Donald Trump attempted to reignite a sputtering third bid for the White House on Saturday in two US states that served as the launchpad for his victorious 2016 presidential campaign. He warned that the next election would be America’s last opportunity for rescue.
After addressing grassroots activists in Salem, New Hampshire, the 76-year-old Republican, battered by political and legal challenges, spoke to a small crowd of supporters at a private gathering in Columbia, South Carolina.
From a podium beneath the Statehouse rotunda, surrounded by American flags and some of his most devoted political allies, Trump declared that the 2024 election was “our one shot to preserve our country” and that “we need a leader who’s ready to accomplish that on day one.”
The gatherings were considered as an opportunity to revive a flagging campaign amid criticism over Trump’s lack of public appearances since announcing his fresh bid in November.
However, there was no observable change in his messaging as he repeated his litany of derogatory monikers for his political opponents and delved into his refuted allegations of a rigged 2020 election.
He discussed popular talking points from the culture wars, ranting against gender ideology, windmills that were primarily Chinese-made bird killers, and critical race theory, which he said was being taught in the military.
In an effort to resurrect his 2016 persona as an outsider rebel, he stated, “There’s only one president who has ever challenged the entire establishment in Washington, and with your support next year, we will do it again.”
The conservative critics he labels “RINOs” — Republicans in name only — whom he blasted at both meetings and claimed in New Hampshire were “even more dangerous than Democrats,” were the target of his most controversial remarks.
He had bragged about his record on immigration, law and order, and “rebuilding” the US military during his speech to party activists in Salem. He had also vowed to prevent the country from “being destroyed by a greedy, extreme, corrupt political elite.”
Trump declared, “I’m more enraged and committed today than I ever was. “We need a president who can get things done right away on day one.”
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Due to their status as two of the first states to hold presidential election-year nominating contests, New Hampshire and South Carolina have a disproportionate amount of power.
After a lackluster start in Iowa, they solidified Trump‘s position as the front-runner in 2016.
However, there are reports that he has failed to maintain a base of support in South Carolina due to simmering resentment over his endorsements of candidates who lost swing state seats in the midterm elections in November.
Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who won a straw poll at the National Pro-Life Summit in Washington only last weekend, may end up competing for the nomination.
Trump’s escalating legal issues, which include the appointment of a largely independent “special counsel” to look into a number of misbehavior charges, may prove to be the largest obstacle in the way of his nomination.
In New Hampshire, Trump declared, “These are radical left-wing prosecutors who are simply nasty, horrible individuals,” and vowed to look into the Justice Department if he were to win a second term.
He is in the news for his handling of sensitive information uncovered during an FBI search of his Florida beachfront property, his involvement in the uprising of 2021, and his efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 election in Georgia.
We require a fighter who can confront the left, the swamp, the media, and the deep state head-on… to defend America and stand up to the globalists and China, he declared in South Carolina.
And that’s exactly what we do—we defend America.