Former President Donald Trump returned to Iowa for his first visit since the 2020 presidential election, holding a campaign-style rally where he launched a multifront attack on his predecessor President Biden and Democrats, but stopped short in making any announcement regarding a 2024 re-election bid for the White House.
“With all of you in Iowa and conservative patriots all across the country, we will end their reign of radicalism, and we will take back America,” Trump told a large crowd at a campaign-style rally held at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines Saturday night.
While Trump continues to tease about a White House run, the former president didn’t make any official declaration for 2024 during the rally. However, Trump’s visit to the first-in-the-nation caucuses as he rallied Iowa supporters ahead of the 2022 midterms was seen as a nod towards reclaiming the keys back to the White House as he sparked more speculation.
During his 90-minute remarks, Trump scrutinized Biden on multiple ranges of issues that are also plunging the current president’s approval rating to the lowest level of his young presidency. The former president criticized Biden on his immigration policies, his botched handling over the Afghanistan withdrawal, and his domestic spending bills that have jammed up Congress time and effort as they remained stalled amid Democrat division.
“All of you who are hard-working American Patriots that we know and we love you all, as we get there tonight, millions of Americans are realizing that Joe Biden and the radical left have brought our nation to the brink of ruin,” Trump said. “There’s never been anything like what has happened. After just nine months under Biden, violent criminals and blood-thirsty gangs are taking over our streets, illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are taking over our borders. Inflation is taking over our economy. China is taking over our jobs. The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan. Lunatic leftists are taking over our schools, and radical socialists are taking over our country.”
Don’t say I didn’t warn you,” Trump continued. “As we speak, Joe Biden and the radical left Democrats in Congress are trying to ramp through a $5 trillion spending bills that cost more than the entire sum the United States has spent two on any war in the history of our country. Not only is this the largest spending bill of all time and the largest tax hike of all time, this monstrosity is so dangerous for our country and so bad for children and grandchildren to come. This monstrosity is a bill to end America as we know it. It’s so bad. And the Republicans have to stay strong. You have to stay strong. You have to fight. Bring our country back.”
“It’s a socialist transformation bill. It’s an open borders bill. It’s an American energy destruction bill,” he added. “Here are just some of the ugly surprises hidden in the Democrat’s socialists calamity. According to the nonpartisan joint committee on taxation, the Biden spending bill will raise taxes on working families like never ever before.”
Trump also unveiled a possible campaign slogan for 2024 – “Make America Great Again, Again.”
Appearing alongside Trump was influential Republicans from the Hawkeye State, including Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds, Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann and former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. It is the first rally since Trump left the White House that many big-name GOPs have appeared and joined the former president as the party gears up ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Midway through the rally, Trump stopped to give his “complete and total endorsement” to Grassley’s re-election bid for Senate, calling the Iowa Senator “a great American patriot” and “a man who loves Iowa.” After keeping the political world in suspense for the better part of the year, Grassley broke his silence on Sept. 24 in announcing that he will be seeking his 8th term in the Senate at 88 years old.
“You know who was one of our best supporters in Congress? A guy named Chuck Grassley, one of our best supporters on election fraud. He was one of our best supporters,” Trump said as he brought Grassley on stage. “We have with us tonight a great American patriot, a man who truly loves Iowa — loves Iowa… Chuck Grassley, strong on military, strong on Vets, strong on our under siege Second Amendment.”
Trump added, “I’m thrilled to announce tonight that Senator Chuck Grassley has my complete and total endorsement for re-election.”
“I was born at night, but not last night. So if I didn’t accept the endorsement of a person that’s got 91% of the Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn’t be too smart. I’m smart enough to accept that endorsement,” Grassley said after Trump’s endorsement announcement.
Trump continues to remain very influential and popular amongst Republican voters as is holds the kingmaker’s role in GOP primary politics. Should he decides to officially launch a run, Trump would be the clear frontrunner for his party’s presidential nomination.