Donald Trump’s Bronx rally was more about egos than votes

There are political reasons for that Donald Trump to hold a campaign rally in the Bronx. Some are even reasonable. Poll pointed out that his general election opponent, the incumbent president Joe Biden, is struggling to attract support from voters of color, an essential part of Biden’s 2020 winning coalition. So his Thursday night appearance in the district’s Crotona Park, a neighborhood with a predominantly Puerto Rican, Dominican and Black population, allowed Trump to highlight Biden’s weaknesses and promote himself as alternative — even though his real audience was elsewhere. Four years ago, Biden won this district by about 68% of the vote, and Trump has no real hope of winning the Bronx, let alone New York state, this time.

However, the fact that the rally will take place within easy reach of the densest concentration of reporters in America will create cheap and widespread coverage for Trump (yes, including this story). The protest in the Bronx was the latest and largest in a series of local protests by Trump. My favorite so far is the scene where the former president’s motorcade pulls up to a fire station in midtown Manhattan so Trump can wave at the camera and deliver a pair of (cold) pizzas previously delivered by his staff. half an hour. Trump also visited a bar in Harlem where two years ago an employee stabbed a customer to death when he jumped over the counter and knocked him over. Alvin BraggManhattan district attorney, eventually dropped the second-degree murder charge after concluding that the clerk may have acted in self-defense.

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Trump brings pizza to the downtown fire station, May 2, 2024.By Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times/Redux.

In the Bronx, Trump will surely once again (inaccurately) claim that life in the city is like “living in hell,” rhetoric that could play well with white suburban voters. that Trump is trying to appeal to. But it’s angry Ritchie Torres, The Democrat represents New York’s 15th Congressional District, which includes most of the South Bronx, and he called Trump an “enemy” of the district. “Gun violence in a place like the Bronx is not inevitable—it is a policy choice that has been pushed on the lowest-income communities by dangerous demagogues like Donald Trump. He gave us a far-right Supreme Court to strike down gun safety laws in New York state, further inundating us with guns,” Torres said. “His catastrophic mismanagement of the pandemic has been deadly — leaving more than 7,000 people dead in the Bronx. We in the Bronx have a responsibility to expose Trump’s fraud.”

It has been more than 8 years since Trump held an election campaign in this city; His last anywhere in the state was in Buffalo in 2016. He became a legal resident of Florida in 2019, fleeing his hometown in search of “respectability.” The only reason Trump has returned to New York for nearly a month is because Bragg forced him to appear in court 34 crimes falsifying business records. But because the alleged crimes, which Trump has denied, stemmed from his alleged long-ago sexual encounter with the porn actress. Daniels storms, the parade of witnesses is a fun trip back to the city’s golden age tabloid culture—and a reminder of the era of the ’80s and ’90s when Trump had a relatively benign celebrity with whom he could command the newspaper’s front page. New York Post Office because Marla maple reportedly declared that he gave her “the best sex I have ever had.” Maybe that’s what Trump dreams of when he closes his eyes and shows up. Sleep in the courtroom: “Ah, the good old days, there were rumors of who I was sleeping with!”

With the launch of the Cannes Film Festival Probationer, Tracing Trump’s public rise in the 1970s under the tutelage of maverick lawyer Roy Cohn, the trial at times feels like a retrospective look at Trump’s New York glory days. However, his flamboyant fame and sometimes popularity in urban life resemble ancient history. Yes, the city is full of Trump fans and he has a certain anti-hero following. But the vast majority of Democratic-dominated New Yorkers vehemently despise Trump, and he is on track to lose the state’s legal system, according to this writer. E. Jean Carroll wins $88.3 million defamation lawsuit against state attorney general Letitia James issued a $454 million fraud verdict. And next week, the jury in Trump’s hush money trial could hand down the first criminal conviction of a former president.

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