Barely Mentioning His Name, Rick Perry Makes a Case for Donald Trump

Rick-PerryFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Republican Party’s Victory Dinner Friday night, giving an address about American’s principles and its possible future that in the end, brought the crowd of over 700 people to its feet. Perry, who was one of the first to drop out of the presidential race recently announced his full support for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

With an obvious reference to President Obama, Perry started his speech by calling for the election in 2016 of a president who doesn’t apologize for America, but reflects its strengths. Reflecting on the war against terrorism, he said America should not appease its enemies, but should defeat terror with strength. Yet, he said, the country is in the early years of a long struggle against Islamic extremism that could last decades.

Perry’s prescription for a strong America features economic growth, but also includes a secure border, getting Washington out of education, and developing a new respect for the Constitution, including a better understanding of the tenth amendment. States, Perry said, should be allowed to make mistakes, because in the end, the American people will experiment and find ways to become successful.

This fall, Perry told his audience, Americans will have to decide which track the country should follow: the optimistic one he had outlined in his speech, or a socialistic path as laid out by Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Bringing up the fact that the next president is expected to name several Supreme Court justices, he intoned that the impact of the election would last 40 years.

Citing the perceived flaws of Clinton, Perry said Republicans must be #NeverHillary, and proceeded present a list of reasons why the Democratic candidate should not advance to the White House, including exposing American Secrets, flouting rules by saying they don’t apply to her, not answering the 3 AM phone call from Benghazi, and blaming the incident that left an ambassador dead on a video.

By this time, the speech had gone on for 23 minutes and 45 seconds. Perry’s words had energized his audience. He was ready to wrap it up. “It’s time to come together,” he said. “Time to fight for the values the Republican Party shares.” At the 24 minute mark, he finally spoke the name of the GOP nominee for the first time. “Donald Trump is the man.”

The dinner crowd rose to its feet, cheering loudly. Perry’s final words about how Trump would lead America were drowned out by applause and cheers for the man that few people had referred to by name on the first day of a convention whose purpose was to select delegates who would vote for him in Cleveland.

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Quotes from Rick Perry, a man of true principle. “Let no one be mistaken Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded.” “[Donald Trump] offers a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism: a toxic mix demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.” “We will be no better off with a Republican divider in the White House than the current Democrat divider in the White House.” “Donald Trump is the modern-day incarnation of the know-nothing movement.” “My fellow Republicans, beware… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

The Neoliberal economic policies supported by both parties has created this Sanders/Trump movement. Both parties should look within, before blaming the voters. At the end, the people are being left behind economically, the source of unrest. Both parties are selling different forms of more of the same.

……Neoliberalism is increasing inequality and stunting economic growth, IMF says

After forty years the international organisation warns that parts of the economic approach are not delivering…….

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

False equivalence. Trump’s ideology is neither coherent nor constant from day to day.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A resounding demonstration of the ignorance and inattention permeating the bubble. It’s as if Perry never said such things about Trump in his trolling for the VP slot.

Rock on, Donald.


True about the elites, Drew, but even moreso for the average voter, who behind the privacy if that curtain, will take Trump to victory…

John Konop
John Konop

……… They also know that another 4 years of a center-left President (one to the right of Barack Obama, mind you) is preferable to an individual with no experience and no qualifications………

Could it be the voters are tired of both sides, taking orders from the lobbyist money changers in Washington?