There is no doubt that Trump’s speech has already set off a chain reaction on the left. During the former president’s address, The Washington Post ran a piece titled “Trump, when he was president incited an insurgency, says he’s running again.”
There’s a reason I refer to them as the activist media.
In his speech, Trump reminded the crowd of America’s prosperity during his reign. He stated:
“Because I made huge promises to the American people, the globe was at peace, America was growing, and our nation was on course for an amazing future. And, unlike previous presidents, I honored my promises…under our administration, we were a magnificent and glorious nation, which you have not heard in a long time. We were a powerful and, more importantly, a free nation.”
In comparison, Trump mentioned how the country is doing under President Joe Biden. He gave a really dismal picture:
“But we are today a declining nation. We are a failed country. For millions of Americans, Joe Biden’s presidency has been a time of sorrow, struggle, concern, and despair. Inflation is currently at its highest level in more than 50 years. Gas prices have hit historic highs, and they are expected to rise even further now that the strategic national stockpiles, which I replenished, have been virtually depleted.”
Trump also addressed foreign affairs, saying that “the U.S. has been embarrassed, demeaned, and weakened for all to see,” and that Russia’s attack of Ukraine “would never have happened if I was your president.”
Later, the former president outlined his vision for the country’s future, stating that “this won’t be my campaign – it will be our campaign, all together. The one and only force powerful enough to combat the immense corruption we are up against will be you, the American people,” he asserted.
He struck another comparison between himself and the current government, saying that the Biden government “placed America last,” but that “we will put America first again.”
Trump addressed a number of subjects, such as the migrant crisis, energy reliance, China, and the Green New Agreement, promising to address each of them if re-elected president. He also vowed to reverse the Biden admin’s COVID regulations and rehire any military person who was sacked as a result of the limitations.
Overall, the former president delivered exactly what he needed to in this address. He drew attention to the Biden govt’s many failures while detailing what he will do to fix the problems it has caused.
What was most striking, though, is really what Trump did not mention. He made no mention of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which the left has used to criticize him and other Republicans who doubt the fairness of the contest. Perhaps it’s a hint that he recognizes this isn’t going to be a popular topic with people outside of his core. The midterm election results provide credence to this theory.
Trump managed to stick to his prepared remarks for the majority of his address, which was a win. Overall, he hit the appropriate tone. There was none of the customary dramatic speech and insults that characterize his rallies. He was animated but subdued, almost presidential.
The 2024 campaign season has begun, only a week after the midterm elections, and it is evident that this is going to be a hard-fought effort. If this speech is any indication, America will be in for a spectacular ride over the next two years.