***Live Updates*** Trump Launches 2020 Re-Election Campaign

President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd after speaking during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump will launch his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday evening in Orlando, Florida. Crowds have been waiting for 40 hours to get into the 25,000 capacity Amway Center, and movie screens will be outside for the overflow crowd.

The Trump campaign is also using the 2020 launch event to promote watch parties across the nation and register voters to organize Trump’s grassroots supporters.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan also launched his re-election campaign in an Orange County (Mile Square Park in Southern California) and went on to win 49 states in trouncing Democrat Walter Mondale. Trump will have a much tougher path back the White House—much of it because of self-inflicted wounds and advisers who are not versed in the America-first agenda that got Trump elected in 2016—and tonight’s rally will be a chance for Trump to try to get his swagger back and energize his supporters.

Stay tuned to Breitbart News throughout the evening for live updates. All times eastern.

9:35 PM: Trump wraps up his rally a week before Democrats start their debate season. He’ll be on Telemundo tomorrow.

9:25 PM: Big cheers for Trump’s pro-life message:

Trump says Republicans believe that “every life is a sacred gift from God” after blasting Democrats for “ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb.” He says some Democrats, especially in Virginia, back “execution after birth.”

9:21 PM: Trump rips Sanders for not doing too well lately and criticizes Democrats running for president for embracing his Medicare for All plan.

Trump says: “America will never be a socialist country. Ever. Republicans do not believe in socialism. We believe in freedom.”

9:15 PM:  Trump says the Democrats’ embrace of open borders and illegal immigration is “morally reprehensible and it’s the greatest betrayl of the American middle class and, frankly, American life our country has as a whole…nobody has seen anything like it.”

He says illegal immigration cuts off the path of the most vulnerable Americans and schoolchildren are being threatened by illegal MS-13 gangsters. He says mass illegal migration reduces living standards and strains public resources. Trump says if Democrats had to send their children to those overcrowded schools, they would not “tolerate it for one minute.” He says Democrats can get together with Republicans to solve the problem quickly in one meeting. He now blasts Democrats in California for giving health care to illegals instead of helping homeless citizens. He says Democrats support sanctuary cities and thanks Gov. DeSantis for ending the “horrible disaster” in Florida.

9:10 PM: Trump says tariffs are working and America has added 16,000 manufacturing jobs a month since he took office while the country was losing thousands of manufacturing job a month before that. Referring to Obama’s “magic wand” comments, Trump says he’ll tell “Sleepy Joe” Biden that he found the “magic wand” to bring back manufacturing jobs. He now brags about getting “right to try” legislation passed.

9:00 PM: Trump now introduces Sarah Huckabee Sanders and predicts she will run for governor. She says she has been in the front row of history to see him make “drastic changes” to make America great. She says “he’s fighting for all of the people in this room” and “will have an incredible six more years to make our country stronger than it has ever been.”

Trump says the Democrats are becoming “more radical,” dangerous and more unhinged than at any point in history.

8:57 PM: Trump claims he has never forgotten who sent him to the White House. Says he only thinks about how the American people can “win, win, win today” when he sits as his desk. He says there have been “few presidents that have been able to do what we have been able to do for you. It is a great, great feeling. I love it.” He says he is “breaking the most sacred rule in Washington politics”–“keeping our promises to the American people.” He says his only special interest is the voters.

8:54 PM: Trump tells the audience he is standing before them to officially launch his re-election campaign.  “I will never ever let you down,” Trump says. “I won’t.” He says he is profoundly thankful to his family.

8:47 PM: Trump says China took Obama and Biden for “suckers” to take advantage of the US on trade.

8:45 PM: Trump rips the Washington insiders who have been “rigging the system so your losses will be their gains” while blasting the bipartisan political establishment for the flat wages and the loss of manufacturing jobs in addition to the “avalanche of job-killing regulations” and “one bad trade deal after another.” He rips Clinton for calling his supporters “deplorables” and says “irredemables” was probably worse.

8:38 PM: Trump rips Democrats for giving a “free pass” to Hillary Clinton while the crowd chants “lock her up.” Trump says if he deleted even a “love note” to Melania, he would get the electric chair. He asks voters to show up to “shut down this rigged system.” He predicts another “earthquake”  to “finish the job” as the crowd chants “four more years.”

8:35 PM: Trump says Democrats don’t want the wall because he is president and ask the crowd to imagine what the caravans would look like had some barriers not been in place. Trump says “Democrats want to splinter us into factions and tribes…. They want us divided.” Trump says “this election is not merely a verdict” on the amazing progress he has made but on the “un-American conduct” of those who wanted “undermine you.” He says 2020 is a verdict on whether we want to live in a country where people who lose elections want to spend two years shredding the constitution and ripping the country apart because they refuse to concede.

8:33 PM: Trump warns Democrats want to pack the courts and radicalize judges. He says look what Democrats did to Kavanaugh… Trump says they didn’t want to win but wanted to “destroy him with false and malicious accusations.” Trump asks the crowd to imagine what the “angry, left-wing mob” would do if they were in charge of the country in 2020. He says they would “shut down your free speech,” “use the power of the law to punish their opponents,” which Trump says they are trying to do. He says they will “strip Americans of their Constitutional rights” while flooding the country with illegals with hopes that they will expand their political base. Crowd chants: “Build The Wall.”

8:32 PM: Trump rips Democrats for their “hatred,” “prejudice,” and “rage” and says they want to “destroy you” and  “destroy our country as we know it. Not acceptable and it’s not going to happen.” Trump also mocks Obama (without mentioning McConnell), thanking him for not appointing judges so he could appoint conservative judges.

8:31 PM:Trump still going on about the “witch hunt.” He claims they “are going after you” to “try to erase your vote” and “erase your legacy” re: “the greatest election probably in the history of the country.” He says they “wanted to deny you the future you demanded” and deserve.

8:29 PM: 2020 candidate Inslee implies Trump not a “patriot.”

8:22 PM: Trump claims he is draining the swamp right now after talking about taking on an establishment system that wanted to take away “your voice and your vote” and “your dignity and your destiny.” He says the swamp us “fighting back viciously and violently.” Trump says his opponents want a “do-over” and he “won” with the Mueller Report. He says “no president should ever have to go through this again.” He blasts the “great hoax” and says “our patriotic movement has been under assault from the very first day.” He says he has succeeded under “circumstances no president has had to deal with before.”

8:17 PM: Trump says the country is “souring to new heights” and the “economy is the envy of the world”–perhaps the greatest in the country’s history. Trump says the future has never looked “brighter and sharper”… “as long as you keep the team in place.” He says the American dream is stronger than ever before. Trump says 2016 “was a defining moment in American history.” He points to the media and says: “Ask them right there.” Crowd boos and chants “CNN sucks!

8:15 PM: Trump says there were 120,000 requests to get in for the re-launch event. He thanks the Pences and Melania. He says he’s thrilled to back in his second home–“the great state of Florida.” Trump says his 2016 campaign turned out to be “a great political movement because of you.” He says it is a movement made up of hard-working patriots who believe America must “care for its citizens first.”

8:12 PM: Trump takes the stage with Melania:

Crowd chants “USA!” and Melania says it has been an honor to be the first lady and she’s ready to be first lady for six more years.

8:10 PM: More watch parties:

7:57 PM: Pence takes the stage to introduce Trump. He says he is here for one reason: “America needs four more years of President Donald Trump.” He says, “It’s on, everybody. Time for round two.”

7:55 PM: Ahead of Trump’s re-election launch, 2020 Dems calling Trump a “racist,” sexist, bigot, etc…

7:45 PM: Crowd inside Amway getting ready for Trump:

7:30 PM: Trump Watch Parties Getting Started:

7:00 PM:

Trump arrives for his 2020 re-election launch in Orlando:

And so does Baby Trump/Resistance protesters:

Trump Supporters Amped:

Supporters Ready to Host Watch Parties Across the Country:


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