Ouch: Ex-Staff Hit ‘Low Energy’ Speech, ‘Sob Story,’ ‘Bored’

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 15, 2022. - Donald Trump pulled the trigger on a third White House run on November 15, setting the stage for a bruising Republican nomination battle after a poor midterm election showing by his hand-picked candidates weakened his grip on the party. Trump filed his official candidacy papers with the US election authority moments before he was due to publicly announce his candidacy. (Photo by ALON SKUY / AFP) (Photo by ALON SKUY/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A number of officials employed in former President Donald Trump’s administration heartily criticized his “low energy” 2024 announcement speech Tuesday evening.
  • “No wonder Madison Cawthorn was the only Republican to show up. We need candidates who can look to the future and not just repeat the same rambling sob story about being a victim we’ve heard a thousand times.”
  • Sarah Matthews, one of Trump’s deputy press secretaries, tweeted that “even the crowd seems bored” nearly an hour into Trump’s remarks.
  • “This is one of the most low-energy, uninspiring speeches I’ve ever heard from Trump,” she wrote. “Not exactly what you want when announcing a presidential run.”

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