Former US President Donald Trump hit the campaign for the first time since announcing his bid to retake the White House in 2024, visiting two states that were early elected and ignoring criticisms that his run would be slow to start.
“I’m more angry now, and I’m more committed now, than I ever was,” Mr.Trump told a small crowd at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s annual meeting in Salem, before heading to Columbia, South Carolina for an appearance together. to his leadership in the team state.
In contrast to the raucous rallies to thousands of supporters that Trump often holds, yesterday’s events were remarkably moderate.
In Colombia, Trump addressed about 200 people on Capitol Hill, joined by Governor Henry McMaster and US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Once the undisputed center of gravity of the Republican Party, a growing number of elected officials have expressed concern about Mr Trump’s ability to beat Democratic President Joe Biden if he decides to run again, as was widely expected.
Mr. Trump sought to allay those concerns by telling the crowd that he expected a wave of further endorsements from South Carolina state and state politicians within days.
Several Republican state politicians opted not to attend after receiving assurances from the Trump team that it would not be considered endorsement, according to a person familiar with the plan.
In Colombia, the former president has railed against transgender rights and the teaching of critical race theory, a once-obscure academic concept that has sparked school board protests and a ban on teaching in some states.
“We’re going to stop the left-wing radical racists and perverts who are trying to indoctrinate our youth, and we’re going to get their Marxist hands off our children. We’re going to defeat the cult of gender ideology and reaffirm that God created two genders: men and women. We’re not going to allow men to play women’s sports” Mr Trump said, reports RTE.
Since he launched his campaign in November, Trump has kept a relatively low profile. In early January, he called several conservative Republicans to the US House of Representatives to convince them to vote for Kevin McCarthy as the new president.
Most rejected his pleas, even though Mr McCarthy was elected to the post after a hard fight.
Mr. Trump retains a significant support base, particularly under the grassroots. While he loses to Mr. DeSantis in some direct polls, he wins by a significant margin when survey participants are presented with a wider range of options.
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