Trump: New York Is Fading, Let’s Bring It Back


The man who reshaped the skyline of the city that never sleeps before surprising the world by winning the presidency in 2016 said Thursday at a hometown rally in the Bronx that he’s never seen his former home in such bad condition as it is now under Democrat rule.

Before highlighting the diminished state of the city today, Trump shared that he has always regarded New York City as “a monumental testament to the power of the American spirit and the American dream.”

The 45th president stated that the Democrat-run city was once the envy of the world, but it is now on a downward trajectory.

“Everybody wanted to be here. New York was where you came to make it big. You want to make it big, you had to be in New York,” he said. “But sadly, this is now a city in decline.”

“Throughout my life, I’ve seen New York through good times and bad, through boom times and crime waves, through market crashes and terrorist attacks, but I’ve never seen it quite like this,” he added.

Trump pointed to homeless encampments, crime, and the enormous migrant population it has amassed with the influx of illegal immigration under the Biden administration as some of the major issues plaguing the world’s most famous city.

Our subways are squalid and unsafe, the ceiling tiles are falling down, and they look worse than a third world country. The medians of our highways are crumbling. Our sidewalks are littered with garbage, bottles and trash, but worst of all, the discarded needles from people that so desperately are in need of help. And we have mobs of migrants fighting our police officers and giving America the middle finger.

He vowed, “We are not going to let this continue.”

“We are not going to abandon our hope and our pride. This city has given us so much and now it is time that we are going to give it back. Together, we are going to make New York City great again, and simultaneously, we are going to make America great again.”

Trump promised if he is elected, he will immediately contact Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) and Mayor Eric Adams (D) to notify them, “I want to come back and help.”

Trump first told the press back in December 2023 that he planned to expand the presidential battleground to include blue-leaning states like New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Virginia, and New Mexico. The Bronx rally comes on the heels of his Wildwood, New Jersey, rally, which drew an estimated crowd of 100,000.

Nick Gilbertson
Nick Gilbertson
Journalist who focuses on national politics in the United States.

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