Saturday afternoon Donald Trump visited Gettysburg, a small historic town in central Pennsylvania which played a vital part in the American Civil War. Before laying out his agenda for his first 100 days in office, Mr. Trump reenacted President Lincoln’s sacred Gettysburg address from November 1863.
“Four score and a really, really long time ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all MEN are created equal. Sorry folks that’s what it says fathers and MEN.
Now we are engaged in a great, great civil war, it is huuuuuuuge. It’s big, really big. Believe me. Testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure for a really, really long time. We are met on an incredibly amazing battlefield; a tremendous battlefield of that war to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for dozens and dozens and dozens of those who died here. I don’t know about that but that’s what they tell me.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground folks because it’s bad. You wouldn’t believe how bad it is but it’s bad. Really bad. Trust me.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, But let’s be honest if it were not for the war we would not be here. We wouldn’t be here folks. It’s such a small, small town. A horrible town. A nasty town. But I cherish it. I have tremendous respect for it. No one has more respect for Gettysburg than me. But it is Gettysburg and in the middle of nowhere don’t forget that. Don’t forget that.
However, I highly resolve that they shall not have died in vain in Gettysburg of all places. A small rural town no one heard of. We shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, – who are these people? Shall not perish from the this earth or any earth. Believe me when I say that folks. Trust me. It’s on the teleprompter.”
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