Highlights From President Trump’s Commencement Speech At Liberty University
On Saturday morning, President Donald J. Trump delivered his first commencement address as the POTUS at Liberty University.
“There is no place in the world I’d rather be to give my first commencement address as president,” Trump said.
“You’re about to begin the greatest adventure of your life,” said the President.
President Trump urged the school’s graduating seniors to never give up, regardless of the adversity at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Trump motivated the 18,000 graduates to fight for what they believe in and to “challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures.”
“Remember this: Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy,” Trump said. “Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right, and they know what is right but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it.”
Trump told the graduating class to “treat the word ‘impossible’ as nothing more than motivation.”
“The more that a broken system tells you that you’re wrong, the more certain you must be that you must keep pushing ahead,” said Trump.
“In my short time in Washington, I’ve seen first-hand how the system is broken,” he said. “A small group of failed voices who think they know everything and understand everyone, want to tell everyone else what to do and how to live and what to think. But you aren’t going to let other people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you’re right.”
“We don’t need a lecture from Washington, D.C., on how to lead our lives,” Trump said.
Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president, introduced the president and presented him with an honorary doctorate. Falwell said the commencement crowd numbered more than 50,000, the highest ever for the school. Falwell was one of Trump’s earliest supporters and helped the President win an overwhelming 80% of the white evangelical vote.
“As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith,” Mr. Trump told the graduates.
“Whether we are brown, black or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots…and we are all made by the same almighty God.”