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Trump: 'Imagine' What U.S. Could Do If We Worked 'As One People, Under One God, Saluting One Flag'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | November 22, 2016 | 12:49 PM EST

Phyllis Schlafly (d. Sept. 5, 2016) and

President-elect Donald Trump. (AP) 

Several weeks before his surprise win of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump praised conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly -- who had endorsed Trump for president in March – and stressed that America could do great things “if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag.”

“We’re all equal, and we all come from the same Creator,” said Trump in a Sept. 9 speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. “If we remember that simple fact, then our future is truly limitless. There is nothing we as Americans can’t do.”

“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag,” said Trump.

“It’s time to stop quibbling over the smallest word and time to start dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead for our country,” he continued.  “This is my promise to all of you: starting in 2017, we will be one American nation. It’s time to break our ties with the bitter failures of the past, and to embrace a new American future.”

Earlier in his speech, Trump praised Phyllis Schlafly, the matriarch of the conservative movement in America.  She had died on Sept. 5 at the age of 92 and her funeral, at which Trump also spoke, occurred on Sept. 10.

“Phyllis fought very hard to the very end for a free and prosperous America,” said Trump.  “She understood that to be truly united as a country, we can’t simply turn to government or to politicians. The bedrock of our unity is the realization that we’re all brothers and sisters created by the same God. Phyllis understood that. Phyllis understood that.”

“And by the way, Phyllis endorsed me a long time ago when it wasn’t necessarily something that was so easy to do,” he said.  “And she was incredible, she was so brave. She endorsed me and that was not the thing to do at the time.”

“People said, ‘Trump?’ She said, ‘He’s going to win, you don’t understand. He knows how to win, he’s going to win.’ They said, ‘Phyllis, it’s not going to be Trump.’ And we went boom, boom, boom.”

“But I will tell you, Phyllis endorsed me at a time when it wasn’t necessarily the thing to do, even the popular thing to do, and I will never forget that,” said Trump.  “That had a huge impact. She was a great, great powerful woman, with a tremendous heart. And I look forward to being with her family tomorrow [Sept. 10], because that’s a celebration. She was 92 years old.” 

“Towards the end of his speech, Trump said, “We’re all equal, and we all come from the same Creator. If we remember that simple fact, then our future is truly limitless. There is nothing we as Americans can’t do.”

(AP) 

“There’s a Biblical verse that I’ve often read and I want to repeat it again because I think it is so important to what we’re trying to achieve right now for our country,” he said. “It’s from John, chapter 4: ‘No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.’ So true. So true.” 

In conclusion, Trump said, “Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag. It’s time to stop quibbling over the smallest word and time to start dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead for our country.”

“This is my promise to all of you: starting in 2017, we will be one American nation,” he said.  “It’s time to break our ties with the bitter failures of the past, and to embrace a new American future. We have to do it.”

“Together, we will make America believe again,” said Trump.  “We will make America united again, and we will make America great again. Thank you very much and God bless you. Thank you.” 

Phyllis Schlafly in the 1970s.  Schlafly, the matriarch of the conservative movement, died on

Sept. 5, 2016 at age 92. She endorsed Donald Trump in March 2016, before he won the GOP

primaries.  (AP) 

 


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman