Trump is Back in the Spotlight

On Saturday night, former President Trump appeared in his first major rally since leaving office; during this rally, Trump vowed to take Congress back and retaliate against Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him. 

In the “very first rally of the 2022 election” event, Trump predicted the election next year would result in “giant Republican majorities” in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Trump’s appearance in Ohio: the first in a series of public appearances and rallies

The event in Wellington marked Trump’s comeback to mass rallies that played a big part during his presidency. It also served as his first-ever major public appearance since he left office in January. 

Save America PAC, Trump’s political action committee, mentioned that the rally would be the first in the several appearances that Trump will make to support Republican candidates and causes. The rallies will also promote the GOP’s agenda and further the accomplishments of his administration.

Trump’s second mass rally is scheduled for July in Sarasota, Florida. 

Meanwhile, political analysts stated that the campaign trails are events meant to give Trump a platform to reassure himself as the head of the Republican Party. 

However, Trump insisted that he is not trying to undermine American democracy and instead is saving American democracy. 

In tone and style, the event in Wellington serves to remind how Trump rallies were held all over the country during his two presidential campaigns. 

Trump to Gonzalez: a “disgrace” to the Republican Party

In his speech, Trump criticized Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton; he also scrutinized the “fake news” media and reiterated his accusations of election fraud. 

Although the former president made no statements about his political plans, he hinted at his plan to make another run for the White House in 2024. 

Although Trump lost in the recent presidential race, he won in Ohio by 8% points, a probable reason why he chose the swing state as the site of his first rally since leaving office. 

In his remarks, Trump also aimed at Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, saying that he is a “disgrace” and a “Republican in name only” (RINO).

Gonzalez is one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. As a result, the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee censured Gonzalez, urging him to resign from his post. 

Trump also hit back against Gonzalez by showing his support to Max Miller, a challenger of Gonzalez and a Republican congressional candidate. Miller used to work for Trump as a former White House aide. 

When Miller joined Trump on stage, he branded Gonzalez as a “RINO foot soldier.” Miller also stated that Gonzalez’s vote to impeach Trump was a “betrayal.” Miller added that Gonzalez should answer for what he did.

Meanwhile, Trump also called Gonzalez a fake Republican and a “disgrace” to the state of Ohio. He later labeled the congressman as a “grandstanding RINO.” 

On the other hand, Trump endorsed Miller, praising him as a “trusted aide” and mentioning Miller’s role in the Trump administration’s negotiations with North Korea.