Tuesday in Orlando, President Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando that drew a huge crowd of supporters, many of whom had camped out for up to 48 hours to get in. If you have about an hour-and-a-half to spare, here’s video of the entire speech. It takes a little longer to watch than one of the late night comedy shows, but I guarantee you it’s funnier and more enjoyable.
Here’s a good recap of highlights from Trump’s rally, plus a little reaction from Democrats (Bernie Sanders called him a “racist” and a “sexist”…talk about a comedian who desperately needs some new material!)
If you only have time for one quote from Trump’s speech, this probably sums it up best:
"No matter what label they give, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and destruction of the American Dream. Don’t ever forget, this election is about you. It’s about your family, your future and the fate of your country."
And here’s what I think everyone would surely agree was the best few minutes of the entire evening:
The 20,000-seat arena was filled to capacity, and Trump said there had been 120,000 requests for the free tickets. Despite the media narrative that Trump is unpopular and Americans lay awake nights pining for the return of Barack Obama, when Obama held his 2012 reelection kickoff rally in Columbus, it drew only about 14,000 people to a 20,000-capacity arena.
One reason Trump rallies are such hot tickets that the media never report on is that his speeches are incredibly entertaining (the other reason they never report on is that a lot of Americans actually support Trump.) Trump can speak for over an hour, going off-script and riffing like a stand-up comic, using humor, hyperbole and exaggeration to hilariously skewer his critics and opponents (or as the media call that: “LYING!!!!”)
Like any superstar kicking off an arena tour, Trump trotted out some old fan favorites (“Crooked Hillary”) and snuck in some new material (like actually debuting an impression of her.) You can catch it at this link.
Trump’s rallies are so entertaining, even Marco Rubio was spotted smiling and chuckling, a fact that alarmed a New York Times reporter, the Times being the place where all humor goes to die (there’s a reason it’s called “the Gray Lady” instead of “the Funny Lady.”) Rubio’s response might get a smile or a chuckle from you.
Speaking of newspapers, the Orlando Sentinel provided an excellent example of how out of touch with readers they and why so many are going out of business with a furious op-ed saying they would endorse anyone but Trump. Certainly sounds like a statement you’d expect from sober adult journalists whose job is to assess the effectiveness of various policies. They based this attack on a Washington Post claim that Trump has told “10,000 lies” (see definition of “lies” above), without reminding readers of how many fake and biased/negative stories WaPo has run about Trump.
I will start taking seriously the pearl-clutching by the media about Trump’s “childish insults” and “combative rhetoric” when they start covering him like any other President instead of constantly hitting him with childish insults and nasty names, denigrating his motives for every policy and claiming that he’s an illegitimate President, all adding up to 92% negative coverage from day one. And to provide a perfect example, here’s why you shouldn’t have even tried watching the Trump rally on CNN…