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“On this Saturday we will celebrate America’s Independence.

“Make no mistake — America is the greatest country in the world. And we will never apologize for it. We will always celebrate it. We will champion the values and freedoms that we have fought for over the last 244 years.

“You see, America is more than a country — America is an idea… There has been no other country like ours, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that we are all equal. So this Fourth of July, every American should pause for a moment to thank God that they were born here…

“Federick Douglass said this to describe America: ‘Every man has his chance. If he cannot be President he can, at least, be prosperous. In this respect, America is not only the exception to the general rule, but the social wonder of the world.’

“Unfortunately though, some on the left — encouraged by the silence of Democrat leaders including the Speaker of this House — are trying to erase our story. They want to erase our history.

“Whether it is a monument of Abraham Lincoln freeing a slave or of four of our greatest presidents, Democrats no longer view the richness of our country’s history worthy.

“Not only do they want to erase our past, they want to radically change the way we live today.

“The mobs that Democrats encourage destroy property. They threaten and sometimes even attack innocent citizens.

“I will be introducing legislation to withhold funding from states and cities whose leaders fail to uphold the law.

“The mobs that Democrats encourage suppress speech and punish those who speak out. Democrats encourage it because they think it is a distraction — that their agenda can skate by unnoticed. They see it as a supplement to the radical movement in the streets.

“But as we saw yesterday, Republicans are fighting back. Congressman Peter DeFazio tried to pass an infrastructure bill that would allow China to control things as critical as our electric grid. We called them out. And we won the vote. We won the vote even though they had every advantage, not just that they had a majority, but even those that want to stay home and still get a paycheck and give their vote to Nancy Pelosi.

“Today’s jobs report is more confirmation that this administration will get us on a path to the great American comeback – 4.8 million jobs created just last month, smashing economists’ expectations.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle may have stopped believing in the American dream. Stopped believing that this is the greatest country this world has ever seen. They may want to erase everything that has made America exceptional.

“But I haven’t stopped believing in America, and I am willing to bet that the everyday, hard working Americans, whether they are first generation or tenth generation, across this country still believe in this great nation as well.

“This July 4th I’m going to celebrate this incredible nation, and I know that while some of my colleagues won’t, Americans across this country will. I’m so thankful that God made me an American. I feel privileged to have that honor. I believe we all must uphold the basis of why this country was created and strive for what all of us have said — to create a more perfect union.”