‘I’m fighting to save American democracy,’ Donald Trump says at an Ohio event.
Former President Donald Trump vowed at a rally in Ohio Saturday night that Republicans will retake Congress, regretting his loss in November’s election and retaliating against a Republican congressman who voted to impeach him.
Trump projected that next year’s elections will result in “huge Republican majorities” in both chambers of Congress, calling the event “the very first rally of the 2022 election.”
He pledged the crowd at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, approximately a half-hour southwest of Cleveland, that “we’re going to take back the House and we’re going to take back the Senate.”
He went on to say, “We don’t have a choice.”
The gathering marked Trump’s return to the type of large-scale rallies that propelled him to the presidency. Trump’s public appearances since leaving office in January have been confined to a few speeches before conservative and Republican groups.
The Save America PAC, Trump’s political action committee, claimed the Ohio rally would be the first of many appearances in favor of politicians and causes that boost his agenda and his administration’s accomplishments. A second gathering, scheduled for July 3 in Sarasota, Florida, has already been arranged.
The activities, according to political observers, are intended to provide Trump a platform to reassert himself as the Republican Party’s leader, promote his election-related conspiracy theories, and, most importantly for Trump and his damaged ego, settle old scores.
David Cohen, a political science professor at the University of Akron, remarked, “This is only the beginning of Donald Trump’s grievance tour.”
“I’m attempting to save American democracy,” Trump insisted.
Trump, who had been barred from using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites to contact with his fans, delighted in the raucous audience, which was estimated to number in the thousands.
“Do you think we’re having a good time?” Trump enquired.
On cue, the crowd erupted in applause.
The event was similar in tone and manner to Trump’s rallies across the country during his two presidential campaigns. He took the stage as Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” blared from a loudspeaker, a favorite on his campaign soundtrack last year, and flung red “Make America Great Again” caps into the audience.
In his 91-minute speech, Trump slammed Democratic opponents Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, mocked the “fake news” media, and made unsubstantiated claims about his loss to Joe Biden in the presidential election in November. Trump called the Supreme Court “ashamed” for failing to back up his unsubstantiated charges of election fraud.
Trump intimated that he would run for President again in 2024, while he made no statement about his personal plans. “It’s probable we’ll have to win it a third time,” he said, wrongly claiming he had previously won the presidency twice.
Despite losing the presidential election to Biden in November, Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points. However, political analyst Justin Buchler saw no significance in Trump holding his first rally since leaving the White House in Ohio, which has historically been a swing state in presidential elections.
At least for Trump, it was more crucial that he appeared in Lorain County, which he won by three percentage points last November and where he was surrounded by supporters.
Buchler, an associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said, “He is not campaigning outside of his comfort zone.” “He won’t travel to places where he’ll be surrounded by hostile people. He’ll go to places where he’ll be surrounded by his ardent supporters.”
Early Saturday afternoon, supporters began coming at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, waving American flags and selling “Trump won” T-shirts. People queued up at food trucks and drank water to cool themselves as a cover band played throughout the grounds.
Leslie Dodd and her son drove from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to Wellington for the rally. She expressed her desire to hear positive news from Trump and feels that the GOP should follow his lead as candidates prepare for the elections in 2022 and 2024.
Dodd stated, “As far as I’m concerned, he’s still my president.”
Edward X. Young, a 61-year-old horror movie actor, director, and make-up artist from Brick Township, New Jersey, drove from his house Friday night and arrived at the Lorain County site 11 hours later.
Young stated, “This is my 51st Trump rally.” The most recent gathering he claimed to have attended was on January 6 in Washington, when protesters burst into the US Capitol. Young said that he did not enter the Capitol.
“I’m really looking forward to this one. “This is the comeback,” Young remarked, comparing the atmosphere to a rock ‘n’ roll concert.
Trump targeted members of his own party in his statements, including Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a northern Ohio lawmaker who was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach him for encouraging the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that left five people dead.
Gonzalez was censured and asked to quit by the Ohio Republican Party’s governing board in May. Trump retaliated against Gonzalez by endorsing Max Miller, who is running against Gonzalez in the GOP primary next year. On the campaign trail and in the White House, Miller worked for Trump, and Saturday’s rally was held in part to promote Miller’s candidacy.
Gonzalez was dubbed a “sold-out, RINO foot soldier” by Miller, who joined Trump on stage, and his vote to impeach Trump was “a betrayal he can never turn back from and that he should have to answer for, day after day after day.”
Gonzalez was referred to by Trump “”A sell-out, a false Republican, and a disgrace to your state,” as well as “a grandstanding RINO.” He referred to Miller as “a valued advisor of mine” who had helped the Trump administration negotiate with North Korea.
Gonzalez’s vote for impeachment is “not the reason I’m doing this,” Trump insisted. However, he continued, “I simply assumed that was a negative personality trait.”
According to Cohen, Gonzalez, who represents Ohio’s 16th congressional district, is “in huge difficulty” politically.
“His vote for impeachment – despite the fact that it was extraordinarily courageous and made without regard for politics – has harmed him with his own political base,” Cohen added. “It may also cost him his seat.”
Trump’s event in Ohio comes just four days before he and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are set to visit the US-Mexico border on June 30.
During his remarks, Trump continued to criticize Biden’s border policy, claiming that his successor had “deliberately and systematically” destroyed border security and let a flood of illegal immigrants into the country, as he has in the past. On Friday, he claimed, Vice President Kamala Harris came to the US-Mexico border “for one simple reason: I stated I was going.”
Trump’s rally was part of a broader effort to keep him in the public eye, Cohen said, despite the fact that he is no longer in government and is not a candidate for public office — at least not officially.
He declared, “He’s not going anywhere.” “He’s not going away from politics.”
Trump’s rally demonstrated that he had no plans to leave politics anytime soon.
He stated, “Our movement is far from over.” “In truth, we’ve only just begun our battle.”
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