The Hispanic crowd at Friday’s White House Hispanic Heritage Month reception chanted, “Four more years!” when President Donald Trump was introduced.
“Everybody here: Hispanic or Hispanic-American – who isn’t?” Trump asked the crowd, drawing applause, acknowledging one “man of faith” who identified himself as non-Hispanic.
“I will always be with you,” Trump promised Hispanic Americans, adding, “And, I think you know that, maybe, better than anybody knows it”:
“Well, thank you all for being here today. And I’m delighted to once again celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with you at the White House. Right? (Applause.)
“This evening, we come together to honor the devotion, and the drive, and the faith, and genius, and exceptional achievements of our incredible Hispanic-American community, right? (Applause.)
“Everybody here — Hispanic and/or Hispanic American — who isn’t? (Applause.) Do we have anybody? Do we have anybody who isn’t? I don’t think so. How are you? Great man of faith. Great.
“Hispanic Americans have been a big part of our national story from the very, very beginning of our country. You work hard. You raise your strong and beautiful families. You care for your neighbors. (Applause.) You start businesses, you create jobs, and you teach your children to love our country and to cherish our God-given freedom. Right?” (Applause.)
“Hispanic Americans enrich America in countless ways, and we will always honor this solemn commitment to you. I will always be with you, and I think you know that, maybe, better than anybody knows it. (Applause.) All of our citizens — every single day, we’re fighting for you. We’re putting your needs, your families, and your futures first. We’re putting America first. We’re putting the people in this room — we’re putting you first. All right?”
Trump, then, invited Vice President Mike Pence to speak. Pence told the crowd that the Trump Administration is with them as they continue the fight for “faith and family and freedom” in America:
“Well, thank you, Mr. President. And it is wonderful to be here just a few short days before we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. The Americans gathered in this room, and all you represent, stand for everything that’s great about this country and everything that this President and this administration fight for every day: faith and family and freedom.
“Thank you for being here at the White House, and God bless you.”