Donald Trump has organized his first campaign manifesto since leaving the White House, repeating his election complaints and unfounded claims of fraud while urging his supporters to help Republicans win back most of Congress.
Saturday’s rally in Ohio – a state the former president led to the 2020 election – marks a return to the type of free-flowing mass rallies that have been critical to maintaining grassroots support. Trump.
He was hired to support Max Miller, a former White House aide who challenges Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his congressional seat. Gonzalez was one of 10 members of the Republican House who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol following his election loss for the United States. Democrat Joe Biden.
The Democratic Party’s meager majorities in both houses of Congress will be in line with the mid-2022 elections and history favors the possibility of Republicans winning seats in these contests.
“We’re going to take over the House, we’re going to take over the Senate, and we’re going to take over America, and we’re going to do it soon,” Trump told thousands of supporters who cheered at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Ohio.
So far, nine of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment have attracted primary challengers. The former president has vowed to support everyone, and has also offered to support everyone who comes forward to challenge the remaining candidate, New York Representative John Katko, according to syracuse.com.
Trump also approved a challenge to Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict him in his January impeachment process that is running for re-election in 2022.
The Ohio event in Wellington, about 64 miles southwest of Cleveland, was the first of three public appearances, followed by a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on June 30 and a demonstration in Sarasota, Florida. , July 3rd.
While Trump eluded Miller as an “incredible patriot” and a “great guy” who “loves the people of Ohio,” he spent much of his 90-minute address staring at the election. 2020, which insists he has won, although top state and local election officials, his own attorney general and numerous judges, including some he has nominated, have said there is no evidence of fraud of the mass electorate he alleges.
“This was the scam of the century and this was the crime of the century,” Trump said. “The 2020 presidential election has been rigged. We won those elections in one fell swoop. ”
The crowd sang “Trump has won” and “four more years! Four more years!”. But the former president made no clear mention of his political future.
However he did tease the crowd at one point by alluding to the possibility of another stabbing at the White House.
“We may have to win the third time. It’s possible,” he said.
If Trump runs again he could be affected by the outcome of various legal issues.
Manhattan prosecutors informed his company Thursday that he could soon face criminal charges arising from a lengthy investigation into the former president’s affairs. The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the case, reported that the accusation could be presented to the Trump Organization in a few days.
Trump denounced the investigation as nothing more than a “witch hunt” aimed at harming him politically.
The former president also used the Ohio rally to lambast Biden, calling it a “catastrophe” and focusing on the growing number of immigrants crossing the southern border of the United States – a problem that Republicans have put to zero to bring together its voters.
“We have millions of people coming into our country. We have no idea who they are. Joe Biden does exactly the opposite as we do,” Trump said.
“Joe Biden destroys our nation before our eyes,” he added.
Trump’s protests have been instrumental in his policy since he launched his 2016 campaign and his supporters in Ohio have said they hope to use such events to help unify the party behind the candidates in Congress.
“The continuation of these demonstrations is extremely important,” said Jessica Dicken, a 30-year-old mother living in southeast Ohio, adding that Trump could be “a voice for the most conservative movement here in Ohio and throughout to the nation “.
Chris Laskowski, 55, who lives in Medina, Ohio, said he missed Trump.
“I think they stole the election and he’s still our president.”
Trump’s repeated false statements about election fraud have taken hold of Republican voters. About 53 percent of Republicans believe Trump won the 2020 election and blame his loss on the illegal vote, and a quarter of the general public agrees that Trump has won, a Reuters / Ipsos poll found .
Republican strategist Matt Dole said Trump and those who fought to stay close to him would benefit from such public demonstrations of bonhomie. Some of the candidates now seeking his support have made derogatory comments about Trump in the past.
“These are comfort weddings,” said Dole, who is based in Ohio. “Donald Trump uses these opportunities to keep his name out, to keep the base motivated.”