With a lengthy speech in the desert, Trump kicks off his campaign season in the run-up to the November congressional elections. “We will make a comeback that no one has seen before,” predicts the man, who is increasingly hinting at a new presidential campaign. “In 2024, we will take back the White House,” he says in Arizona. He has already updated his famous slogan for the occasion: Make America great again, once again. In other words: Make America Great and Great Again, is his message.
The biggest hits returned from his first campaign – the harsh rhetoric about illegal immigration and attacks on the press, for example. But center stage now is his fabrications about widespread “cheating” in the 2020 presidential election. He lost at the time. The fact that he would have won is a myth that has been debunked dozens of times in the courts and retold.
Arizona in particular plays an important role in Trump’s fantasies about the stolen elections. There, his allies conducted a major scrutiny – showing that Biden had legitimately won. Trump is now amending the final report, saying tens of thousands of “extremely suspicious” votes have been found. “We cannot let them get away with it,” he warns fans who come to listen.
Since leaving the White House reluctantly, Trump has held only a handful of political rallies. But this year, he plans to be more visible again. His advisers told reporters that in the run-up to the November congressional elections, Trump plans to hold two rallies a month to support the candidates. The second of the year is later this month in Texas.
Trump wants to continue to play a dominant role in the Republican Party. He still has it firmly in his fist. Party members who tell him the truth and defend the election results are so scared that many of them decided to resign. The vast majority of Republican voters see Biden as an illegitimate president.
This idea led to the storming of the Capitol last year, when an angry mob stormed to prevent the election results from being confirmed. Trump renews the anger in his first campaign speech in 2022. In Arizona, he speaks of the suspects in the Capitol attack as “political prisoners” held in “horrific” conditions. Not his supporters, but FBI agents were behind the attack. The parliamentary inquiry into the storming is a “Stalinist sham trial”.
In addition, Trump is complaining about more mundane issues that many Americans currently look at with raised eyebrows: price hikes, sometimes empty shelves in supermarkets and stores, temporary school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak and last summer’s disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan . There is resentment among voters about this — and it’s something Trump could exploit.
He declares himself “the head of anti-vaccine”. Recently, a comment about vaccination continues to bother him. Trump confirmed that he himself received the third payment against the Corona virus, and called on his supporters to get the shots, too. There is a lot of distrust of vaccines among his supporters, but he doesn’t replicate it in Arizona.
Trump basically paints a very dark picture of the United States under Biden. The democrats – the “corrupt”, the “power-hungry” and the “communists” – are destroying the country. Trump makes clear that cities, mostly Democrats in power, are riddled with crime – he imagines New York’s “bloodstained” streets. “Our country is going to hell, it’s a disaster.”
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