GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail in his home state of New York, where he held a rally in Bethpage on Wednesday night, just one day after his loss to rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Wisconsin.
The campaign claimed an audience of 17,000.
Unbelievable evening. Just made a speech in front 17,000 amazing New Yorkers in Bethpage, Long Island— great to be home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2016
Trump’s campaign style remained true to form with one exception — his daughter Ivanka spoke before the real estate mogul took the stage.
“My father is battle tested,” Ivanka, who just gave birth to a son, told the crowd, adding that her father has “a long track record of winning.”
In a similar speech to the one Ivanka delivered before her father announced his presidential campaign last June, she touted her father’s experience as a businessman in New York, and listed a number of his successful projects.
“As president, my father will make America great again!” she charged.
Once Trump took the stage, he laid into his competitor, Cruz. He didn’t discuss his loss in Wisconsin the night before, but instead focused on New York. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz came today,” Trump said of Cruz campaigning in New York. “He couldn’t draw 100 people.”
“Do you remember during the debate when he started lecturing me on New York values like we’re no good?” the real estate reminded his supporters. “And, I started talking to him about the World Trade Center the bravery, the incredible bravery of everybody, the police, our fireman, of everybody.”
The crowd erupted, chanting, “U-S-A, U-S-A.” Trump clapped, responding, “Better believe it!”
“You can forget about him,” he said of Cruz.
The audience started chanting, “Lyin’ Ted.”
“Most of the time I win the evangelical vote,” Trump said. “I’m a straight shooter … like New Yorkers, we shoot straight.”
Trump briefly referenced fellow GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, calling him a “nice guy,” adding, “Let him keep going.”
But Trump referenced Kasich’s poor record of only winning his home state. “Both of them want TPP,” Trump said of Cruz and Kasich, alleging they support President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. “It’s going to suck the blood out of New York.”
“Both of them want it to happen. I’m going to fight it. We’re going to stop it,” Trump vowed. “We have enough bad deals.”
“We’re going to be tough. We’re going to be vigilant,” and not politically correct anymore, he told his supporters, saying, “America first, America first!”