Trump taunts Democrats in White House speech: 'We're here and they're not'

Trump taunts Democrats in White House speech: 'We're here and they're not'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE taunted critics of his administration Thursday by gesturing to the White House during his convention speech and saying, "We're here and they're not."

The off-script moment came on the final night of the GOP convention as Trump addressed hundreds of people on the South Lawn of the White House to accept his party's nomination for president, breaking with a tradition of not using the building for campaign events.

During the more than hour-long speech, the president made his case for a second term, deriding career politicians in the process.


"This November, we must turn the page forever on this failed political class. The fact is I'm here — " the president said before turning to face the White House behind him.

He then pointed at the building and jokingly asked, "What's the name of that building?"

"But I'll say it differently. The fact is, we're here and they're not," Trump added.


Trump has faced criticism from Democrats and ethics watchdogs for using the White House as the backdrop for accepting the Republican nomination. Before the speech, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) said Trump once again would "degrade the White House" by using it for the GOP convention.

Trump on Thursday, while talking about the White House, said it's "one of the most beautiful buildings anywhere in the world, and it's not a building it's a home, as far as I'm concerned."

"Not even a house, it's a home," he said.