President Trump attended a rally on Aug. 15 in New Hampshire, a state where he won his first presidential primary. His speech  lasted an hour and a half, and the crowd at the SNHU arena gave him a raucous welcome.

The president is hoping to win the hearts and minds of New Hampshirites, and with a focus on the economy, a smiling president told the crowd they had “no choice” but to give him their vote in 2020, “I won the election, the markets went up thousands of points, things started happening,” said Trump. “If for some reason, I were not to have won the election, these markets would have crashed. That will happen even more so in 2020. You have no choice but to vote for me, because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes.”

President Donald Trump arrives to speak in Monaca, Pa, on Aug. 13, 2019. The president is hoping to woo New Hampshire into his column heading into 2020. The president visited the state on Aug. 15 to hold a re-election rally. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

The crowd of roughly 10,000 showed their approval with a standing ovation when the president pledged support for the right to bear arms, “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person holding the gun,” said President Trump as he called the gun problem a mental health issue.“We can’t make it hard for good, solid, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,” he said, adding, “We will always uphold the Second Amendment,” as reported by Fox News.

 

AIDS is one of the problems he has promised to deal with, and he went one step further by saying, “We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine, ending in the AIDS epidemic in America, and finding new cures for childhood cancer. And something I never thought I’d be able to say: Within one decade, the AIDS epidemic in the United States will be gone. In 10 years, the AIDS epidemic will be eradicated. So great. Who thought that was going to be happening? Who thought I would be able to get to say that?”

“Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat,” Trump said, to the enthusiastic crowd, and with several Democrats holding their own rally just down the road he added, “They’re not far away. Does anybody want to pay a 95 percent tax?”

Before the rally, the president spoke to reporters at a New Jersey airport and commented that Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were “very anti-Jewish and anti-Israel,” and he defended his actions of lobbying to have them refused entry into Israel. Just hours earlier Israeli leaders had placed a block on the two from visiting their country as planned on Friday, due to their support of the international boycott movement against Israel.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn,) (R), speaks, as U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. listens, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo, File)

“There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the U.S. Congress more than the State of Israel. As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.