Former President Donald Trump traveled to the early-voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina on Jan. 28, reportedly embarking on the campaign trail for the first time since he officially announced his 2024 run for the President of the United States in November last year.
“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,” Trump said during a speech in Columbia, South Carolina.
“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.”
“Am I allowed to say stand up to the RINOs?” Trump continued, using the well-known abbreviation for “Republican in Name Only.”
“To stand up to the globalists and China, and stand up for America. And that’s what we do, we stand up for America,” he added.
“You need a president who can take on the whole system and a president that can win.”
Trump inspired hope in his supporters, promising, “Together we will complete the unfinished business of making America great again.”
He also revealed his South Carolina leadership team, which is slated to be led by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Others named to the leadership team include the state’s Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rep. Russel Fry (R-S.C.), Rep. William Timmons (R-S.C.), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), former U.S. Attorney Peter McCoy, and Trump’s former ambassador to Switzerland Ed McMullen.
“This campaign will be about the future. This campaign will be about issues,” added Trump, before lambasting Joe Biden and his performance in office, such as on the drug epidemic, the crisis at the southern border, and the suffering U.S. economy.
“Joe Biden has put America on the fast track to ruin and destruction, and we will ensure that he does not receive four more years,” he added.
The former president was spotted patronizing a Zesto restaurant in West Columbia, South Carolina during his trip, leading to a touching moment in which a worker asked him to share a prayer with her. Soon after, the clip went viral, being viewed at least 1.9 million times, according to Newsweek.
Worker at Zesto in Columbia, South Carolina says a prayer over Donald Trump:
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 29, 2023
More details on Trump’s speech can be found here.