Former President Donald Trump returned to Iowa on Saturday for his first visit to the state since losing the presidential election in November, launching a multi-pronged attack on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats they said are bringing the country to the “brink of ruin.” are going.
Trump, who spoke for more than 90 minutes, broke a long list of campaign-style promises and joked about a potential new slogan, but stopped short of announcing a re-election bid.
“We’re going to take America back,” he said.
He reiterated false claims that the 2020 election was “rigged”. He continued to doubt the results, including in Arizona, which ended a review of votes for the state’s largest county and found no evidence of a stolen election.
And in front of thousands of whip-up supporters, he Both supported US Sen. Chuck Grassley. and Iowa’s First League of Nations, which for decades has contested presidential nominations for both major political parties.
“You proved why Iowa should continue to vote first in the country, that’s right. First in the country,” Trump said, referring to him. 8-point margin of victory in Iowa in 2020.
Trump has dragged Biden over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan’s withdrawal, and several pieces of domestic legislation that have stymied Congress – which Democrats control by a thin margin – for months.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you,” Trump said, later encouraging his supporters to head to the 2022 midterm elections next fall.
“We must send a message to the radical left which they will never forget,” he said.
Trump’s Visit Is When Iovans Feels More Favorable To Him Than He Is Latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. Overall, 53% have a favorable sentiment towards Trump, and it is even higher among his fellow Republicans, with 91% feeling favorably towards him.
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Despite his dark message about the Biden administration, Trump was upbeat about Iowa during his visit.
“As disastrous as the Biden administration has been, no one can blame the great state of Iowa, because boy did we really – we did really well here,” he said. “Iowa, what a place.”
He took the stage shortly after the University of Iowa won from behind against Penn State in a game displayed on the big screen during the rally’s pre-event.
“Hello Iowa, and congratulations to the Iowa Hockeys!” Trump began his remarks by saying. “That was a big win today!”
His admiration for Iowa extended to Grassley, which he said “I have full and complete support for the re-election.”
“Tonight we have a great American patriot, a man who really loves Iowa – loves Iowa,” Trump said. “He’s a young – very young boy. He’s strong. And he’s so handsome. He fights like no one else. He’s always there when I need him for help.”
As far as Governor Kim Reynolds is concerned, who has not formally announced his re-election campaign, Trump indicated that an endorsement could be coming very soon.
“I said Kim, do you want me to support you tonight or later? And he said, ‘Sir, it’s Chuck Grassley’s night.’ How cool is that?”
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Iowa Democratic Party President Ross Wilburn criticized Iowa Republicans for backing Trump after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in January.
“The Iowa Republicans have tied themselves to a man who has attacked the very foundations of our democracy throughout his tenure,” Wilburn said in a statement. “Only nine months ago, he incited a violent mob to attack his own Vice President and put the lives of lawmakers in danger of fulfilling their constitutional duty to certify our election.”
Iowa’s top Republican leaders heat up the crowd ahead of Trump, including Reynolds, Grassley and US Reps Ashley Hinson and Marianette Miller-Meeks.
Reynolds led the crowd chanting “USA” and criticizing Biden over his immigration policies, saying that She visited the US-Mexico border this week.
“I was just there this week,” she said. “You know who’s never been there? Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. They don’t care. They don’t care what’s going on at the border.”
Vice President Kamala Harris Visited the US-Mexico border in June.
Reynolds also mentioned Biden’s COVID-19 response, garnering boon from the crowd.
“They don’t respect you,” she said of the Democrats. “They don’t respect your beliefs, your values. They don’t think you’re capable of making your own decisions and they don’t think you should. And that’s what America looks like under democratic leadership. But I’m here for you.” To show that we are fighting back.”
The National Democrats condemned Trump’s visit to Iowa. Ammar Moussa, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is “the anvil of his neck in 2022.”
“The Republican Party is grateful to a president who has lost millions of jobs, hundreds of thousands of lives, and violently attacked the Capitol and police officers,” Moussa said in the statement. “While Republicans have failed to lead, President Biden and Democrats continue to deliver for Iovans and Americans in the way Trump and Iowa Republicans are desperate to claim credit.”
Support Trump from near and far at the Iowa State Fairgrounds
Hours before the rally began, thousands of supporters and traders selling Trump paraphernalia lined up at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Among the fun-loving T. Trump, a Vietnamese immigrant, had traveled to California with other Vietnamese immigrants. Tea. Trump and others said he legally changed his last name to Trump in honor of “King.”
“When you have a king who works really hard… people take his name,” 55-year-old T. Trump and wearing an American-flag cowboy hat, said. “Wherever Trump goes. We’re here for freedom. We don’t want to lose this country. You were born free, you want to be free, you want to die free.”
Diana Johnson, 66, and Lori Edgar, 58 – sisters from Nebraska – were also in line on Saturday. They reached the fair ground at 5.30 am
Edgar was so excited that he could not sleep.
“This man is a man of his word,” said Edgar. “He does what he says he’s going to do.”
Both were dressed in American Flag-themed clothing and a Trump 2024 outfit.
“Biden shouldn’t be in the White House,” Johnson said. “Period.”
Sherrill Robbins, a retired nurse from Osceola, said she was delighted to see the energy level inside the fairgrounds. This was his first Trump rally since 2016.
She said she liked how Trump brought a background as a businessman to the White House and how he supported veterans and the economy. She said she was unhappy with how Biden handled those issues.
“He ruined our economy, gave all that free money, and look what he did to our military (and) the Afghans,” she said, adding that her husband is a Vietnam War veteran.
Robbins said she thought Trump might signal a 2024 run on Saturday, and wanted to hear what changes he would make if he ran again.
Inside the gate of the fairgrounds, David Ledge, an evangelist from Ankeny, said he believed Trump would win again in 2024, and plans to support him unless Trump supports someone else. are.
“Trump is for the country. He’s for America. He’s for Jesus,” he said.
But Trump’s remarks didn’t impress everyone in attendance. Darcy Shelton, a health care worker from Des Moines, said she has supported Trump in the past but did not enjoy Saturday’s speech.
“I thought he was full of himself more than anything,” said Shelton, who wrapped a Trump flag around his shoulders. “…it was more about the election they stole than the American people.”
Shelton, who said he is an independent, said he is unhappy with the Biden administration – specifically its vaccine mandate for health care workers. But she said she wants to see someone other than Trump run in 2024. She said she particularly liked Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, whose name has been floated as a potential candidate.
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Although Trump spoke briefly about electing Republicans to Congress the following year, his speech sounded like yet another presidential candidate in 2024.
“We will finish the border wall quickly and we will end illegal immigration once and for all,” he said running through a list of promises. “We’ll have to do it all over again – it would have been much better if we had an honest election, but we’d be able to do it all over again.”
At one point, he speculated about Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate running for president.
“Let’s run against Stacy Abrams, I want that,” he said.
Trump has left the door open to trying to reclaim the White House, though he hasn’t made any official announcements. according to the Washington PostTrump was eager to announce his 2024 candidacy in August as the US withdrawal from Afghanistan turned chaotic. Advisors spoke to him about how a formally announced candidacy introduces new rules regarding fundraising and media exposure, according to the Post.
Trump never left the political arena, even as he boarded Marine One to leave the White House shortly before Biden’s inauguration in January. He had already started a political action committee called Save America, shortly after it became clear that Biden had won the Electoral College in November.
Within weeks of leaving office, his re-elected PAC was transferring millions of dollars to the new PAC. By mid-summer, it was sitting at over $90 million, according to Most Recent Federal Financial Filings. Save America PAC also hired Two GOP advisers with deep Iowa ties.