On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump, loser of the 2020 Presidential election, moved forward with the inevitable, announcing his candidacy for the same office in 2024, despite warnings from his team that he should wait and signs from the Republican party that his time as party figurehead may be nearing its end.
Trump’s 2024 announcement speech on Tuesday received less-than-stellar reviews, according to Huffington Post, “and not just from his critics on the left. Many on the right panned the speech with a callback to the phrase Trump used to dispatch former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2016: ‘low energy.'”
George Conway, conservative attorney, husband to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, said that Trump’s new campaign would fail and was nothing more than an effort to protect himself from prosecution:
“Too many Americans would crawl on broken glass to vote against him, no matter who his general election opponent may be. They have seen enough.”
The National Review published an editorial with the one-word headline “No,” in which its editors criticized Trump’s “delusions, lies and conspiracy theories, and called the announcement ‘an invitation to double down on the outrages and failures of the last several years that Republicans should reject without hesitation or doubt.'”
Trump’s lack of energy and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed on Twitter, or by many of his own supporters in the audience, who left while he was still speaking.
Several members of Trump’s administration, including his White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted their displeasure with Trump:
Many others slammed Trump, his speech, and the announcement in general, on Twitter, some of who illustrate that Trump has lost a significant chunk of his base that elected him in 2016: