Good evening. Thank you.One year ago, I introduced my father when he declared his candidacy. In his ownway, and through his own sheer force of will, he sacrificed greatly to enterthe political arena as an outsider.
And he prevailed against afield of 16 very talented competitors.For more than a year, Donald Trump hasbeen the people’s champion, and tonight he’s the people’s nominee.
Like many of my fellowmillenials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. Morethan party affiliation, I vote on based on what I believe is right, for myfamily and for my country. Sometimes it’s a tough choice. That is not the casethis time. As the proud daughter of your nominee, I am here to tell you thatthis is the moment and Donald Trump is the person to make America great again.
Real change, the kind wehave not seen in decades is only going to come from outside the system. Andit’s only going to come from a man who’s spent his entire life doing whatothers said could not be done. My father is a fighter. When the primaries gottough and they were tough, he did what any great leader does. He dug deeper,worked harder, got better and became stronger.
I have seen him fight forhis family. I have seen him fight for his employees. I have seen him fight forhis company. And now, I am seeing him fight for our country. It’s been thestory of his life and more recently the spirit of his campaign. It’s also aprelude to reaching the goal that unites us all. When this party and betterstill this country knows what it is like to win again.
If it’s possible to befamous and yet not really well done, that describes the father who raised me.In the same office in Trump Tower, where we now work together, I rememberplaying on the floor by my father’s desk, constructing miniature buildings withLegos and Erector sets, while he did the same with concrete steel and glass.
One of my father’sgreatest talents is the ability to see potential in people, before they see itin themselves. It was like that for us to growing up. He taught us thatpotential vanishes into nothing without effort.
And like him, we each hada responsibility to work, not just for ourselves but for the betterment of theworld around us. Over the years, on too many occasions to count, I saw myfather tear stories out of the newspaper about people whom he had never met,who were facing some injustice or hardship.
He’d write a note to hisassistant, in a signature black felt tip pen, and request that the person befound and invited to Trump Tower to meet with him. He would talk to them andthen draw upon his extensive network to find them a job or get them a break.And they would leave his office, as people so often do after having been withDonald Trump, feeling that life could be great again.
Throughout my entire life,I have witnessed his empathy and generosity towards other, especially those whoare suffering. It is just his way of being in your corner when you’re down. Myfather not only has the strength and ability necessary to be our nextPresident, but also the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be theleader that this country needs.
I’ve learned a lot aboutthe world from walking construction jobs by his side. When run properly,construction sites are true meritocracies. Competence in the building trades iseasy to spot and incompetence is impossible to hide.
These sites are alsoincredible melting pots, gathering people from all walks of life and unitingthem to work towards a single mission. There have always been men of allbackground and ethnicities on my father’s job sites. And long before it wascommon place, you also saw women.
My father values talent.He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is color blind andgender neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period.
Words and promises, no matter visionary they sound will only get you so far. In our business, you’renot a builder, unless you’ve got a building to show for it, or in my father’scase, city skylines. Most people strive their entire lives to achieve greatsuccess in a single industry.
My father has succeeded inmany on the highest level and on a global scale. One of the reasons he hasthrived as an entrepreneur is because he listens to everyone. Billionaireexecutives don’t usually ask the people doing the work for their opinion of thework. My father is an exception.
TRUMP: On every one of hisprojects, you’ll see him talking to the super, the painter, the engineers, theelectricians, he’ll ask them for their feedback, if they think something shouldbe done differently, or could be done better. When Donald Trump is in charge,all that counts is ability, effort and excellence.
This has long been thephilosophy at the Trump Organization. At my father’s company, there are morefemale than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do andwhen a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.
Women represent 46 percentof the total U.S. labor force, and 40 percent of American households havefemale primary breadwinners. In 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar madeby a man. Single women without children earn 94 cents for each dollar earned bya man, whereas married mothers made only 77 cents. As researchers have noted,gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy in thiscountry, motherhood is.
As President, my fatherwill change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women werenot a significant portion of the workforce. And he will focus on making qualitychildcare affordable and accessible for all.
As a mother myself, ofthree young children, I know how hard it is to work while raising a family. AndI also know that I’m far more fortunate than most. American families needrelief. Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not benovelties, they should be the norm. Politicians talk about wage equality, butmy father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career.
He will fight for equalpay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right along side of him.
Americans today need aneconomy that permits people to rise again. A Trump Presidency will turn theeconomy around and restore the great American tradition of giving each newgeneration hope for brighter opportunities than those of the generation thatcame before. In Donald Trump, you have a candidate who knows the differencebetween wanting something done and making it happen.
When my father says thathe will build a tower, keep an eye on the skyline. Floor by floor a soaringstructure will appear, usually record setting in its height and iconic in itsdesign.
Real people are hired todo real work. Vision becomes reality. When my father says that he will makeAmerica great again, he will deliver.
We have a chance thisyear, to reclaim our heritage as a country that dreams big and makes theimpossible happen. Fortunately, Donald Trump is incapable of thinking small.When I was a child, my father always told me, Ivanka if you’re going to bethinking anyway, you might as well think big. As President, my father will takeon the bold and worthy fights. He will be unafraid to set lofty goals and hewill be relentless in his determination to achieve them.
To people all overAmerica, I say, when you have my father in your corner, you will never againhave to worry about being let down. He will fight for you all the time, all theway, every time.
Maybe it’s the developerin him, but Donald Trump cannot stand to see empty main streets and boarded upfactories. He can’t bear the injustice of college graduates who are crippled bystudent debt, and mothers who can’t afford of the childcare required to returnto work to better the lives of their families. Other politicians see thesehardships, see the unfairness of it all, and they say I feel for you. Only myfather will say, I’ll fight for you.
The hard working men andwomen of this country identify with my father. He is tough and he ispersevering. He is honest and he is real. He’s an optimist and he’s arelentless believer in America and all of her potential. He loves his familyand he loves his country with his heart and his soul.
Politicians ask to bejudged by their promises, not their results. I ask you to judge my father byhis results. Judge his values by those he’s instilled in his children. Judgehis competency by the towers he’s built, the companies he’s founded, and thetens of thousands of jobs he’s created.
He is the single mostqualified serve as chief executive of an $18 trillion economy. My father willcall upon the best and brightest people from all spheres of industry and bothside of the aisle. A new set of thinkers, to face our countries existing andfuture problems with fresh perspective and brave new solutions. Come January17, all things will be possible again. We can hope and dream and think bigagain. No one has more faith in the American people than my father. He will beyour greatest, your truest and your most loyal champion.
This is the fighter, thedoer that you have chosen as your nominee, in ways no one expected, this momentin the life of our country has defined a mission and given it to anextraordinary man.
He is ready to see it allthe way through, to speak to every man and every woman, of every background, inevery part of this great country. To earn your trust and to earn your vote.
He earned that and muchmore from me a long time ago. I’ve loved and respected him, my entire life. AndI could not be more proud tonight, to present to you and to all of America, myfather and our next President, Donald J. Trump.