Former President Donald Trump explained to Megyn Kelly that he’s running for president again because he believes the country is in decline and needs saving.
He expressed concerns about the state of the nation, citing economic success prior to COVID and the need to bring the country together.
Trump emphasized that he represents everyone as president and believes in making America great again, as he sees the country as currently troubled and divided.
“You could be going into your 78th year enjoying this beautiful golf course. Mar-a-Lago, your lovely family. You don’t have to be running for President, sitting for four criminal trials, some civil, and possibly looking at jail time. Is it worth it?” Kelly asked.
“Yeah. Make America Great Again,” exclaimed Trump.
“Our country’s going to hell. Our country is going down. You don’t realize it. I don’t believe you realize it. But our country is going down.”
“Our country – and I used to say we’re going to end up being, if we don’t do certain things, we’re going to end up being Venezuela on steroids.”
“How about we’re buying oil now from Venezuela? How about that? We’re making Venezuela rich. Okay. Think of it. The people running Venezuela, which were total enemies, what we’re doing is so crazy. We’re not using our oil.”
“We’re making Venezuela rich. But the country, I believe, has one last chance and that’s this.”
“This is the most important election we’ve ever had. You know, I used to say 2016 was the most important and it was a very important election. And we turned the country around. We had the greatest economy in history. What we did is incredible.”
“We knocked out a lot of enemies. We got them out. I took everybody out of these crazy wars that nobody wanted to be in. Even the other country that was protected – they didn’t want us spending trillions and trillions of dollars. But our country is going bad. Our country is being destroyed. When you look at our cities, with what’s pouring into our cities now. They can’t handle what they have.”
“I brought our country to a level that just prior to COVID coming in, and then I did it again because I built it again and the stock market was actually higher when I left than it was pre-COVID, which is like unbelievable. But we had a country that was actually really coming together because of success. I was getting calls, Megyn, from the most liberal people. I would call them radical left, wanting to get together and then we got hit with COVID.”
“Our country was coming together because of success. African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, women, men, people with degrees from MIT, from Wharton, from Harvard. People with no degree at all, people with no high school. Everybody had great jobs. Everybody was making more money and people were coming together. People wanted to see me. They wanted to meet, people that normally, that wouldn’t take place.”
“I realized that success brings this country together. But we are, I say it in my speeches, we are a nation in decline. We are really a declining nation. We’re a nation in serious, serious decline, and I think I can turn it around very fast.”
He expressed confidence in winning the election and turning things around quickly.
“I think that we’re going to save our country,” he pressed.
“I think we’re going to win the election. I’m beating Biden by a lot, I’m beating the Republicans by numbers nobody’s ever seen before. But I’m beating Biden by a lot. And I’ll turn it around and I’ll turn it around fast.”