Somehow, Donald Trump managed to create suspense even at such a widely anticipated moment.
For hours, hundreds of invited guests have been waiting in the spacious ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago estate.
At 9 p.m., the former president showed up uncharacteristically on time, he’s going to be next.
The entrance music is borrowed from Les Miserables; he sings a revolutionary hymn as he greets a sea of his most loyal supporters.
That’s the greatness and beauty of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement if they see it firsthand.
He spoke for over an hour, showing how his America compares to today’s America.
this is what he considers an achievement Mr. Biden’s real challenge.
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He dismissed many legal investigations against him, most notably an FBI investigation into top secret presidential documents found at his resort.
“I’m a victim…” he said.
His candidates were not often the chosen ones in last week’s midterm elections? Well, that’s fake news, he said.
Then came the moment they had been waiting for.
“To make America great and glorious again, I announce tonight my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Outside the gates of his palatial resort, the fans are the reason he thinks he’s still the future.
As he made the announcement, the foot soldiers of the Trumpist movement cheered as they watched on their phones.
“America, America, America…” a man screamed.
Of course, it’s only the most focused here, but it reflects a movement that often feels more than political. It extends across the country and cuts into society.
The Republican establishment has repeatedly tried to cut Mr Trump loose.
After the January 6 uprisingSenate and House Republican leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy tried to pull the party away from Mr. Trump.
The persistently baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen by Biden has caused a great deal of unease within the party.
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But time and time again, they are drawn back to Trump, knowing that a critical mass of Republican voters continues to constitute the reality-denying force behind the party.
They are supporters who aren’t worried about capitol riots or inspired by Trump. They also don’t bother with their leaders trying to steal a fair election.
The Republican establishment in Washington, D.C., knows that Trump’s broad support base has loyalties that cannot simply be shut down or moved elsewhere.
There’s no doubt the Republicans are underperforming midterm elections Last week was another time to try to get rid of Donald Trump.
His candidates underperformed compared to candidates he did not support in elections where parties that lost power should have done better.
Mr. Trump took the first step; the first Republican to announce his candidacy for president.
Get ready now for the mother of all internal power struggles.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, Virginia Governor Glenn Yangkin and outgoing Maryland Governor Larry Hogan are all likely candidates.
And the favorite, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. ron to don It will be the fiercest battle.
All of them will try to imitate a Trumpism, a political movement that transcends all establishment expectations.