Former President Donald Trump gave some pretty strong signals over the weekend that he intends to run again in 2024, including in his rally walk-off song: Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming.”
The 45th president made his entrance at the “Save America” event in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday night to his rally standard, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” — to the delight of the tens of thousands on-hand.
Trump started his remarks by anticipating a “great year” for America in 2022.
But before getting to the good news, he first made the case that President Joe Biden is failing as the nation’s chief executive.
“We’ve had more destruction, I think, than five presidents put together in the last year,” Trump said.
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“We all knew that Joe Biden would be not so good, but few could have imagined that he would be such a disaster for this country,” he added.
Trump cited inflation being the highest it’s been in 40 years, supply chain issues, increased crime (particularly in Democrat-run cities), the Biden’s administration’s COVID response and the unprecedented number of migrants illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border by the millions.
“Our beautiful, strong southern border from one year ago was all set. It was all finished,” Trump recounted.
“We had the best numbers we’ve ever had at the southern border, and that includes drugs coming into our country,” he continued. “We cut it down to a number that nobody thought was possible. And now it’s up seven times more than it was a year ago.”
Trump addressed the world security concerns that have arisen under Biden, pointing to Russian President Vladimir Putin surging troops on Ukraine’s border and President Xi Jinping of China threatening Taiwan.
“China, Russia and Iran are engaging in aggression and provocations they never would have dared do just one year ago,” he said.
Trump also noted North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un is “starting to shoot missiles again.”
The former commander in chief called the pull-out from Afghanistan in August “the most embarrassing moment in the history of the United States” and contended the debacle emboldened Xi.
The American people share Trump’s assessment that the nation is not doing well under Biden’s leadership.
The 46th president’s job approval rating stood at just 33 percent in a Quinnipiac poll released last week.
Trump pivoted to make some predictions that the rally goers wanted to hear.
“A great, red wave is going to begin right here in Arizona, and it’s going to sweep across this country,” he said.
“This is the year we are going to take back the House. We are going to take back the Senate, and we are going to take back America,” Trump said.
“And in 2024, we are going to take back the White House,” he added, which was the closest the former president came to announcing a re-election bid during the speech.
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Trump listed various agenda items for when Republicans take back control in D.C., which included completing the border wall, bringing more manufacturing back to the U.S. and holding China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic.
He also rattled off breaking up Big Tech, restoring free speech, protecting innocent life, banning “men from participating in women’s sports” and critical race theory, fully funding law enforcement and upholding the “Judea-Christian values and principles of our nation’s founding” as other top issues.
After speaking for an hour-and-a-half, Trump left the stage, not to The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A” as in 2020 or The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” like 2016, but Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming.”
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Trump did a little dance jig to it before departing, and his implied message seemed pretty clear: “I’m running again in 2024.”