Trump says ‘Republicans do not believe in socialism’ — but promises to ‘defend Medicare and Social Security’
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump speaks of his relief to have won the state of Texas on Election night during his speech at the "Thank You Tour" rally at the Giant Center (Shutterstock).

President Donald Trump complained about socialism seconds before promising to defend socialist programs during his official 2020 re-election campaign kickoff in Orland, Florida.

Trump first complained about Medicare for All, which would expand the popular health care program for seniors to those below age 65.

"America will never be a socialist country," Trump argued, to applause.

"Republicans do not believe in socialism," he argued. "We believe in freedom, and so do you."

"We will defend Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors," Trump bizarrely said next.

Both programs are socialist, popular and successful.

Trump then went on to claim that Republicans "will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions, always."

That is in direct contrast to his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without providing protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.