In words reprised from his foreign policy speech on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted a covenant with the American people on his Facebook page Tuesday.
“This is my pledge to the American people: As your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally,” Trump posted.
“We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people,” he posted.
Trump had discussed bigotry in his Monday foreign policy address in the context of immigration. During the speech, he said “we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
Trump said in the speech that screening equals safety.
“In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law,” he said.
“Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country,” he added.
The pledge Trump posted on Facebook came from the end of the speech, in which he issued a call for national unity.
“Our victory in the Cold War relied on a bipartisan and international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat Radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said.
Trump called upon America to return to the days when pride was the thread that bound immigrants into a nation.
“Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it,” he said. “This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country.”
He noted that focusing on a shared heritage can help achieve it.
“Renewing this spirit of Americanism will help heal the divisions in our country. It will do so by emphasizing what we have in common – not what pulls us apart,” he said Monday.
Many posters on Facebook embraced Trump’s words.
“Wanna talk about bigotry???” posted Katelyn N Jesse Simmons. “How about those who come here from third world countries and expect us to change to the customs they fled from?!?! No, just no. Voting Trump all the way.”
“Thank you President Trump — we believe you and know this to be true. Too many enemies of America are lying and trying to paint another picture. It’s time for blacks, whites, hispanics, asians and all people to see the truth of what’s really going on, the battle for the soul of America and individual liberty. Trump stands for all Americans,” commented Ben Horak.
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