“Thank you, Nancy.”
That’s the message President Donald Trump had for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in his first 2020 campaign rally after his “full, complete, absolute and total acquittal” on charges that got him impeached by the House in December.
Trump and the Republican party’s poll numbers, the president asserted Monday before a packed crowd at Southern New Hampshire University arena in Manchester, received a massive boost from the impeachment saga, in which Democrats accused Trump of pressuring Ukraine to investigate a potential political foe, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump quickly moved on from his impeachment trial to tout what he and his surrogates have described as a “blue collar boom,” with record low unemployment figures and solid employment numbers for African Americans and Latinos.
Like his son, Donald Trump Jr., and Vice President Mike Pence, who both spoke to the crowd before him, Trump chastised Democrats as radical leftists and repeated a refrain used on the campaign trail and in his recent State of the Union address: that the U.S. would never be a socialist nation under his watch.
“Washington Democrats have never been more extreme,” Trump said, arguing Democratic candidates were “trying to take away your health care. We’re making it better and much, much cheaper.”
Trump said he and the GOP would always guarantee coverage of people with pre-existing conditions, which is actually one of the core tenants of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which the Trump administration has sought to overturn.
Pence tried to contrast the Trump administration’s success, citing millions of new jobs including more than 220,000 new jobs announced in the latest labor reports, with Democrats, who “were still counting votes in Iowa” caucuses, he said.
“They can’t even run a caucus in Iowa,” Trump later said, accusing the Democratic party of “trying to take (the nomination) away from” Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “They’re doing it to you again, Bernie.”
According to CNN, Sanders leads in the latest New Hampshire poll before Tuesday’s primary.