Former President Donald Trump’s long-awaited launch of his 2024 White House campaign sparked a backlash Tuesday, with conservatives and liberals alike expressing dismay.
“Donald Trump has failed America,” read a message posted on President Biden’s personal account during the 76-year-old Trump’s speech at Mar-a-Lago.
The 79-year-old president’s tweet included a video criticizing his predecessor’s record on the economy, health and women’s rights – and also accused Trump of ‘coddling extremists’ and ‘inciting violent mob’ on January 6, 2021.
The president himself was attending a mangrove tree-planting ceremony as part of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, when a reporter asked him if he reacted to Trump throwing his hat in the ring.
“Not really,” Biden replied before returning to the mangroves.
The conservative publication National Review, which ran against Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, quickly ran an op-ed titled “No” and led with a catchy quote attributed to one of France’s most famous Enlightenment philosophers. .
“To paraphrase Voltaire after attending an orgy, once was an experience, twice would be perverse,” began the article, which went on to describe the former president as “bruised” by recent electoral defeats, as well as “selfishly colossal”. [and] moral and electoral compromise.
“Trump’s announcement tonight is just the beginning of what will be a messy Republican primary with candidates competing to be the most extreme MAGA Republican in the race. The DNC will be ready for them all,” said by Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison. said on Twitter after Trump’s announcement.
David Axelrod, director of the School of Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager and senior adviser, called the speech “low energy” outside of Trump’s shots at his successor. .
“It’s like he’s going through the motions. The only enthusiasm he showed was for an ugly aside from Biden’s intelligence,” Axelrod said.
The Democratic strategist is also eyeing what he believes is a swipe at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whom Trump has repeatedly attacked since last week’s midterms — though he didn’t mention his potential rival by name Tuesday.
“’This is not a task for a conventional politician. It is a task for a movement. speaking of you, [DeSantis]!” Axelrod said.
Axelrod’s “low energy” comments were echoed by Jeb Bush Jr., the son of the former Florida governor and Trump’s defeated rival in 2016.
“Wow! Donald’s speech energy is very low. It’s time for new leaders! Jeb Jr. tweetedby adding the hashtags “WEAK” and “SleepyDonnie”.
“Even as a detractor, I have to admit that the one thing Trump has going for him is that he talks, but you’ve never really seen a 70-year-old,” opined Sean Trende, election analyst for RealClearPolitics. “Tonight he certainly looks like a 70-year-old man.”
However, reviews are not generally negative.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), a Trump ally, said the former president will be “tough to beat” if he achieves what he said Tuesday night.
“If President Trump continues on this tone and continues to deliver this message, he will be hard to beat. His speech tonight, comparing his policies and results against the Biden administration, sets a winning path for him in the primaries and general elections,” Graham said. said on Twitter.
“As we listen to President Trump remind us of what is possible regarding our borders, our economy and our national security, I hope he continues to focus on the solutions he offers tonight to restore a broken America.” , he declared. added.
Trump spoke for more than an hour at his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence in Palm Beach, Florida. He was accompanied by his wife Melania, son-in-law and former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and sons Eric and Barron.