WATCH: Formerly homeless army veteran takes the stage to thank President Trump for creating opportunity zones
7 Feb 2020 — #Trumped
President Trump attended the Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte on Friday, where he announced the launch of “Opportunity Now” — a brand new campaign to revitalize America's underserved communities.
In one of the more touching moments, formerly homeless army veteran, Tony Rankins, took the stage to thank President Trump for his work in creating "Opportunity Zones," which he credits for allowing him to get back on his feet.
"I was homeless and, due to the fact that I know how it feels, and I know sometimes when you're down you don't feel like getting up," Rankins said, adding further “but with this bill that's been passed, [there's] going to be a lot of opportunity for a lot of people to not be homeless and to get back on their feet and to go back with their families. And I would just like to thank the President of the United States for doing this."
Watch the amazing moment below.
The summit was held in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is led by Secretary Ben Carson who appeared at the event. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza also attended.
Nearly 35 million people across the nation live in areas marked as an Opportunity Zone. Today, this Administration is reinforcing its commitment to revitalize neighborhoods by bringing economic freedom to the forgotten men and women of this country. #OpportunityNow pic.twitter.com/Ot5MKrnqpY— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) February 7, 2020
“We're here in Charlotte to expand and grow this unprecedented economic momentum we have in this country,” President Trump said to applause from the Charlotte crowd. “Today we're launching a brand new nationwide campaign to revitalize underserved cities and towns across America.”
Watch some additional clips from the event below, especially the one of the crowd chanting “FOUR MORE YEARS!”
Democrats have talked about helping the inner cities for years. President Trump and his administration are actually getting it done.