Americans were shocked to learn that FBI personnel raided the home of former President Donald Trump earlier this week, with Fox News reporting that agents were searching for classified documents.
If the raid was an attempt to dissuade Trump from making another White House run, then the former president seemed unfazed. He quickly released a video that all but declared his candidacy.
Video highlights current administration’s failures
The video begins with dreary, black and white footage of rain falling as Trump says, “We are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”
The images then cut to the former president addressing a rally, saying, “We are a nation that has the highest inflation in over 40 years, where the stock market just finished the worst first half of a year in more than five decades.”
“We are a nation that has the highest energy costs in its history and we are no longer energy independent or energy dominant which we were just two short years ago,” he continues, adding, “We are a nation that is begging Venezuela and Saudi Arabia for oil.”
Footage then plays of last year’s pullout from Afghanistan, with Trump complaining of how the United States left “dead soldiers and American citizens and 85 billion dollars worth of the finest military equipment in the world.”
In a line that foretold this week’s FBI raid, Trump states, “We are a nation that has weaponized its law enforcement against the opposing political party like never before, we have never seen anything like this.”
He next goes on to lament the prevalence of “fake news,” attacks on free speech, and the upswing in “rampant” criminal violence, declaring, “We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke.”
Poll shows strong support for Trump among Republican voters
Yet as the video switches to color, Trump begins to sound a more optimistic tone, insisting that “soon we will have greatness again.”
“It was hardworking patriots like you who built this country, and it is hardworking patriots who are going to save our country,” he says before concluding that “it is time to start talking about greatness again.”
If Trump is indeed planning to seek the presidency in 2024 then most polls suggest that he will be the frontrunner when it comes to securing his party’s nomination.
Bloomberg reported last month that a New York Times/Siena College survey found 49% of Republicans would back Trump should he run, compared with 25% who favored Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.