Former President Donald Trump rallied in North Carolina on September 23, seeking to build support for the candidates he backed while denouncing the “radical left” Democratic policies he said were driving America to ruin.
Trump spoke for about 90 minutes at the Wilmington rally, urging North Carolinians to vote Republican midterm to avoid what he described as the devastation of the country under Democratic rule.
“This election is a referendum on Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, the radical left Democratic Congress that is destroying our country, that has really brought our country to the brink of ruin,” Trump said, drawing cheers from the cheering crowd.
“If you want America’s decline and fall, then you should vote for the radical, crazed left Democrats,” Trump said, adding that putting Republicans back in charge would “save the American dream” and stop “the destruction.” of our country”. ”
The former president touched on various themes in his speech, including the state of the economy, illegal immigration and the corruption of Washington’s elites.
On inflation, Trump sought to contrast the price stability that was a hallmark of his tenure with the surge in prices under President Joe Biden.
“We had the greatest success in the history of any country,” Trump said. “Since I left office, the price of electricity has gone up 19%, petrol 82%, fuel 91%,” he added, pointing out some of the most astonishing figures. which illustrate the crisis in the cost of living. US households amid high inflation for decades.
“The 30-year mortgage rate has more than doubled and real wages have fallen 17 months in a row, otherwise we’re doing pretty well,” Trump added, drawing laughter from the audience.
Trump also pointed to a record drop in US household wealth in the second quarter and sharp declines in stock markets that hammered Americans’ retirement accounts.
Regarding border security, the former president suggested that the number of illegal immigrants was much higher than official figures indicated.
“Over 5 million illegal aliens have crossed our borders and the number, I think, is way more than that,” Trump said, blaming what he described as lax border policies by Democrats.
Recently, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said there has been a significant increase in illegal border crossings since Biden took office and credited the president’s policies with driving the increase.
At the rally, Trump slammed North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for vetoing a public safety bill earlier this summer that would have required sheriffs to determine immigration status. inmates behind bars.
“North Carolina should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens,” Trump said.
Trump also took aim at “Washington’s corrupt political class”, who he said “hate us because we beat their rigged system” and “toppled their entrenched power structure”.
Inciting the machinations of “globalists”, Trump pointed to “unfair” trade deals that were renegotiated under his watch on terms more favorable to the United States.
“We stood up to their open-border madness, we confronted their betrayal of Communist China, and we rejected their ridiculous mandates,” Trump said, adding that his administration’s policies were about “America First.” , until the end”.
Trump predicted a red wave in the coming semesters.
“This November, the American people are going to show this repugnant political class exactly how we feel about their lies, witch hunts and corruption by voting in overwhelming numbers to kick them out,” Trump said.
“We are on a mission to save the America we love and restore the greatness of the republic,” Trump said. “We are not going to fail.”