Donald Trump got a big laugh Friday at the California GOP’s fall convention when he mimicked a moment when President Joe Biden was confused while trying to walk off stage after a speech.
The ex-president also suggested that Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom position himself as Biden’s primary surrogate because he doesn’t think he will “make it” to the 2024 general election.
Trump told a roomful of Republicans at a ballroom in Anaheim, Calif., that their state could be “great again,” as he tore into state lawmakers and leaders. He promised that “help is on the way” to save California from communism and Marxism – if only he was elected president again in 2024.
He also criticized a series of California Democratic lawmakers and leaders and claimed that “rich people” in Beverly Hills “smell” because of strict water laws that prevent them from showering enough.
Speaking to about 1,500 attendees munching on leftover lunch, Trump said: “While California was once a symbol of American success, today, under the radical left, fascists and Marxists who run your state – they’re the ones running your state, the bad guys – it’s becoming a symbol of the decline of our nation.
He specifically called out California Governor Gavin Newsom, Vice President Kamala Harris, a former U.S. senator from California, and current California Democratic Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell.
Just two days after skipping the second Republican debate in Southern California, Trump flew out to stake his claim in the primary race over the deep blue state.
Donald Trump ripped into President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin. Newsom and California Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters
The ex-president laughed hard when he imitated a moment when a confused Biden seemed unable to get off stage.
Trump appeared to assert that Biden would not be the Democratic nominee for 2024, even though the incumbent is currently running virtually unopposed in the primaries. But the ex-president thinks the Democratic field is about to get a lot more crowded — and that Newsom will be at the head of the pack.
“Gavin has become Crooked Joe Biden’s primary surrogate because he doesn’t think Biden is going to make it — that’s why he’s doing it,” Trump insisted during his speech Friday. “He doesn’t think he’ll make it, and it won’t be him that easily. He’s going to have a big fight. However, since there will be a lot of Democrats competing, it’s going to be very interesting.
“But let’s see, look, some people are saying Biden is going to make it. “Does anyone think he’s going to make it to the starting gate? Trump asked in a poll of the Republican crowd, to which they responded with a resounding “No!” » resounding.
“I mean, this guy can’t seem to get off the stage,” Trump said in reference to a viral moment when Biden was seen wandering onto the stage after remarks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.
A confused Biden seemed unable to get off stage after the event.
Trump pieced that together during his remarks in Anaheim on Friday.
“Look, here’s a scene,” Trump began. “I’ve never seen this stupid scene before – I’ve never seen it before. But if I walk to the left, there is a staircase. And if I walk to the right, there is a staircase.
“And this guy stands up: “Where am I? Where the hell am I? » Trump said as he walked aimlessly across the stage.
‘No, he’s horrible. You know, I’m a lot harder on him than before. Out of respect for the office, I never said: This is the most corrupt president, the most incompetent president we’ve ever had.
The Golden State Republican Party is the biggest prize for those fighting for the Republican presidential nomination. But this year, CaGOP changed the rules in a way that its competitors said would increase Trump’s chances of winning all 169 delegate votes.
Trump joins three other leading contenders at the California GOP’s fall conference at the Anaheim Marriott this year.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott speaks after Trump’s lunchtime remarks. In the evening, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will deliver remarks at a dinner banquet. On Saturday, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy will attend a VIP reception before his lunch – the same time slot Trump had on Friday.
Trump said Newsom became Biden’s top surrogate because he didn’t think the president would “make it” in the 2024 general election. “Gavin became Crooked Joe Biden’s top surrogate because he doesn’t think Biden is going to get through this – that’s why he’s doing it. He doesn’t think he will, and it won’t be him that’s so easy. He’s going to have a big fight. However, as there will be many of Democrats competing, it’s going to be very interesting.”
DeSantis campaign aides told DailyMail.com they had heard complaints from Trump’s team that the Florida governor had gotten the best time slot for Friday’s convention.
Before his remarks, Trump pretended to arrive in Southern California as his Trump Force One plane conducted a flyby of the Pacific Airshow in Huntington Beach before landing.
Bystanders on the beach cheered the former president as the plane flew overhead.
In the March 5 state primary, any candidate who garners more than 50 percent of the vote will win all the delegates — instead of the previous split where candidates could win three delegates in each California congressional district.
In the past, several candidates left California primaries with at least a few delegates under their belt. And now, if that 50% threshold is reached, Trump will likely walk away with all of them.
Trump spent his time on stage Friday afternoon denouncing a series of liberal lawmakers in the Golden State by saying their leadership had ruined California.
“The far-left communists in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – cities that are being destroyed at high speed and on a daily basis – have given you sanctuary cities, wide open borders, massive homeless encampments, out of control taxes, skyrocketing incomes, inequality like no one has ever seen before, Marxist prosecutors, woke tech tyrants – they are woke – power outages, child sexual mutilation and roaming gangs of looters, criminals and thugs,” Trump listed.
He quipped: “But other than that, I think they’re doing a really good job.”
“These things are all true. What a mess. How the hell do people vote for these people? he polled the GOP crowd, most of whom did not vote for the Democrats in charge of the state.
“I’m here to tell you that help is on the way,” Trump assured. “We cannot continue like this, we will no longer have any country left.” The mission to help you free California from communist rule begins at noon on Inauguration Day in 2025.’