Since leaving the White House, Donald Trump held his first campaign rally, reiterating his dissatisfaction with the election and baseless allegations of fraud, as he urged his supporters to help the Republican Party win back a majority in Congress.
Saturday’s rally in Ohio — the state held by the former president in the 2020 election — marked a return to the kind of mass gatherings that were essential to maintaining the support of Trump’s base.
It was held to support former White House aide Max Miller, who is challenging Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez for a seat in Congress. Gonzalez was one of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump because he instigated the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after losing to Democrat Joe Biden in the election.
The weak majority of the Democrats in both houses of Congress will be at risk in the 2022 midterm elections. History is conducive to Republicans’ chances of gaining seats in these campaigns.
“We will take back the House of Representatives, we will take back the Senate, we will take back the United States, and we will do it soon,” Trump said to thousands of cheering supporters at the Lorraine County Fair in Ohio.
So far, 9 of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have attracted major challengers. According to the syracuse.com website, the former president has pledged to support all of these people and even offered to support anyone who stands up to challenge the remaining candidate, Representative John Catko of New York.
Trump also supports Senator Lisa Murkowski’s challenger, who is the only one of the seven Republicans in the Senate who voted to convict him in the January impeachment trial. The latter will Re-elected in 2022.
The Ohio event in Wellington, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Cleveland, was the first of three public appearances, followed by a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on June 30 and Sarasota, Florida on July 3 Hold a rally.
Although Trump praised Miller as an “incredible patriot” and a “great man” who “loved the people of Ohio,” he spent most of his 90-minute speech on the 2020 election. Although he insisted that he won the election of local election officials, his own attorney general and many judges, including some judges appointed by him, all stated that there was no evidence that he claimed that large-scale voter fraud occurred.
Trump said: “This is a scam of this century and a crime of this century.” “The 2020 presidential election was rigged. We won that election by an overwhelming advantage.”
The crowd chanted “Trump won” and “Another four years! Four more years!” But the former president did not explicitly mention his political future.
However, he did make fun of the crowd by suggesting the possibility of another attack on the White House.
“We may have to win it a third time. It is possible,” he said.
Trump’s re-election may be affected by the results of various legal disputes.
Prosecutors in Manhattan notified his company on Thursday that it may soon face criminal charges due to extensive investigations into the former president’s business transactions. “The New York Times” quoted a source familiar with the matter as saying that it may bring charges against the Trump Organization within a few days.
Trump condemned these investigations as nothing more than a “witch hunt” designed to harm him politically.
The former president also used the Ohio rally to criticize Biden, calling him a “disaster” and concerned about the increasing number of immigrants crossing the southern border of the United States-a concern for Republicans to unite voters.
“There are millions of people flooding into our country. We don’t know who they are. Joe Biden’s approach is completely opposite to ours,” Trump said.
“Joe Biden is destroying our country before our eyes,” he added.
Since the 2016 election campaign, Trump’s rally has played an important role in his politics, and his supporters in Ohio said they hope he can use these activities to help the Unity Party and support like-minded congressional candidates.
“It is extremely important to continue these gatherings,” said Jessica Dicken, a 30-year-old full-time mother from southeastern Ohio, adding that Trump may be the “speaker of the more conservative movement in Ohio and the country.”
Chris Raskowski, 55, who lives in Medina, Ohio, said she missed Trump.
“I think they deprived him of the right to vote, and he is still our president.”
Trump has repeatedly falsely claimed that election fraud has caught Republican voters. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that about 53% of Republicans believe Trump won the 2020 election and attribute his failure to illegal voting. A quarter of the public agree with Trump Win.
Republican strategist Matt Dole said that Trump and those who are vying to stay close to him have benefited from this open and amiable performance. Some candidates now seeking his support have made disparaging comments about Trump in the past.
“These are convenient marriages,” said Dole, who is based in Ohio. “Donald Trump is using these opportunities to keep his name in order to keep the base motivated.”