“We’re Winning!” President Donald Trump Secures Republican Nomination
After garnering 1,276 delegates, President Donald Trump was officially appointed as the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican Party on Tuesday.
Just as expected, Trump, who had secured massive victories in both Florida and Illinois primaries, had officially reached the threshold needed to secure the Republican nomination. The primaries that Trump didn’t win was from the delegates in the Iowa Caucus as 2016 vice-presidential nominee Bill Weld took the win. However, Weld has yet to drop his nomination.
Tim Murtaugh, the president’s re-election campaign spokesperson, confidently agreed that the “intense” support behind Trump’s campaign had unified Republicans. Murtaugh claimed that “Republicans and President Trump’s supporters have been just itching to get involved in the process that will end with his re-election in November.”
Despite being unable to hold massive rallies that he was known for, Trump’s re-election campaign team had instead diverted their efforts on creating effective online ads. According to a recent report from the PBS, Murtaugh assured that his virtual campaign was also doing really well.
In a tweet, Campaign Manager Brad Parscale congratulated the president over his recent victory and shared a moving clip in which President Donald Trump proclaimed that “we’re winning!”
Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump - the presumptive 2020 Republican nominee for President!— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) March 18, 2020
His home state of Florida put him over the top in delegates.
Record vote totals, unprecedented enthusiasm & a unified GOP!#KeepAmericaGreat pic.twitter.com/ZVFvaePcaq
Despite the looming threat of the coronavirus and a global economic recession, Parscale highlighted Trump’s win in the swing state of Florida and expressed that the support MAGA received remains unprecedented.
Given the current circumstances, Trump still managed to receive the nomination earlier than expected. Compared to his 2016 campaign run, Trump secured the nomination in May, which provides an almost two-month difference. His massive support may be attributed to his strong economic policies as well as giving a much-needed boost to the manufacturing, industrial, and construction industry. This, in turn, had helped blue-collar workers who had been left out by the Democratic party’s promise of globalization. However, Trump will have to wait to receive the official Republican presidential nomination as the GOP convention opens on August 24.
On the same night of the announcement of Trump’s victory, Democratic front-runner former vice-president Joe Biden had also declared back-to-back win over Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. His victory had netted him a total of 1,147 delegates, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had 861 delegates.
While some of the results have not been out yet, Biden already claimed victory during a seemingly scripted live stream from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden had also used the opportunity to indirectly slam Trump over his coronavirus efforts, as well as appeal to Sanders’s voters. He also tried to inspire a message of unity, citing that he and “democratic socialist” Sanders share a common goal.
Moreover, Sanders, who is in his second presidential bid, still refused to drop out of the nominations. In fact, even when former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton received the threshold in 2016, Sanders still refused to drop-out of the race.
While the Democrats still went on to vote, other states such as Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky had canceled the primaries.