Daily Summary: Uses of the past from Trump’s UN speech, why do we vote on Tuesday, and more

While President Trump’s promise to destroy North Korea has grabbed most of the headlines, he also made pointed uses of the past during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Surprisingly for a president who is cutting foreign aid and folding USAID into the State Department, Trump touted the massive (and controversial at the time) Marshall Plan for Europe. Much less surprisingly, he was unequivocal in his statement on the history of communism and “true socialism.”

Trump closed with an extension of his “America first” ethos: he wants other nations to also be more patriotic and more nationalist. And he used a quote from John Adams to claim that the revolution was “effected” before the fighting started. Trump carries this further, saying that the people “realized they were a nation” before the fighting started. That’s a big leap.

The list below includes other stray historical uses of the past grabbed from the White House Press Office transcripts and the Congressional Record. Soon these will be part of a searchable database and visualization.

Trump touts past foreign aid projects and “the wisdom of the past” at the United Nations

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.

It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. … The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free.

As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations. The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past.

—President Donald Trump, Remarks, 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 19, 2017

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Trump: “Wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure”

From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

—President Donald Trump, Remarks, 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 19, 2017

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Trump evokes John Adams: America became a nation before the revolution

One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was “effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”. That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation. We realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend.

Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism.—President Donald Trump, Remarks, 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 19, 2017

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Sen. Corey Booker: “We are a nation in which every generation has expanded access, has expanded opportunity”

Cory Booker We are a nation in which every generation has expanded access, has expanded opportunity. Over 50 years ago, when Medicare and Medicaid Programs were formed, expanding access to healthcare for the elderly, expanding access to healthcare for the sick, expanding access to healthcare for hard-working, low-income people, that was an advancement forward.

—Sen. Cory Booker (D–NJ), Healthcare, Senate Floor, September 18, 2017

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Sen. Jack Reed: Voting on Tuesday made sense in the 19th century, but not in the 21st

Jack Reed In 1845, Congress set Tuesday as Election Day because it was the easiest day for farmers–then travelling by horse and buggy–to make it to the polls in the course of their regular Tuesday trips to bring goods to market. Tuesday voting has no such benefit for farmers, or anyone else, in the 21st Century.

—Sen. Jack Reed (D–RI), A bill to change the date for regularly scheduled general
elections for Federal office,
Senate Floor, September 18, 2017

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Trump: Over last 64 years, “American ground forces have not lost a single life to an enemy air strike”

In the last 64 years, American ground forces have not lost a single life to an enemy air strike — pretty amazing — and that is truly a testament to the strategy and skill of American airmen and the essential role you play in our national defense.

—President Donald Trump, Remarks by the President and First Lady, 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, September 15, 2017

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Trump: We had bigger storms in early 20th century, so global warming not a cause

Q Mr. President, the severity of these storms — the one in Florida, the one in Texas — has that made you rethink your views of climate change?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ve had bigger storms than this. And if you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we’ve had storms over the years that have been bigger than this. If you go back into the Teens, you’ll see storms that were as big or bigger. So we did have two horrific storms, epic storms. But if you go back into the ‘30s and ‘40s, and you go back into the Teens, you’ll see storms that were very similar and even bigger, okay?.

—President Donald Trump, Press Gaggle, en Route to Washington, DC, September 14, 2017

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Mike Pence: We will pass “largest investment in military readiness since the days of Ronald Reagan”

Mike Pence
And at this very moment, we’re working with the Congress to pass what will be the largest investment in military readiness since the days of Ronald Reagan.

—Vice President Michael Pence, Remarks, Indiana Honor Flight Veterans and Volunteers, September 18, 2017

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Trump again calls his Saudi Arabia meeting “historic”

And we’ve had a tremendous relationship for the last short period of time, especially since our meeting in Saudi Arabia, which I think was an epic and very important — really a very historic meeting.

—President Donald Trump, Remarks, President Trump and Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Before Bilateral Meeting, September 19, 2017

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Sen. Charles Schumer: Founders turning over in graves thanks to health care bill proceedures

Charles Schumer If the Founding Fathers were looking at this Chamber now and watching, they would be turning over in their graves. An America founded on debate and discussion and sunlight is veering off all of that in a really nasty way. There is no regular order here.

—Sen. Charles Schumer (D–NY), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, Senate Floor, September 18, 2017

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Sen. Mike Lee: Asst. Attorney General nominee facing longest wait since Carter administration

Mike Lee In fact, the wait to confirm Makan Delrahim is the longest for someone appointed to this position in 40 years. Not since the Carter administration has a new administration been forced to wait this long to fill the vacancy at the Antitrust Division. President Carter’s wait was largely due to the fact that he took more than twice as long to nominate an Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division than did President Trump.

—Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT), Nomination of Makan Delrahim, Senate Floor, September 18, 2017

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Trump's claims of unprecedented and historic accomplishments include stock market, employment, military might

The stock market is at an all-time high — a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before.

And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.—President Donald Trump, Remarks, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting, September 18, 2017

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