Former President Trump is heading to South Carolina later this month to hold the first public campaign event this year of his newly launched 2024 White House run.
The former president’s campaign told Fox News that Trump will appear at an event in Columbia, South Carolina, where he will introduce his leadership team in the state’s crucial presidential primary, which is the third race on the GOP nomination calendar.
The event will mark a more public phase of Trump’s bid to regain the White House, and his first campaign-style event since declaring his candidacy with a speech in mid-November at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. . Furthermore, it comes as the former president faces criticism over his campaign launch and controversial comments and actions over the past two months.
“Most of what happens in a campaign is not something you write press releases about,” Trump senior campaign adviser Chris LaCavita told Fox News on Thursday. “You have to do the blocking and the Xs and the Os, and you can’t succeed once the campaigns really start unless you have the bases covered”
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LaCavitia emphasized, “the campaign has been very deliberate and methodical building an operation that can sustain a long-term effort, and also be cognizant of the fact that it’s a long-term effort. The campaign is not about making news every day.” It’s about doing the work and putting the campaign in the best position to succeed.”
Part of accomplishing this work is expanding the operation, both nationally and in early presidential candidate states.
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A Trump campaign source told Fox News. “state early voting teams are being built and leadership teams are being built.”
In addition, a Republican in New Hampshire — which holds the first primary on the GOP’s nominating calendar — who is part of Trump’s broader orbit, told Fox News that the campaign is “starting to put the machine together… increasing and it’s time to make decisions.”
Steven Cheung, a veteran of Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns who serves as a spokesman for the 2024 campaign, emphasized that “the focus of what we’ve been doing is building an unrivaled operation and a lot of that is not necessarily public-facing but is what is needed.”
“The focus of what we’re doing is building an unrivaled operation and a lot of that isn’t necessarily public, but it’s what’s needed,” Cheung told Fox News. “Certainly, there will be events along the way, but over the last couple of months we’ve focused on doing a lot of things behind the scenes to build this campaign.”
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In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has also released a series of policy initiatives and statements via videos.
“The campaign is delivering the president’s substantive policy in video format. It’s never been done at this level before,” LaCavita told Fox News.
More than two years after his 2020 election defeat at the hands of President Biden, Trump remains the GOP’s most influential politician and fierce fundraiser, and until recently, he was the clear and overwhelming favorite for the GOP’s presidential nomination. in 2024. polls.
However, his latest campaign release was considered anything but spectacular. The opening event of Trump’s candidacy was criticized not only by Democrats, but also by other Republicans. Some in Trump’s political orbit told Fox News that the initial announcement was intended, in part, to clear the field of potential rivals and help the former president avoid a growing web of legal entanglements, but it appears to have failed to do both. the bills.
Trump also appears to be the victim of self-inflicted injuries from his heavily criticized dinner at Mar-a-Lago over Thanksgiving with anti-Semitic rapper Ye – formerly known as Kanye West – and white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes. , to a widely criticized social media post that appeared to suggest the “closure” of the US Constitution, as well as a lucrative but derided deployment of digital trading cards portraying Trump as a superhero, and his controversial comments about abortion in the earlier this month, which were rejected by some social conservatives in the party ranks.
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Trump has also faced a lot of criticism over the defeats in the midterm elections of the former president’s hand-picked and backed GOP nominees, which were a contributing factor to the lackluster results of the Republicans in November, in what many expected it to be. a red wave year.
News of the South Carolina campaign event was first reported by Politico.
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