Trump’s event at Ohio’s Lorain County Fairgrounds, not far from Cleveland, will be held Saturday to support Max Miller, a former White House aide who is challenging Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his Congressional seat. Gonzalez was one of 10 members of the GOP House who voted to indict Trump for his role in instigating the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Trump wants them to pay.
The rally, held under a cloud of violence five months after Trump’s resignation, marks the beginning of a new, more public phase of his post-presidency term. After spending much of his time behind closed doors building a political operation and being angry about the recent election, Trump plans a spate of public appearances in the coming weeks. He will hold another rally in Florida on the fourth weekend of July, regardless of an intermediate candidate, and travel to the southern border next week to protest President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
The rally is also coming because Trump is under immediate legal threat. Manhattan prosecutors told his company on Thursday that he could soon face criminal charges based on an extensive investigation into the former president’s business dealings. The New York Times reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that charges could be brought against the Trump organization as early as next week. Trump has denounced the investigation as nothing more than a “witch hunt” aimed at politically harming him.
Although Trump remains a deeply polarizing figure, he is hugely popular with the Republican base, and candidates flocked to his Florida and New Jersey homes to seek his support as he tried to position himself as his party’s kingmaker.
Trump has announced that he will help Republicans regain control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections. But his efforts to support and recruit candidates to challenge the incumbent Republicans who angered him puts him at odds with fellow Republican leaders who have tried to unite the party after a brutal year of control lost the White House and failed to gain control of any of the Houses of Congress.
So far, nine of the ten House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment have main challengers. And Trump has offered to support anyone who steps forward to challenge the remaining candidate, New York Rep. John Katko, syracuse.com reported.
“We give tremendous support,” boasted Trump on Friday morning when he called the conservative Newsmax channel and justified his support.
“Fake Republicans, anyone who voted for impeachment doesn’t understand them,” he said. âBut there weren’t too many of them. And I think most, if not all, of them are in the primaries right now, so that’s fine. I will help your opponent. “
Gonzalez, a former college and professional football player, has stood on his impeachment vote despite heavy criticism from his party’s conservative wing, including his censorship by the Ohio Republican Party.
At the same time, Trump remains obsessed with his ongoing efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he won, despite senior election officials, his own attorney general and numerous judges saying there was no evidence of the mass electoral fraud he claims.
On Monday, he told the conservative Real America’s Voice that he had never conceded the race or admitted defeat. And he publicly harbored the idea that he could somehow be reinstated, even though there is no legal or constitutional basis for doing so.
At the same time, he continues to tease the possibility that he will make a comeback for the White House in 2024. Advisors say Trump, who was banned from Twitter and Facebook after January 6, will make a decision after the midterms next fall.
Trump’s rallies have been an integral part of his political brand since his campaign began in 2016. The former reality star is energized by performing in front of his audience, and often tests out new material and topics of conversation to see how it resonates with the crowd. His political operation also uses the events to gather vital voter contact information from attendees and as a fundraising vehicle.
And they have spawned a group of hardcore fans who toured the country, attended dozens of rallies, and often camped overnight to get prime spots. Some of these supporters lined up ahead of the event days earlier this week when they reunited for the event.
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