Donald Trump is back in campaign mode, with still little understanding of irony.
The former president held his first major campaign rally in 2022 in Florence, Arizona, where he revisited a number of his favorite talking points, as well as new conspiracies, outrageous claims and rambling points and not specific. He also promised to “make America great again, again.”
Ahead of his speech, the final steps towards a potential return to the presidency in 2024, a Newsmax reporter asked Mr Trump what he wanted to communicate to the country.
“This is a message of love. Our country is going to hell,” Mr Trump said.
Elsewhere, the reporter asked the former president what Republicans should do if they take over Congress, and Mr Trump had little to offer in terms of specifics.
“Number one, take it back, that’s got to be number one,” he said. “These are radicalized, horrible people who hate our country,” he added, speaking of his political opponents.
The former president also denounced the handling of the Covid crisis by Dr Anthony Fauci and Joe Biden, arguing that the two had done a “horrible job” of stopping Covid, while also arguing to open up the country more because “The warrants are a disaster and people just aren’t working.
Before running for president, Mr. Trump suggested that many immigrants from Mexico were rapists and drug traffickers, and he continued that disregard for immigration, claiming. “The United States is a dumping ground for a lot of people who are not who we want.”
During his speech himself, Mr Trump leaned more into the “going to hell” part of his program than the “message of love”.
Despite numerous recounts, partisan audits and numerous unsuccessful election lawsuits, Mr. Trump continued to claim, without valid evidence, that he had in fact won the election.
“The Big Lie is a lot of *** bulls,” he said. “I raced twice and we won twice and did better the second time. We did much better the second time around.
He also claimed, again without proof, that liberal states were preventing white people from getting the vaccine.
“The left is now rationing life-saving therapeutics based on race, discriminating and denigrating, simply denigrating, white people to determine who lives and who dies,” he said. “If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re white, you don’t get therapy.”
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