President Donald Trump said at a Naval Academy commencement address Friday that “our ancestors tamed a continent,” adding that “we are not going to apologize for America.”

 "Together there is nothing Americans can't do, absolutely nothing," Trump told 2018 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy. “In recent years, and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth. They've forgotten that our ancestors trounced an empire, tamed a continent, and triumphed over the worst evils in history."

He added: "America is the greatest fighting force for peace, justice and freedom in the history of the world. We have become a lot stronger lately. We are not going to apologize for America. We are going to stand up for America."

Before Europeans arrived in what became the United States, Native Americans occupied the land but were forced to relinquish territory as the new Americans pushed westward as part of what was termed “manifest destiny.” In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to the deaths of thousands of Native Americans.

Trump previously caused controversy when he held an event honoring Native Americans in the Oval Office last November with a portrait of Jackson in the background. Trump has regularly praised Jackson, although at times with a questionable grasp of history. He has also repeatedly referred to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American heritage," as "Pocahontas."

"A nation must have pride in its history to have confidence in its future," Trump said Friday. The president's comments mirrored a tweet he sent out in March celebrating National Agriculture Day.

"Our Nation was founded by farmers," he wrote. "Our independence was won by farmers. And our continent was tamed by farmers. Our farmers always lead the way -- we are PROUD of them, and we are DELIVERING for them! #NationalAgricultureDay

Trump added Friday it was a great time for the graduates to be joining the Navy. "We are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit and of American might," he said. "We have rediscovered our identity, regained our stride and we're proud again."

Responses to "Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent' and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America’"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Since his words are usually the reverse of the truth,
    I'm not sure you can take what he says with any seriousness.

    What he says could very well be
    the opposite of what is actually going on,
    and he is putting out the "antidote" in order to bring THAT about.

    Words have power.
    And he may be trying to speak a different reality into being
    by convincing others that it is so.
    -- Rez Sez --

  2. William says:

    I mute the television when he is on speaking.
    He is not my president nor my chief.
    I wrote a book about the Hebrew God,
    and the prophet Samuel asking that God
    for a king to be like other nations.
    In my book, I speak of U.S. government
    sins committed against Native Americans,
    Slaves and the Kennedy family/other voices
    for peace.

  3. This is the mere undeniable, incarnation of what the people who have invaded America from North to South, still bear as a state of mind regarding their history and own heritage :

    DENIAL OF THE HOLOCAUST their ancestors caused throughout centuries upon civilized Human Beings.
    For they were civilized Nations (check out how the so called white European civilized people, whatever social echelon they were from, lived like in the middle age of even in the renaissance for instance...).

    Nowadays, this ongoing denial state of mind enables to carry on the colonizer's mentality and behavior upon the Amerindian Nations, despite any Treaty Law or Federal fund.

    If you search for the whole and plain meaning of what the word GENOCIDE is about, you will find that it includes the systematic denial of the reality of what is being done to a group of people, to deny their own reality and history, whatever means are used to do so.

  4. Unknown says:

    I've never heard or read of genocide being defined as 'tamed ' .

  5. Unknown says:

    How can you "tame" a continent that was doing just fine, in fact, much better than it is currently? Contrary to current circumstances, we respected our elders, taught our children, obeyed our laws, left the land as we found her and we were never killers for sport alone. What about that lifestyle needed tamed?

  6. Fuck him and get that GD picture of Indian Killer Andrew Jackson OUT of our Oval Office. Drag 45 OUT of The People's House in handcuffs and throw him and the rest of his evil, thieving, lying regime in prison.

  7. hammerbit says:

    Interesting how the Indians called the Cumberland Gap settlements Hair and Horses because Scalps and horses were easier to obtain than in Virginia ( note some pages you can't access but still some great reading ),+John,+Captain&pg=PA118&redir_esc=y&hl=en#v=snippet&q=BERRY&f=false

  8. As an American, I am extremely embarrassed by this idiot Trump. Please acknowledge our country is divided on the issue of him. They that love him are fanatics and we that despise him are also very passionate about our beliefs.

  9. Unknown says:

    Only fitting that a piece of shit like Trump align himself with a piece of shit like Jackson.
    Jackson was probably responsible for as many deaths as Hitler, maybe! more!

  10. Anonymous says:

    America under Trump has no justice. No social justice, no criminal justice; no justice for women, no justice for people of color, no justice for LGBT, no justice for non-Christians, NO JUSTICE!!
    And Every time this man opens his mouth he is offensive. He offends others as easily and as often as the rest of us say good morning! As far as triumphing over the worst evils in history, America will be able to claim that only if they get Trump out of the Oval office!! - one voice speaking for many

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