Former President Donald Trump kicked off his 2024 White House accepts Saturday Stops in New Events in Hampshire and South Carolina in Early-voting States marking the first appearances of campaigns since announcing his latest run more More than two years ago

“Together we will complete the unfinished business of making America great again,” Trump At an evening party in Columbia will introduce the South Carolina leadership team.

Trump His allies and he hope that the events will turn out in his favor in States of immense power in The nomination will give the candidate a boost after his slow start. left many questioning His commitment to run again.

“They said, ‘He’s not doing rallies, he’s not campaigning. Maybe he’s lost that step,’” Trump New Hampshire GOP’s annual meeting in Salem is his debut event.

However, he said to the party leaders: “I’m more angry now and I’m more committed now than I ever was.” He also dismissed speculation in South Carolina by stating that “we have huge rallies planned, bigger than ever before.”

While Trump He has been ensconced in his home for the past months. in He claims that his assistants have been working behind-the scenes at both his Florida golf club and the nearby course. He opened his campaign’s headquarters. in Palm Beach, Florida has been recruiting staff. Here are some other resources. in In recent weeks, supporters have reached out to elected officials and political operatives to obtain support. Trump It is at this critical moment that other Republicans prepare to face their challenges.

New Hampshire, Trump promoted his campaign agenda, including immigration and crime, and said his policies would be the opposite of President Joe Biden’s. He cited the Democrats’ move to change the election calendar, costing New Hampshire took the first primary slot, with Biden taking fifth place. in New Hampshire in 2020. “disgracefully trashing this beloved political tradition.”

“I hope you’re going to remember that during the general election,” Trump Tell party members. Trump He won the primaries twice, but was defeated by Democrats each time.

Later in South Carolina Trump said he planned to keep the state’s presidential primary as the “first in the South” And called it “a very important state.”

His speech ranged from criticizing Biden and Democrats to making disparaging remarks regarding transgender people and mockery of those promoting electric stoves, cars, and remembering his past efforts as President to increase oil production, strike trade contracts, and clamp down on immigration at the U.S.Mexico frontier.

GOP challengers

While Trump It remains the only officially declared 2024 Potential challengers to the presidency, Florida Governor included Ron DeSantis, Ex-Vice President Mike Pence ex-Gov. of South Carolina Nikki Haley, Who was? Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, are expected to get their campaigns underway in The next months will be even more exciting.

South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and several members of the state’s congressional delegation attended. Henry McMaster, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and several members of the state’s congressional delegation attended Trump’s event at the Statehouse.

Trump’s team has struggled to line up support from South Carolina lawmakers, even some who eagerly backed him before. Some claim that more A year away from the primary, endorsements are too premature. Some others have stated that it’s time to let the party go. Trump A new generation of leaders.

Murrell Smith, South Carolina House Speaker, was one of the legislators awaiting his arrival Trump’s arrival, although he said he was there not to make a formal endorsement but to welcome the former president to the state in He is a speaker.

Instead, supporters packed into the ceremonial lobby, between the Senate and the State House, fighting with journalists and cameras for the space.

Dave Wilson, the president of Palmetto Family, a conservative Christian charity, expressed concern about some issues facing conservative voters. Trump’s recent comments that Republicans who opposed abortion without exceptions had cost the party in The November election.

“It gives pause to some folks within the conservative ranks of the Republican Party as to whether or not we need the process to work itself out,” Wilson said, whose group hosted Pence for a speech in 2021.

Gerri McDaniel however, worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, rejected the idea that voters were ready to move on from the former president. “Some of the media keep saying he’s losing his support. No, he’s not,” Sie said. “It’s only going to be greater than it was before because there are so many people who are angry about what’s happening in Washington.”

South Carolina was the host of this event. in Some ways offA brand for an ex-reality TV star, who prefers large rallies but has attempted to project an outsider image. Rallies can be costly. Trump He faced new challenges financially when he began his campaign. in November — far earlier than many had urged. He is now subject to stringent fundraising rules. Additionally, he cannot use his leadership political action committee’s well-funded funding to finance such events which could cost many million of dollars.

Trump’s campaign, in its early stages, has already drawn controversyHe was especially so when he had dinner with Holocaust-denying white nationalist Nick Fuentes and the rapper formerly known as Kanye WestHe had also made antisemitic remarks. Trump Also, the sale of a set of digital trading card featuring him as a hero, cowboy, and astronaut was widely mocked.

A series of crimes have been committed against him. investigationsIncludes one into the discovery of hundreds of documents with classified markings Florida Club and whether he refused to return the items, along with state and federal examinations He lost his bid to change the result of the 2020 elections, which were overturned by Biden.

Still, early polling shows he’s a favorite to win his party’s nomination.

“The gun is fired, and the campaign season has started,” Stephen Stepanek is the outgoing chair New Hampshire Republican Party Trump Stepanek was announced as his senior advisor in The state.


Kinnard reported in Columbia, South Carolina and Colvin. New York. Michelle L. Price is an Associated Press reporter in New York also contributed to the report.

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