Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Campaign … Against Hillary Clinton

Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Campaign … Against Hillary Clinton, by Asawin Suebsaeng.

“Deplorables,” “LOCK HER UP,” acid-washed emails, fake news, MAGA hats, invasion by immigrants, trade deals, U-S-A, and Trump’s alleged swamp-draining. For Trump, Tuesday’s big speech at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando may have been billed as a campaign launch, but it was really about reliving his past glories.

And the audience adored him for it, stomping their feet, screaming his name, and chanting about how much CNN “sucks.”

“If I deleted one email, like a love note to Melania, it’s the electric chair for Trump,” the president joked, bashing Clinton for her infamous email imbroglio.

“They called us ‘Deplorables.’ That was a big mistake,” Trump said on stage, once again never allowing anyone — let alone himself — to possibly let 2016 go. …

Seb Gorka, a former Trump administration official and lightning rod for controversy and backbiting, showed up to tell at least one political reporter to “go to hell.” …

“They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign probably in the history of our country,” Trump told the ebullient crowd of fans and voters. “They want to destroy you.”

About Last Night, by John Hinderaker.

At 73, Trump remains a force of nature. He spoke for an hour and a quarter or an hour and a half, vigorously to say the least. …

The Democratic candidates’ rallies are pitiful compared with Trump’s. Reportedly, some people stayed in line for 40 hours to get into the arena in Orlando. Twenty thousand people packed the arena, with thousands more outside, just enjoying the occasion. His reception was rapturous. Last night’s campaign kickoff was a preview of many more such rallies in the coming months. I don’t see any of the Democratic contenders coming close to matching Trump’s campaign events.

Trump laid into the Democrats over Russiagate early in his speech, and strongly. This, too, is a harbinger of things to come. When it comes to scandals, Trump is on offense. …

News coverage of last night’s rally was predictable: it was mostly about how Trump was dark, angry, vengeful. Such stories are aimed at those who didn’t see Trump’s speech. The mood at a Trump rally is festive. The people lucky enough to be inside the arena are having fun. Optimism and positivity are in the air. Sure, Trump goes after the Democrats. But what about the Democrats’ speeches? Don’t they consist largely of vicious attacks on President Trump? But does the press ever describe the Democrats’ events as dark, angry and vengeful? Not that I have seen.

Polls show Trump losing to Biden or Sanders, especially in deplorable swing states. Someone is listening to their concerns, and Trump hasn’t delivered on immigration and the Wall. However, the Dems will probably go with someone much more to the liking of their activists, who will be way too socialist or woke for the mainstream. Perhaps Trump got lucky in 2016, in that Hillary was a uniquely bad candidate who went out of her way to insult deplorables.