Trump Officially Kicks Off 2020 Campaign

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line hours before the arena doors open for a campaign rally Tuesday

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line hours before the arena doors open for a campaign rally Tuesday

That was just fine for supporters who love hearing Trump's greatest hits and came out full force to hear the president's spin on his 2016 campaign and his first two and a half years in office. While the Trump Campaign reportedly paid $5,000 at the time to use the El Paso County Coliseum, an invoice picked up by The El Paso Times shows the campaign owes about $380,000 to the city's police department, $60,000 to the fire department, and other costs going toward public maintenance. During his 75-minute speech, the president slammed "radical" Democrats, though he spent more time talking about Hillary Clinton than any of the party's 2020 contenders.

Thousands of Trump supporters began gathering outside the arena on Monday. "They said, maybe we shouldn't go to Orlando, we should go someplace else".

Close by, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters clapped and took photos when a 20-foot (6-meter) blimp of a snarling Trump baby in a diaper was inflated.

Campaign advisers say Trump will seek to connect his first term to the goals he hopes to achieve with four more years as president.

National pro-life leader Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement that Trump "has gone further to serve unborn children and their mothers than any president before him". He said that in the years since, he had upended Washington, staring down "a corrupt and broken political establishment" and restoring a government "of, for and by the people". Never one to be upstaged, Trump compared the massive rally to the Academy Awards ceremony and led "CNN sucks" chants before both cable news networks cut coverage.

Trump, who filed for reelection the day of his inauguration, was left commentating from the sidelines.

He asked the crowd whether he should stick with "Make America Great Again" or upgrade. His new one - "Keep America Great" - was greeted with boisterous cheers. And he has no intention of abandoning it, even if he is the face of the institutions he looks to disrupt.

"Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now!"

Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said Trump's politics are "all about dividing us" in ways that are "dangerous - truly, truly unsafe".

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