Former President Trump is set to resume his popular campaign rallies today with an appearance in Wellington, Ohio. Trump is there to show support for former White House aide Max Miller, a close Trump ally who launched a primary challenge against one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio).
“I think he’s going to come out swinging,” said a source close to Trump. “He’s very anxious to get back out there. We’re expecting some really big crowds, and he’s very motivated to be out there.”
The person said Trump will focus his speech on election security and stricter border policies and will take Biden to task for dismantling his successful border programs. “He’s going to be hitting these major issues and the unwinding of a successful agenda,” the source said of Trump’s plans.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I mean, I really haven’t,” said a former Trump campaign official about the success of his rallies. “I never can remember before seeing people camp outside through horrible weather, whether it was in New Hampshire in the snow or Iowa in the snow or the heat, humidity and thunderstorms of Florida, camping out for days to see a political candidate.”
“It will be absolutely devastating to some,” GOP donor Dan Eberhart said of those who Trump plans to target in the primaries.
“We have not seen in modern times somebody with a bully pulpit the size of Trump’s, with the popularity he has in either major party, plus the financial resources he has to bring to bear, come down on someone.”
From Reuters: It also marks the start of his public events lashing out at elected Republicans who he views as having crossed him.
He will campaign for former White House aide Max Miller, who has launched a primary challenge against Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that left five dead including a Capitol Police officer.
Trump has vowed to campaign against all 10. He has also endorsed a challenger to Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only one of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict him in his January impeachment trial who is up for re-election in 2022.
Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in both chambers of Congress will be on the line in the 2022 midterm elections and history favors Republicans’ chances of gaining seats in those contests.
The Ohio event, at a fairground in Wellington, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Cleveland, will be the first of three public appearances, followed by a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on June 30 and a rally in Sarasota, Florida, on July 3.
David Arredondo, Republican Party chairman in Lorain County, where Wellington is located, wants the focus to be on 2022 rather than whether Trump will run again for president in 2024.
“There is no doubt that the priority is to elect Republicans in 2022,” Arredondo said. “This is the start of it.”
In a recent statement Trump’s Save America PAC said the Ohio rally would be the first of a series of events “in support of candidates and causes that further the MAGA agenda and accomplishments” of the former Trump administration.
Hundreds of Trump supporters at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Ohio this morning, as crowds gather ahead of Trump’s first public rally since January 6th, where he’ll be campaigning for congressional candidate Max Miller pic.twitter.com/GavS8pK5jI— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) June 26, 2021
Stage set up with signs reading “Save America!” here in Ohio, where Trump is returning to the campaign trail for his first post-presidency rally this evening pic.twitter.com/NtB5qTFg3O— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) June 26, 2021