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Donald Trump returns to center stage with big rally in Ohio

In front of thousands of supporters, Donald Trump launched the battle for the midterm elections on Saturday night in Ohio. For his big comeback on stage since he left the White House, the former US president addressed his favorite themes: immigration and “stolen” election.

By rediscovering the atmosphere of the meetings he loves, Donald Trump officially launched, Saturday, June 26 in Ohio, the campaign for the American mid-term elections, with his eyes already fixed on 2024.

Famous for his open-air meetings with a supercharged atmosphere, the tribune returned, five months after his departure from the White House, with all the codes of these meetings during an energetic speech of an hour and a half.

It was the “very first meeting of the 2022 election,” he said in the introduction. “We will resume the House (of Representatives), we will resume the Senate,” assured the former president.

Immigration and “stolen” election allegations

In front of thousands of enthusiastic supporters, Donald Trump addressed his usual favorite themes, criticizing the American elections and emphasizing immigration.

“You have millions of people coming into our country. We have no idea who they are. Joe Biden is doing the exact opposite of what we did,” he said.

Donald Trump painted the portrait of an America running “to ruin” under Joe Biden, while repeating his allegations of an election “stolen” by the Democrats in 2020.

The 75-year-old real estate mogul has yet to explicitly acknowledge his successor’s victory. On the contrary, he continues to denounce electoral fraud, even though his dozens of complaints have been dismissed, including by judges he had appointed.

“Joe Biden is destroying our nation, right in front of our eyes,” he said. “Who the hell knows what will happen in 2024, we will not even have a country!”. 

Block the “false republicans”

Banned from social networks  after the murderous assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, Donald Trump had already made two major public speeches since leaving Washington. But the more subdued atmosphere of conservative salons had nothing to do with the atmosphere of these meetings, where the former president never ceases to call out to an overexcited public and where the hits are linked to the loudspeakers. 

Having promised to play a big role in the key midterms elections of November 2022, he confirmed his strategy to support his candidates. Saturday night’s rally was held in support of former Donald Trump adviser Max Miller, who is running against House Republican, Anthony Gonzalez.

The latter, who represents Ohio, was one of ten Republicans in the lower house, out of 211, to vote in favor of impeachment of Donald Trump during his impeachment trial for “incitement to insurgency” during the assault on the Capitol, where parliamentarians were gathered to certify the victory of Joe Biden . The former president was finally acquitted in February 2021 by the Senate.

Since then, the tempestuous New Yorker has vowed to do everything so that his rare Republican accusers are not re-elected. “Anthony Gonzales is a false Republican and a disgrace for your state,” Donald Trump said on Saturday, praising the talents of Max Miller on the contrary. “Max will be tough on immigration … he will protect Ohio jobs just like I did.”

Eyes on 2024

Despite a forced silence on the major social networks Twitter and Facebook, Donald Trump remains very influential among Republicans. 

Some supporters had camped for several days there to be sure to see the billionaire. And we could see in the crowd of t-shirts “Trump 2024”, intended to motivate the former president, which raises the prospect of a new presidential candidacy.

“I came here to support Trump, to run for president” in 2024, Philip Mesi, 52, who was waiting shortly before the start of the event in the heat of the country, told AFP. summer. “Biden is horrible, he does not do a good job”, while “Trump had created jobs”, he said.

Joe Biden “is the worst president he is”, for his part judged Laura Benas, 57, who, like many on the spot does not believe in the defeat of the Republican in 2020, speaking of a “very deep corruption in the US government “.

The former president left open the possibility that he will run again in 2024. “We have won the election twice, and there is a possibility that we will have to win it a third time,” he said, triggering the cheers from the thousands of supporters gathered for his coming to Wellington, near the industrial city of Cleveland.

Donald Trump intends in any case to strengthen his public presence in the coming months. As of Wednesday, he will travel to Texas to visit the border area with Mexico and discuss illegal immigration, one of the central topics of his presidency. He will then organize, on July 3, another big meeting in Sarasota, Florida.

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