Donald Trump's first two speeches touting his 2024 Republican Party presidential bid before smaller crowds in New Hampshire and South Carolina ended up being a rehash of old complaints and with a few lines that garnered applause but his demeanor was lacking the usual fire once seen at his raucous rallies.
On the morning after the speeches, MSNBC host Katie Phang shared clips of the president speaking and noted the lack of enthusiam from the former president when one considers how important the first foray into public in 2023 was to his third presidential bid with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and a bevy of GOP lawmakers nipping at his heels.
As the MSNBC host pointed out, the president's uncharacteristically short speeches were nothing less than monotonous.
"Do you guys remember low-energy Jeb?" Phang began, referencing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, "That was the moniker Donald Trump branded on the former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush while they competed with others for the Republican nomination in 2016."
"Well, now it seems like we have a low-energy Donald," she continued. "Here was Donald Trump yesterday when he tried to kick his third white house run into high gear."
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After showing a clip of the subdued former president telling the crowd, "So, we're here. We start, we begin. I want to thank New Hampshire for the warm welcome outside. We are so far ahead in the polls, both in New Hampshire -- one came out this morning, very nice poll -- we are way ahead. We had a tremendous period of time. We had a tremendous thing happening just two and a half years ago," Phang noted Trump's demeanor.
"King of the monotone," she pointed out, "Despite Trump saying he is leading in the polls the reality is so far he is the only Republican who has even announced a run for president."
"Trump's first lethargic campaign stops of the 2024 race come as sources are telling NBC News that [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is angling to be his vice president," she added. "The MAGA conspiracy theorist/insurrectionist/election denier reportedly sees herself as someone who can bridge the divide between the party's far-right hard-liners and it's 'establishment wing.'"
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