WASHINGTON, DC—With stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina over the weekend, Donald Trump began his campaign with messages renewing his core anti-immigrant themes and directing his main darts at President Joe Biden and his likely Republican rival Ron DeSantis. Third presidential campaign begins.
“This campaign will be about the future. Joe Biden has put America on the fast track to ruin and destruction, and we will make sure he doesn’t get another four years,” Trump said during a shutdown at the Columbia, South Carolina, capitol. Said in the door incident.
Trump specifically vowed to end Biden’s ‘open borders’ immigration policy in the first hours of his term in 2025, as well as to reinstate “every border security measure of the Trump presidency”. We have open borders when they should be closed; It’s April Fool’s Day.”
Dressed in a dark suit and red tie, without the blue MAGA hat, Trump separately charged Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida who is seen as Trump’s biggest internal threat to the party’s nomination. “There are Republican governors who didn’t shut down their states. Florida was closed for a long time. They are trying to rewrite history,” he told reporters aboard the press plane.
In his first act in New Hampshire, Trump returned to the anti-immigrant themes of his original 2015 campaign and recalled an incident when he pressured the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to accept the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), as it is popularly known. Like the Stay in Mexico program.
And he repeated verbatim his 2015 message against immigrants from Mexico and other countries. Trump said, “They’re sending people who are murderers, they’re sending rapists, and they’re sending very clearly terrorists or they’re coming themselves and we can’t allow that to happen.” “
But unlike his two previous bids for the nomination, this time Trump faces a difficult scenario if Governor DeSantis decides to run for president in 2024.
DeSantis would have a better chance against Biden than Trump, as 45 percent of registered voters preferred the Florida governor, compared to 38 percent of registered voters preferring Biden. Meanwhile, in another what-if scenario, Biden and Trump were tied.