Trump airs old election grievances back on rally stage
Donald Trump resumed his election grievances and baseless fraud allegations as he returned to the rally stage on Saturday for his first campaign-style event since leaving the White House.
“It was the scam of the century and it was the crime of the century,” the former president told a crowd of thousands at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Ohio, near Cleveland, where he began to keep his promise to take revenge on those who voted for his historic second impeachment.
The event was held in support of Max Miller, a former White House aide who challenges Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez for his seat in Congress.
While praising Mr. Miller as an “amazing patriot” and a “great guy” who “loves the people of Ohio,” Mr. Trump spent much of the rally focusing on the 2020 election. He still insists he won the ballot, even though top national and local election officials, his own attorney general and many judges, some of whom he has appointed, have said he did. there was no evidence of the massive voter fraud he claims to have had.
Mr Trump has been engrossed in the ongoing efforts to overturn the results in various states and has even publicly considered the idea that he might somehow be reinstated in office, even if he doesn’t. there is no legal or constitutional basis for doing so.
âThe 2020 presidential election has been rigged,â he told the crowd, which at one point turned into âTrump won!â song.
“We won this election in a landslide.”
The focus on Saturday’s 2020 election lies began even before Mr. Trump arrived. The pre-show included a PowerPoint-style presentation by a man who claims that an algorithm was used to manipulate election results.
And Mike Lindell, the founder of My Pillow turned conspiracy theorist who spent millions trying to prove the election was stolen, was hailed as a hero by some in the crowd, who chanted his name and stood up. beaten for photos as he walked around.
When Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Republican from Georgia known for her inflammatory rhetoric, asked the crowd who their president was, they yelled, âTrump!
âPresident Trump is also my president,â she said.
The event exhibited many attributes of the rallies Mr. Trump hosted as candidate and president.
But gone was the grand entrance using Air Force Once as a backdrop, and the pomp that surrounds any sitting president.
Still, traffic throughout the afternoon was slowed from the fairgrounds, where pro-Trump signs dot the lawns of residents. Around street corners, vendors were selling “Trump 2024” flags and other merchandise as supporters arrived.
After spending much of his time behind closed doors building a political operation and ranting against the latest election, Trump is forecasting a flurry of public appearances in the coming weeks. He will hold another rally in Florida over the weekend of July 4 with no ties to a midterm candidate and travel to the southern border next week to protest Mr Biden’s immigration policies.
The rally came as Mr. Trump, who has continued to tease the possibility that he is organizing a White House return in 2024, faces immediate legal danger.
Manhattan prosecutors on Thursday informed her company that it could soon face criminal charges stemming from a broad investigation into the former president’s business dealings.
Mr Trump has said he is determined to help Republicans regain control of Congress in next year’s midterm election. But his efforts to support – and recruit – candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans who crossed paths with him put him at odds with other Republican leaders who tried to unify the party after a brutal year in which they lost control of the White House and failed to gain control of either house of Congress.
So far, nine of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Mr. Trump’s impeachment have attracted the main challengers. And Mr Trump has offered to back anyone who comes forward to challenge the remaining candidate, Representative John Katko from New York, according to a report on syracuse.com.