Donald Trump held his first rally after leaving the White House on Saturday night, giving a freelance speech at a fair in northeastern Ohio, addressing thousands of supporters, what the former U.S. president called this It is “the first rally in the 2022 general election”.
“My fellow Americans, our campaign is far from over,” Trump told his fans in Wellington, Ohio, a rural town 30 miles southwest of Cleveland. “Actually, our battle has just begun.”
Trump did not rule out the possibility of running for president in 2024. In a 90-minute rambling speech, he reiterated his false statement that the 2020 election was “stolen” and he boasted in his speech The achievements of his own government and criticized his successor Joe Biden.
“He put America last. We put America first,” Trump said. “It’s very simple. Very, very simple.”
“We won two elections,” Trump added when referring to the 2016 and 2020 elections, and then hinted that a third election might be held at the White House: “And we might have to win the election a third time . this is possible.”
The “Save America” rally held in Lorraine County, Ohio on Saturday-white working-class voters in the region used to support Barack Obama, but in recent years have become more conservative and supportive of Trump-marked this The former president returned to the election campaign a few months later. Relatively silent.
He snubbed Biden’s inauguration, and after January 6, most major social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, were banned when a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and interrupted worship. The certification of the electoral college victory. The riot killed five people, including a congressional policeman.
Trump made little mention of the siege on January 6, but continued to repeat his unconfirmed claim that last year’s U.S. election was rife with fraud and manipulation.
“You have to look back. We won the 2020 election. Who knows what will happen in 2024?” The former president said to “Trump won! Trump won!” From the audience.
Trump urged the public to support his so-called “America’s First Patriot” before next year’s midterm elections, when control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will be contested.
Trump supported several candidates before the Republican primaries, and these candidates are expected to be key Test his lasting influence In the party voters.
On Saturday, he was on the same stage with former White House aide Max Miller, who was competing with the current Republican Congressman Anthony González from Ohio, who voted to impeach Trump in 1 One of the 10 House Republicans who played a role in the riots on June 6. Trump also supported former Republican coal lobbyist Mike Carey in special elections in neighboring congressional districts later this year.
Although Trump’s comeback rally was eagerly anticipated by many of his most ardent fans, Saturday’s event was rarely attended by Republican lawmakers and other establishment figures.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike Devin refused to attend, and Republican Rob Portman, who represented the state in the U.S. Senate, also stated that he would step down at the end of next year’s term.
Instead, Trump was introduced on Saturday night by the two most disagreeable members of Congress: Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Earlier this year, Green was expelled from his congressional committee for supporting QAnon and other conspiracy theories.
Trump’s comeback rally took place at the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Alan Weisselberg may Facing criminal charges The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is the fastest next week. On Thursday, lawyers for the Trump family business were warned of possible charges related to the company’s fringe benefit accounting.