FORMER President Donald Trump slammed President Biden, Ilhan Omar and Nancy Pelosi in Iowa, as has bragged that he ‘never conceded’ the election, as 2024 presidential run speculation grows.
Several Republican officials who are facing re-election next year spoke at the rally, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Reps. Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Earlier this week it was reported aides had to hold Trump back from making an official announcement on his intentions but Republicans are viewing his candidacy as a near certainty.
“I think he’s already in and he’s just waiting to make it official,” said one Republican who has spoken with Trump told The Hill. “His focus right now is on making sure Republicans win in 2022, and I don’t think he wants to do
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WHAT OTHER REPUBLICANS HAVE VISITED IOWA?
Politicians’ visits to Iowa are usually seen as a sign that they will run for president.
Recently, Republicans Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have all visited the state.
ONE WOMAN TRAVELED FROM DENVER TO ATTEND THE RALLY
Mary Thom traveled from Denver to attend the rally.
“You’re getting involved and seeing what’s really going on, and they are the most incredible family, and we had the most incredible movement, and we made history with each other again and again,” Thom told KCCI 8.
‘NOT JUST BAD FOR IOWA’
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Willburn said in response to Trump’s rally: “For now, we’re just focusing on reminding Iowans why Donald Trump is not just bad for Iowa, but he’s toxic for our democracy.
“And it’s been well established that he did nothing to stop his supporters from violently attacking our Capitol, even while his own vice president was inside.”
OCTOBER 12 RALLY
There is another pro-Trump rally scheduled at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, on October 12.
According to a statement by Donald Trump, “Patriots will demand a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam.”
“The Voter Fraud is beyond what anyone can believe.”
ACTOR JON VOIGHT URGES FOLLOWERS TO PARTICIPATE IN RALLY
Voight released a video this week telling his “fellow Americans” that “we will never allow this force of evil to knock down our constitution, our God-given truths.”
“We are all saddened by the unrighteousness that has doomed our nation. We are all angry for this deceit that has taken our freedom, our children’s freedom.”
“My friends, we’re all sad and heartbroken. Our nation is in despair. But he [Trump] fought for us once and he will do it again.”
IOWA DEMOCRAT RESPONDS TO RALLY
The Democratic chair, Ross Wilburn, had a clear message, according to KCCI 8.
“For now, we’re just focusing on reminding Iowans why Donald Trump is not just bad for Iowa, but he’s toxic for our democracy.
“It’s been well established that he did nothing to stop his supporters from violently attacking our Capitol,” Wilburn said.
‘SCARED OF STACEY ABRAMS’
Trump slammed Georgia governor Brian Kemp, saying Kemp won the election thanks to him but “refused” to do anything about alleged voting irregularities in Georgia.
The former president then accused Kemp of being “afraid” of former candidate for governor and Democratic leader Stacey Abrams.
CROWD CHANTS ‘TRUMP WON’
During his speech Trump continued to claim there were a large number of irregularities in the 2020 election, despite lack of proof.
He said the “horrific findings” of election irregularities “are in the hands of the Arizona attorney general.”
“Let’s hope he does the right thing.”
He also claimed Georgia Republican officials “refused to do anything” about the alleged irregularities.
‘NO DEFUNDING OF THE POLICE’
Trump said Republicans would not support “defund the police” policies.
“That’s not working out too well in Minnesota or Indianapolis.
“People want other people to stop shooting and knifing people to death,” he added.
ON THE BORDER
Trump claimed to have handed Biden the “most secure border” in terms of both illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
“If Biden would have just gone to the beach, you’d have a great border today, because it was getting better.”
“The best we ever had. People could come in but they had to do it legally,” he claimed.
‘SHOULD’VE NEVER HAPPENED’
Trump lamented the deaths of US soldiers during the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“We should have taken everything, and most importantly we should have never lost 13 warriors.”
“We love those 13 and they’re looking down at us cause we know what we’re doing.”
He then said “we defeated 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate in record time.”
Trump accused the Biden administration of leaving “dead soldiers for no reason whatsoever” in Afghanistan.
He also lamented the equipment left behind will be used by Russia and China to develop their own weapons.
Trump then alleged that some of the US equipment left behind is being sold on the black market.
‘THEY USED COVID TO CHEAT’
Trump accused the “fake news media” and Democrats of using the Covid-19 pandemic to “rig” the 2020 election.
“They used Covid in order to rig the election and in order to steal the election.”
Trump accused the Democrats of trying to implement “woke fascism”
He also went after Mitch McConell and the 11 Republicans who agreed to raise the debt ceiling until December.
“When they talk about the debt ceiling we have a very powerful card there, we don’t want to violate that,” he added.
‘I NEVER CONCEDED’
“When you look at the numbers in swing states, there was no reason to concede.” said Trump, bragging that unlike Hillary Clinton, he never admitted to having lost the 2020 presidential race.
Trump claimed the Democrat’s tax plan would force Americans to pay for abortions.
He accused democrats of supporting “Ripping babies from their mother’s wound right until the moment of birth.”
Trump also claimed some babies are “killed after birth.”
“People coming into our country are uneducated, in many cases don’t speak the language,” said Trump of migrants at the US border.
“They don’t have what it takes to make America Great Again.”
Trump then claimed Biden would “admit every foreign national previously denied in my travel ban.”
ON TAX POLICY
Trump claimed Biden’s taxes would be some of the highest in the world, compared them to “Communist China.”
“The Biden plan will build up China and in the Republican Party we want to build up America.
He added that Biden’s “socialist bill” included amnesty and free college for “illegal aliens.”
‘SHE DOESN’T LIKE ISRAEL TOO MUCH’
Trump slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar in his speech.
“Didn’t she marry her brother?” said Trump of unconfirmed information surrounding the congresswoman.
Trump spoke against President Biden’s infrastructure bill, saying it was a “monstrosity so dangerous for our country” that would “end America as we know it.”
“Republicans have to stay strong. We have to fight,” he said.
”NO ONE HAS BEEN BETTER TO IOWA THAN TRUMP’
The former president thanked Iowa, saying the state “humiliated” President Biden in the Iowa primary caucus.
“You proved why Iowa should continue to vote first in the nation.”
Trump then touted his highest-ever approval ratings in the state.
‘CHINA IS TAKING OVER OUR JOBS’
Trump claimed the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan and radical socialists are taking over the US.
“You can’t say I didn’t warn you,” added Trump.
“The election was rigged.”
“No one can blame Iowa because, boy, we did really good here.”
“I am thrilled to be back,” said Trump, adding the fairgrounds allegedly broke a record for the most people at an event.
“As we gather tonight millions of Americans are realizing Joe Biden brought our nation to the brink.”
The crowd frantically chanted “USA” as they…