President Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign Tuesday night before a jam-packed crowd in Orlando’s Amway Center arena. He quickly unloaded on the media organizations and government actors he said tried their hardest with “everything they had” to bring down both his candidacy and presidency.
To chants of “USA,” Trump took the stage after brief remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, and recalled his unlikely rise to the presidency. “We stared down the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests who made a living bleeding our country dry,”
Trump said. “The swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently. For the last two and a half years, we have been under siege.” With some help from the crowd as the rally continued, Trump appeared to settle on a new campaign slogan: “Keep America Great.”
Just over four years ago, Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president, the first step on a journey few analysts believed would take him all the way to the White House. This time, thousands of Trump supporters arrived more than 40 hours in advance to secure a spot in the Amway Center, despite sweltering heat. Some had been camped in chairs for several nights.