Trump launches 2020 re-election campaign to 'Keep America Great'

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2019

US President Donald Trump has formally launched his election campaign to become president again.

"Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage".

According to Yello, Trump has actually had the "Keep America Great" slogan trademarked since before he was president: "The trademark for "Keep America Great" was filed for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. on January 18, 2017, two days before he was sworn into office and subsequently filed for reelection, and 882 days before his scheduled 2020 kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida".

There were no substantial new ideas or plans for the future in Trump's almost 80-minute speech in the Orlando arena, where the crowd formed a sea of Trump campaign red baseball caps, chanting "USA" and "Four More Years".

The president spoke again about his initial election promise of building a wall on the border of the USA and Mexico.

Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said Trump's politics are "all about dividing us" in ways that are "dangerous - truly, truly unsafe".

But the meat of his address aimed at the grievances and fears of the same white working and middle-class voters who underpinned his surprise victory as an utterly inexperienced politician against the seasoned Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Near the end of the rally, Trump ran through a list of promises for a second term, pledging a new immigration system, new trade deals, a health care overhaul and a cure for cancer and "many diseases", including eradicating AIDS in America.

Immigration has been a critical theme of Trump since his initial presidential run in 2016 and remains a consistent go-to move to rally his base.

He painted a disturbing picture of what life would look like if he loses in 2020, accusing his critics of "un-American conduct" and saying Democrats "want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it". "It's not acceptable, and it's not going to happen".

Though the dismal early poll numbers show he faces a hard reelection, Trump goes into the fight buoyed by the confidence in the fierce loyalty of his right-wing base.

Trump - himself accused by opponents of a slew of serious crimes - told the crowd that together they had formed "a great political movement" that had "stared down a broken and corrupt political establishment".

With chants of "USA" and "Make America Great", Trump's speech in the battleground state of Florida comes almost 24 hours after he said in a pair of tweets that he will double down on his tough stance on immigration promise, including threatening to deport millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally. "Well, we're going to keep on fighting for every man, woman, and child across this great land...and we will indeed Keep America Great better than ever before".

Supporters lined Orlando's downtown sidewalks all day, waiting in tents and chairs overnight to be the first in the door.

The 2020 U.S. presidential election will be on 3 November 2020.

According to three polls including one from Fox News, Trump is now behind the top potential Democrat candidates in several key battleground states.

"The witch hunt has made our base stronger", Trump told Time on Monday.

But there's no question that a lengthy probe into Trump's murky dealings with Russian Federation and his divisive, bruising style has left him wounded. Sanders also tweeted a video on how he plans to beat Trump.

In response, Sanders tweeted that "Trump is living in a parallel universe". Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have significant leads over the president.

Trump has long railed against the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the ongoing probes by House Democrats in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's report.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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