Donald Trump kicked off a speech to a major veterans Thursday by firing back against those like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who protest the American flag.
“We will stop apologizing for America, and we will start celebrating America,” he told the American Legion’s national gathering in Cincinnati Thursday morning.
“We will be united by our common culture, values and principles, becoming one American nation.
“One country, under one constitution, saluting one American flag — and always saluting it. The flag all of you helped to protect and preserve. That flag deserves respect, and I will work with American Legion to help to strengthen respect for our flag. You see what’s happening. It’s very, very sad,” he continued. “And, by the way, we want young Americans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.”
The Republican presidential nominee kept up his “American, love it or leave it” rhetoric, promising to keep out refugees and “change our immigration screening procedures to help keep terrorists and extremists out of our country” before ad-libbing a line demonizing refugees.
“We do not want to let anyone in our country who doesn’t support our values and is not capable of loving our people,” he said.
And he called his Wednesday meeting with Mexico’s president “wonderful,” while swearing they’d be able to work together just hours after a hard-line speech that tripled down on his earlier calls to deport the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
“We agreed in the meeting on the need to stop the illegal flow of guns, drugs, cash and people across the border and to take out the cartels,” he said.
Trump will receive his second classified intelligence briefing on Friday.
He also took aim at his presidential rival, attacking Hillary Clinton for her email practices.
“In this future, we will have an honest government. That includes an honest State Department, not pay for play. She probably didn’t mention that to you yesterday,” he said to some laughs. “Government access and favors will no longer be for sale, and important email records will no longer be deleted and digitally altered, which is something they just found out two days ago. Bleached, bleached, expensive process. Why? 33,000 emails digitally bleached through that process.”