Donald Trump launched his bid for the White House in New Hampshire, where he claimed he won the 2020 election, and framed Joe Biden’s bid to move the first presidential primary out of the state as the president seeks “revenge” for being there lost three “hard” years ago.
Trump, a former president and keynote speaker at the Republican State Committee meeting held Saturday at the Salem, NH, high school, pledged to a friendly crowd of supporters that he would make sure New Hampshire had its “first in the nation.” retains “primary status should he return to the White House.
“You got it,” Trump said. “You are the first and will always be the first.”
Trump said he’s won the Republican presidential primary twice in New Hampshire — and believes he “also won two general elections” — and explained that Biden’s finishing fifth there in the 2020 Democratic primary influenced the president’s bid to change the 2024 election calendar to change.
“Now he is taking revenge on your state’s voters by clearly and shamefully destroying this beloved political tradition,” Trump said. “And I hope you will remember that during the general election.”
The Democratic National Committee voted to place New Hampshire second on the 2024 presidential election calendar, behind South Carolina and on the same day as Nevada, a move that drew opposition from the state’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu and local Democrats.
Sununu, who is also expected to challenge Biden for president, said last week that New Hampshire plans to vote “no matter what” first, despite penalties the national party could face if they refuse to do so hold, reported USA Today.
The New Hampshire Republican Party has already decided to keep the state first in the GOP primary lineup, according to Matt Mowers, a former NHGOP executive director and a senior Trump White House adviser, who said that lineup was “really good for our country.” served”.
States that vote early have more say and influence than those that vote later in the process.
“I think it’s a shame that Joe Biden is bringing boss-style politics here,” Mowers said. “He rewards states that supported him where all he had to do was get endorsement. But he neglects the state, which has arguably the most open political process in the country.”
Trump spoke for just under an hour at Saturday’s meeting, where he laid out his early presidential agenda, which mainly included a series of plans to continue what he started in his four years as president and to reverse actions Biden had taken since his defeat in 2020. describes his tenure as a colossal failure.
“It’s weird, but I think of the United States – every day is April Fools’ Day,” Trump said.
Trump said he will crack down on illegal immigration by resecuring the Mexico-US border, replacing Chinese imports of essential goods with American-made products, and boosting the economy by lowering taxes and “Joe Biden’s war on the… American Energy” ended.”
He also said he will impose term limits on Congress, impose a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress, keep America out of “stupid foreign wars” and defend the integrity of the elections, which he says has been compromised by the introduction of absentee voting early during the Pandemic.
Trump also resorted to familiar refrains, insulting political rivals and referring to President Biden as “Brandon” and the former Speaker of the House as “Crazy Nancy Pelosi”.
He labeled the assembled media “fake news” and brought up the laptop controversy surrounding the president’s son, Hunter Biden, saying the FBI covered up the massive corruption uncovered on the computer by reporting it to the media said it was Russian disinformation.
He also hinted that crime is on the rise due to calls for police defunding, quipping, “Go to New York. Nobody will be prosecuted. I’m the only guy they’re after.”
Judging by the interest, Trump still has a strong presence in the Republican Party, despite his efforts to incite a riot in the US Capitol following his election defeat, which is still under investigation by the Jan. 6 committee, and a laundry list of others criminal charges against him since his presidency.
A New Hampshire GOP official said Saturday’s turnout was the highest for an annual gathering, at around 90%, and hundreds of pro-Trump supporters, including a contingent of Proud Boys, a far-right neo-fascist group, rallied in the Salem high school parking lot. The Annual Meeting was an invitation-only event.
Outgoing NHGOP chairman Stephen Stepanek, whom Trump appointed as his campaign’s senior adviser, led “USA” chants after the former president finished his remarks, and a state committeewoman was singled out by Trump for her support after she cried out : “We love you,” while he spoke.
While Trump has boasted about being way ahead in the polls, he is 12 points behind another Republican presidential hopeful, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in the Granite State in the most recent University of New Hampshire poll.
Support for DeSantis, who paid for shipping migrants to refugee states like Massachusetts, was also evident at the New Hampshire GOP committee meeting, where his cardboard cutout was on display and tables set out for him.