SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump ramped up his marketing campaign schedule with a go to to South Carolina on Monday after a busy weekend on-line that included threats to the media, a number of accusations of treason and a declare he may design a greater fighter jet than the army.
The Republican presidential front-runner, who has spent far much less time on the marketing campaign path than his main rivals, started his journey to small-town Summerville with a meet-and-greet with volunteers at a neighborhood marketing campaign workplace and a go to to a neighborhood gun retailer, the place he admired a Glock.
He later addressed supporters outdoors a ship manufacturing facility, the place he confirmed off a slew of latest South Carolina endorsements, together with from the state’s lawyer basic, its secretary of state, its Home majority chief and different members of the South Carolina Home of Representatives.
Whereas his rivals have been busy holding city halls and visiting native diners, Trump has spent a lot of the final months responding to his mounting authorized troubles. He has been indicted 4 instances in 4 jurisdictions and faces 91 legal costs, however that has but to harm his standing within the GOP major.
In an indication of his dominance, he will skip the second Republican major debate on Wednesday, as he did the primary, and can as a substitute go to Michigan to voice his opposition to President Joe Biden’s automotive insurance policies amid an auto employees strike.
Trump, who has vowed retribution if he wins a second time period, spent the weekend lashing out on the media and others on his Reality Social platform. Amongst his targets: NBC Information and MSNBC, which he claimed “needs to be investigated for its ‘Nation Threatening Treason.'” He as soon as once more slammed the free press — a cornerstone of U.S. democracy — as its “true menace,” whereas warning “The Pretend Information Media ought to pay a giant value for what they’ve carried out to our as soon as nice Nation!’”
Trump typically casts unflattering protection and tales he would not like as ”pretend.”
Past his complaints with the press, Trump lashed out at Mark Milley, the retiring chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, over telephone calls he made to China within the remaining stormy months of Trump’s presidency. Milley has defended these calls as “routine” and “completely throughout the duties and obligations” of his job.
However Trump on Friday claimed he Milley had dedicated “an act so egregious that, in instances passed by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A warfare between China and america may have been the results of this treasonous act.” He mentioned Milley’s retirement ”will probably be a time for all residents of the USA to rejoice!”
Trump additionally laced into congressional leaders as he pressed Republicans to embrace a looming authorities shutdown — “UNLESS YOU GET EVERYTHING, SHUT IT DOWN!” he urged — and once more known as for the ouster of Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, “the weakest, dumbest, and most conflicted ‘Chief’ in U.S. Senate historical past.”
Trump was simply as displeased with McConnell’s Democratic counterparts. “EVERY DEMOCRAT SHOULD RESIGN FROM THE SENATE!” he mentioned, within the wake of a sweeping bribery indictment towards New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.
He additionally claimed, after the current crash of an F-35B Joint Strike Fighter plane in South Carolina, that as president he had advised the the U.S. Air Drive and Lockheed Martin quite a few instances that the F-35 Fighter Jet was “in impact, DEFECTIVE, as a result of it solely has one engine” — and that he additionally suggested Boeing towards creating the 737 MAX earlier than a pair of crashes.
He insulted his former U.N. Ambassador and present GOP rival Nikki Haley, a local of South Carolina, calling her “Birdbrain.” And he took the time to criticize former shock jock Howard Stern, calling him “a damaged weirdo, unattractive each in and out, making an attempt like hell to be related!”
Trump final visited the state final month, when he spoke on the state GOP’s largest annual fundraiser in Columbia.
Related Press author Michelle Value contributed to this report from New York.