“Remember,” Trump told the crowd after repeating several lies about widespread electoral fraud, “I’m not the one who’s trying to undermine American democracy, I’m the one who’s trying to protect it.” is.”
Trump’s Saturday speech was the first stop of a summer tour that is expected to witness campaign-style rallies, high-dollar fundraisers, and an overall increase in his public appearances, after months of quietly marking the next chapter of his political career with aides and colleagues. After conspiring with consultants for a long time. . It was also a major test of his ability to be a helpful surrogate for Republicans as the party approaches a grueling midterm cycle.
Insisting that he is eager to help the GOP take control of the House and Senate next fall, Trump recently ignored advice from aides and aides to prepare his message for the future is.
Many within his class have urged him to prepare a new stump speech—one that draws voters’ attention to Republican policy initiatives and which the party regards as Biden’s failures—about the 2020 election. Voter fraud conspiracy theories instead of recycling or platforming dismissed claims. As previously reported by CNN, his allies fear that the latter approach could backfire on some voters that could make or break Republican chances of the Democratic Party ending its control of Congress in 2022.
But Trump’s presence in Greenville could be a setback to those efforts.
During Saturday night’s winding remarks, Trump made an abrupt jump from criticisms of Biden and congressional Democrats to nostalgic reflections on his time in office — hitting out at issues of the culture war besides some nods at the middle of the GOP’s legislative agenda. offered, which MPs have used to animate. Conservative base of the party.
“The Biden administration is advancing the toxic critical race theory in our nation’s schools,” Trump claimed during a lengthy crackdown against his successor. “Joe Biden and the Socialist Democrats are the most radical Democrats in the history of our country.”
But some Democrats held onto the former president’s re-emergence, suggesting that embracing Trump would be an electoral disadvantage to Republicans.
Ammar Moussa, the Democratic National Committee’s rapid response director, said: “More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost and recklessly dangerous rhetoric isn’t enough for Republicans to break up with a lost president, which will lead them to the White House, Senate And the house had to be paid for.” , said in a statement to CNN.
Facing an otherwise tacit response from the crowd through most of his remarks, he received a standing ovation for suggesting that China should pay $10 trillion in COVID-19 reparations to the United States and other countries to Chinese. The government should be encouraged to ignore its debts. Compensation is paid.
“The time has come for America and the world to demand compensation and accountability from the Communist Party of China. We must all declare in one voice that China must pay – they must pay,” Trump said.
As the crowd awaited the former president, loud rock and pop music—which included staples of Trump’s own campaign playlist—exploded in more of a political rally manner than a special sit-down dinner. Some of the audience members who wore Uncle Sam hats and American-flag-patterned shirts were among the more conservative-dress delegates who gathered in the room.
Anticipation until Whatley briefly introduced Trump, describing him as “our president” in the Republican room before taking office on the podium. For almost the entirety of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Trump waved and clapped and pointed to the excited crowd—as he did on the campaign trail in 2016 and, later, in 2020.
But despite the energy in the beginning, the former president was relatively low during most of his remarks – especially after his surprising endorsement of the Buddha. As he weaved through policy areas where he claimed the Biden administration was failing Americans — and where he felt his own administration had succeeded — members of the crowd remained politely but rarely gruff. are. There was only applause when he spoke about the success of Operation Warp Speed in developing a Covid-19 vaccine in record time or his achievements in foreign policy.
His change in energy revealed a listless audience, many of whom were looking at their phones or yawning as Trump’s speech hit the hour-long mark.