President Donald Trump returned to the key battleground state of Florida on Tuesday to ask Americans to give him another four years in office, claiming he has kept the promises that helped sweep him into office in 2016.
“I can promise you that I will never ever let you down – I won’t,” Trump told cheering and chanting supporters who packed a pro basketball arena in downtown Orlando.
While promoting issues like the economy and border security, Trump spent as much time condemning his Democratic opponents as “socialists” and “left-wing” extremists who have tried to destroy him and his family, and have “looked down” on his many supporters.
Signaling a brutal campaign over the next 16-and-a-half months, Trump accused enemies of trying to nullify the results of the 2016 election through investigations of Russian interference and calls for impeachment.
Describing Florida as a “second home,” the owner of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach reached back for many of the elements that marked his raucous political rallies of 2016.
At length, he criticized then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her use of private emails, prompting old-time chants of “Lock Her Up.” Trump made little reference to the nearly two dozen Democrats who are seeking their party’s nomination in 2016, save for a couple of sneering references to “Sleepy” Joe Biden and “Crazy” Bernie Sanders.
These and other Democrats said Trump has succeeded only in dividing Americans, alienating global allies, and slowing the economy with ill-advised tariffs and trade wars that have spooked markets.