New York Is ‘A City in Decline,’ We Will Make It ‘Great Again’

The man who literally repainted the skyline of the city that never sleeps before shocking the world with his 2016 presidential victory said at a local rally in the Bronx on Thursday that he’s never seen his hometown in such bad shape as it is now under Democratic control.

At the packed rally, former President Donald Trump detailed the stark differences between the New York City he once knew and the Big Apple today.

Before highlighting New York’s decaying state today, President Trump said he has always thought of the city as “a monumental testament to the power of the American spirit and the American dream.”

“Through the strength and grit and genius of the people of New York, we built this city into a towering forest of iron, aluminum, concrete and steel,” Trump said. “We made our city and our state into the commerce center of the world.”

The 45th president said the Democrat-run city was once the envy of the world but is now in steady decline.

“Everybody wanted to come here. New York was the place to come to make it. If you wanted to make it, you had to be in New York,” he said. “But the sad thing is, it’s now a city in decline.”

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

Trump pointed to homeless encampments, crime and a huge immigrant population that has built up due to an influx of illegal immigrants under the Biden administration as major problems plaguing the world’s most famous city.

“Where our children once played, where we once spent so much time, there are now squalid encampments of drug-addicted homeless people. Crazy people who kill innocent pedestrians by shoving them onto train tracks for sport,” Trump said, adding:

The subways are filthy and dangerous, the ceiling tiles are falling off and the conditions are worse than any third world country. The medians on the highways are crumbling. The sidewalks are littered with trash, bottles and garbage but worst of all, needles discarded by people who desperately need help. Groups of immigrants are fighting police and giving America the middle finger.

“We will not let this continue,” he vowed.

“We will not give up our hope and our pride. This city has given us so much, and now it’s time for us to give back. Together we will make New York City great again, and at the same time, make America great again.”

Trump promised that if elected, he would immediately contact New York Governor Kathy Hockal (D-NY) and Mayor Eric Adams (D-NY) to let them know he wanted to come back and help them.

Trump first told Breitbart News in December 2023 that he planned to expand his presidential campaign into Democratic-leaning states such as New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Virginia and New Mexico. The Bronx rally follows one in Wildwood, New Jersey, that drew an estimated 100,000 people.