For all those tuning into Donald Trump’s announcement of his presidential candidacy Tuesday night expecting to see a rip-roaring, fired-up Trump tearing into Joe Biden, trashing the fake news, and just generally riling up the crowd, you were disappointed. Trump spoke in a quiet, almost monotone voice and was unusually calm. Although he delivered some of his red meat lines well, he stayed away form hot topics like the 2020 elections, Crooked Hillary, or January 6. The words “Russia collusion” never came out of his mouth.
Even the actual major announcement was delivered with a surprising lack of excitement, at least by Trump’s standards:
It is there!
TRUMP: I’m announcing tonight my candidacy for President of the United States in order to make America great, and again glorious!” pic.twitter.com/BaULct2DcP
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 16, 2022
It was the Big Moment. Yet, it didn’t feel that big.
One can assume he’s doing it to appear more “leaderly,” more of a statesman, more presidential. Will it work? It was, for me, a complete snoozefest. Friends who were all excited to watch texted me halfway through saying they’d left it on in the background to do laundry. Fox…