During his first 2024 presidential campaign event in New Hampshire Saturday, former President Donald Trump said “we have a woke military that can’t fight or win as proven in Afghanistan.”
Forbes reported on the comment and, according to the outlet, Trump was referring to the pullout of troops from Afghanistan under President Joe Biden.
According to Time, Trump was speaking to activists in southern New Hampshire to kick off his previously announced 2024 campaign. It described those in attendance as “a rowdy, welcoming audience.”
“The former president, who in November launched his third campaign for the White House, will deliver the keynote address to hundreds of party leaders, elected officials and activists attending the New Hampshire GOP’s annual meeting, which this year will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Salem,” Fox News reported last week.
In his speech, Trump also criticized Biden, who beat him in the 2020 presidential election, for not supporting Republican initiatives that would require voters to present IDs when voting in presidential elections. He also continued to make baseless claims about voter fraud related to the previous election, said Forbes.
Time also reported that the former president erroneously claimed that he carried New Hampshire twice in a general election.
“As someone who has won the New Hampshire presidential primary not once but twice—and, by the way, I believe we also won two general elections,” Trump said to applause, according to Time.
According to reports, Trump said that the Democratic establishment has “destroyed” the country and that the U.S. is an “April Fools’ Day joke” under Biden.
In a livestream of the New Hampshire event posted to YouTube, Trump also said many positive things about the U.S. military. He touted his own role in the development of the U.S. Space Force.
“We have a great army and a great military,” said Trump, who went on to share memories of flying on Air Force One and meeting troops.