ONSTAGE at the latest ‘Save America’ rally, Donald Trump teased a 2024 presidential run to massive cheers from the South Carolina crowd.
Former President Trump said Republicans would “take back that beautiful, beautiful White House” in 2024 during his rally in Florence, South Carolina.
“I wonder who will do that,” he added, sparking more cheers and laughter.
He shared the stage with a number of Republican and state officials, including South Carolina Gov Henry McMaster. Former college football coach Lou Holtz was also in attendance.
Trump’s address on Saturday night came after he asked his supporters for cash for a new private jet earlier in the week.
After his current jet was forced to make an emergency landing last weekend, he sent a fundraising email to supporters..
“Before becoming the greatest President of all time, I traveled the Country in my plane, known as Trump Force One,” Trump’s email states.
“I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.”
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New ‘Trump Force One’ underway
Donald Trump has announced he is getting a new Trump Force One plane days after his current jet was forced to make an emergency landing.
Details of the plane’s construction were revealed in an email sent to Trump’s supporters hours after information about the emergency landing in New Orleans surfaced.
“Before becoming the greatest President of all time, I traveled the Country in my plane, known as Trump Force One,” Trump’s email states.
“I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.
“The construction of this plane has been under wraps – not even the fake news media knows about it – and I can’t wait to unveil it for everyone to see.”
Melania’s NFT venture, continued
The NFTs were released in December, selling for $150. An auction was held in January for The Head of State Collection; Business Insider reports that it sold for much less than anticipated.
Only the Solana cryptocurrency could be used to purchase the paintings. However, its value tanked 40 percent as the auction was underway.
Bids were worth around $162,000 however the guide price set up by the Trumps was $250,000.
Melania currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida at the Mar-a-Lago resort.
Melania Trump’s NFT venture
Former first lady Melania Trump released a collection of NFTs [Non-Fungible Tokens] and is giving a percentage of the proceeds to fund scholarships for foster children.
Melania released watercolor paintings of her eyes by Marc-Antoine Coulon titled, Melania’s Vision and The Head of State Collection.
“Through this new technology-based initiative, we will provide children computer science skills, including programming and software development, to thrive after they age out of the foster care community,” said Melania in a statement.
How old is Barron Trump?
At just 15 years old, Barron Trump hasn’t amassed a fortune of his own yet, but his parents Donald and Melania have set him on track.
The former president’s youngest son is enrolled in a $34,800-a-year private Palm Beach academy near Mar-a-Lago.
Oxbridge Academy was founded in 2011 by billionaire William Koch.
He is a brother of Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch and has previously fundraised for Trump’s campaigns.
Barron’s mother said the teen is “all into sports” back in 2018, so there’s a good chance the family chose the academy because of its soccer program.
Who is Tiffany Trump?
The second-youngest of Trump’s children, Tiffany is just beginning her career.
The daughter of Donald Trump and Marla Maples, Tiffany celebrated her graduation from Georgetown Law School with a virtual commencement ceremony on May 16, 2020.
Dad Donald congratulated Tiffany in his traditional way: via Twitter.
“Congratulations to my daughter Tiffany, on graduating from Georgetown Law” he tweeted.
“Great student, great school. Just what I need is a lawyer in the family. Proud of you Tiff!”
Tiffany is engaged to Lebanese businessman Michael Boulos, who has a net worth of around $20million.
His father is Lebanese business tycoon Massad Boulos, who runs Boulos Enterprises and SCOA Nigeria, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that trades in vehicles, equipment, retail and construction.
Who is Eric Trump?
Eric is a Georgetown graduate who shares the title of Executive Vice President with big brother Donald Jr.
As the Trump Organization website states, Eric is in the lead on Trump Golf projects.
He also handles a variety of real estate projects, and is “responsible for all aspects of management and operation of the global real estate empire including new project acquisition, development and construction.”
He established the Eric Trump Foundation in 2006, an organization that raises money for terminally ill children.
However, the foundation has been dogged by controversy after tax records showed a significant portion of funds raised were funneled back into the Trump Organization, and to other charities, including those which paid to hold events at Trump golf courses.
Eric’s fortune allowed him and his wife Lara to relocate to South Florida last year, moving into a $3.2 million mansion in Palm Beach.
Who is Ivanka Trump, continued
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, held an advisory position as well: Director of the Office of American Innovation.
Ivanka previously served as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organization.
Thanks to her fashion background, and her investment-savvy husband, Ivanka may have the highest net worth of any Trump child.
A 2019 Forbes article estimated her net worth to be $375million, while brothers Donald Jr and Eric only boasted $25million each.
Who is Ivanka Trump?
Donald’s daughter Ivanka is a fashion model-turned-businesswoman.
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a degree in economics.
Prior to joining her father’s administration, she had a fashion line and published a book, Women Who Work.
Ivanka served as a senior adviser to Donald Trump during his presidency and was also Director of the Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship.
Fake TRUTH Social App downloaded 100,000 times
The smartphone app, titled ‘MAGA Hub — Truth Social Trump’, was downloaded more than 100,000 times on the Google Play Store.
The app appears to have been created by a developer named Lukas Neissen, who is based in Germany, according to Insider.
‘MAGA Hub’ was initially released on August 28 of last year, however, the bulk of its downloads happened in the days leading up to Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ launch on February 21.
The MAGA Hub app has sparked confusion for many supporters who were hoping to try out Trump’s social media platform on Android devices.
As it stands, Trump has only released Truth Social on the Apple iOS app store, where it reached No. 1 in the ‘free downloads’ category on the same day of its release.
Who is Donald Trump Jr, continued
He was born in New York and earned a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, before going to work for his father’s businesses.
He is the executive vice president of The Trump Organization.
Donald Trump Jr is slated to speak at the 2022 CPAC.
Who is Donald Trump Jr?
Donald Trump Jr. is the oldest child of President of the United States Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana, who is from the Czech Republic.
The fluent Czech speaker was very close to his maternal grandfather growing up.
Republicans call immigration a greater problem than Russia
CPAC straw poll respondents were asked, “What do you think is a greater problem facing the United States right now?”
They could choose either “the situation in Ukraine with Russian military aggression” or “the situation at the southern border with illegal immigration.”
Only 16.3 percent were more worried about Russian aggression.
80.5 percent believed the southern border to be a greater problem
Rally ended with call to action
Trump ended his South Carolina rally with a reminder to vote for his preferred candidates, and a teasing comment about the 2024 presidential election.
“Go out and vote for Russell Fry and Katie Arrington on June 14, that’s my birthday,” Trump said.
He went on to speak of his plans for a Republican takeover of Congress, prioritizing an end to all vaccine mandates; “getting critical race theory out of schools;” and “keeping men out of women’s sports.”
Continuing on, Trump said: “In 2024, we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful White House.”
He added: “I wonder who will do that.”
Trump called Biden ‘physically and mentally challenged’
Criticizing Biden’s efforts in Afghanistan and Ukraine, Trump called President Joe Biden “physically and mentally challenged.”
“We have a president representing our country at the most important time in history, who is physically and mentally challenged,” Trump said.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a terrible atrocity that should never have been allowed to happen.”
Trump called nuclear threat ‘real global warming’
After joking about rising ocean levels from global warming, Trump said the threat of nuclear war is more pressing than anything on “the green agenda.”
“The real threat we have is the nuclear threat,” Trump said.
“That’s the real global warming. The radicals never talk about it.”
What did Trump say about Tom Rice and Nancy Mace?
On Saturday night, Trump criticized congressional representatives Tom Rice and Nancy Mace.
He called them RINOs, or “Republicans in Name Only,” and said they are working to “stab our country in the back.”
Instead, Trump threw his support behind Russell Fry and Katie Arrington.
Trump’s celebrity endorsements
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell appeared at Trump’s rally on Saturday.
Along with Lindell, Trump has had a few celebrity endorsements.
Once Trump invited rapper Lil Pump onstage with him at his final pre-election rally as he got the celeb to endorse him.
Trump was also endorsed for president by Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, and Tila Tequila.
Second run would follow presidential precedent
If former President Donald Trump decides to run again in 2024, the Republican would be following the precedent set by Grover Cleveland.
Cleveland lost his re-election to Republican Benjamin Harrison in 1884, but four years later, decided to run for president once again.
Cleveland won and became the 24th president because he didn’t serve consecutive terms.
Can Trump run for President in 2024?
Constitutionally, former President Trump can launch a second White House bid after losing in 2020.
His team has previously hinted that he could seek another term in 2024.
The 22nd Amendment states: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once.”
Sean Spicer says Trump will run in 2024
Sean Spicer has said Trump will run, saying “he’s in” during a preview interview of his book Radical Nation: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Dangerous Plan for America.
Spicer – who abruptly quit as Trump‘s press secretary in 2017 – suggested that gaffs by Joe Biden during his time as President have encouraged Trump to look beyond the 2022 midterms.
“A couple of months ago I wasn’t sure (if Trump would run again),” he said.
“Now, there needs to be something that will keep him out.”
Experts on Truth Social, continued
The target audience will be those who do not want to be censored when posting politically-sensitive comments or misinformation.
While the site will ban nudity, violence, hate speech, and bullying, it will allow anyone’s opinions, whether based in fact or not, to be posted.
Nunes told Fox News: “We’re not going to censor anybody because they have a different opinion about, for example, a Covid vaccine.
“That is what the open internet is all about—it should be for the free flow of debate and ideas all over the globe, so that people can learn from one another and debate with one another.”
Social media experts on Truth Social
Experts say Truth Social will not be able to stand up to the mainstream social media sites, according to Time Magazine.
Trump’s goal of targeting a certain demographic is what will prevent the social platform from reaching the same heights as Facebook and Twitter, experts say.
The co-director of NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics, Joshua Tucker, said, “The more people who join, the more value (these sites) provide. That’s a fundamental premise of social media.
“So when you start out by lopping off (a large percentage) of the population, that gets more challenging because it’s harder to scale. And that’s especially the case when there are alternatives out there that have don’t have the same limitations as you.”
Problems with Truth Social launch
Truth Social was made available for pre-order on the Apple App Store.
But those who downloaded it on its launch on Sunday, February 20, 2022, came across errors.
A message on the app read: “Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waiting list.”
The app’s website also ran into technical difficulties shortly after launching.
Devin Nunes, Truth Social’s CEO, told Fox News on Sunday, February 20, 2022, that the app would be “fully operational” by the end of March.
What has Trump said about TRUTH Social?
On October 20, 2021, Trump announced the launch of his own social media platform, called TRUTH Social.
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced,” Trump said in a statement regarding his social media ban that was put into place following the January 6 Capitol Riots.
Trump and Covid-19 vaccines, continued
Both Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose coronavirus vaccines were developed and authorized for emergency use while Trump was in office.
Moderna received funding for design and testing under Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, while Pfizer had an advance-purchase agreement.
J&J, which was authorized for use after Biden took office, also had a pre-existing federal production deal made under the Trump administration.
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