Former President Trump attracted more than 6,000 fans to a rally Saturday evening in this industrial northeastern Ohio city — and mocked venture capitalist J.D. Vance, his pick in the state’s surprisingly tight US Senate race, in the process.
“JD kisses my ass. Of course he wants to support me,” Trump told the audience.
“The entire MAGA movement is dedicated to JD Vance,” he added.
Trump has interfered in dozens of Republican primaries across the country this year.
Several of the candidates he supported, including Vance, went on to win their party’s nomination. But some Republicans in Washington questioned whether Mukhtar Trump, who often has the charisma of his base, could succeed in November, when they must compete for swing voters.
“The quality of a candidate has a lot to do with the outcome of statewide races,” Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senate Republican Leader, He said last month.
Many predictors of the elections Believe The Democrats are likely to maintain control of the Senate.
Trump won Ohio twice, both times by more than 8 percentage points. But Vance who was He was a critic of Trump, He was struggling to build a lead for Representative Tim Ryan, his Democratic opponent for the seat held by retired Republican Senator Rob Portman.
He said earlier this year that Trump backed Vance in part because he thought the “Hilbilly Elegy” writer and veteran had the best chance of winning.
“He’s a guy who said some bad things about me. He did” Trump He told the crowd At an April rally in Cleveland. “But I have to do what I have to do. We have to choose someone who can win.”
Some in Saturday’s crowd showed little affection for the unnamed Republicans.
“I love Trump. He’s the best president of my life,” Patricia Delwich, 65, of Missouri, who traveled nearly 12 hours to Saturday’s event, told The Times.
Delwich believes Trump needs to do more to push Republicans in name only – Rinus – out of the party.
“There are RINOs out there. They need to get out, like Kevin McCarthy and Lindsey Graham,” referring to the Bakersfield Republican who leads the House Republican and longtime senator from South Carolina.
Delwiche was one of about 1,000 rally-goers who waited outside the venue from the early morning hours as music blared from outdoor speakers in the arena. Some of the attendees were assigned to the car park.
Like most Trump rallies, Saturday’s rally also featured a variety of Trump celebrities. Vincent Fosca – QAnon character who many Q . follow I think John F. Kennedy Jr., was present. Uncle Jam, an old man dressed as Uncle Sam who sings the Trump folk song, sang “Facebook Prison Blues” to Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Mike Lindell, owner of My Pillow, appeared on a small platform in the parking lot.
“They planned for January 6,” Lindell told the audience before the event without specifying who they were.
Lindell said the two days following the attack on the US Capitol will be remembered as some of the darkest days in our country’s history.
They tried to kill your voice that day. They took out 1.2 million votes across social media.
While the crowd waited to enter the building, Lyndell walked back and forth across his outdoor stage for about an hour, talking about bogus election allegations. Earlier this year, the Dominion voting organized lawsuit Lindell is charged with defamation for his unsubstantiated allegations that the company’s former director of product strategy and security committed treason and tampered with election machines in favor of President Biden.
After attendees advanced at the rally, the first person to take the podium was JR Majewski, a former nuclear energy worker who is in a tough race against Democrat Marcy Kaptur, the tallest woman in the House of Representatives.
Captur House, like much of northern Ohio, used to be staunchly Democratic, filled with union workers who supported candidates with a long history of supporting workers. But that is starting to change after many manufacturing jobs were outsourced and some unions started to support Trump.
Recent redistricting has made the Captur district more competitive, and it became a prime target for Republicans this fall.
Majewski’s father used to be “a true blue Democrat until 2015, when he saw Donald Trump go down the elevator and spoke to his heart,” the candidate told The Times in an interview.
“Donald Trump did not create the Majowski movement,” Majowski said. “It just taught us how to listen and gave us some ideas of what our elected officials are doing, and motivated people to get more involved.”
If elected, Majowsky said, he would focus on energy policy and prevent Democrats from “trying to force the Green New Deal, wind turbines, and solar panels, down the throat of the American people. We just have to keep lobbyists and big corporate money out of the picture.”
Majowski’s speech took on a more radical tone. He thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for that Sending immigrants unintentionally to Martha’s Vineyard and falsely claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
“This Ohio caucus is excited to work together as a team in Ohio,” he said. “We’ll lead the way, no more empty promises, no more confinement, no more masks, no more looking after our children.”
If the Republicans get what they want, Vance will lead the Ohio caucus.
In his speech, Vance attacked Ryan for voting too often with Biden and his support of “rioters and thieves” and the “Defund the Police” movement.
Ryan has never supported police defunding; He said the criminal justice system was racist and believed it to be “the new Jim Crow.”
Vance also attacked Ryan for wanting to eventually ban gas-powered vehicles, which Ryan did I suggested during his 2020 presidential run.
“Would that robot help in Youngstown?,” said Vance.
Trump ended the night by painting a dark vision of Ohio. He said Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton — all led by Democratic mayors — are some of the deadliest in the country and are being taken over by drug dealers.
“I demand the death penalty for drug dealers and human traffickers,” Trump said.
The three Ohio cities mentioned by Trump had some of the highest murder rates in the country in 2019, according to FBI data.
Trump criticized Ryan for saying he wanted it “Kill and face” Extremist movement within the Republican Party.
Trump also attacked Ryan for trying to appeal to moderate Republicans.
“I think he operates under the ‘I love Donald Trump’ policy,” Trump said of the Democrat. “He’s a hard leftist, and he pretends to be a moderate.”
Trump continued to push false allegations about the 2020 election.
“We won [the presidency] “In two landslides,” he said, “and now we have to give a landslide dinar.” “The Radical Left Democrats were fighting with their feet to stop me because they knew I would never be loyal to them and only you.”
Trump added that Ohioans should vote Republican for the entire ballot or risk election theft.
“We need a landslide so big that the radical left can’t steal or fake it,” Trump said. “This is the year we’ll take back the House, we’ll take back the Senate, we’ll take back America. And in 2024, most importantly, we’ll take back our wonderful White House.”