Former President Donald Trump has maintained a relatively low profile since announcing his 2024 presidential bid last year, perhaps satisfied with allowing his successor’s dismal economic record and scandals involving classified documents to dominate the media narrative.
Over the weekend, however, he hit the campaign trail with a pair of stops in states that will be among the first to vote in the upcoming presidential primaries.
The Fake News Media was good yesterday in their coverage of my stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Other than The Globalist Street Journal, which is rarely accurate or good, they said the day was really “amazing.” The enthusiasm to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN has never been
— Truth Social Trump (@TrumpTruthPost) January 30, 2023
Addressing a crowd in New Hampshire, he acknowledged the scuttlebutt among his rivals regarding a seemingly lackluster start to his presidential campaign but dismissed any criticism of his commitment to vigorously pursue a second term in the White House.
“They said, ‘He’s not doing rallies; he’s not campaigning. Maybe he’s lost that step,’” Trump said, adding: “I’m more angry now and I’m more committed now than I ever was.”
He went on to express his support for the state’s “first-in-the-nation primary status,” which has come under fire from politicians including President Joe Biden…
“I refuse to let any Republican — and there are some, you know who they are — even think about taking that cherished status away,” he asserted.
During that campaign stop, he announced that outgoing New Hampshire GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek had been selected as his top advisor for the state.
Trump also appeared in South Carolina, where he similarly vowed to protect that state’s “first in the South” presidential primary voting status. He went into detail about a platform meant to appeal to conservatives in the state, which largely hinged on hot-button cultural issues.
“We’re going to stop the left-wing radical racists and perverts who are trying to indoctrinate our youth,” he said. “And we’re going to get their Marxist hands off of our children.”
The former president also railed against members of his own party who he believes are insufficiently committed to conservative ideals, referring to them as “RINOs,” which is a frequently used acronym for “Republicans in Name Only.”
“The 2024 election is our one shot to save our country, and we need a leader who is ready to do that on day one,” he said. “We need a fighter who can stand up to the left, who can stand up to the swamp, stand up to the media, stand up to the deep state.”