Everything You Need to Know About President Trump’s Re-Election Bid in Florida
Supporters of President Trump celebrated Tuesday as the current president announced his bid for re-election in Orlando, Fla.
In the very first part of his speech, Trump said “if we have about three or four empty seats, the fake news will say ‘headline: he didn’t fill up the arena.’” The jam-packed crowd of his supporters booed in response.
Though Trump highlighted his accomplishments as president in his speech, he did not introduce any new cohesive plans or policies for his second term that could boost his chances of re-election. Instead, he announced his new campaign slogan would be “Keep America Great,” promising to continue his mission.
The president went on to air his list of grievances against the left, while also promoting his accomplishments in the last three years.
“Together we stared down a corrupt and broken establishment, and we restored government of, by, and for the people,” Trump said. “Our country is now thriving, prospering and booming, and frankly it’s soaring to new heights. Our economy is the envy of the world, perhaps the greatest economy we’ve had in the history of our country.”
Trump promised to “finish the job” this time around, saying, “This time should be a lot easier because we have done so much with our military, with our vets, with the Second Amendment, with our regulations, with the biggest tax cut in history…”
However, though Trump often cites his 2017 $1.5 trillion tax cut as the “biggest tax cut in history,” it falls below the 1981 tax cut under the Reagan administration, which is the largest cut as a percentage of the economy and by its federal revenue reduction. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget reported that the tax bill that Trump signed would have had to cost roughly $6.8 trillion over 10 years to beat the 1981 tax cut, which was 2.9 percent of gross domestic product.
Trump also claimed that “we are taking billions and billions of dollars in and — remember this, and you know it as well as I do — we have never taken in 10 cents from China. We would lose $500 billion a year with China.”
However, data reported by Factcheck.org reveals that the U.S. collected more than $10 billion in customs duties on Chinese imports every year from 2010 to 2016. In 2018, the U.S. had a trade deficit of $381 billion in goods and services with China.
Trump also went onto say that the unemployment rate is the lowest rate it’s been in over 51 years, which is supported by data. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May 2019, the lowest since December 1969 when it reached 3.5 percent.
Trump claimed, “we’re going to have over 400 miles of wall built by the end of next year.”
A spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection Agency confirmed that they have received funding for 258 miles of barriers.
However, the funds are not necessarily for “new wall,” but barrier repairs and replacements. In May, a federal judge blocked the administration from using Pentagon funds to build the wall.
“We’ve ended the last administration’s cruel and heartless war on American energy,” Trump said. “What they were doing to our energy should never be forgotten. The United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world.”
The U.S. became the largest producer of crude oil in 2013 under the Obama administration, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Trump called the state his “second home—or in many cases, my first home,” as the state was instrumental in helping Trump win his first run for president in 2016.
As of now, Florida looks like the swing state that Trump is most likely to win over. Susie Wiles, who ran Trump’s 2016 Florida campaign and is advising the president’s re-election campaign, told Politico that the state is a must-win.
“Yes, it’s mathematically possible to win the presidency without Florida,” she said. “But it sure is a helluva lot easier if you win here.”
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said that Florida is the perfect place to soon be launching their Latino coalition.
“The Latino community is not monolithic in Florida, just like in the rest of the country, and we will have people from these diverse communities speaking to their friends and neighbors on the president’s behalf,” Pascale said.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING:
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders responded immediately after Trump’s rally in Florida with a livestream of his own from Washington, D.C.
“Trump is living in a parallel universe. He is way out of touch with the needs of ordinary people…Trump is falling further behind in his ability to get reelected,” Sanders said.
Sanders also pointed out the topics that Trump did not address in his rally.
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING:
Florida congressman Matt Gaetz appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity shortly after President Trump’s Orlando rally.
“There is an electricity here in Florida that we think is going to pulse all around America with an enthusiasm for the Trump campaign,” Gaetz said. “And what was so special today is that people really felt part of this movement. What’s different about Donald Trump is, and so special is that it’s an inclusive movement that invites people in if they want better jobs, better opportunity and if they want America respected again.”