Domestic Affairs

"Open Up" Libel Laws

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win... I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected" 
- Trump speech in Ft. Worth, TX, February 2016

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Agency Review to Decrease Size of Goverment

"Decrease the size of our already bloated government after a thorough agency review."

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Allow Communities to Reject Settlement of Refugees

"A Trump administration will not admit any refugees without the support of the local community." 
- Trump speech in Sterling Height, MI, November 2016

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Allow States to Legalize Marijuana

"In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state."

- Trump speech in Reno, NV, October 2016

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Bring Back Steel Manufacturing

"When I'm president, guess what? Steel is coming back to Pittsburgh!"
- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016

"We are going to put American-produced steel back into the backbone of our country. This alone will create massive numbers of jobs."
- Donald Trump speech, Monessen, PA, June 2016

 

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Bring Back the Automobile Industry

"We're going to bring back the automobile industry bigger and better and stronger than ever before.... After we win, I’m going to be coming back to Michigan a lot. I’m going to be coming back every time we open a new factory or a new automobile plant, and we will do it and we will do lot of expansion,"

- Donald Trump speech, Grand Rapids, MI, November 2016

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Cancel Executive Orders Issued by Obama

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Change Denali Peak Name Back to Mt. McKinley

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Conditionally Defund Planned Parenthood

"Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women, but we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund, as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood. We understand that, and I've said it loud and clear." 
- Trump press conference, Florida, March 2016

"I am committed to... Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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Create a Task Force On Violent Crime

As part of the Restoring Community Safety Act:

"Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars."

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Dismantle Dodd-Frank Financial Reforms

"Dodd-Frank is a very negative force, which has developed a very bad name."
- Donald Trump Reuters interview, May 2016

Dodd-Frank is a package of financial reforms put in place by Congress after the 2007-2009 financial crisis that Republicans in Congress wish to repeal.

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Eliminate Gun Free Zones

"I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases. My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones."
- Donald Trump speech, Burlington, VT, January 2016

"The problem with gun free zones is it's like offering up candy to bad people. They hear gun free zones and they go in there with their guns blazing." 
- Trump interview with CNN, May 2016

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Eliminate the Waters of The U.S. Rule

"Eliminate our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of The U.S. Rule."

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Eliminate Two Existing Regulations for Every New Federal Regulation

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Eliminate Wasteful Regulations

"Ask all Department heads to submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them."

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Enact the First Amendment Defense Act

"If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths. The Little Sisters of the Poor, or any religious order for that matter, will always have their religious liberty protected on my watch and will not have to face bullying from the government because of their religious beliefs."

The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

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Enact the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

"I am committed to... Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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Hiring Freeze on all Federal Employees

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Impose Term Limits on All Members of Congress

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Clean up Corruption in Washington Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Restoring Community Safety Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Issue a Temporary Moratorium on New Agency Regulations

"Issue a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety in order to give our American companies the certainty they need to reinvest in our community, get cash off of the sidelines, start hiring again, and expanding businesses. We will no longer regulate our companies and our jobs out of existence."

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Let States Manage Medicaid Funds

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Maximize flexibility for states via block grants so that local leaders can design innovative Medicaid programs that will better serve their low-income citizens."

"Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources."

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Make Clean Water a High Priority

"Make clean water a high priority. Develop a long-term water infrastructure plan with city, state and federal leaders to upgrade aging water systems. Triple funding for state revolving loan fund programs to help states and local governments upgrade critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure."

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Modernize Our Airports and Air Traffic Control Systems

"Work with Congress to modernize our airports and air traffic control systems, end long wait times, and reform the FAA and TSA, while also ensuring that American travelers are safe from terrorism and other threats."

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National Right to Carry Arms

"National right to carry – should be legal in all 50 states"

"Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement does a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time."

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Not Use the Presidency to Enrich Himself

“We're not here to help ourselves... So many people are dependent on us" 
- Donald Trump to senior White House staff, January 22nd, 2017

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Preserve Medicaid

"Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying it for years. And now many of these candidates want to cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that's being lost." 
- Donald Trump Presidential Announcement Speech, June 2015

When asked in a January 2017 interview whether he intends to cut benefits for Medicare as part of his plan, Trump said “no.”

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Preserve Social Security

"I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again; to bring back our jobs; to get rid of deficits; to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant, totally rampant. And it's my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is. You have 22 years, you have a long time to go. It's not long in terms of what we're talking about, but it's still a long time to go, and I want to leave Social Security as is, I want to make our country rich again so we can afford it."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, March 2016

"First of all, the -- when you say I'm the only candidate, if you listen to the Democrats, they want to do many things to Social Security and I want to do them on its own merit. You listen to them, what they want to do to Social Security, none of these folks are getting elected, OK, whether they can do it or not. I'm going to save Social Security.
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I'm the only one who is going to save Social Security, believe me."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, Feb 2016

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Protect Domestic Agriculture

"As President, he will fight for American farmers and their families. Mr. Trump knows that American farmers are the best in the world at growing the food and other products that people need to flourish. He knows that growing our Ag sector and supporting our nation’s farmers and ranchers are absolutely critical to making America great again.... All segments of the agriculture industry will have a say in the development of any legislation or rule making done or supported by the executive branch." 
- Statement from Trump's Agriculture Team, November 2016

"As president, I will be an aggressive proponent for defending the economic interests of American workers and farmers on the world stage. I will fight against unfair trade deals and foreign trade practices that disadvantage the United States. I strongly oppose TPP as drafted and will work hard to develop trade agreements that are in the national interest and benefit American workers, including our farmers." 
- Trump response to Penton Agriculture survey of presidential candidates

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Provide 6 Weeks of Maternity Leave to New Mothers

"Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work."

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Punish Burning of the American Flag

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Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

"The minimum wage has to go up. People are — at least $10, but it has to go up. But I think that states — federal — I think that states should really call the shot." 
- Trump press conference, July 2016

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Refocus NASA

"I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity—big deal. Instead, we will refocus its mission on space exploration. "
- Donald Trump speech, Florida, October 2016

"NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work that is better handled by other agencies. Human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century should be NASA’s focus and goal."
- Robert S. Walker and Peter Navarro, Advisers to Trump Campaign, October 2016

 

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Repeal Johnson Amendment

"t this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.

An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans." 
- Trump RNC Acceptance Speech, July 2016

The "Johnson Amendment" bars tax-exempt charitable groups, which the Internal Revenue Service calls “section 501(c)(3) organizations,” from endorsing candidates and getting involved in political campaigns. Because churches fall under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, the ban applies to them as well.

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Represent All Americans

"I will be a president for all of our people... I would be a president for all of the people. African-Americans, the inner cities...." 
- Donald Trump, Second Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

"My message tonight is for all Americans, from all parties, all beliefs, all walks of life. No matter your age, your income, your background, I am asking you to join this incredible movement. I am asking you to dream big and bold and daring things for your country. I am asking you to believe in yourself, and I am asking you to believe again in America." 
- Donald Trump Victory Rally in Des Moines, Iowa, December 2016

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Restore the Secure Communities Program

"We will restore the highly successful Secure Communities Program. Good program... We will expand and revitalize the popular 287(g) partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails that we don't even know about. Both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration. And those were programs that worked."

- Donald Trump speech, Phioenix, AZ, August 2016

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal immigration agents.

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Restrict White House and Congressional Officials from Becoming Lobbyists

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Scrap the Clean Power Plan

"We will also scrap the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which the government estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year."

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Secure 95% of the African-American Vote in 2020

"And at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce." 
- Trump speech in Dimondale, MI, August 2016

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Surveil U.S. Mosques

"I want surveillance of certain mosques if that's OK."
- Donald Trump rally, Birmingham, AL, November 2015

"We have to go and we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques. And we have to check other places. Because this is a problem that if we don't solve it, it's going to eat our country alive" 
- Donald Trump rally, Atlanta, GA, June 2016

 

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