CNN National Correspondent Kristen Holmes said Wednesday that former President Donald Trump’s announcement painted a “dark” picture for Trump’s campaign.
Trump announced Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago he will seek reelection after much speculation he would announce his bid. Holmes said the speech was grim.
“I do want to note that [Trump’s] aides and advisors have been telling him for quite some time that this election denialism is something that he doesn’t want to run on, particularly after we saw that platform largely fizzle out last Tuesday,” Holmes said.
“And I think that’s why you saw less of that 2020 rhetoric that we have heard in the past. But if this speech is any indication of what his campaign is going to look like, it is going to be very divisive and very dark. This was not your traditional campaign launch presidential speech, where you talk about hope and change and coming into the country and – and vibrancy, this was a very dark speech,” she continued.
“It is the same rhetoric that he latched onto back in 2016 that largely carried him to the White House. Unclear if it would do that again,” Holmes said. (RELATED: Scarborough: ‘When We’re Talking About Trump, Democrats Win. When We’re Talking About Biden, Republican Win’)
“Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now,” Trump said during his speech. “We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, take care of our vets. Our vets have been abandoned.”