Trump’s Orlando rally was gigantic and he used the opportunity to kick off his 2020 re-election campaign. He touched on many issues, including the economy, jobs, the failed attempt by Democrats to tie him to Russia, the media and more.
FOX News has details:
Trump launches re-election bid before jam-packed arena, vows to ‘Keep America Great’
President Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign Tuesday night before a jam-packed crowd in Orlando’s Amway Center arena, and quickly unloaded on the media organizations and government actors he said tried their hardest with “everything they had” to bring down both his candidacy and presidency.
To chants of “USA,” Trump took the stage after brief remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, and recalled his unlikely rise to power.
“We stared down the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests who made a living bleeding our country dry,” Trump said. “The swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently. For the last two and a half years, we have been under siege.”
And after polling the boisterous crowd, Trump appeared to settle on a new campaign slogan: “Keep America Great.”
He went on to tout the economy and the planned Space Force, celebrate the “obliteration” of ISIS, and declare that “Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God” amid a newly energized national pro-life movement.
One detail about the event should definitely worry Democrats. It was apparently bigger than a similar event for Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election.
FOX News reports:
Trump campaign kickoff appears to outdraw similar event for Obama’s re-election bid
Many of President Trump’s critics went out of their way in 2017 to assert that his inauguration in Washington attracted a smaller crowd than the inaugurations for former President Barack Obama.
But on Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla., it appeared that Trump drew a larger crowd for his 2020 re-election campaign kickoff event than Obama did for a similar event in Columbus, Ohio.
Orlando’s Amway Center, which holds approximately 20,000 people, appeared to be filled to capacity Tuesday night, according to Fox News producers inside.
But when Obama launched his 2012 reelection bid with an event at Ohio State University in Columbus, that city’s fire department estimated the crowd at only around 14,000 inside an arena that held about 20,000 people, according to Obama’s campaign. The crowd was smaller than his average turnouts at comparable rallies throughout his first campaign for the 2008 election.
At that Ohio event, Obama supporters filled only about half of the arena while much of the upper deck remained empty, according to estimates by Politico.
You can watch the whole thing below: