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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:57 AM

Trump sets stage for 2020 fight with false claims and recycled attacks [View all]

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/19/trump-2020-campaign-launch-keep-america-great

Trump sets stage for 2020 fight with false claims and recycled attacks

David Smith in Orlando, Florida

Wed 19 Jun 2019 05.09 BST Last modified on Wed 19 Jun 2019 08.26 BST

Donald Trump has set the stage for the nastiest US presidential race in modern times with a campaign rally that recycled old themes and stoked resentment towards Democrats and the media.

More than 500 days before the 2020 US election, the president formally launched his campaign before a capacity 20,000 crowd in a sports stadium in Orlando in the vital swing state of Florida, demonstrating that his base, at least, remains as fervent as ever.

Trump spent little effort offering a vision of the future. He and his supporters were most energised by his greatest hits: grievance politics, demonising opponents, raging against perceives injustices. There was even a reprise of attacks on Hillary Clinton, his defeated rival in 2016, complete with furious chants of “Lock her up!”

His vicious, often fabricated, attacks implied that while a referendum on his record would likely end in defeat, his campaign believes that whipping up fear of a Democrat in the White House could yet save his skin.
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Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders gave an immediate rebuttal to Trump’s speech, summarizing it as “lies, distortions, and total absolute nonsense”. He criticized Trump for barely talking about the climate emergency, or that “half of the people in this country are working paycheck to paycheck”.

Daniel Wessel, deputy war room director of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Like we said: new campaign, same broken promises. Voters heard nothing new tonight. It’s been the same thing for the past two and a half years. One broken promise after another.
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