Last night in Orlando Florida with the “proud boys in the house”, Tyrant Trump continued to throw gasoline into the fire of the bully crusade he leads. Once again attacking the free press and anyone who dare speak against him, he a screamed his denunciation of the news media, normal politics and what he called his “radical opponents”. He opened the next phase of his never-ending election campaign in front of a large crowd of raucous cult members by re-invoking the dark messaging and personal grievances that fueled his 2016 campaign.
Just about four years to the day since he announced his reality TV show run for public office from the basement of Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump again mocked and disparaged Democrats, calling them the leaders of an “angry, left-wing mob” and declaring falsely that the 2020 election will be a “verdict on the un-American conduct of those who tried to undermine our great democracy, undermine you.” When he knows very well that is a referendum on Trumpism.
He bragged about his so-called record— the growing economy (from Obama), the tax cuts and deregulation (which has basically screwed is core supporters) — but Trump did not offer any new policies or any kind of cohesive agenda for a second term that might expand his political appeal beyond his cult base. As he formally declared his intention to run again, he told his cult members that his new slogan would be “Keep America Great,” pledging to wage a relentless battle on behalf of his followers.
“Our political opponents look down with hatred on our values and with utter disdain for the people whose lives they want to run,” Mr. Trump told a packed arena, later mocking Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and a Democratic rival for the presidency, as “Sleepy Joe.”
Trump avoided mentioning any of the nearly two dozen Democrats competing for the right to challenge him, mentioning only Biden who he clearly wants to run against.
Standing in front of a sea of cultist wearing his signature red “Make America Great Again” hats, Trump ramped up a torrent of attacks, falsehoods, exaggerations and resentments that were right out of his first campaign and have been on almost daily display during his time in the White House. His warning for his voters: The establishment (anybody who’s not MAGA) will stop at nothing to rob you of another four years.
To win re-election, Mr. Trump must convince his supporters that he has not forgotten them despite having failed to make good on most of his important campaign promises.
Playing the pitiful victim again he whined and exaggerated “They tried to take away your dignity and your destiny. But we will never let them do that, will we?” the president said, declaring victory over a political machine that opposed his election. “They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign — probably the greatest election in the history of our country.”
Egged on by the enthusiastic crowd, poor poor pitiful Donald cited his familiar list of grievances during his speech. He railed against the so-called “witch hunt” conducted against him by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the “18 very angry Democrats” who worked with Mr. Mueller. He insisted — falsely — that Mr. Mueller had cleared him of all wrongdoing in connection with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and of obstructing the investigation that followed.
Trump has remained fixated on his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her “33,000 emails,” once again prompting worn out chants of “lock her up!” “lock her up!”
Trump then started, ticking off a laundry list of his claimed so-called accomplishments on veterans’ health care, funding for the military, abandoning the Paris climate accords and defending gun rights. The frenzied crowd seemed to lose some of its passion during those moments. But Tyrant Trump whipped his cult up again by raising fears about immigrants, spending more time on the centerpiece of his bleak vision of a country under assault than on any other issue. As part of his usual schtick, he lashed out at the evil Democrats, saying they are to blame for the consequences of letting “aliens” into the country.
“The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible,” demigod Trump said, accusing Democrats of the “ultimate act of moral cowardice” for failing to defend Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He said the Democratic position on immigration was “the greatest betrayal of the American middle class and, frankly, American life.”
His decision to formally start his re-election bid in front of a frenzied crowd of die-hard cultists was a clear signal that he has no intention of backing away from his race bating on immigration and crazy ideas on trade. He made it clear that will escalate his personal attacks against his critics and the so-called establishment that have supercharged his most loyal cult members.
It’s clear that Tyrant Trump is betting that the 2020 campaign will be a kind of “Back to the Future” replay of 2016 one when a reality TV star and New York real estate scam artist campaigned as a disrupter with nothing to lose and shook the country to its core. This time, though, he will have the full support of “his” Republican Party.
Mr. Trump made no mention of his terrible poll numbers, preferring instead to display his trademark bravado. At the end of a speech that spoke almost exclusively to his cult base, Trump claimed to have the support of the whole nation behind him.
“We are going to keep on working,” Tyrant Trump vowed. “We are going to keep on fighting. And we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning.”
Doanld Trump Jr. was one of the warm-up acts and he did his best Barney Fife imitation. No, seriously you have hear it!
From NYT, Washington Post and TV coverage