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In First Rally Post-Presidency, Trump Lays Out Republican Midterm Argument

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If Republicans win majorities in the House and Senate in 2022, they may well look back to a warm summer evening in June 2021 in Wellington, Ohio as the turning point—the day when former President Trump reignited the spirits of the base, laid out the case for the party to prosecute in the midterms, and set Republicans on a course for victory.

On Monday, Trump returned triumphant to rural northeastern Ohio for his first rally since leaving the White House, speaking for more than an hour and a half to an estimated 25,000 people. The setting was Lorain County, which Trump noted had not been carried by a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, until Trump won there in 2020.

In his remarks, Trump vowed that his movement would “send Biden and the media and big tech tyrants a message they cannot ever censor, cancel, or ignore…We will take back the House, take back the Senate and we will take back America.”

In the clearest sign to date that Trump and other Republicans view the issues of crime and border security as the keys to next year’s elections, the former president opened his speech with an extended attack on the Biden administration’s record on “law and order.”

Trump castigated Biden’s “open borders fanaticism” saying, “It is insanity and it is destroying our country.” Trump argued that “the radical left Democrats are doing everything possible to put your family in grave danger: releasing criminal aliens, defunding the police, abolishing cash bail.” “Crime is through the roof,” he said. Yet, Democrats want to “take away your guns.”

“Biden and Democrats are weak on China, weak on trade, weak on the economy and weak on everything else, except on weaponizing law enforcement to go after Republicans. That’s the only thing they are strong on,” Trump said, presumably referring to the numerous politically motivated investigations into those in his orbit both during and after his presidency.

In addition to kicking off Trump’s return to campaigning, the rally was also designed to promote the Congressional candidacy of Max Miller, a former Trump aide who is challenging Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican who voted for impeachment, in the primary next year.

Trump ripped into Gonzalez, calling him “bad news, a grandstanding RINO” who “likes Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden.”

He noted that earlier this year, Gonzalez voted to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, and that “after he voted for impeachment, the Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez. They demanded he resign.”

In another potential preview of an argument he will be making in the runup to the midterms, Trump detailed the slew of media falsehoods that dominated the nation last year. Trump said that “the media and the Democrats are now admitting that I was right about everything” noting they are acknowledging that the “virus came from a Chinese lab.” On hydroxychloroquine, Trump said, “[n]ow reports are coming out that say that it works.” “Lafayette Square was not cleared for photo op.” “The Russian bounty story was a total fake.” “The first vaccine was known to be effective before the election.” “Blue state lockdowns don’t work.” “And our children should be back in school.”

“Everybody knew this during the campaign but the fake news media refused to talk about it because they will say and do everything to destroy our great MAGA movement, which is a movement based on strength and peace and law and order, and above all else, is a movement based on common sense,” Trump said.

After slamming Critical Race Theory and calling on Republicans to ban it, the former president then went into an extended discussion of the 2020 election, which he said was “rigged.”

Finally, Trump laid out the early building blocks of what he suggested would be the party’s platform in the midterms, pledging that Republicans would fight for more domestic manufacturing, “make China pay trillions in reparations,” secure the border, “break up big-tech monopolies,” and “restore the right to free speech in America.”

Reprising a popular line from his 2020 rally speeches, Trump also vowed to “restore patriotic education to our schools, and we will teach our children to love their country, honor our history and always respect our great American flag.”

In a rousing conclusion that brought the crowd to its feet for continuing applause, Trump declared that “No matter how powerful the sinister forces we are up against [may be]… We must never forget this country does not belong to them, it belongs to you, the American people.”

“This is your home. This nation is your heritage, and our magnificent American liberty is your God-given right,” he said. “The people of this land will not be ruled and talked down to by corrupt politicians, petty tyrants, and socialist bureaucrats in a place called Washington, DC.”

“My fellow Americans,” Trump declared, “our movement is far from over. In fact, our fight has only just begun.”

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Deborah
3 months ago

Amen Love President Trump the greatest President wver.

PKH
3 months ago

RINO’S must be exposed, harassed (via non stop contacts to their offices demanding their resignation) and removed via the ballot in 2022, provided there is a true conservative available to replace them.

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago

The Trump rally in Lorraine County Ohio, was indeed a huge breath of fresh air considering the other alternatives all of us are dealing with, with respect to the Manchurian candidate installed in DC…Both the crowd & the President were clearly enjoying themselves…
Trump attacked Biden & his handlers for all the harm they have brought onto this nation in such a short time span…The President was sharp as a tack as I expected nothing less…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

HocasPocas
3 months ago

We love you President Trump. You most certainly did Make America Great Again! We plan on keeping it that way too

Karen
3 months ago

Bravo Mr. President Donald Trump!!!! I pray this will work and we will win the House and the Senate in November.
Can anyone tell me what makes the socialist, communist Dems tick? Why do they want to ruin the USA. They will suffer just like the rest of the American people because power and money never wins!
Sick of it all and hope they all go to hell! They’re on their way.

wayne
3 months ago

I have been wearing a Trump 2024 hat for several weeks now. to date I have gotten 1 person that glared at me with disrespect, but did not say a word. However I get good comments by a lot of people and I believe I get more good remarks from women than I do men.

Sherrylees
3 months ago

Who cares about ego? When this strong and capable of MAGA man will demolish all the wrong of the current administration, ego doesn’t even come into play.
To condemn someone because you don’t care for is ego is sense less and petty when such heinous acts of the current admisistration exist!

Judy
3 months ago
Reply to  Sherrylees

Some educated are very intelligent, but those in the Progressive Movement actually believe their level of education makes them intelligent….it does not!

Lee S McQuillen
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy

So well said, Judy. It seems there are quite a few with higher education that think they’re intelligent when they have absolutely no commonsense whatsoever. I have a genius brother-in-law who is so smart but can’t even buy carpet – his wife has to do all those everyday things! I love what you said!

afran
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Their intelligence gets in the way of common sense

Kim
3 months ago

President Trump can boast a uuuge list of successes achieved during his administration. Securing a large percentage of the southern border is on that list.

Late at night/early morning, I sometimes listen to talk radio (“Red Eye”), and switch to NPR during commercials. It’s a given that NPR will never say anything in support of Trump or other prominent Republicans. But when I heard someone say that “Biden inherited the failures of the Trump administration” on border issues, I just laughed. Do they not hear what they’re saying?! How can they look in the mirror and not say, “You’re an idiot.”

NPR, CNN, and all the other fools continue the lie that the enormous number of illegals crashing the border since Biden and Guakamala went to the White House was Trump’s fault. Hah! And, of course, there was no one there to challenge the falsehood. Cowards.

President Trump’s policies obviously were and are great for this country. Too bad the liberals are too stupid to realize it.

Judy
3 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I’m beginning to think the News network CEO’s know exactly what they’re doing as part of the Deep State’s, take down the ‘American Way’ agenda. They just focus on hiring the most ‘WOKE’ and idiotic fools they can find who believe what they’re told is the truth….which we, thank God, are mature and gifted with common sense to know are total lies.

Kim
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy

“Woke”…what a nightmare!

David
3 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Since NPR is partially funded by the government, they will never support anyone who is against “the swamp”. They know which side of the bread their butter is on.

Kim
3 months ago
Reply to  David

Many times over the decades, I’ve often written to public officials “asking” that my tax dollars not be spent on NPR or PBS. No matter how small they consider the support, I still want it pulled.

DJames
3 months ago

Patriots, The speech by “President Trump” on a national level was very inspiring. However, the States need to take control on the issues that affect them ie. Borders,Crime, WOKE BS and others.
With strong patriotic States we have more leverage in Communist Washington DC and the corrupt Media,
Stay strong,,,,and stay armed.

John S.
3 months ago

I agree it’s important to take back the House and Senate but Mr. Trump, with all due respect, is endorsing people who don’t have a chance in h-*-l-l of winning just because they have sucked up to him, or in other cases because the incumbents p-*-s-s-e-d him off. This is not a strategy for winning, it’s a strategy for one man’s ego.

Barb
3 months ago
Reply to  John S.

Maybe so John S., and I agree that righteousness is the better route always, not “get back at ya” technics, however, remember who the fight is against. Liars, lovers of self, reprobate minds, haters of America. This is definitely a case of much needed wisdom and research on of all candidates pasts…knowing them…their true selves and what direction they usually live in. A man or woman is known by their ways. Friend of America or foe.

Barb
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

A quote from President Trump “the principle that employment and advancement rest on the ability of individuals to fulfill their responsibilities in service to the American public”, and I’d like to add, responsibilities to America as an American patriot.

John S.
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

Fair enough — now that I think about it, even if we do lose seats, it will be satisfying to see Trump’s righteous fury against those who wronged him!

James Kelly
3 months ago

HOO-RAH!!!

Barb
3 months ago

We have an opportunity to save our country from the elitist, Socialistic, Trump hating individuals who have taken control over our government. Thanks to President Trump for his ‘take America back’ way of thinking. We CAN do this people. Think long and hard before you vote! The people we voters put in office, on every level, CONTROL us and if you like our Democratic Republic just the way it is vote for only those who share your morals and values!

Barb
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

May I suggest too that folks read up on the candidates, not just vote because they look good on an poster for themselves or they talk nice. And besides, what a candidate says to be elected isn’t always the truth of what they believe. It’ll take some real study to know your candidate.

Sara J Grosso
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

You are so right Barb. We here in Illinois we voted for Adam Kinzinger back on 2016 (Republican) and he was an absolute Rhino, we found out much too late. We supported him financially and even some family members went to his birthday party and then he threw Trump under the bus and backed the Democrats bills. He is so bad that his own family members asked him in public, what the hell happened to him and all his values. So it is VERY important that we study deeply who we are voting for. But then, we can still be snowed as our entire family was with Kinzinger. Sara Grosso

Kim
3 months ago
Reply to  Sara J Grosso

The same thing happened with a few “conservative” U.S. Supreme Court justices, although there’s not much we can do about that.

tmoorman
3 months ago

Finally we see a plan by some one who has proven he will walk his talk. We need to get rid of the politicians who always check the direction of the wind before they make their talk.

Todd Wagner
3 months ago

President Trump is correct on all points and we need to keep pushing back on all fronts Local, State, and Federal. Let these Tyrants know who this Great Country belongs to.

PaulE
3 months ago

The Trump rally was refreshing especially after Whispering Joe and his creepy performance last week before the Washington Press Corp. Of course only Newsmax and one or two others bothered to cover the Trump rally live, while the rest of the mainstream media (FOX included) was still fawning over the prospect of Senile Joe signing off on Bernie Sanders’ $6 trillion dollar socialist wish list to “stimulate the economy” (right into third world status).

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