The theme of Super Tuesday felt almost exactly like a Donald Trump rally, especially for the GOP frontrunner. The Donald has vowed to "Make America Great Again" and get the country back to winning, a sentiment many are buying into as they cast their ballots and enter caucus sites this first day of March. Trump's already established a proven track record of coming out on top this election season. The results coming out of a majority of states further cement that record, pushing him one step closer towards the Republican presidential nomination. Donald Trump's Super Tuesday speech was exactly what you'd expect from a man who claimed yet another yuge victory.
In addition to his past primary and caucus successes in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, Super Tuesday exit poll information certainly foreshadowed Trump's strong showing. Many Republican voters are looking towards outsider candidates to shake up a political establishment that they're frankly dissatisfied if not enraged at for a whole host of shortcomings. Trump's supporters appeared as vocal as ever when the candidate took the stage at Mar-A-Lago in Florida to deliver his remarks. He was joined by former presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who had previously endorsed the candidate the week leading up to Super Tuesday.
Trump was as thrilled to see Christie as he was to highlight his many wins on Tuesday night, making sure to congratulate fellow candidates as well as criticize his opponents. Trump said:
Chris, thank you very much. I appreciate it. This has been an amazing evening already. We have won five major states and it looks like we could win six, seven, eight, nine. It's really pretty great. I want to congratulate Ted [Cruz] on the winning of Texas. He worked hard on it. I know how hard he worked, so I congratulate Ted Cruz on that. It was an excellent win.
The Donald had some harsh words for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, whose Super Tuesday speech took copious digs at his "Make America Great Again" slogan. ""We know we’ve got work to do. It's not to make America great again; America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole," Clinton said. Trump immediately fired back, criticizing the candidate for her longevity in politics as well as her message of unity:
You know, I watched Hillary's speech... and she's been there [in politics] for so long. I mean, if she hasn't straightened it out by now, she's not going to straighten it out in the next four years. It's just going to get worse and worse and worse. She wants to make America whole again and I'm trying to figure out what that's all about. Making America great again is going to be so much better than making America whole again.
Clinton and Cruz were not the only targets of Trump's ire. The real estate mogul took the time to openly mock Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on his home turf, insinuating that it was the Donald who would reign victorious in the Sunshine State. Trump said:
I know it was a very tough night for Marco Rubio. He had a tough night. He worked really hard. He already spent a lot of money. He is a lightweight, as I've said many times before. But you know we're gonna go to Florida. We're gonna spend so much time in Florida. We've got a 20 point lead... And if he wins... he's not going anywhere, anyway. We'll see what happens.
The initial remarks wouldn't be the last time Trump was forced to address his fellow candidate, either. Regarding a particularly heated debate in which the Donald and Rubio verbally sparred, Trump continued to mock him. "He decided to become Don Rickles, okay? But Don Rickles has a whole lot more talent," Trump scoffed, insinuating that Rubio had only begun insulting him as some type of political Hail Mary.
Perhaps the most puzzling thing about Trump's Super Tuesday spectacular was the fact that — in a Trump-owned property — the audio set-up was woefully inadequate. Following his speech, the Donald took questions from press, not one of whom was provided a microphone for an event that had been broadcast presumably all over the globe.
Trump had previously blamed a shoddy earpiece for his controversial comments about the KKK, thus it comes as a bit of a shock that at Trump's jewel of Florida — the Mar-A-Lago — the candidate would face such production issues. He nonetheless still took the time to answer questions from reports, including mocking one unidentified member of the press he referred to as "Jeremy." Little else of the exchange was audible due to the shoddy set-up.
Such a message promising unity as well as Christie's echoing of bringing people together is fairly laughable in the face of blatantly aggressive and braggadocios language. This is apparently exactly what voters want, however, and Trump certainly wasn't about to change his message this late in the game.