President Donald Trump Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With Rally in Orlando, FL
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
June 19, 2019
President Donald Trump kicked off his 2020 campaign Tuesday night with a campaign rally attended by thousands of supporters in Orlando, Florida asking for another four years in office.
"The fact is, the American Dream is back, it's bigger, better and stronger than ever before," Trump said. "2016 was not merely another four year election. This was a defining moment in American history."
Trump then pointed to the media cameras at the back of the arena and said, "Just ask them."
The crowd roared in approval, chanting, "CNN sucks."
Thousands of people lined up at the 20,000-seat Amway Center to watch Trump formally kick off his campaign with some attendees lining up as early as lunchtime yesterday. The President and First Lady Melania Trump were brought on stage by Vice President Mike Pence, who touted Trump's accomplishments over the last two and a half years in a short speech.
"Jobs are back, confidence is back, and thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, America is back," Pence said. "And we're just getting started."
President Trump took the stage at around 8:10 p.m. local time Tuesday night and was accompanied by the First Lady, Melania Trump who introduced her husband.
"He truly loves this country and will continue to work on your behalf as long as he can," Melania said.
Trump made his case for re-election, this time as an incumbent, speaking for about 80 minutes on Tuesday night, covering a variety of topics, from the border wall, to a possible trade deal with China and even Hillary Clinton's emails.
"Many times I said we would drain the swamp and that's exactly what we're doing right now. We're draining the swamp," Trump said to cheers. "And that's why the swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently. For the last two and a half years we have been under siege."
He touted the wall, promising the crowd that by next year, over "400 miles" of the wall would be built by next year.
Trump also railed against the report issued by special counsel Robert Mueller, which did not clear the president of obstruction of justice.
"And with the Mueller report, we won and now they want a do-over. They want a do-over. Let's do it again. It didn't work out too well. Let's do it again. They want a do-over. No president should ever have to go through this again. It is so bad for our great country, a hoax. A great hoax," Trump said.
"We went through the greatest witch-hunt in political history. The only collusion was committed by the Democrats, the fake news media, and their operatives and the people who funded the phony dossier, crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC," said Trump. "It was all an illegal attempt to overturn the results of the election, spy on our campaign, which is what they did, and subvert our democracy."
"If I deleted an email, like a love note to Melania, it's the electric chair for Trump," Trump told the audience. "... So if you want to shut down this rigged system once and for all, then show up November 3."
"This time, we're going to finish the job," Trump said, to cheers from the audience. "And this time should be a lot easier, because we've done so much."
Trump also asked the crowd to help him choose a new slogan (or theme as he referred to it in his speech), asking if the crowd believed he should keep "Make America Great Again" or use a newer slogan in 2020, "Keep America Great."
The crowd roared in approval when Trump announced the new slogan, "Keep America Great."
"Wow, I'm sorry, MAGA country, but that wasn't too close," Trump says " I thought you had it won and then I heard this cheer. My eardrums will never be the same."
Forty minutes into the speech, Trump made it official.
"We're going to keep on fighting for every man, woman and child all across this land. With every ounce of heart, sweat and soul, we are going to keep 'Making America Great Again,' and then we will indeed, 'Keep America Great.'"
"And that is why tonight, I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as President of the United States," Trump said, to another sustained cheer from the crowd.
"I can promise you, I will never, ever let you down," Trump said. "I won't."
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