Ben Shapiro told Megyn Kelly that Trump still has it and the trip he made to East Palestine, Ohio has rejuvenated his 2024 presidential campaign.
Former President Donald Trump grabbed hold of the same magic he displayed in the 2016 campaign. Ben Shapiro talked about it in a sit-down with Sirius XM host Megyn Kelly.
The small town in Ohio is still reeling from the disastrous environmental accident when a train with chemicals on it derailed on February 3. Trump’s visit gave a blow to the Biden Administration which has been uncomfortably silent on this story.
The former president brought truckloads of supplies, signed MAGA hats, and even treated first responders to a round of Big Macs at the local McDonald’s.
“This was like the perfect moment for Trump,” Shapiro said. “I mean I think it was a softball but you still have to hit the ball. And he hit it out of the park. And I thought it was the best moment of his campaign by far. It put some new life into his candidacy which I thought was kind of dying.”
Kelly brought up the fact that President Joe Biden has not visited Ohio, but he did fly to Ukraine to announce more money was coming their way. He also told them that Ukraine had stolen his heart.
Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, hadn’t visited East Palestine until Thursday, a day after Trump came to town.
“Trump has made Buttigieg and Biden” follow him,” Kelly observed.
Shapiro said Trump’s trip vividly drew a contrast between him and the Biden administration. Trump was able to bask in the glow of the resident’s appreciation.
“This is the first time I saw Trump actually go back to 2016 Trump,” Shapiro said. “Going there and doing all of the Trumpy things that the media hate but are actually kind of charming.”
“I thought it was a great look for Trump. I thought it … reinvigorated a certain magnetism about him. And he does have that magic when he’s doing that mode.”