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At Ohio rally, Trump knocks Biden on border, hints at 2024 plans

PoliticsJun 27, 2021 05:01AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. A car is painted in support of former U.S. President Donald Trump's first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton 2/3

By Nathan Layne

WELLINGTON, Ohio (Reuters) -At his first rally since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump on Saturday lambasted the Biden administration's immigration policies and sought to energize Republicans to take back majorities in Congress next year.

Appearing to relish being back in front of thousands of supporters, Trump repeated his false claim that his defeat in the November 2020 election was marred by fraud.

Trump left office in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, shortly after a speech in which he urged a crowd to "fight" when then President-elect Joe Biden's victory was about to be certified by lawmakers.

Trump survived a second impeachment on a charge linked to the violence and has kept broad influence over the Republican Party, in part by leaving open the question of whether he will run for office again in 2024.

He dangled that possibility on Saturday to the crowd.

"We won the election twice and it's possible we'll have to win it a third time. It's possible," he said.

Trump won the 2016 election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He lost in 2020.

Whether he runs again could be influenced by the outcome of various legal troubles. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has told Trump's lawyers it is considering filing criminal charges against his family business, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The former president highlighted parts of his regular grievance list at the rally, with particular focus on the rising number of immigrants crossing over the U.S. southern border, an issue Republicans have zeroed in on to rally their voters.

"You have millions of people coming into our country. We have no idea who they are. Joe Biden is doing the exact opposite as we did," Trump said.

Biden's White House has called Trump's immigration policies inhumane.

While keeping his political plans vague, the former president spoke forcefully in favor of getting his party back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

"We will take back the House, we will take back the Senate, and we will take back America, and we will do it soon," he said.

Democrats' razor-thin majorities in both chambers of Congress will be on the line in the 2022 midterm elections and history favors Republicans' chances of gaining seats in those contests.

REVENGE ENDORSEMENTS

While Trump has made speeches at Republican events since his defeat, the rally in Ohio, a state he won in 2020, marked a return to the freewheeling mass gatherings that have been critical to retaining the support of his enthusiastic base.

He campaigned for former White House aide Max Miller, who has launched a primary challenge against Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-republicans-impeachment-idINKBN29I1A8 who voted to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Trump has vowed to campaign against all 10. He endorsed a challenger to Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only one of the seven Senate Republicans https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-senators-factbo/factbox-seven-republicans-vote-to-convict-trump-in-impeachment-trial-idUSKBN2AD0AO who voted to convict him in his January impeachment trial who is up for re-election in 2022.

The Ohio event in Wellington, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Cleveland, was the first of three expected public appearances, followed by a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on June 30 and a rally in Sarasota, Florida, on July 3.

Supporters said they hoped Trump would use such events to help unify the party behind like-minded candidates for Congress.

Trump repeatedly attacked what he called "woke generals," following an exchange this week in which the top U.S. military officer hit back https://www.reuters.com/world/us/top-us-general-hits-back-right-wing-uproar-over-racism-teachings-2021-06-23 against a growing conservative movement opposed to teaching certain theories about racism.

"Our generals and our admirals are now focused more on this nonsense than they are on our enemies," Trump said.

He criticized the media, a regular foil, and tried to co-opt the phrase "Big Lie," which critics have used to describe his efforts to discredit the 2020 results.

Trump's repeated false claims of election fraud have taken hold of Republican voters. Some 53% of Republicans believe Trump won the 2020 election and blame his loss on illegal voting, and one quarter of the overall public agreed that Trump won, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Rally attendee Tyler Voyik, 64, said he came to the rally to show his support for Trump, who he voted for in 2016 and 2020.

Voyik lives in Ohio but spends a lot of time in Florida. He would support Trump if he got the nomination in 2024 but would prefer Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

"I think he could do better by supporting somebody else, but if he runs I’ll support him," Voyik said. "If he wins the nomination I’ll support him all the way."

At Ohio rally, Trump knocks Biden on border, hints at 2024 plans
 

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Special Forces
Special Forces Jun 30, 2021 5:43PM ET
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Cosby to join trump as his VP candidate
John Doe
ForexInsiders Jun 27, 2021 9:59PM ET
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Arent y'all tired of going along with the "lesser of 2 evils" approach, when we actually have the power to change it? News flash: Voting in the career politicians that have been in power since the civil movements really began and done nothing about it, wont change it now. Its all pandering while they lock us all into a cycle of economic slavery step by step
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 27, 2021 9:59PM ET
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"Voting in the career politicians...." -- we tried the non-politician back in 2016, I think once is enough
John Doe
ForexInsiders Jun 27, 2021 9:59PM ET
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Trump is one of them!
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We need term limits for all political positions. Amazing how all these career public servant's with a clause for to not use for personal gain become uber millionaire's, while chastising and demonizing the rich.
John Doe
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Left wing/Right wing, Same bird. All this back and forth just keeps them in power. We are all being played by a disgusting 2 party system that only serves to keep us divided. Is anyone really willing to bridge the gap, so we can destroy this infernal structure of government? Or are we all happy being played, and getting mad at people that have nothing to do with it, instead of the politicians that have harvested this discontents for the last 60+ years? Wake up, this is disgusting
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and in case you were wondering. Trump is one of them
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Ad Cline Jun 27, 2021 12:31PM ET
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terryHester.Trump's ally Attorney General Barr, publicly stated the presidential election was fair and not fraudulent. you obviously don't like Constitutional Democracy, and prefer an autocratic government run by Trump and his family. Like most authoritarians, Trump is a crook; his business organization was found guilty of fraud against the public. he's under investigation for banking fraud and tax fraud. there is overwhelming e evidence he tried to steal an election through intimidation, inserection and is suspected of election fraud. he tried to use the Attorney General office against anyone who told the truth about his actions. there is overwhelming evidence that Trump tried to overthrow our government and install himself as President. he was impeached because he and his followers tried to end American democracy thru insurrection and intimidation.
Terry Hester
Terry Hester Jun 27, 2021 10:14AM ET
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The left/progressives have a game plan to eliminate Trump from politics because he threatens their power. There was the impeachment attempts to obtain a conviction which woukd preclude him from running for office. Then there were voting rules being changed to make it easier for those with a propensity to cheat to do so and it actually worked. Now they want to take control of voting laws by federalizing the control of voting to cement their power structure. However, all they have left to bury the future Trump threat is a felony conviction. The democrats will in fact waste no time charging Trump with a felony.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 27, 2021 10:14AM ET
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Not sure what world you live in, Terry, but that's not how it works in the US. Political parties do not control civil or criminal investigations nor litigation. Like so many other Trumpanzees, you're confusing Congressional Investigations, and Impeachment, with criminal and civil courts and laws. Nice try though.
Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Jun 27, 2021 9:22AM ET
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I had to stop reading after "false claims", clearly everyone with eyes to see can conclude there is massive amounts of evidence showing systemic fraud took place. Documented and backed by professionals with credentials. We are not stupid!
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You must be readying what fox news puts out. Otherwise you would know the is no evidence just false claims.
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carol foulds Jun 27, 2021 9:22AM ET
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Terry Hester Well about 50% aren’t stupid. I don’t know where you’re from but we have our guns and I’m betting you gave yours up.
John Doe
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Kennedy made a very public address to the nation outlining exactly that. He was taken out 7 days later. We as Americans ignored him, and 60 years later, we see the result of it all. It is appalling to see how ignorant of history our population has gotten. Im actually afraid for our future.
Mad Money
Mad Money Jun 27, 2021 9:22AM ET
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carol foulds Almost all people that voted for Trump are uneducated
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You must mean not indoctrinated to believe in a historically failed system? There fixed it for you
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David9 Jun 27, 2021 3:57AM ET
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Honestly... if Trumo were to run again... I swear I will run to take him out in the first inning...
carol foulds
carol foulds Jun 27, 2021 3:57AM ET
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🤣
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oh Igor... you want a trading tip how about bitcoin....I have targets in a major breakdown in. bit coin to the 22500 level. that satisfy you.
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Rick ...Trump running again in 2024... there are grand juries that are examining evidence on several felony charges of fraud, against Trump his family and his businesses organizations.
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hung pbam.... still not making a lot of sense. perhaps you need a refresher course in the English language. you should know by now the Chinese are committing genocide against their own minorities. talk about rascist. tell me hung how long have worked for the racial butchers in Peking.
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David9 Jun 27, 2021 12:46AM ET
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Ad Cline Please give us the news media you read, we want to dissect how you got this brainwashed. We need to reverse engineer your brain...
Thomas Colton
Thomas Colton Jun 27, 2021 12:46AM ET
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Im cool with that as long as we also donthe Biden family, starting with Hunter
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Trump has proven to be a threat to American Democracy and it's principles.
 
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