US President Donald Trump opened his bid for a second term after securing the Republican nomination Monday in typically combative fashion by claiming Democrats want to ‘steal’ the election that polls currently show him losing. After the completion of the party the nomination vote confirming Trump as the candidate on November 3, he appeared at the convention in Charlotte, often dark speech lasting close to an hour.
He told Republicans to be alert for what he claimed was a Democratic plan to rig the contest through increased use of mail-in-voting a measure Democrats say is needed to protect people from catching Covid-19 in crowded polling stations. He told party delegates, “They are trying to steal the election, the only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election.”
On Thursday, Trump hopes the convention, which concludes with his formal acceptance of the nomination, will shift voters attention from the coronavirus to what he says is the super-v shaped economic recovery.
Trump is convicted that the more he gets on stage the better for changing the narrative in his favor. He took over the event in Charlotte, which had been drastically scaled back due to Covid-19 precautions.
Trump is expected to make more live television appearances on each of the four days of the convention ahead of his acceptance speech at the White House. His children will also give convention speeches and his wife will address the nation from the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.
Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist was arrested last week on fraud charges and a current top advisor, Kellyanne Conway announced that she is stepping down shortly to spend time her family.
Trump is attempting to reclaim the high ground with an emphasis on restoring the economy and getting America back to work. But the sunny tone is already getting overshadowed by his usual lurid claims that Democrats want to take away Americans firearms, unleash anarchy in the streets encourage mass illegal immigration, and repress religious freedom. He told the crowd in Charlotte, that “They want no guns. They want no oil and gas. They want no God.”
Biden is unhappy with the President’s handling of the pandemic, unrest over racial inequality and fear long term economic damage from the coronavirus shutdown.
Beyond bread and butter issues, Trump’s abrasive style his habit of insulting people in public his demonization of journalists and almost total inability to talk to Democratic leaders has left the country divided and exhausted. Trump is now attempting to reclaim the high ground with an emphasis on restoring the economy and getting America back to work.