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Trump Launches Re-Election Campaign With Monster Rally in Orlando

Posted on | June 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Trump Launches Re-Election Campaign With Monster Rally in Orlando


This guy is a political genius. A week ahead of the first televised Democrat debates, he stages a gigantic rally in a 20,000-seat Florida arena, with people lining up two days in advance. By doing this, on the four-year anniversary of his June 2015 escalator ride, Trump visibly demonstrates his continued popularity at a time when the media are claiming that polls show him trailing in his re-election race. A few highlights:

As soon as Trump took the stage in his signature red tie, the crowd seemed pleased to have waited. They greeted him with “USA” chants as he recalled the “movement” he started four years ago.
“It turned out to be more than just a great political campaign. It turned out to be a great political movement because of you,” the president said, echoing the same nationalist message that became a staple of his first presidential run. “It’s a movement made up of people … who believe that a nation must care for its own citizens first.” . . .
“Together we’re breaking the most sacred rule of Washington politics: We are keeping our promises to the American people,” he said. . . .
“They’ve been afflicted with an ideological sickness,” Trump said of Democrats, attracting deafening applause as he affirmed that “America is not a socialist country.”
“Republicans do not believe in socialism. We believe in freedom,” he added.
“The days of stealing American jobs and American companies, American ideas and wealth —those days are over,” Trump boldly declared.

Predictably, the media freaked out. CNN cut away from live coverage six minutes into the speech when the crowd started chanting “CNN sucks.”


Then, just as Trump was getting back on track and talking about how the election “was our chance to reclaim our government,” CNN fill-in anchor John Berman appeared.
“All right. We’ve been watching the President kick off his reelection bid. He’s been on stage for about six minutes. Within two minutes he did talk about the economy, but within four minutes it was attacks on the media,” he whined.
Berman then looked for a take from CNN political director David Chalian, who processed to lecture the President about wasting his opportunity to talk to the American people about his accomplishments:

But, is Donald Trump going to seize this moment to frame his argument to the American people as to why they should renew his contract for another four years, or is he just going to present us the Trump show, you know, and air his grievances and start the bashing of the free press.

“And he shows no desire whatsoever to try and actually seize this moment to do something different,” Chalian complained.

Having gone all-in on Hillary in 2016, when they earned the moniker “Clinton News Network,” CNN has been playing sore loser ever since. Guess what? Nobody likes a sore loser:

Fox News’ prime time lineup once again dominated its competition last week, besting both CNN and MSNBC combined, as CNN and MSNBC posted their lowest total day ratings of the year in a crucial demographic.
Fox News had the highest ratings on cable television for the week of June 10-16. Fox News’ prime time line up averaged nearly 2.3 million viewers and 315,000 in the critical 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. The network also averaged nearly 1.2 million total day viewers, including 187,000 in the 25-54 demographic. . . .
CNN was ninth in total day ratings and 14th in prime time ratings.
CNN averaged 519,000 in total day viewership, including just 173,000 in the ages 25-54 demographic, its lowest of the year. . . .
CNN’s ratings continue the network’s recent nose dive. Last week, the Home and Garden TV channel nearly doubled the 24 hour cable news network in prime time ratings, averaging 1,289,000 viewers compared to 762,000 viewers for CNN.

Twice as many people watch HGTV as watch CNN. And throwing on-air tantrums probably isn’t going to improve their ratings. Just sayin’ . . .



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