Travis County Exposition Center's Luedecke Arena in Austin, TX

August 23, 2016


Thank you. I am so happy to be back in the Great State of Texas.

The people of Texas are proud, they are independent, and they are free.

There is no better place to deliver the message I have to deliver tonight than right here.

Because tonight’s message is about re-declaring our independence as a country.

On November 8th, we are going to declare our independence from special interests, corrupt politicians, and from a rigged system that benefits only the insiders.

We are going to declare our independence from media executives that don’t care about us, and politicians who don’t listen to us.

We are going to declare our independence from rising crime, soaring poverty and crushing debt.

We are going to declare our independence from failures of the past and create a New American Future.

Once again, we will have a government of, by, and for the people.

Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.

It’s going to be America First from now on.

Let me tell you what this new future looks like.

We are going to cut taxes and create millions of new jobs.

We are going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

We are going to appoint judges who will support, defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

We are going to save and cherish the 2nd amendment.

We will ensure every Veteran in this country has the right to seek medical treatment at a VA facility, or with the private doctor of their choice.

We’re going to eliminate job-killing regulations.

We are going to unleash an American Energy Revolution.

Let’s talk about another issue that is important to our future, and the future of our children.

That’s the issue of crime. Violent crime is rising across the country. More than 2,700 have been shot in Chicago alone this year.

No American should consider this level of crime acceptable. Every American has the right to live in safety and peace.

A Trump Administration is going to restore law and order.

Let me take this opportunity to thank our wonderful police and law enforcement officers. This state has known unbelievable heartache in recent days after the murder of 5 police officers, and the wounding of another 7, in the assault on Dallas. We pray for the families, and hope for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

To all law enforcement in America: we are with you, we support you, and we will always stand with you.

Together, we will create a safe community for every citizen in the land – but especially those who have not known safety in a very, very long time.

That includes appointing an Attorney General and a Secretary of Homeland Security who are completely committed to upholding the law.

I will appoint federal officials and investigators who will work hand-in-hand with police and citizens to dismantle gangs, cartels and criminal syndicates terrorizing our people.

I will appoint prosecutors who will go into the most dangerous communities in America and work to liberate our citizens from violence and fear.

All citizens deserve to be protected. No American left behind.

I want every African-American parent in this country – and all parents in this country – to be able to raise their kids in safety.

And I want to ensure every African-American child in this country – and all children in this country – are put on the American ladder of success: a good education, and a good-paying job.

We are going to have school choice, charter schools, and merit-pay for teachers. My opponent, Hillary Clinton, discriminates against African-American students by opposing school choice because she is owned and paid for by the education bureaucracy.

No one owns me. I answer only to the American people.

In a New York Post column, Deroy Murdock, published data confirming what I’ve been saying about the devastating economic conditions in the African-American communities. Murdock confirms these facts:

“The overall labor force participation rate for black Americans has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.2 percent — down 3.2 percent.

This metric also slumped for black teenagers, from 29.6 percent to 27.7 percent — down 6.4 percent.

The percentage of black Americans in poverty has grown under Obama, the Census Bureau reports, from 25.8 percent in 2009 to 26.2 percent in 2014 — up 1.6 percent.

The number of blacks on Food Stamps soared under Obama — from 7.4 million in 2009 to 11.7 million in 2014 — up 58.2 percent.

Also, from Obama’s arrival through last June 30, the percentage of black Americans who own homes plunged from 46.1 to 41.7 percent, the Census reports — down 9.5 percent.”

Nearly 4 in 10 African American children live in poverty. 58 percent of young African Americans are not employed.

Homicide is up nearly 50 percent in Washington D.C. and up more than 60 percent in Baltimore. Violent crime rose 17 percent in the fifty largest US cities.

This is the legacy of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

To those suffering I say: what do you have to lose by trying something new?

Let me also tell you what you have to gain: more jobs, higher wages, and a massive reduction in the terrible crime plaguing our inner cities.

We are going to turn it all around. Success must be created for everyone, and available to everyone.

That is how we are going to create a New American Future.

But to make every American safe and prosperous, we must address one of the most vital issues of all: Border Security.

We are going to build a wall.

We are going to enforce the law.

We are going to protect your jobs and wages.

And we are going to keep our country safe.

According to the Texas government, nearly two hundred thousand illegal immigrants were booked into Texas jails between 2011 and 2016. Collectively, those arrested were responsible for more than half a million criminal offenses, including 1,055 homicides, 5,516 sexual assault charges and more than 50,000 charges of either burglary or theft.

Yet, Hillary Clinton wants a totally, completely open border.

She wants catch-and-release.

Obamacare for illegal immigrants.

Massive amnesty in her first 100 days.

She wants to gut immigration enforcement.

She supports Sanctuary Cities.

She wants to let people overstay their visas without removal.

One lawless order after another.

We must not let it happen.

Hillary Clinton also wants a 550% increase in Syrian refugees. There have been hundreds of immigrants and their children charged with terrorism inside the United States since 9/11, and a number of terrible attacks like the Boston Bombing, San Bernardino and Orlando. Yet Hillary Clinton wants to fling open the floodgates even wider.

I want to create safe zones in the Middle East. My plan suspends visas when we can’t perform effective screening, and it puts forward a new ideological screening program to keep out people from our country who don’t support our values. After all, that is what taking the oath of citizenship is all about.

This election will decide whether or not we have a border.

This election will decide whether or not we have a country.

Today I met with the moms of American children killed by illegal immigrants as a result of the policies Hillary Clinton supports. Hillary Clinton will never meet with these families, she will never hear these stories.

These are all forgotten Americans – they are not Hollywood or media stars, or big money special interest donors.

She is bought-and-paid-for by the special interests.

This corruption relates closely to another corruption scandal that strikes at the heart of our Democracy. Every day more and more alarming facts come out.

The scandal I speak of is the State Department’s Pay-For-Play Scandal under Hillary Clinton.

If our Secretary of State can be bought, or bribed, or sell or trade government favors, then the whole American system is threatened.

It is a threat to the foundation of Democracy itself. This is what happens in a Third World country – it’s the failed conditions people flee when they come to America.

America can never elect a candidate who, like Hillary Clinton, did government favors for those giving her family and her foundation massive amounts of cash.

The new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal make clear we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Hillary Clinton is desperate to cover-up her crimes. That’s why she deleted 33,000 emails. That’s also why she lied repeatedly to Congress and the American public.

She said she never sent or received classified materials.

That was a lie, proved over and over again.

She claimed she used an insecure email server for the convenience of using only one device. But she used multiple devices.

Another lie.

Under penalty of perjury, she said she turned over all of her work-related emails. But the FBI found thousands she never turned over, and now just found another 15,000 more.

Another Clinton lie.

She said she sent nothing marked classified.

A total lie, unmasked to the world. And more to come.

She said her server was secure, and had no breaches. But we know now it was completely unsecure, and the FBI Director said it could easily be hacked by our foreign enemies.

More Clinton lies.

Clinton said her lawyers reviewed all of her emails before destroying them.

One more Hillary Clinton lie.

Lie after lie after lie.

Hillary Clinton is unfit to hold public office.

It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons' set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and to them for money.

It goes back to the Arkansas days, and it continued during the White House days with the sale of the Lincoln Bedroom to large donors.

But once Bill was out of office the small time Clinton business – or, more accurately, their crime enterprise – grew with the roles reversed. Bill, now an ex-President collected the money for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton had the public offices to sell; Senator, Secretary of State and for all that time a potential President. They turned this into an exponentially larger business.

But it was more than a business, it was a continuing big time criminal enterprise. It involved numerous violations of the conflict of interest and bribery laws and other serious laws of the United States.

The e-mails and phone logs show that the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Department of State were one and the same. If you donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid massive speaking fees to Bill Clinton, you got an entry to the Department of State. Together they constituted the most scandalous and certainly most profitable sale of public office since the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.

Today a phone log was released for Cheryl Mills. She was Secretary of State Clinton's Chief of Staff. You would expect the log to contain only calls concerning Department of State business. But Cheryl Mills received 148 messages between 2010 and 2012 from the Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Foundation – no other individual or group appears to have left that many messages.

We also just learned today that more than half the people who met with Hillary Clinton from outside government while she was Secretary of State were donors to the Foundation.

This creates the nexus which is at the core of a RICO case. In other words, they merged the two into the Clinton Family racketeering enterprise.

The specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech. I walked through two of them yesterday – the sale of U.S. Uranium to Russia, and the exemption of a telecom giant from sanctions after they paid Bill Clinton for a speech.

The UBS saga is another one. Shortly after Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State she went to Geneva and intervened in a dispute concerning secret identities of Americans.

She negotiated a very good deal for UBS and a very bad deal for law enforcement. Of the 52,000 accounts the U.S. was seeking, the government settled for only 4,450 accounts. Her intervention was described by Treasury as unusual.

Before her unusual intervention UBS had donated only $60,000 to the Foundation. After the Clinton favor for UBS, it opened its wallet for big bucks and out came a $600,000 contribution, a $32 million loan and a $1.5 million speaking fee for Bill Clinton.

This is corruption, pure and simple.

This is why I have called for a special prosecutor.

Justice is supposed to be blind. It’s never supposed to be for sale.

In the long-run, there is only one way to end the corruption in our country: elect Donald J. Trump.

Hillary Clinton thinks she is above the law. Come November, the American people will show her that she is not.

You will be voting for justice, fairness and equality.

You will also be voting for a more inclusive country, where no one is left out.

Another 2 million Latinos have joined the ranks of those in poverty. Incomes for Latino households have declined by nearly $1,000 under President Obama. The number of Latino children living in poverty increased by 15 percent.

Our pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family agenda is going to bring hope back to every community in our nation. I will dedicate myself to restore the ladder of success to all those who live in poverty.

We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.

The era of division is coming to end. We will create a new future of American unity.

Are you ready for real American change?

It is time to emphasize what we all have in common as Americans.

We will promote our common culture, values and principles.

We will be one nation.

We will be one people.

We will share together one great future.

It’s going to be America First.

Together, We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Prosperous Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

Friends, citizens and fellow Americans: We Will Make America Great Again.

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*                                                     
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CONTACT: Correct The Record
            Elizabeth Shappell / Lizzy Price


Washington, D.C.—Today, Correct The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the following statement on Donald Trump’s rally in Austin, Texas:

“The Donald is getting desperate. Tonight, he once again attacked the Clinton Foundation—which has helped millions across the world and went above and beyond in disclosing its finances and donors. It’s another last ditch effort to distract from Trump’s offensive rhetoric and questionable record. Since launching his presidential campaign, Trump has waged a one-man war on transparency. Trump refuses to release his own tax returns or disclose any information about his financial connections to Russia and China. His hypothetical philanthropic giving is littered with broken promises, shady commitments and even self-enrichment. When will Trump finally come clean to the American people about whatever he is trying to hide in his tax returns?”

Donald Trump’s Own Charitable Foundation May have Violated Laws Separating Exempt Nonprofits from Political Activity
Daily Beast: Donald Trump’s “campaign work and his foundation work have overlapped—putting himself at risk for penalties and his charity at risk of being shut down.”“On numerous occasions this year, Trump’s campaign work and his foundation work have overlapped—putting himself at risk for penalties and his charity at risk of being shut down…In key early primary states this year, Trump handed out Foundation checks to charities at campaign rallies. This also calls into question ‘whether the foundation provided the campaign with an illegal in-kind contribution by providing services for what was a campaign event. Under the campaign finance laws… providing anything of value to a campaign for free or at less than fair market value is a contribution to the campaign,’ said Larry Noble, the general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.” [Daily Beast, 6/16/16]

In a number of instances, the Trump campaign contacted charitable organizations to arrange for them to be presented with a Trump Foundation check at Trump campaign rallies. “On Jan. 30, with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. by his side at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa, Trump presented a $100,000 Trump Foundation check to Puppy Jake, a charity which supports veterans by providing service dogs. Puppy Jake’s executive director, Becky Beach, told The Daily Beast that the Trump campaign had been in touch with her about the Trump Foundation’s contribution…The next day, the day before the Iowa caucuses, the founder of Support Siouxland Soldiers, another vets charity, appeared on stage with Trump at a Sioux City campaign rally to accept a $100,000 Trump Foundation check. Support Siouxland Soldiers executive director Sarah Petersen told The Daily Beast that she had been in touch with a Trump staffer named Hope, and provided the phone number they used in order to discuss the donation. The phone number matches up with the campaign’s listed number for Hope Hicks, the Trump campaign’s spokeswoman.” [Daily Beast, 6/16/16]

Legal and Ethics Experts Sought Investigation of Overlaps Between the Trump Foundation and Donald Trump’s Campaign

Sunlight Foundation’s Richard Skinner on the Trump Foundation and Trump campaign conflicts: “‘This should be investigated…There is definitely [use of] a charitable foundation in an inappropriate way.’” “Both the contribution to Bondi and the overlap between the Trump campaign and his charity should be publicly examined, government watchdogs said. ‘This should be investigated. There are troubling legal issues posed in both circumstances,’ said Richard Skinner, a money-in-politics policy analyst at the Sunlight Foundation. ‘There is definitely [use of] a charitable foundation in an inappropriate way.’” [Daily Beast, 6/16/16]
In 2013, the Trump Foundation donated $25,000 to a political organization supporting Florida AG Pam Bondi at the same time Bondi was reviewing complaints surrounding Trump University, raising concerns for legal experts.“And in 2013, the Trump Foundation donated $25,000 to a political organization supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi—an action the foundation is prohibited from taking, and which it failed to report on its disclosures. The Trump campaign blamed this failure on clerical mistakes, but legal experts are sounding the alarm because at the time Bondi was reviewing complaints surrounding the businessman’s controversial Trump University project.” [Daily Beast, 6/16/16]

Unlike the Clintons, Charitable Funds Promised by Donald Trump Were Rarely Delivered
NBC News Headline: “Trump Foundation Has Given Little To Vets Groups” [NBC News, 1/28/16]
Washington Post: Trump had a habit of promising to give to charity, but rarely following through. “In recent weeks, The Post tried to answer the question by digging up records going back to the late 1980s and canvassing a wide swath of nonprofits with some connection to Trump.  That research showed that Trump has a long-standing habit of promising to give to charity. But Trump’s follow-through on those promises was middling — even at the beginning, in his early days as a national celebrity.” [Washington Post, 6/28/16]
Trump indicated to Howard Stern that he donated his millions in proceeds from “The Apprentice” to charity, but records did not reflect donations of millions of dollars. “By the early 2000s, Trump had recovered from his financial troubles, returning to the public eye as a different kind of mogul. More than ever, Trump himself was the product: He was selling his name on products from TV shows to steaks to high-rise condominiums around the country.  Again, Trump needed an explanation for why he needed the money.  ‘You’re getting paid over a million for your show,’ radio host Howard Stern said to Trump in 2004, when Trump was first hosting ‘The Apprentice.’  ‘Oh, a lot more than that,’ Trump said.  ‘You’re getting paid over two-and-a-half-million dollars!’ Stern said.  ‘Yeah, I don’t do it for that,’ Trump said. ‘I’m giving the money to charity.’ He named AIDS research and the Police Athletic League. That year, Trump’s foundation appears to have given $1,000 to AIDS research and $106,000 to the Police Athletic League.” [Washington Post, 6/28/16]
Trump promoted Trump Vodka by promising to donate the proceeds to charity, however only “a few hundred dollars” have been donated in connection with the venture. “Promoting Trump Vodka in 2006, Trump told Larry King, ‘I’m giving the money to charity.’ But the only apparent donation related to Trump Vodka is a ‘few hundred dollars’ given to a group supporting Walter Reed Hospital in connection with a specific promotion, as reported by CNN last month.” [Politico, 6/20/16]
Donald Trump’s campaign released a list of his claimed charitable donations, but not one of them was actually a personal gift of his own money. “Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years. To back up that claim, Trump’s campaign compiled a list of his contributions — 4,844 of them, filling 93 pages. But, in that massive list, one thing was missing. Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money. Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.” [Washington Post, 4/10/16]

Donald Trump Used Trump Foundation Money to Bid on a $120,000 Luxury Trip
BuzzFeed Headline: “Trump Bought $120,000 Luxury Trip With Trump Foundation Money At 2008 Charity Auction” [BuzzFeed, 7/8/16]

There is No Evidence Whatsoever That Donations to the Clinton Foundation Affected Any Decisions Made by Hillary Clinton at the State Department
State Department spokeswoman: “The State Department is not aware of any actions that were influenced by the Clinton Foundation.” “MS TRUDEAU: The State Department is not aware of any actions that were influenced by the Clinton Foundation. QUESTION: Any action at all over the course of Secretary Clinton’s tenure? MS TRUDEAU: Correct.” [State Department Daily Press Briefing, 8/11/16]
The State Dept. said it had no evidence that donations to The Clinton Foundation or Bill Clinton’s speaking fees affected Hillary Clinton’s actions at the State Department. “The State Department said Monday it has no evidence that any actions taken by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or former President Bill Clinton's speaking fees. Spokesman Jeff Rathke said the department received requests to review potential conflicts primarily for proposed speech hosts or consulting deals for Bill Clinton and found no conflicts.” [Associated Press, 5/4/15]
Clinton Foundation Uses Its Funds to Improve Lives and Create a Better World for Millions
The Clinton Foundation holds an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and made their “Top Rated” list. “Groups included on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs [The Clinton Foundation is at 88%], spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support [the Foundation spends $2 for every $100 raised], do not hold excessive assets in reserve, have met CharityWatch's governance benchmarks, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch.”[, April 2016]
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program supports more than 18 million students by improving physical education, health education, child nutrition, and staff wellness policies and programs. “The Healthy Schools Program supports more than 18 million students by improving physical education, health education, child nutrition, and staff wellness policies and programs in more than 31,000 schools. The Healthy Schools Program receives the majority of its funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support schools in states with the highest rates of obesity.” [Clinton Foundation, accessed8/22/16]
The Clinton Health Access Initiative has allowed over 11.5 million patients to get treatment for HIV/AIDS. “From 2002 to 2010, as an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, 4 million patients were able to access CHAI-negotiated ARV drugs and as of today, CHAI’s work, as a separate 501(c)(3), has over 11.5 million patients accessing treatment.” [Clinton Foundation, accessed 8/22/16]
The Clinton Global Initiative has secured nearly 3,200 commitments that have improved the lives of over 430 million people. “To date, members of the CGI community have made nearly 3,200 commitments which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.” [Clinton Global Initiative, accessed 8/22/16]
Contributors to the Clinton Foundation are Only Public because of the Foundation’s Voluntary Disclosure of its Donor List and Unprecedented Transparency
NBC News: “The Clinton Foundation agreed to voluntarily disclose names and donation ranges of its contributors.” “In late 2008, after Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation agreed to voluntarily disclose names and donation ranges of its contributors.” [NBC News, 4/25/13]
FBI Officials Previously Looked into Allegations and Determined Claims Not Worthy of a Case, and Requests for an Investigation Politically-Motivated
FBI Officials had looked into allegations surrounding the Clinton Foundation following the release of “Clinton Cash” and determined claims were unsubstantiated and not worthy of a case. “FBI officials wanted to investigate whether there was a criminal conflict of interest with the State Department and the Clinton Foundation during Clinton’s tenure. The Department of Justice had looked into allegations surrounding the foundation a year earlier after the release of the controversial book ‘Clinton Cash,’ but found them to be unsubstantiated and there was insufficient evidence to open a case.” [CNN, 8/11/16]
Justice Department officials said the request “seemed more political than substantive.” “As a result, DOJ officials pushed back against opening a case during the meeting earlier this year. Some also expressed concern the request seemed more political than substantive, especially given the timing of it coinciding with the investigation into the private email server and Clinton’s presidential campaign.” [CNN,8/11/16]