“Make America Great Again,” President Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign slogan is getting reworked for his upcoming 2020 re-election run. Trump teased his new slogan during an event in Indiana.
“Keep America Great!” the president shouted to an voracious crowd of supporters. “Because we are doing so well that in another two years when we start the heavy campaign, ‘Make America Great Again’ wouldn’t work out too well. It’s going to be ‘Keep America Great’ because that’s exactly where we are headed. But don’t tell anybody. I don’t want anybody to know. But I do like that.”
Per ABC News:
“You are making Indiana proud, and we are all making America proud. We are rockin’,” Trump said.
But he began his nearly one-hour speech by touting his administration’s most recent achievement, the release of three American prisoners freed from North Korea, to an enthusiastic crowd of over 7,000 supporters that chanted “Lock her up!” just before the rally began.
“At 2:00 in the morning I had the incredible honor of greeting three brave Americans who had been held in North Korea and we welcomed them back home the proper way,” Trump said to cheers.
Later, Trump seemed to take a swipe at the Obama administration for paying for hostages.
“I think Kim Jong Un did a great service to our country by doing this. Those hostages came out with respect. We didn’t pay for them,” Trump said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2018
Trump spoke extensively on the Iran nuclear deal, which he recently announced the United States would be pulling out of.
“Of the many national security blunders of the last administration, one of the worst was the disastrous Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said. “We’re putting the harshest most stringent sanctions on Iran.”
And, “I hope to be able to make a deal with them, a fair deal, a better deal … better for them, better for them. But they must not have nuclear weapons, we must be able to go to their site and check that site.”
— GITMO 🇺🇸 (@President1Trump) May 10, 2018
Trump, who was joined Thursday night by Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, praised the recently elected Republican candidates and welcomed newly nominated Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun to the stage.
“This November, Indiana will face an important choice: You can send a really incredible swamp person back to the Senate like Joe Donnelly or you can send us Republicans like Mike Braun to drain the swamp,” Trump said.
On Tuesday night, Republican voters in Indiana overwhelmingly elected Braun to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the 2018 election. The Associated Press reported that Braun won 41 percent of the vote.
Trump slammed Donnelly in his speech, dubbing him “Sleeping Joe” and listing off all the times he voted “no.”
“Joe Donnelly will do whatever [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi tell him what to do. They don’t ask him. They tell him,” Trump said.
Here’s more, per the Hill:
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Trump and Republicans are facing strong headwinds ahead of November. The president’s party historically loses seats in the first midterm election. Plus, Trump’s underwater approval ratings could hurt GOP incumbents running in competitive districts and states.
But Trump has expressed confidence that Republicans will do well in the November midterms. And he’s made repeated overtures to voters to not get “complacent” in the fall so that Republicans can protect their majorities in the House and Senate.
“It’s all at stake in November,” Trump said. “The strides that we’re making—it can also disappear if you put fools and if you put the wrong people in.”
“You have to work everyday from now and until November to elect more Republicans to continue making America great again.”