President Donald Trump appeared at a rally in New Hampshire Monday night, taking center stage and stealing the thunder from the Democratic presidential field on the eve of New Hampshire Primary.
Monday night’s rally was the first since the Trump was acquitted by the United States Senate last Wednesday on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The president spent most of the rally taking shots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats for their roles in the impeachment trial.
“I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly,” Trump said of Pelosi, as chants of “Lock her up!” broke out.
“Our good Republicans in the United States Senate voted to reject the outrageous, partisan impeachment hoax, and to issue a full, complete and absolute total acquittal,” Trump continued in front of a packed arena of 11,700 people.
Monday’s comments come days after Democrats gifted Trump one of his best weeks in office that included a State of the Union address that ended with Pelosi tearing up his speech.
THANK YOU NEW HAMPSHIRE! https://t.co/dvZq0UPjHI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
Trump also touted the economy Tuesday, highlighting historically low unemployment numbers for the country and minority groups.
“Since my election, America has gained 7,000,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate has hit the lowest rate in half a century,” Trump exclaimed. “The average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any previous administration in the history of our country.”
While the area was sold out to most residents in New Hampshire, two slots reserved for a pair of Trump’s closest allies — U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz and U.S. Senator Rick Scott.
Both men received a positive reaction from the New Hampshire crowd, as the two Floridians campaigned for Trump.
I’m feeling the love in New Hampshire! pic.twitter.com/MLKLl4abmN
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 11, 2020
I’m going to be talking about capitalism and opportunity under Republican leadership vs socialism and squalor under the Democrats. pic.twitter.com/Q8m6nJUdxX
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) February 10, 2020
Scott, especially, had an eventful night, mingling with press and voters as speculation ramps up that the former Florida Governor could run for president in 2024.
Rick Scott, widely seen as interested in a 2024 presidential run, worked the press section at the MAGA rally pic.twitter.com/FzsPdeGIGI
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 10, 2020
Scott’s appearance in New Hampshire comes weeks after his campaign ran a political ad in Iowa.
Watch the full story ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/MdFvHl5lb5
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) January 28, 2020
Many saw this ad as a prelude to a Scott run for the presidency in 2024.