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by conning me out of the money the military gave me after my husband died, i felt like trump university was disrespecting jonathan's memory. i was furious, frightened, and the truth is, i was embarrassed. the worst part is that i wasn't the only victim of donald trump's greed, far from it. he preyed on vulnerable people, like military widows and the elderly. he made millions of dollars off of people like me, millions. he cheated more than 5,000 students, hardworking middle class folks, teachers, police officers, even veterans. those are folks just like me who didn't have a lot, but who were told that if they paid for donald trump's program, they
might be able to make a better living. here is a guy who was born rich and who has all the money in the world. and there's nothing wrong with that. in fact, i signed up for trump university because i thought i could learn something from him. but then he decided to make himself even richer, by cheating working people who had nothing to spare. what kind of man does? [ applause ] it's not easy for me to get up here and tell my story. for a long time i didn't tell anybody, not even my family or my friends. but i'm here because america deserves to know the truth. [ applause ]
this election isn't about democrat versus republican. it's about right versus wrong. it's about someone who helps ordinary people versus somewhere who helps himself no matter who it hurts. donald trump make big promises about trump university. and i was fooled into believing him. now, he's making big promises about america. please, don't make that same mistake. >> that's cheryl langford whose husband died in iraq, he had a heart attack while serving overseas. she used -- she said she used the money that the military gave her after the death of her husband to invest in trump university. >> lights have been dimmed. short film about michelle obama,
which we will share with you here, followed by the first lady. ♪ ♪ ♪ lalalalalalala >> michelle obama is probably very busy. >> you guys ready to get to work? >> the first lady surprises me because she does so much. >> she's funny, she likes kids and i'm a kid. ♪ ♪ >> i obviously have to thank my wife, michelle obama, who has spent much of her life focused on service. >> michelle obama wants kids to get out their house and move instead of just sitting there on the couch. ♪ ♪ >> she's definitely one of my favorite first ladies, probably first or second out of three. ♪ ♪ sne♪ >> we know that our journey is far from finished. it starts with each of us taking
responsibility for ourselves and our families. >> i kind of grew up with without my mom, her being the first lady, it's really important, she's someone that we can look up to. >> she's inspired me to a stronger, happy independent young. >> young people are our future and she gives us up and she gives me hope, personally. >> she should be proud of how she treats the country's kids as our own. >> days like this make me think of our own daughters, so forgive me if i get a little tiery. >> i want to thank the first lady of our being inspiration of communities here being in the united states and around the world. >> she's not just a woman standing next to a man. >> she's making our own place in history. >> if she was here right now, i will probably like freak out. >> i will tell her, you did great. >> i would tell her thank you
>> thank you all, thank you so much. you know it's hard to believe that it has been eight years since i first came to this convention to talk with you about why i thought my husband should be president. remember how i told you about his character and conviction, his decency and his grace, the traits that we've seen every day that he's served our country in the white house. [ applause ] i also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world, and during our time in the white house, we've had the joy of watching them grow from bubble little girls into poised young woman. a journey that started soon after we arrived in washington,
when they set off for their first day at their new school. i will never forget that winter morning as i watched our girls just 7 and 10 years old pile into those black suvs with all those big men with guns. and i saw their little faces pressed up against the window and the only thing i could think was, what have we done. [ laughter ] see because at that moment i realized that our time in the white house would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. that is what brack and i think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight. how we urged them to ignore those who questioned their father's citizenship or faith.
how we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on tv does not represent the true spirit of this country. [ applause ] how we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level, no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high. [ applause ] with every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. we as parents are the most important role models. and let me tell you, brack and i take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady, because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls but to children across this country.
kids who tell us, i saw you on tv, i wrote a report on you for school. kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours. and make no mistake about it, this november when we go to the polls that is what we're deciding, not democrat or republican, not left and right. no, in this election and every election, it's about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. [ applause ] and i am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who i trust with that responsibility, only one person who i believe is truly qualified to be president of the united
states, and that is our friend, hillary clinton. [ applause ] that's right. [ applause ] see, i trust hillary to lead this country because i've seen her life-long devotion to our nation's children. not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but -- [ applause ] -- but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs. kids who wonder how they'll ever afford college, kids who don't speak a word of english but dream of a better life. kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.
you see hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thinkless work to actually make a difference in their lives. advocating for kids with disability as a young lawyer, fighting for children's health care as first lady and for quality child care in the senate. when she didn't win the nomination eight years ago, she didn't get angry or disillusioned. [ applause ] hillary did not pack up and go home because as a true public servant, hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments. [ applause ]
so she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state traveling the globe to keep our kids safe. and, look, there were plenty of moments when hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being apart of how she looksover how s or even how or even how she laughs. here is the thing, what i admire most about hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. she never takes the easy way out. and hillary clinton has never quit on anything in her life. and when i think about the kind of president that i want for my girls and all our children,
that's what i want. i want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters, look, because -- [ applause ] -- because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can't make snap decisions, you can't have a thin skinned or a tendency to lash out, you need to be steady and measured and well informed. [ applause ] . i want a president with a record
of public service, someone's whose life work shows our children that we don't chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed. and we give back even when we're struggling ourselves because we know that there is always sm -- and there but for the grace of god go i. i want a president who will teach our children that every one in this country matters, a president who truly believes and envision that our founders put forth all those years ago, that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great american story. and when crisis hits, we don't turn against each other, no, we listen to each other. we lean on each other because we are always stronger together.
and i am here tonight because i know that that is the kind of president that hillary clinton will be and that's why in this election, i'm with her. you see, hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it's about leaving something better for our kids, that's how we've always moved this country forward by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that sunday school class because they know it takes a village. heroes of every color and creed
who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty. police officers and the protesters in dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe. people who lined up in orlando because it could have been their son or daughter in that club. . leaders like tim kaine. who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. leaders like hillary clinton who have the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.
that's -- that is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of seg gre ga -- segregation but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needs to be done. but today i wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. [ applause ] and i watch my daughters, two beautiful intelligent black young women playing with their dogs on the white house lawn. [ applause ] and because of hillary clinton,
my daughters and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the united states. [ applause ] so don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again. because this right now is the greatest country on earth. [ applause ] as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, i want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of
my girls' promise and all our kids promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children. so in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. no, hear me, between now and november, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. [ applause ] we need to knock on every door. we need to get out every vote. we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing hillary clinton as president of the united states of america.
after michelle obama, not because of the quality of the speech but because of the rapture of which was received in that room. that's going to be remembered for a long time, i think. >> this is congress joseph p. kennedy, ii from massachusetts. >> he'll be introducing tonight's keynote speaker. >> elizabeth warren. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. my first day of law school, my very first class. the goal not three seconds in and i get the first question, mr. kennedy what is the definition of a subsidy?
huh. >> mr. kennedy, you realize it's the very first word in your reading? >> yeah. i actually circled it because i didn't know what it meant. >> mr. kennedy, do you have a dictionary? that's what people do when they don't know what a word means, they look it up in a dictionary. i never showed up unprepared for professor elizabeth warren ever again. [ applause ] . she was the toughest teacher on campus, but the wait list for her class was a mile long. she pushed us hard. she brought out our best. she believed in us. and she believed in the law, not as an abstraction, but as a living force with the power to make life better or worse. she taught us that it's impactly
not classrooms or textbooks, but in a society where wages had not budged in 40 years. we're two-and-a-half million children are homeless, where we can expected one in three black men to go to prison. our laws have human consequences, that fact fuelled though, law school professor to down this country's most entrenched modern. it brought middle class champion back to massachusetts senate seat and led a first term u.s. senator become our government gucha and to see power and privilege senator warren is an anchor for "the voice"less and victimized. -- for the voiceless and victimized. she asks more of all of us because she believes deeply in
each of us. that faith in our country and the american people is the very foundation of our democratic party. it echos through this arena tonight and to every classroom, living room, and hearing room that senator elizabeth warren has ever touched. ladies and gentlemen, it's my honor to introduce to you, your senator, my senator, our senator, senator elizabeth warren. [ applause ] ♪ ♪
thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you massachusetts for the honor of serving as your senator. thank you, guys. what a night. wow! michelle obama, cory booker! [ applause ] and we still have bernie coming up. bernie reminds us why democrats -- what democrats fight for every day, thank you bernie. thank you. now, we are here tonight because america faces a choice, the choice of a new president. on one side is a man who inherited a fortune from his father and kept it going by cheating people, by skipping out on debts, a man who has never
sacrificed anything for anyone, a man who cares only for himself every minute of every day. on the other side is one of the smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet, a woman who fights for children, for women, for health care, for human rights, a woman who fights for all of us and who is strong enough to win those fights. we're here today because our choice is hillary clinton. i'm with hillary. i'm with hillary. [ applause ] i'm with hillary. you know, for me this choice is personal. it's about who we are as a people. it's about what kind of a country we want to be. i grew up in oklahoma.
my daddy ended up as a maintenance man, and my mom worked a minimum wage job at sears. my three brothers served in the military. the oldest was career, 288 combat missions in vietnam, the second worked construction and the third started his own small business. me, i got married at 19, graduated from a commuter college in texas that cost $50 a semester. the way i see it, i'm a janitor's daughter who became a public schoolteacher, a professor and a united states state senator, america is truly a country of opportunity. truly. [ applause ] i am deeply grateful to that, america. i believe in that america. but i'm worried. i'm worried that my story is
locked in the past, worried that opportunity is slipping away for people who work hard and play to the rules. i mean look around, americans bust their tales, some working two or three jobs, but wages stay flat, meanwhile the basic cost of making it from month to month keep going up, housing, health care, child care, the costs are out of sight. young people are getting crushed by student loans. working people are in debt. seniors can't stretch a social security stretch to cover the basics. and even families who are okay today worry it could all fall apart tomorrow. this is not right. it is not. here is the thing, america isn't going broke. the stock market is breaking records, corporate profits are
at all-time highs. ceos makes tens of millions of dollars. there's lots of wealth in america, but it isn't trickling down to hardworking families like yours. does anyone here have a problem with that? people get it. the system is rigged. you know, it's true. now, so-called experts claim america is in trouble because both political parties in washington refuse to compromise, grid lock, it's just flat wrong. washington works great for those at the top. when giant companies wanted more tax loopholes, washington got it
done. when huge energy companies wanted to tear up our environment, washington got it done. no grid lock there. but try to do something, anything for working people and you'll have a fight on your hands. democrats have taken on those fights, that's what we do. [ applause ] democrats fought to get health insurance for more americans. democrats fought for a strong consumer agency so big banks can't cheat people. we fought, we won and we improved the lives of millions of people. thank you, barack obama. [ applause ] yes, we won, but republicans and
lobbyist battled us every step of the way. five years later, that consumer agency has returned $11 billion to families who were cheated, and republicans, republicans, they're still trying to kill it. now look, i'm not someone who thinks that republicans are always wrong and democrats are always right. there's enough blame to go around. but there is a huge difference between people fighting for a level-playing field and the people fighting to keep the system rigged. look at congress, since the republicans took over. democrats proposed refinancing student loans and republicans, they said, no. democrats proposed ending tax breaks for corporations that shipped jobs overseas and republicans, they said, no.
democrats proposed raising the minimum wage and republicans, they said, no. so to every republican in congress who said no, this november, the american people are coming for you. [ applause ] where is donald trump, not once did he lift a finger to help working people. why would he? his whole life has been about taking advantage of that rigged system. time after time, he prayed on working people, people in debt,
people who had fallen on hard times. he's conned them. he's defrauded them and he's ripped them off. look at his history. donald trump said he was excited for the 2008 housing crash that devastated millions of american families because he thought it would help him scoop up more real estate. donald trump set up a fake university to make money by cheating people and taking their life savings. donald trump goes on and on and on about being a successful businessman, but he filed bankruptcy six times, always to protect his own money and stick the invest stores and contractors with the bill. donald trump hired plumbers and painters and construction workers to do hard labor for his businesses, then he told them to
take only a fraction of what he owed or fight his lawyers in court for years. . what type of a man acts like this. what kind of man goes for economic crash that cost millions of people of their jobs, their homes, their life savings. what kind of a man cheats students, investors, cheats workers, i'll tell you what kind of a man, a man who must never be president of the united states. [ applause ] and we've got the leaders to make it happen, hillary clinton and tim kaine.
they're going to make it kain donald trump knows that the american people are angry, in fact, so obvious, he can see it from the top of the trump e don the american people are angry, in fact, so obvious, he can see it from the top of the trump tower. now he's insisting that he and he alone can fix the rig system. last week he spoke for more than an hour on the biggest stage that he's ever had. other than talking about building a stupid wall which will never get built -- [ applause ] -- other than that wall, did you hear any actual ideas?
[ no ] did you hear one solid proposal for improving your kids' education? [ no ] or creating even one single good-paying job? [ no ] let's face it, donald trump has no real plans for jobs or college kids or for seniors, no plans to make anything great for anyone, except the rich guys like donald trump. [ applause ] just look at his ideas. donald trump wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage. donald trump wants to roll back financial regular laces and turn wall street loose to wreck our economy again. and donald trump has a tax plan to give multimillionaires and billionaires like himself an average tax cut of $1.43 million a year. [ boo ] you're struggling to put your
kids through college, and donald trump thinks he needs a million dollars tax break. trump's entire campaign is just one more late night trump info merial. hand over your money, jobs and great trump hot air machine will reveal all the answers. [ applause ] and for one low low price, he'll throw in a goofy hat. [ laughter ] and here is the really ugly under side to his pitch, trump thinks he can win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred, by turning neighbor against neighbor, by persuading you that the real problem in america is your fellow americans, people who don't look
like you or don't talk like you or don't worship like you. he even picked a vice president famous for trying to make it legal to openly discriminate against gays and lesbian. that's donald trump fear and hate where we break art blacks and latinos, straight against gay, everyone against immigrants, race and heritage gender, the more factions the better. but ask yourself this, when white workers in ohio are pitted against black workers in north carolina or latino workers in florida, who really benefits? divide and conquer is an old story in america. dr. martin luther king knew it. after his march from selma to
montgomery, he spoke of how segregation was created to keep people divided. instead of higher wages for workers, dr. king described how poor whites in the south were fed jim crow which told a poor white worker that "no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man better than the black man." racial hatred was part of keeping the powerful on top. [ applause ] when we turn on each other, bankers can run our economy for wall street, oil companies can fight off clean energy and giant corporations can shift the last good jobs overseas. when we turn on each other, rich guys like trump can push through more tax breaks for themselves. and then we'll never have enough
money to support our schools or rebuild our highways or invest in our kids' future. when we turn on each other, we can't unit to fight back against a rigged system. [ applause ] i've got news for donald trump, the american people are not falling for it. we've seen this ugliness before and we are not going to be donald trump's hate-filled america, not now, not ever. this is about our values, about our shared-values with our candidates, hillary clinton and tim kaine. [ applause ] let's talk about those values. we believe that no matter who
you are, no matter where you're from, no matter who you love, equal means equal, hillary will fight to make sure discrimination has no place in america and we're with her. . we believe that no one no one who works full time should live in poverty. hillary will fight for raising the minimum wage, fair scheduling, paid family and medical leave and we're with her. [ applause ] we believe every kid in america should have a chance for a great education, without getting crushed by debt. hillary will fight for refinancing student loans and debt free college. we are with her.
and we believe that after a life-time of hard work, seniors should be able to retire with dignity. hillary will fight to expand social security, strengthen medicare and protect our retirement accounts, and we're with her. [ applause ] we believe that oil companies shouldn't call the shots in washington, that science matters, that climate change is real. hillary will fight to preserve this earth for our children and grandchildren and we're with her. we believe, and i can't believe i have to say this in 2016 -- an equal pay for equal work and a woman's right to control her own body, hillary will fight for
women. we believe, we don't need weaker rules on wall street. we need stronger rules and when big banks get too risky, break them up. hillary will fight to hold big banks accountable, and we're with her. and we believe that the united states should never, never sign trade deals that help giant corporations that leave workers in the dirt. hillary will fight for american workers and we're with her. okay. just one more, we believe we must get big money out of
politics and rule out corruption. hillary will fight to overturned citizens united and return this government to the people. if you believe that america must work for all of us, if you believe that we must reject the politics of fear and division, if you believe that we are stronger together, then let's work our hearts out to make hillary clinton the next president of the united states. [ applause ] thank you. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ >> the massachusetts democrat, elizabeth warren, favorite of the -- if there's a subgroup of the progressive wing that is
economy based, that will be it. but broader than that as well. we're chasing down these hecklers. we believe it to be friendly fire, fellow democrats and convention goers, we're chasing down exactly what is their saying and what numbers. here is congressman ellison of minnesota. tonight my democrats, we are -- we are united around the most progressive platform in history, the most progressive platform in history, a 15-dollars an hour minimum wage, bed in private -- banning private prisons, and debt free college tuition.
that's the plat firm that bernie sanders and hillary clinton wrote together. and that's the platform -- that's the platform that we can make the law of the land if we stand together, if we work together and if we vote together on november 8th. you know trump, he wants to divide and conquer us with his antimuslim, anti-mexican, anti-worker message. they don't want us to vote. they want to push voter i.d. laws that black and latino workers, paul rand won't allow the vote to restore the voting rights act. you know, we must push back.
voting is not -- voting is not a protest. it is a surrender. when they bring the fear, we bring the courage. when they bring the division, we've got to bring the unity, everybody. . as a proud, and i said a proud bernie sanders' supporter, i will always remember feeling the burn in minnesota. there are my minnesotians over there. 6,000 in duluth, 14,000 in saint paul, bernie sparked the beginning of a revolution, y'all. he packed them in from davenport to detroit -- to to building
that movement $27 at a time. together we call for crime of justice. we call for racial justice. we call for wage justice, you know what, we made our voices heard. together, democrats, we will make our voices heard in november when we defeat donald trump. and elect hillary clinton the next president of the united states of america. but tonight, tonight -- let us raise our voices in gratitude to the man who has helped make this
tonight. thank you. thank you [ applause ] it is an hon to or to be here tonight and to be following in the footsteps of my good friend e l elizabeth warren and to be here to thank michelle obama for her incredible service to our country. [ applause ] [ applause ] she has made all of us proud. let me begin by thanking the hundreds of thousands of americans who actively participated in our campaign and
volunteers. thank you. let me thank the two-and-a-half million americans who helped fund our campaign with an unprecedented 8 million individual campaign contributions. anyone know what that average contribution was? [ $27 ] right, $27. and let me thank the 13 million americans who voted for the political revolution. [ applause ]
during the role call tomorrow night. [ applause ] and let me offer a special thanks to the people of my own state of vermont who have sustained me and supported me as a mayor, congressman, senator and presidential candidate. [ applause ] to my family, our wife jane, our four kids and seven grandchildren. thank you very much. . i understand that many people
here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. i think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than i am. but to all of our supporters, here in and around the country, i hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved. together my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform america and that revolution our revolution
continues [ applause ] election days -- election days come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%. [ applause ] a government based on principle of economic, social and racial environmental justice, that struggle continues. [ applause ] and i look forward to being part of that struggle with you.
[ applause ] let me be as clear as i can be, this election is not about and has never been about hillary clinton or donald trump or bernie sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency. this election is not about political gossip. it's not about polls, it's not about campaign strategy, it's not about fund-raising. it is not about all the things that the media spend so much time discussing. [ applause ] this election is about and must be about the needs of the
american people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren. [ applause ] this election is about ending the 40-year decline of our middle class. the reality that 47 million men, women and children today live in poverty. it is about understanding that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will likely have a lower standard of living than their parents. this election is about ending the