Trump Aims To Flip Ultra-Liberal State

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( – Former President Trump expressed optimism on Thursday about his prospects of winning New York in the upcoming election—a state that has not supported a Republican presidential candidate in four decades.

During an interview with Lawrence Jones on “Fox & Friends,” following a rally in South Bronx, Trump was confident about flipping the traditionally Democratic state. He cited his deep connection with the voters, describing them as “incredible, energetic, and entrepreneurial.”

Jones questioned Trump’s decision to hold a rally in a part of New York City where he was significantly outvoted by President Biden in 2020. Trump replied, “I’ve performed well with the vote here. I love the people. If we win New York, the election’s over.”

When further pressed on whether his hopes for the Empire State were realistic, Trump acknowledged the challenge but remained optimistic. He stated, “It hasn’t been done by a Republican in many decades, but I think we have a very good chance.” This is true – a Republican presidential candidate has not won New York since Reagan.

In the 2020 election, Biden secured New York with over 60% of the vote.

The rally took place in a park within one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. Jones, a Black co-host, noted the significant presence of Black and Hispanic attendees, reflecting Trump’s increasing support among these communities. Trump highlighted his achievements, particularly in criminal justice reform, which he believes greatly benefited these groups.

Besides New York, Trump has recently visited other traditionally Democratic states like Minnesota and New Jersey, demonstrating his campaign’s strategy to engage in areas not typically supportive of Republicans.

Some political analysts suggest that Trump’s rally in the Bronx might be more about demonstrating his ability to attract large crowds in unexpected places rather than realistically flipping New York in November. The location was also notably close to Manhattan, where Trump is involved in ongoing legal proceedings related to a hush-money trial.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), representing part of the Bronx, remarked that Trump’s restricted movements due to the trial make his frequent appearances in the city more about necessity, suggesting his rally efforts might also be aimed at fundraising to cover his extensive legal costs.

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