Republican front-runner and real estate mogul, Donald Trump, delivers rousing speech in Jacksonville today.
Donald Trump held a rally today at The Jacksonville Landing in Florida which saw supporters (and some detractors) of his campaign surround the stage to hear the Republican candidate speak.
It was a spectacle.
With the St. Johns river in the background, Trump arrived to a standing ovation from the crowd who had been waiting for over 90 minutes.
He opened by addressing the attempt by corporate controlled mainstream media to derail his campaign. “They don’t want it to happen, they don’t want to see it happen,” he said.
He then discussed his strong poll numbers and touted his campaign’s success thus far despite Ben Carson leapfrogging him for first place in Iowa.
On the Iran deal, Trump said:
“We used to have three hostages, now we have four…we’re giving them 150 billion dollars which is insane to give them money, we shouldn’t give them anything…(if elected) we’re going to re-negotiate with Iran that horrible deal”
Trump later revealed that he planned to replace Obamacare with “something much better for you and the country”, along with his plan to “re-negotiate our trade deals” in order to bring jobs back from China and Japan.
He had choice words for self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders. “He’s giving away everything and you’re going to pay for it,” Trump said. He also revealed that he would rather run against Hillary because “her poor record” would lead to an easy win in the general election.
Trump briefly attacked Clinton for Benghazi, saying that “hundreds and hundreds of calls came out for help” to no avail. This prompted some members of the crowd to shout “Hillary for prison!” which seemed to amuse the Republican candidate.
Trump denounced Obama’s use of the word “supreme leader” in reference to Saudi Arabia’s Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, saying that the only “supreme leader” in his life was God. This went over extremely well with the largely religious crowd.
With a strong atmosphere and an enthusiastic group of supporters who hung onto the front-runner’s every word, one can assert that the rally was a net positive.
However, some felt that Trump didn’t discuss enough actual policy.
A young woman shouted “how?” after Donald promised to “make America great again”, and the Republican candidate spent an inordinate amount of time discussing polls and media appearances as opposed to other important issues like civil liberties or gun rights.
Despite some criticism, Trump’s speech resonated with a majority of the live audience who loved what the GOP front-runner said about illegal immigration and the importance of securing the border (his calling card).
Trump’s recent comments on the TPP , on Bush being responsible for 9/11 (which even liberal media agrees with), on politicians being controlled by special interests, on vaccines, on the Syrian refugees causing distress in Europe, and on illegal immigration point to a presidential candidate who understands the problems we’re facing as a nation.
The problem is – we haven’t heard many actual solutions.
It’s undeniable that the real-estate mogul’s White House bid is getting people involved with political discourse that wouldn’t ordinarily care. The leading Republican candidate is also bringing issues to the forefront that career politicians would never discuss.
Thus far, that’s been enough for Americans nationwide to take notice.