Donald Trump will make America great again

"Keeping America Great": Trump officially launched the 2020 election campaign

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"Keep making America great": This is how Trump starts the 2020 election campaign

With sharp attacks against the Democrats and a new slogan, US President Donald Trump has officially ushered in his campaign for the hoped-for re-election in 2020. Together with his supporters, he will "continue to make America great" and then ensure that it "remains really great," said Trump on Tuesday evening (local time) in front of around 20,000 cheering listeners in Orlando (Florida). Under him, the country will be in a better position than ever before - "and that is why I am standing here in front of you to officially start my election campaign for a second term as President of the United States of America".

Trump declared "Keep America Great" to be his new campaign motto for 2020, in German something like: Make sure America stays great. Trump entered the 2016 election with the slogan "Make America Great Again". Trump called this the best campaign slogan of all time. However, the stated goal has largely been achieved.

"We will not lose," said Trump with a view to the presidential election next November. "I will never let you down," he promised his followers.

Trump warned urgently of a Democratic election victory. "Our radical democratic opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and anger," he said. "They want to destroy you, and they want to destroy our country as we know it." The Democrats wanted to turn America into a socialist state, deprive US citizens of their basic rights and open the borders to illegal immigrants, Trump claimed. He will not allow it to happen. At the same time, the president warned that a lot was at stake and urged his supporters to vote.

In addition to his usual attacks on the Democrats and the media, Trump largely unwound his usual repertoire of campaign messages during the more than an hour-long speech. The president said no other US administration had achieved as much as his in the past two and a half years. The economy is in better shape than ever, unemployment is at an all-time low and the USA is respected again internationally. The future has never been so bright.

"The American dream is back," said Trump. "He's bigger and stronger and better than ever." However, he held back with concrete statements for his future political agenda.

Trump was accompanied in Florida by Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen and First Lady Melania Trump. His deputy Pence said, "We made history in 2016 and we will make history again." Trump's family, members of his government and some Republican senators also took part in the campaign.

It is no coincidence that Trump's team chose Florida as the location for this. The sunny state in the south is considered to be the key to an election victory. With 29 electors, Florida, along with New York, is the third most important state in the US electoral system after Texas and California - and by far the largest "swing state". These are the states in which it is uncertain whether the Democrats or Republicans will win there.

To challenge Trump, more than 20 Democrats are running for their party's candidacy. In particular, Trump named only the two most promising Democratic candidates to date: former Vice President Joe Biden and the independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who had already applied for the candidacy for the Democrats in 2016. Trump treated both potential challengers with the usual abuse: Sanders he called "crazy Bernie" ("Crazy Bernie"), Biden the "sleepy Joe" ("Sleepy Joe").

With the Republicans there is so far only one other candidate besides Trump who wants to run for the party in the election. This is the former governor of the US state of Massachusetts, Bill Weld. However, he is not given any significant chances to dispute Trump for the Republican candidacy.

(aj / dpa)

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