Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn | 2016 Republican National Convention


>>ANNOUNCER: Please welcome a
retired United States Army Lieutenant, Mike Flynn.>>I don’t know how you all — M
Melania Trump, whose going to be the next first lady of the
United States the of America. Another big round of applause
for her.>>MIKE: Unbelievable.
What an exciting — I’m here tonight as a determined American
who loves our country. And my message to you is very
clear. Wake up, America.
There is no substitute for American leadership and
exceptionalism. America should not fear
enemies. In fact, we should clearly
define our enemies. Face them head on.
And defeat those that seek to turn our country and our way of
lifeful. That’s right.
Good for you. Tonight, we stand together as
proud patriots who dearly love our country and believe in
freedom, democracy, and liberty.
[ cheering ]>>MIKE: USA, you’re darn
right. Get it going.
USA, USA.
USA. Get fired up.
This is about this country. This is about the future of our
children. We know that America, our
nation, is the greatest country in the history of the world.
[ clapping ]>>MIKE: There will never be a
substitute for America. And let us say our country holds
a unique place and role in America American history and
exceptionalism. It will never fade.
It is up to us. And you cannot sit this election
out. I stand with you as a citizen, a
veteran, a patriot, but more importantly, as an American to
tell you that the path — in the
interest of other nations ahead of our own will end when Donald
Trump is President. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Trump, Trump, Trump.
There you go. [ chanting “Trump” ]
>>MIKE: From this day forward, we must stand tougher and
stronger together with an
unrelenting goal to — and to never be satisfied with —
Obama — like Hillary Clinton. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: We must draw from the rich foundation of our founding
fathers’ fight for democracy,
and lead friends and allies with more determination than ever
before, with conviction in our beliefs that pierces through the
ideology of any people or any nation that attacks America,
America’s way of life, and our proud heritage of fearlessness
and courage. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Tonight, Americans
stand as one, with strength and confidence to overcome the last
eight years of the Obama/Clinton
failures, such as bumbling indecisiveness, ignorance, and
total incompetence that challenged the very heart and
soul of every American and single-handedly continued
mayhem, murder, and destruction in our neighborhoods and on the
streets. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: On this day, we start the beginning of a new American
sanctuary, a time when we turn our heads forward with
persistent and relentless focus, and — our communities, our
families, and our country, our feet firmly planted on the
ground, and by holding individuals accountable for
their actions, equally and fairly.
Our new American century does not risk its future on political
correctness and senseless hyperbole.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Exactly.
Exactly. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: USA. You’ve got it.
That’s exactly right. It’s about this country.
That’s right. The time is now.
The time is now to recognize our obligation that we have to the
world, an obligation to lead the world with un-waiverring
integrity, and unapologetic
resolve. With Donald Trump in the White
House, we will make America great again!
[ cheering and applause ]>>Damn right. America’s one traditional,
undisputed role as world leader is now in jeopardy.
It’s in jeopardy, folks. The Obama/Clinton duo failed our
country by — America’s — and betraying our nation’s history
and our founding fathers’ revolutionary spirit that
established America on the principles of freedom and democracy.
American exceptional itch was —
exceptionalism was a core principle.
The United States said, our battles — on this doctrine, we
led the Allies to victory in World War II, against Nazi
Germany. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: USA, USA, USA. God help us.
Get fired up. [ chanting “USA” ]
>>MIKE: You are right. I love it.
We are the first country to put a man on the moon.
We ended the Cold War. We ended a war.
And we stopped. We stopped communism.
We stopped communism’s quest for world domination. As Ronald Reagan said, and I
quote, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.”
This is the last stand on Earth.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: USA.
I love it. Great.
[ chanting “USA ” ]>>MIKE: A centerpiece of
American foreign policy was once the protection of the United
States and its people and interests in the world. Sadly, under the current
leadership, that is no longer the case.
This cannot stand, period. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: We must recognize
America has enemies in the homeland and abroad.
And our military needs to be capable of protecting the nation
by finding and capturing our enemies.
The President must have the tools to deal with all threats
to this country, and must have guts to put them into action
whenever necessary. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: And Donald Trump is
that leader! [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: And I’m going to say that again.
Donald Trump is the that leader!
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: We must regain our
ability to thoroughly crush our enemies.
Our soldiers deserve to hear
from their leaders with clarity and precision.
Too often — way too often — our troops are instead
distracted by trivial matters, trivial matters of our words,
what terminology is politically correct, and what bathroom door
to open up. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: My God. My God.
War is not in about bathrooms. War is not about political
correctness, or words that are meaningless.
War is about winning. War is about winning.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: There is no substitute.
There is no such thing as a runner-up.
And there are no consolation prizes.
A commander in chief does not draw red lines and retreat.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: America does not back
down from anyone or anything. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: That’s right. USA, USA, USA.
You’ve got it right, baby. That is exactly right.
Get fired up. [ chanting “USA” ]
>>MIKE: This is about this country.
It’s about our country. We are tired of Obama’s end
speeches and his misguided rhetoric.
This has caused the world to have no respect for America’s
word, nor does it fear our might.
Let me be clear. Coddling and displays of empathy
towards terrorists is not a strategy for defeating these
murderers, as Obama and Hillary Clinton would like us to
believe. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Releasing terrorists
will not end this war. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: On the contrary, it
simply emboldens the terrorists and it prolongs the war.
Under Barack Obama, we have no coherent strategy to protect our
citizens. And under Hillary Clinton, it
will be more of the same. You’ve got it right. I’m infuriated when our
President bans criticism of our enemy.
I’m dead certain that we cannot win this war unless we are free
to call enemies by name — radical Islamists and failed
tyrants! [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Because Obama’s
ill-advised actions, the world lost faith in American
leaderships, leadership, radical
Islam is developing across the
world. A complete lack of being age
able to face multiple fronts. Untold cyber threats. A struggling United States
economy unable to compete with a burgeoning Chinese economy.
Growing nuclear capabilities.
Russia and North Korea. And a lack of respect and
confidence around the globe. We have become the best enemies
and worst friends. And I’m going to say that
again. We have become the best enemies
and the worst friend. That has to change.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: The next four years
will become — the perils we face, and the so-called reset
buttons — failure. The Obama/Clinton failed foreign
policy list goes on, and on, and on.
We need a commander in chief who understands these challenges and
is willing to do whatever it takes to meet them head-on.
Our adversaries must never mock American will power.
And we must never give them a reason to doubt our resolve to
win. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: Thank you. The most damaging example of the
President’s failure to understand the consequences of
putting political expediency ahead of national security is
the emergence of ISIS. We cannot continue down this
path. Lives are at stake.
Our very life — way of life is in jeopardy.
Our very existence is threatened.
What keeps me up at night? What keeps me up at night is the sobering realization that evil
exists. The radicalization of Islam and
barbaric cause that influences
potentially millions in the world to join their cause should
keep us all up at night. We must — must — take
seriously the possibility that these enemies have weapons of
mass destruction and intend to use them.
That is a very serious issue. We must understand and define
our enemies if we intend to defeat them.
America and Americans deserve no less.
Because Obama chose to conceal the actions of terrorists, with Osama and the rise of radical
Islam, Americans are at a loss to fully understand the enormous
threat that they pose against us.
Now is the time for our — a leader that is honest and strong.
[ cheering ]>>MIKE: That’s exactly right.
A leader who will stand up for America and make — there you
go. And make absolutely clear that
if you cross her path, you will pay a price.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: You’ve got it.
We do not need a weak, spineless
President who is more concerned about making apologies than
presenting protecting Americans.
We do not need a reckless president who believes she is
above the law. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Lock her up.
That’s right. That’s right.
Lock her up. It’s unbelievable.
[ chanting “lock her up” ]>>MIKE: Yeah.
I use #neverHillary. That’s what I use.
I have called on Hillary Clinton.
I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race, because
she put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with their
careless use of private email servers. Lock her up.
[ chanting “lock her up ” ]>>MIKE: You guys are good.
Damn right. Exactly right.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
[ chanting “lock her up “[.
>>MIKE: And you know why we’re saying that?
We’re saying that because if I, a guy who knows this business,
if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today. So, Crooked Hillary Clinton,
leave this race now. [ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: She needs to go.
[ chanting “lock her up ” ]
>>MIKE: Before I end, I will
repeat my belief that American exceptionalism is very real.
Let us not fear what we know to be true.
Let us not fear what we know to be true.
Instead, we should always remember that our country — our
country — was built upon Judeo Christian values and principles.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: And let us remember the
sacrifice of those who have gone before us.
America is unique. America is the greatest country
in the history of the world.
[ cheering ]>>MIKE: You’re darn right.
So get ready, America. Get ready.
Now is the time for fresh, bold leadership.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Trump, trump, Trump.
Let’s go, come on.
[ chanting “Trump ” ]>>MIKE: We are just beginning.
I promise you that Donald Trump, Donald Trump, knows that the
primary role of the president is to keep us safe.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: He recognizes the
threats we face, and is not afraid to call them what they
are. Donald Trump’s leadership,
decision-making, and problem-solving abilities will
restore America’s role as undeniable and unquestioned
world leader. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: He will lead from the front, not behind.
He will lead with courage. Never vacillating when facing
our enemies or competitors. And he knows that the advantage
advantage — Donald Trump knows that the advantage in life, in
business, and in wartime goes to the competitor that does not
flinch and does not broadcast his game plan.
[ cheering and applause ]>>MIKE: Hey.
Don Trump, execute the fundamental tenet of peace
through strength. And there will be no apologies
for our American exceptionalism or leadership standing around
the world. [ cheering and applause ]
>>MIKE: Once again, once again,
wake up, America. You cannot sit this one out.
You cannot sit this election out.
Get out of your houses and get out there and vote.
And instead, let Donald Trump, as the next President of the
United States of America, thank

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