Crippled America: How to Make Our Country Great Again

Crippled America: How to Make Our Country Great Again

by Donald J. Trump


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ISBN-13: 9781501137969
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 114,303
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. An accomplished author, Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time. Mr. Trump has over eight million followers on social media and is a frequent guest across a variety of media platforms.

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Crippled America

  • PEOPLE SAY THAT I have self-confidence. Who knows?

    When I began speaking out, I was a realist.

    I knew the relentless and incompetent naysayers of the status quo would anxiously line up against me, and they have:

    The politicians who talk a great game in campaigns—and play like total losers when they try to actually govern because they can’t govern; they don’t know how to govern.

    The lobbyists and special interests with their hands in our pockets on behalf of their clients or others.

    The members of the media who are so far lost when it comes to being fair that they have no concept of the difference between “fact” and “opinion.”

    The illegal immigrants who have taken jobs that should go to people here legally, while over 20 percent of Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed. Believe me, they’re all over the place. I see them. I talk to them. I hug them. I hold them. They are all over the place.

    Congress, which has been deadlocked for years and virtually unable to deal with any of our most pressing domestic problems, or even the most basic ones, such as passing a ­budget. Think of it: a little thing like passing the budget. They don’t even have a clue.

    Meanwhile, the bedrock of this country—the middle class—and those 45 million Americans stuck in poverty have seen their incomes decline over the past 20 years. Understandably, their disenchantment and frustration at what’s happening grows every day, and it gets worse and worse and worse.

    And even our lawyers and judges, the reflective “wise men,” have been stepping all over the US Constitution, the bulwark of our democracy. They have recklessly appointed themselves to be policy makers, because our actual elected officials are paralyzed by partisanship. They can’t move; they can’t act. They are totally impotent.

    As for the presidency and the executive branch, the incompetence is beyond belief.

    As I write this, Russian president Vladimir Putin is totally outmaneuvering our president by putting together a coalition in Syria that will make Putin the only effective leader in the world. He and his allies—most notably Iran—have positioned themselves exactly where President Obama and our military have failed miserably for years. They are total failures. They are not leaders. We are no longer a leader. Putin has become the leader, and it’s an embarassment to our country.

    We’ve wasted literally trillions of dollars in the Middle East, with virtually nothing to show for it except for alienating our best ally, Israel. To make matters worse, we’ve negotiated a worthless and costly nuclear treaty with Iran (now Russia’s best friend) on the supposition that it will lead to greater harmony and world peace, which it won’t. It will lead to just the opposite.

    The idea of American Greatness, of our country as the leader of the free and unfree world, has vanished.

    Despite all of these challenges—and actually because of the challenges—I decided to do something about it. I couldn’t stand to see what was happening to our great country. This mess calls for leadership in the worst way. It needs someone with common sense and business acumen, someone who can truly lead America back to what has made us great in the past.

    We need someone with a proven track record in business who understands greatness, someone who can rally us to the standard of excellence we once epitomized and explain what needs to be done.

    When I started speaking out, I had no idea what the reaction would be. I know I’m a great builder, I’ve built buildings all over the world. I’ve had tremendous success. But I hadn’t fully exposed my political thoughts and ideas to restore America’s greatness.

    I also knew that the Trump brand is one of the world’s great icons of quality and excellence. Everybody talks about it. Everybody knows about it. It’s very very special. I’m very proud of it. Our buildings and resorts now stand very proudly (and beautifully) all over the United States and in many other countries.

    I started with the issue of illegal immigration, and proposed building a major wall that would be very high and completely impervious to the flood of immigrants who we don’t want or need here illegally. We love people coming in, but not when it’s done illegally.

    Suddenly, Americans started to wake up to what was going on with regard to illegal immigration. Despite the large number of candidates who were running for the Republican nomination, what I was saying started to really hit home with people, and ­everybody picked it up and they picked it up gladly.

    I started drawing crowds so large that we had to move our rallies into football stadiums and convention centers. The first national debate drew 24 million viewers, which set a record for cable television. Despite some of the ridiculous, antagonistic questions—or maybe because of them—I fought back as I always do and began to explain my vision. As a result, most people thought I won the debate.

    People were applauding. All of a sudden, people who had never cared about elections or never voted were rushing to our rallies. The rallies became massive. The crowds were unbelievable. The enthusiasm was based on pure love and love of what we were doing.

    The media, the politicians, and the so-called leaders of our country reacted in horror. But I persevered and went directly to the people, because I don’t need anyone’s financial support, nor do I need anyone’s approval of what I say or do. I just had to do the right thing. I had to do it. I had no choice. I see what’s happening to our country; it’s going to hell. I had to do it.

    I have now begun to fill in some of the details of my vision. I’ve released a tax plan that gives the middle class and those with lower incomes a chance to keep more of what they earn, while restructuring how the richest Americans will be paying taxes.

    I’ve committed to a truly more powerful military, one prepared and equipped to stand up to any and all of our foes. When we draw a line in the sand, it needs to mean something to all—­especially our enemies.

    I’ve introduced a whole new approach to job creation by encouraging companies to bring more of their jobs and manufacturing back to America (home where it belongs), along with the trillions of dollars currently being held in foreign banks overseas. We’re bringing that money back. It’s a massive amount of money. And guess what? Lots of good things are going to happen. They’re going to spend that money on roads, on bridges, on companies, on jobs. It’s going to be amazing.

    I’ve explained why Obamacare is a costly, ludicrous solution to our health care woes and one which must be repealed and replaced with a much better option. We need to fix the problem by creating competition in the private sector between insurance companies, and by allowing patients to choose the family doctors they want. This will be a much better plan, a much less costly plan—better doctors, better service. It will be something really special. And think of it: the United States will save a fortune as a country. People will be better served. A combination that cannot be beat.

    Competition is a magic word in education as well. Parents should have the right to choose the schools where their kids can get the best education. The weaker schools will be closed, and ineffective teachers will be fired. One-size-fits-all ­education—Common Core—is bad. It’s not going to happen. We don’t want our children to be educated from Washington. We want local education. Education should be ­locally based.

    Domestically, we need to undertake a massive rebuilding of our infrastructure. Too many bridges have become dangerous, our roads are decaying and full of potholes, while traffic jams are costing millions in lost income for drivers who have jobs in congested cities. Public transit is overcrowded and unreliable and our airports must be rebuilt. You go to countries like China and many others and you look at their train systems and their public transport. It’s so much better. We’re like a third-world country.

    I could go on and on regarding many of the ideas I’ve written about in this book, and more that will be forthcoming. But let me add that while my critics are pushing their policy agendas, the last thing we need are more plans that evaporate after the elections.

    What we need is leadership that can deal with our mess and begin to apply practical solutions to our problems. My goal is not to design hundreds of pages of government regulation and red tape like others propose. We need to outline ­commonsense policies and then knock some heads together if necessary to make them work. The fact is we are over-regulated. People can’t move. They’re stymied. Companies can’t be built. We’re over-regulated.

    I know how to deal with complex issues and how to bring together all the various elements necessary for success. I’ve done it for years and have built a great company and a massive net worth.

    This book is designed to give the reader a better understanding of me and my ideas for our future. I’m a really nice guy, believe me, I pride myself on being a nice guy but I’m also passionate and determined to make our country great again.

    It’s time we turn America around from despair and anger to joy and accomplishment. It can happen, and it will happen.

    Our best days still lie ahead. There is so much untapped greatness in our country. We’re rich in natural resources, and we’re rich in human talent.

    Enjoy this book—and together, let’s make America great again!

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    DylanAsfur More than 1 year ago
    Many non-supporters of Trump I assume are misinformed. They hear the media calling Trump a racist and this and that...and they believe it. This book lays out the issues and discusses his policy solutions without having to listen to Trump's "tone" of voice. Anyone who is a supporter of Trump or not I suggest reading this book. You will find it very difficult to disagree with his many commonsense plans. I also love how the book is divided into chapters based on specific issues; the Media, Immigration, Foreign Policy, Education, etc. It gives the reader a great understanding of Trump's stances.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Excellent read!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loads of salty Hillary fans have been reviewing the book and giving it one star because they can, but if you would stop and actualy read the book, you may feel calmer about the man who is now or President.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Donald Trump wrote this book the same way he talks... running on and on! He doesn't keep to a central topic in each chapter or throughout the book. My personal recommendation is to save your money and go listen to the videos of Mr. Trump's rally speeches and the debates. That is basisically all this book is about... Donald Trump's rants about how messed up everything is, how stupid politicians are and how great of a businessman and leader he is! I was very disappointed in this book. I truly was hoping to read a detailed and laid out plan of Mr. Trump's ideas for America. I would of liked to of learned something concrete about the man and his ideas to fix our Country. Oh well...
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This gave me a better understanding of Donald Trump's positions and plans on immigration, tax, education, healthcare, and infrastructure reforms, as well as foreign policy and national security. Entertaining and informative.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good start to knowing a candidate
    17403373 More than 1 year ago
    This book is incredible. It was published in 2015 but seems like it was written yesterday. Mr. Trump discusses his detailed plans, and policy, and fully addresses all the discord and lies among mainstream media/Journalists and his opponents, and the hows and whys some people have it so wrong. You will learn so much about who he is, how he thinks, and the crisis in America, detail by detail. If you read no other book by Donald J. Trump, READ THIS ONE! Ignore the trolls who clearly didn't even read this book, but reviewed it for their political agenda alone. Misinformed? - No. They are people who wish to sway the vote with dishonesty. BRILLIANT BOOK BY A BRILLIANT MAN!
    MariaCaceres More than 1 year ago
    This book is an eye opening to what is happening in our country. This is not an attack to any ethnicity or religion nor it is intended to insult those who love America. This is the voice of many Americans regardless of their race, unable to speak for political correctness; this is the voice of millions of American tired of the political class. No surprise that those writing negative comments are "Anonymous" I laugh and I cry with this book. Can not be further from the truth.
    Silvermoment More than 1 year ago
    I started this book and couldn't put it down. Mr. Trump has more commonsense in his little finger than all of the politicians put together. He appears to have to have a genuine concern for America and a plan to get America back to where she needs to be. Love him or hate him, I think this is a must read.
    AnnFromWV More than 1 year ago
    Excellent book. If you read this, you will see exactly what he stands for.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good points in the book, but all this hating is dumb.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Trump!!!!!! He did it!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Started this book with a open mind. Hoping to find insight about Trump. I found that he rambled on and on. . I reading this book it would be clear his plan for America , no just a lot of pointing fingers and no plan at all. Waste of time just junk..
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Trump is the best
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ignore the troll reviews. This book is a great read, especially knowing how mad it makes the Communists! 5/5
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    All of the negative reviews clearly did not read this book. It's well worth reading.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Lib tears
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Happy b day mr trump
    Anonymous 4 months ago
    The media lies about this man for revealing the globalist agenda
    Anonymous 10 months ago
    Do any of u know how to make a podcast? I need help. Thnks. Also, trump sucks
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This man is fking crazy I mean crippled America all protection and love she gives you and what call her crippled....
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    He is
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The Reviews are so childish he is our presidnt get over it he will make america great again. Give me a good reason why Hillary is a better candiate.