Former President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to stop the Department of Veterans Affairs from funding transgender surgeries if he returns to power next year in a speech that also promised to end homelessness among ex-servicemen .
He made his promises in a New Hampshire school gymnasium where he couldn’t help but shoot Chris Christie, who exchanged campaign blows with him.
It was the kind of stoppage that is vital in early states, but the kind of event that Trump has sometimes overlooked in favor of larger rallies.
That hasn’t stopped him from delivering trademark tirades, railing against his latest indictment and blasting President Joe Biden as a “Manchurian candidate.”
“I will prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from wasting a single penny funding transgender surgeries or sex reassignment procedures,” he said before departing from his script to describe the expenses involved.
“These precious taxpayer dollars should be used to care for veterans in need, not fund radical gender experiments for the communist left.”
Former President Donald Trump unveiled a plan for veterans during a speech on Tuesday, saying he would ban the Department of Veterans Affairs from funding transgender surgery
Trump addressed about 700 people at a school gymnasium in Windham, New Hampshire, on Tuesday as he made another visit to the crucial early elementary state
It was a humid and hot day in New Hampshire. And the air conditioning at the Windham High School gymnasium, filled with hundreds of people, was struggling to keep up. (The campaign said 2,700 people attended.)
Trump took the stage complaining that a fan had disturbed his famous mane of yellow hair.
And he largely stuck to his prepared speech for the first half hour or so before rolling off the track, executing his reign over the Republican candidate field, including “Ron DeSanctimonius.”
“He is quickly caught by Ramaswamy, who is good.
“Christie, he is eating. He cannot be disturbed.
Someone in the crowd shouted “fat pig,” allowing Trump to use one of his favorite rhetorical techniques: the repetitive anti-insult slur.
“Sir, please don’t call him a fat pig,” Trump said. “It’s very disrespectful.
‘Don’t call her… See, I’m trying to be nice.
Don’t call him a fat pig. You can not do this.
Trump is the clear frontrunner in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination
Attendees take the Pledge of Allegiance before Trump delivers a speech at Windham High School. It was the former president’s fourth visit to the state this election cycle.
Trump took the opportunity to launch New Hampshire ‘Veterans for Trump’
But the political meat came with his plan for veterans.
“Furthermore, I will make this a personal mission to totally eradicate veteran homelessness,” he said.
“I mean, you have a situation in America. It is a scandal. It’s a shame what’s happening now.
He compared the treatment of refugees under Biden with the treatment of veterans.
“On day one, I will be signing an executive order to cut off massive funding to Joe Biden for harboring and transporting illegal aliens that our country cannot handle,” he said.
“And I will redirect that money to provide shelter and treatment for homeless American veterans. They will be treated correctly.
His appearance comes as a host of polls show he has a grip on the primary race.
Trump campaign polls show he has a massive lead in the national primary race
The contest for the Republican nomination was to be a race between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. But a poll for the Trump campaign suggests the former president is ahead
An internal poll for his campaign, obtained by DailyMail.com, shows he has extended his lead over DeSantis in national primary polling data. He revealed he led the Republican field with 55% support, while DeSantis fell to 13%, down five points since June.
It’s the latest blow to the Florida governor on the day he fired his campaign manager and embarked on yet another reset.
It also reveals why Trump’s rivals are unable to take advantage of the former president’s growing legal troubles.
The poll found that 52% of Republicans say they are more likely to vote for Trump since he was indicted last Tuesday on charges related to his efforts to nullify the 2020 election.
Coefficient pollsters asked 1,638 likely Republican primary voters across the country for their opinion. The results have a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.
They also showed that 75% believe the latest charges are an effort by the Justice Department to distract from stories alleging Biden family corruption.
“President Trump dominates the Republican primary field as Joe Biden’s Justice Department attacks continue to backfire,” said an elated Trump campaign aide.
“The more voters see an armed two-tier justice system, the more they rally around President Trump.”