Former US President Donald Trump held his first post-presidential rally in Ohio since losing November’s election to Democrat Joe Biden.
At the rally, Trump reiterated his claims of election fraud in last year’s vote, stating, “We won the election twice,” as well as stating that they won the election “in a landslide”.
Thousands of supporters attended the rally which is the first in a series, where Trump hinted of running for president for a third time, “it’s possible we’ll have to win it a third time.”
Trump also took aim at fellow Republicans who refused to support his false allegations of election fraud. The former president also took aim at military leaders, criticising what he described as “woke” generals who have recently been featured in the media embracing critical race theory in a widely-shared social media clip.
While stating that critical race theory should be banned; Trump added, “The military brass have become weak and ineffective leaders, and our enemies are watching, and they’re laughing,”. H
is most prominent criticism was towards President Joe Biden, who Trump said was “destroying our nation right before our very own eyes” and that his presidency was a “complete and total catastrophe.”
Max Miller, who served as an aide during Trump’s presidency, spoke at the rally and described Trump as his greatest role model while also hinting a presidential return in 2024, “come 2024, we’re going to get him elected for the third time”.
Trump has not yet stated if he will take part in the next presidential race but did say that he would endorse candidates who would challenge Republicans that voted to impeach him or who were insufficiently loyal to him as president.