On Nov 15, 2022, former President Donald Trump announced his run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in a speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. His remarks came a week after the 2022 midterms, which saw Republicans retake control of the House of Representatives with a slim majority and Democrats retain control of the Senate.
During his speech, Mr. Trump talked about his campaign platform, with a heavy emphasis on border security and law enforcement, specifically calling for the death penalty to be levied against convicted drug dealers as it is in some Asian nations like Singapore.
With the Christmas and New Year’s seasons passed, Mr. Trump hit the campaign trail on Saturday visiting the first two GOP primary states, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Trump delivered the keynote address at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s annual meeting in Salem, New Hampshire, on Saturday morning.
“So we’re here, and we start, we begin,” said Trump at the top of his address, adding he was “thrilled to be back in this beautiful state.”‘
Trump announced New Hampshire GOP Chairman Steve Stepanaek, who co-chaired his first presidential campaign in the Granite State, would be “stepping down and… coming on board as the senior adviser for my New Hampshire campaign.”
He also reaffirmed his support for New Hampshire’s status as the first primary state in the nation, drawing strong applause from those in attendance, and he pledged to preserve it “for many, many years to come” if elected president.
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“We’re going to turn New Hampshire red November 5, 2024.”
CNN reported that he also bashed the media, as many mainstream and legacy outlets and networks like CNN have attempted to brand his campaign as being off to a “sluggish start,” as he has not held one of his trademark rallies.
However, Chris LaCivita noted earlier this month when speaking with Politico that it is very early in the campaign and added that “it would be kind of crazy to be spending huge amounts of money this far out.”
Trump has seen a substantial 15-point surge in his favorability since December, which was documented in a recent Economist/YouGov poll.
“I’m thrilled to be back in the great state of South Carolina, we won it twice by record numbers, and it’s just a real honor. It’s an incredible place,” said Trump after being introduced by Fry, the only freshman congressman to serve on the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. “The famous saying goes, ‘South Carolina picks presidents.’
“This campaign will be about the future. This campaign will be about issues, ” he later said. “Joe Biden has put America on the fast track to ruin and destruction, and we will ensure that he does not receive four more years.”
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