President Trump on Tuesday released a farewell video in which he condemned political violence, called on all Americans to “rise above the partisan rancor,” and before turning an eye to the future, revisited some of his administration’s greatest accomplishments.
In a word, this was Donald Trump at his best.
“My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens.
“In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans.
“As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do — and so much more.”
“To serve as your president has been an honor beyond description,” Trump said in the nearly 20-minute video shared by the White House.
“Thank you for this extraordinary privilege.”
“I did not seek the easiest course — by far it was actually the most difficult,” he said. “I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices — because that’s what you elected me to do.”
Among the accomplishments of his administration he touted, Trump touched on the COVID vaccine, border security, no new wars, tax cuts, trade deals, economic foreign policy, and the performance of the stock market.
Of the COVID vaccine, he said, “They called it a medical miracle. Another administration would’ve taken three, four, five, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did it in nine months.”
In reference to the southern border, the president said, “We proudly leave the next administration with the strongest and most robust border security measures ever put into place.”
“I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars,” Trump said. “And above all, we have reasserted that in America, the government answers to the people.”
As he turned to the future, Trump artfully took apart the censorship frenzy gripping Big Tech, CNN and other liberal media outlets, and the Democrat Party.
“Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.
“In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that.”
“The movement that we started is only just beginning. There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle.”
“America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree,” Trump said. “That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.”
In closing, America’s 45th president said:
“As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation cannot achieve.
“Our communities will flourish. Our people will be prosperous. Our traditions will be cherished. Our faith will be strong. And our future will be brighter than ever before.
“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come.
“Thank you, and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.”
You can read the transcript of the speech, here.
A personal note.
As a constitutional conservative, Donald Trump was not my choice to win the 2016 Republican nomination. To be frank, early in the primaries, I preferred anyone but Trump.
When he became my only viable option, I voted for him — in both 2016 and 2020. After he beat Hillary in 2016, I became convinced that he was the only one of the 17 major Republican candidates who could have defeated Hillary Clinton.
I believe that even more, now.
Donald Trump had his flaws. To deny that is to deny reality. We all have flaws. But Trump also delivered on the pledges he made that I hoped he’d honor when I first voted for him.
At the top of my list are Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. Then comes tax and regulatory reform. And enforcing existing immigration law and beefing up border security. Then, rebuilding the U.S. military and re-establishing respect — or fear, as warranted — of America around the world.
Bottom line: I made the right call.
And so did tens of millions of other patriots. Patriots who always knew America was great; patriots who just needed a champion to lead the “America First” charge. That was Donald J. Trump. And lead it well, he did. Thank you, Mr. President.