During a twisted but mostly familiar speech, Trump targeted political opponents, aired a long list of grievances, wrote poetry about his time in the Oval Office, and delighted a line of right-wing figures who helped fans with conspiracy theories. About the 2020 election.
Tony Hossever, a longtime Cleveland supporter, said he “would like to hear Trump talk about the same things – and many more.”
For more than an hour, Trump aimed at the Biden administration’s policies on immigration and Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to the southern frontier, without naming him, slandered General Mark Millie and “raised the generals” about their views on the critical race. “Lock her up!” Read the fan favorite poem “The Snake” about Hillary Clinton and the 2016 campaign track.
“The material is a bit depressing because what happened in November should never have happened,” Trump said. “They used Govt to steal the election.”
The crowd sympathized with Trump and was eager to hear him announce another run for the presidency. Trump said he wanted to signal that each of the half-dozen rallies he interviewed planned to run for a third term in 2024.
“I hope he will run or run for speaker,” said Richard Stachersky, referring to a rumor circulating among Trump supporters that Trump could win a House race and then take charge as speaker.
Thousands of supporters, some in T-shirts reading “Trump 2024” and “Trump is my president,” were packed just hours before Trump took the stage. But when his speech lasted more than an hour, supporters cheated – some frustrated by not showing a live video of a Zambotron speech.
Before Trump took the stage, President Marjorie Taylor Green (R-C.) Gave a standing ovation and cheered when he called on infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fossie to resign.
“Lock him up! Lock him up! The crowd shouted.
“I have a question for you – who is the president?” Said Green. “Trump! Trump! Trump! The crowd called back.
Rallycourse took Selby with Mybilo CEO Mike Lindle for presenting false theories about election fraud, and the company has been sued for defamation by the Dominion voting system for allegedly rigging the election.
At a political rally, Douglas Frank, a Cincinnati area math teacher, presented a PowerPoint presentation with diagrams and numbers to convince the crowd with data to support false claims about widespread, integrated electoral fraud. The crowd sat quietly as he clicked through his slide show.
Prior to the rally, Trump attended a VIP reception and fundraiser in support of Miller, with high donors and Republican Senate nominees eager to gain approval.
Jane Timken, former Ohio GOP president, flew a plane with a banner reading “Ohio Trump Nation” and sent flyers claiming to be “the only true pro-Trump America’s first candidate,” and he supported Trump by all means.
Trump, who was advised not to approve yet in the mainstream Senate GOP mainstream, agreed with each candidate by name, but avoided giving his seal of approval.
Instead he got the audience to vote. “Who likes Jane Timken? Who likes Josh Mandela? Who likes Gibbons?” (Trump forgot to name Bernie Moreno in the audience poll.)
Next week, a fifth candidate may enter the race: JD Vance, editor of “Hillbilly Elegy” who attended the rally, said he would make an announcement next week about his decision to run.
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