Former President Donald Trump rallied in North Carolina on Sept. 23, seeking to build support for candidates he has endorsed while denouncing “radical left” Democrat policies that he said were driving America to ruin.
Trump spoke for around 90 minutes at the Wilmington rally, urging North Carolinians to vote Republican in the upcoming mid-terms to prevent what he described as the country’s devastation under Democrat rule.
“This election is a referendum on Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, the radical left Democrat Congress that’s destroying our country, that’s brought our country really to the brink of ruin,” Trump said, drawing cheers from the spirited crowd.
“If you want the decline and fall of America, then you should vote for the crazy, radical left Democrats,” Trump said, adding that putting Republicans back in charge would “save the American dream” and stop “the destruction of our country.”
The former president touched on various themes in his speech, including the state of the economy, illegal immigration, and the corruption of Washington elites.
On inflation, Trump sought to draw a contrast between the price stability that was a hallmark of his term and the soaring prices under President Joe Biden.
“We had the greatest success in the history of any country,” Trump said. “Since I left office, the price of electricity is up 19 percent, gasoline is up 82 percent, fuel is up 91 percent,” he added, highlighting some of the more stunning figures that illustrate the cost-of-living crisis that is squeezing American households amid decades-high inflation.
“The 30-year mortgage rate has more than doubled and real wages have declined 17 months in a row—otherwise we’re doing quite well,” Trump added, eliciting laughter from the audience.
Trump also pointed to a record drop in U. S. household wealth in the second quarter and sharp stock market declines that have hammered Americans’ retirement accounts…. (Read more)