Former President Donald Trump announced his 2024 campaign for president on Tuesday night, starting off with a strong speech about America’s potential future under his “National Greatness agenda.”
“My fellow citizens, America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump began his speech.
Speaking at his club at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, in front of friends, family and supporters, Trump discussed his comeback campaign — which had been several months in the making.
“Two years ago we were a great nation and soon we will be a great nation again,” the former president told the crowd.
After discussing his first term in office and his accomplishments, as well as condemning the failures of President Joe Biden, Trump finally announced his decision to run for reelection.
“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for the president of the United States,” he said.
“I am running because I believe the world has not yet seen the true glory of what this nation can be,” Trump later added. “We have not reached that pinnacle, believe it or not. In fact, we can go very far. We’re gonna have to go far, but first we have to get out of this ditch. And once we’re out, you’ll see things that nobody imagined for any country. It’s called the United States of America, and it’s an incredible place.”
He went on to talk about his hopes for building up the United States and instituting policies to once again Make America Great Again.
“Every policy must be geared toward that which supports the American worker, the American family and businesses both large and small, and allows our country to compete with other nations on a very level playing field — which we never had until I came along, and the Trump administration came along,” the former president said. “And now we’re losing it, they’re moving back into China, they’re moving back into these other countries, it’s horrible. That means low taxes, low regulations, and fair trade.”
“Other countries should pay for the privilege of coming into the American marketplace,” he added. “They have to pay to come into our country and make all of that money and take it away from us.”
Trump also vowed to end the war on domestic energy production, which he argued would also lower inflation.
“On day one we will end Joe Biden’s war on American energy,” he said. “And you will see, when that happens, you will see energy costs come down. And because energy is so big and so important, you will see inflation dropping… You will see it come down.”
He went on to discuss eliminating U.S. dependence on China, and bringing businesses back from overseas.
“Remember, economic security is national security,” Trump said. “That is why we will launch an all-out campaign to eliminate America’s dependence on China… We will bring our supply chains and manufacturing base back home as we were strongly doing during the Trump administration, and we will systematically bring back wealth, health and success to the American middle class and to America itself.”
“To every worker and family struggling to survive in the Biden economy with inflation destroying your family and your life, this campaign will be for you,” he continued, adding: “Help is on the way.”
Trump also noted that when he takes office, “schools will cease pushing” radical left-wing ideologies such as “critical race theory” and “gender insanity,” or else “they will lose all federal funding.”
“I will be the president who finally fixes education in America… We will not let men, as an example, participate in women’s sports,” he continued.
“We will defend the rights of parents and we will defend the family as the center of American life,” Trump added.
He then vowed to “abolish every Biden COVID mandate” and promised to “rehire every patriot who was fired from our military with an apology and full back pay.”
Trump also discussed an issue that many conservatives have been pushing for some time — term limits for Congress.
“To further drain the swamp, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress,” he said, noting: “It’s time.”
“And I will ask for a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of campaigns, a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and cabinet members… We want a ban on members of Congress getting rich by trading stocks with insider information,” Trump added.
Before concluding his speech with a conversation about the potential storm of attacks coming his way from the mainstream media and the left, Trump finished talking about policies for his second term by discussing election reform.
“To eliminate cheating, I will immediately demand voter ID, same-day voting and only paper ballots … And we want all votes counted by election night,” he said.