Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is underway.
But there was one big surprise.
Megyn Kelly said four words about Donald Trump that threw everything into turmoil.
Trump announced he was seeking a second term at an event held at his Mar-a-Lago property.
What immediately stood out to many was Trump’s subdued delivery that stood in stark contrast to Trump’s free-wheeling, jovial delivery at his mega-rallies.
Megyn Kelly was one of the many on the right who noticed Trump’s staid speaking style and on her podcast said she was disappointed in Trump’s performance.
“I’ll just give you my sort of back of the envelope reaction to Trump last night. I was looking forward to watching it. I — you know, Trump never disappoints, but he kind of did disappoint a little last night,” Kelly stated.
Kelly admitted that she understood why Trump delivered a buttoned-down speech noting that Trump wanted to be as helpful as possible for Herschel Walker in the December 6 Senate runoff in Georgia.
“Not to be too hard on him, but I know he was trying to do presidential and he was trying to not screw anything up for Herschel Walker, but he did seem a little low energy,” Kelly continued.
But Kelly admitted, “I was slightly bored.”
Kelly even went so far as to tell her listeners that she fell asleep during Trump’s speech.
“I’m not gonna lie. I did fall asleep before the end of the hour. Now I’m getting old and my kids wake me up early. But I did doze off and that’s just unprecedented for a Trump rally,” Kelly concluded.
Trump’s low-key speech stood in stark contrast to shoot-from-the-hip rally speeches that turned Trump into a political star.
But Trump could not have his campaign kickoff at a campaign rally.
Trump wanted to announce his candidacy the night before the midterm elections at a rally in Ohio from Trump-endorsed candidate J.D. Vance, who would go on to win a Senate seat.
But Republicans talked Trump out of making the re-election announcement to try and keep the midterms a referendum on Joe Biden.
Trump settled for declaring he would make a major announcement one week from the election.
Like every other Republican, Trump figured a red wave would sweep the candidates he endorsed into office and then Trump could declare his re-election campaign in the afterglow of Trump securing the GOP majorities in Congress.
But Democrats blunted the red wave and 16 out of 18 of Trump’s endorsed candidates in competitive races leading many Republicans to blame Trump for the GOP’s election debacle.
That election disappointment meant a rally was out of the question.
And not performing before a large crowd and being urged to tone down his speech so as not to create any more bad headlines for Herschel Walker led to Trump turning in a more business-like performance.
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