Jason Joyce’s full speech at the Republican National Convention

Contact Your Elected Officials

Maine lobsterman Jason Joyce spoke on the second night of the Republican National Convention about why he would vote for Trump in 2020 after not voting for him in 2016.


Good evening. My name is Jason Joyce, and I’m an eighth- generation lobster fishermen from Swan’s Island, Maine. I make my living from lobster fishing, oyster farming and providing eco tours in the beautiful waters near Acadia National Park, where I have over 200 years of family history. I have to confess I didn’t support Trump in 2016, skeptical that he shared my conservative views, I expected him to flip flop on his campaign promises, but he has followed through on his promises including last week when he brokered a deal to end European Union tariffs of 8% on main live lobsters and up to 20% on main lobster products, which is great news for Maine’s lobster men and women. I live in an island with 370 residents and lobstering is how we provide for our families.

Maine’s lobsterman are true environmentalist. We practice conservation every day. If we didn’t, we’d be putting ourselves out of business. Four years ago, the Obama-Biden administration used the Antiquities Act to order thousands of square miles of ocean off limits to commercial fishermen. They did it to cater to environmental activists. Although Maine’s lobstermen, don’t fish, there Obama’s executive order offended us greatly. It circumvented the Fisheries Counsel’s input. President Trump reversed that decision, reinstating the rules that allow stakeholder input. he supports a process that seeks and respects fisherman’s views. As long as Trump is president, fishing families like mine will have a voice, but if Biden wins, he’ll be controlled by the environmental extremists who want to circumvent longstanding rules and impose radical changes that hurt our coastal communities.

I strongly support President Trump’s reelection. When he sees something isn’t right, he’s fearless in fixing it. He listens to working people. He nominates judges who respect the constitution and the right to life. He keeps his word, like eliminating the European tariffs and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I hope you will join me this time in voting for President Trump. Stand up for your country. Thank you.

Biden Doesn't Have Americans Best Interest At Heart