Trump Tells Crowd, 'You Have No Choice But to Vote for Me'

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2019 | 6:16am EDT
President Trump asks audience to weigh in on his 2020 slogan, pictured on the hat he borrowed from a fan. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - President Donald Trump told a large crowd in Manchester, N.H. Thursday night that they have no choice but to vote for him in 2020.

"See the bottom line is, I know you like me, and this room is a love fest. I know that, but you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s -- down the tubes. Everything's gonna be down the tubes. So, whether you love me or hate me, you got to vote for me."


Trump used an anecdote to illustrate his point:

"I had a business man the other day, one of the most successful guys in the country. I've never liked him, never liked him. He never liked me, I never liked him.

“I see him in the White House. I said, ‘What are you doing here?' He said, I'm working to make sure you get elected.’ I said, ‘You've got to be kidding -- you don't like me, I don't like you. What the hell is this all about?’



“He said, ‘That's right, we've had our differences. I haven't liked you, but to be honest with you, Mr. President, I have no choice.’ I said, ‘You're right, you're right. First thing I've ever heard him say that I agreed with. He's got no choice.'”

Trump then noted that unemployment in New Hampshire has reached the lowest rate in 31 years and is on its way to being a record low:

"So think of that," he continued. "You have the best unemployment. You have the most successful state in the history of your state and in the history of our country, and then you 're going to vote for somebody else?

"Oh great, let's vote for Elizabeth Pocahontas Warren. We have the best numbers we've ever had. Let's vote for somebody else. I don't think that's going to happen, folk. I don't think that's going to happen."

'Keep America Great'

President Trump is a fan of superlatives -- the best, the worst, the biggest, the greatest -- and that was evident Thursday night at his campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

President Trump told the crowd (the biggest!) that he won the 2016 election on a pledge to "Make America Great Again," and "that is exactly what we've done," he said.

"I think we could honestly say it is the greatest slogan in the history of politics in America -- 'Make America Great Again.'"

Trump joked that his opponents, past and present, "spent millions and millions" on slogans that are quickly forgotten: "Nobody remembers," he said.

Then he told the crowd, "We have to make a decision. Do you give up the greatest slogan in the hisotry of politics, 'Make America Great Again'?  Do we give up 'Make America Great Again' for a new slogan? Because look, our country is doing great."

Here Trump digressed into China's woes, then returned to the question he posed: "But do we give up 'Make America Great Again' for 'Keep America Great'?" he asked.

Trump then left the podium and asked someone in the audience for his "Keep America Great" hat. He held it up to applause and cheers. "Is there anything better than a Trump rally?" he asked.

Taking aim at his opponents -- "Sleepy Joe" and "Pocahontas" foremost among them -- Trump finally returned to his "question," asking the audience to "applaud like crazy" for the slogan they prefer.

"Are you ready?" he asked. "Who's in favor of the campaign theme being Make America Great Again?" (Cheers)


"Who's in favor of our theme being Keep America Great?" (Louder cheers)

Trump returned the hat to its owner and noted that "Keep America Great" seems to be the choice of most of his supporters -- "and it really is 'Keep America Great,' because we have these socialists want to take it away from us. They want to take it away from us."

Trump also commented on the crowd size, both during the rally and later, tweeting:

"Great news! Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!"


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