- Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
- President Donald Trump gave a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.
- The speech hit on a variety of topics, including the proposed border wall along the US-Mexico border and the new tax law.
- While discussing the estate tax, Trump requested the crowd “get up” to give him a standing ovation.
President Donald Trump likes a good applause line.
At a rally on Monday, in Nashville, Tennessee, he touted the changes to the US tax code in the new Republican tax law, at one point requesting attendees give him a standing ovation.
Among those changes is a doubling of the threshold to qualify for the estate tax to over $10 million. Americans’ estates larger than $5.6 million had previously been subject to the tax.
Trump said people would now be “spared” from the estate tax, which he called the “death tax,” drawing applause from the crowd at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s convention. Trump then implored the audience to “come on, get up,” and give him a standing ovation.
Later in the speech, Trump said it was a “privilege” for people to get to vote for him.
“Oh, are you happy you voted for me?” Trump said. “You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege.”
Though Trump’s speech focused on a handful of policy proposals aimed at farmers and people in rural areas – like investments in the expansion of broadband internet to those communities – he also touched on national-anthem protests, Second Amendment rights, the “fake media,” and the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.