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In a movie-worthy entrance, where he first flew over the crowd to the Top Gun theme song, Donald Trump landed in Waco, Texas, for his first campaign rally. The former president exited “Trump Force One” to the beat of Lee Greenwood and was cheered by his supporters. His one-and-a-half hour speech mainly targeted two names: Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, and Alvin Bragg, district attorney of Manhattan.
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green served as the main support for the tycoon, who added a new custom that could be repeated in all his rallies in the run-up to 2024: listening to the national anthem mixed with some of his phrases. An estimated 15,000 people attended to see the former president in person.
DeSantis was the first to be mentioned by Trump, who has been frequently attacking the Florida governor, given that he is seen as one of the strongest Republicans heading into the primaries. “Man, he’s dropping like a rock. They keep saying ‘DeSanctus’ could do well with farmers. I don’t think so. Based on polls, he’s not doing well with anything,” began the former president.
He also recalled the 2018 gubernatorial election, in which he endorsed DeSantis. Specifically, he performed theatrics of how he ended up boosting his candidacy. “When a man comes to me with tears in his eyes, he’s had almost nothing in the polls. He’s at almost nothing, he’s got no cash. And I said I can’t give you an endorsement. There’s no way you can when you’re dead,” he expressed.
“I said, let’s give it a shot, Ron. I endorsed him. He became like a rocket ship. Within one day the race was over,” Trump added. He further attacked his tenure at the helm of the Sunshine State as “not good.” According to Fox News, Trump attacks DeSantis four times as much as he attacks Joe Biden.
The other target was prosecutor Alvin Bragg, who is investigating the former president for allegedly paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.
“The district attorney of New York under the auspices and direction of the ‘department of injustice’ in Washington, D.C., is investigating me for something that is not a crime, not a misdemeanor, not an affair,” Trump said.
“This is really prosecutorial misconduct, that’s what it’s called. The innocence of people makes no difference whatsoever to these radical Left maniacs,” Trump said. “The thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system will be defeated, discredited, and totally disgraced,” he added.
Trump had warned that he could be arrested last Tuesday, which in the end did not happen. According to the prosecutor, the tycoon “created a false expectation that he would be arrested.”
As for his 2024 platform, Trump raised the banners of imposing term limits on Congress, keeping “men out of women’s sports” and ending “the invasion at the Southern border.” Geopolitically speaking, he claimed he would put an end to the Russia-Ukraine war and prevent “World War 3.”
Taking direct aim at DC, he fired darts at Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, whom he called the “biggest threat” to America.
The Trump campaign also made a point of introducing its leaders in Texas. The list includes Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and 12 members of Congress, including Representatives Pete Sessions, former NRCC Chairman, and Roger Williams, Chairman of the Small Business Committee.
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]