noon eastern on c-span two. >> labor day weekend on c-span, on sunday 10:00 eastern, a look
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back on the legacy of john paul stevens with perspectives from his former law clerk. >> he knew his job was to do what he felt was right under the law. be honesthat but to about his understanding about what the law commanded was. eastern,day, 8 p.m. manicotti, mick mulvaney on how they dealt with crises during their respective administration's. informationssing of becomes extraordinarily as important when you are dealing with crises and you have to stick to the process of the chief best created and hope -- the chief has created and hope the president is getting all the information they need to get the right decision. >> watch c-span this labor day weekend. >> tuesday,


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