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In Ohio, Trump mocks Senate candidate JD Vance while rallying for him

Former President Trump drew more than 6,000 fans for a Saturday night rally in this Northeast Ohio industrial city, mocking venture capitalist JD Vance, his pick in the US Senate race. Surprisingly battle of the state, in the process.

“JD is kissing my ass. Of course he wants my support,” Trump told the crowd.

“The whole MAGA movement is for JD Vance,” he added.

Trump has weighed in on dozens of Republican primaries across the country this year.

Many of the candidates he endorsed, including Vance, won their party’s nomination. But some Republicans in Washington have questioned whether Trump’s picks, which often have strong appeal to his base, can succeed in November, when they will have to compete for undecided voters.

“The quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome” of statewide races, said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), leader of the Senate GOP, he said last month.

Many election forecasters believe that Democrats are likely to retain control of the Senate.

Trump carried Ohio twice, both times by more than 8 percentage points. But Vance, who was once a Trump critic, he has been fighting to gain an advantage over Rep. Tim Ryan, his Democratic opponent for the seat to be vacated by retired Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

Trump endorsed Vance in part because he thought the “Hillbilly Elegy” author and Navy veteran had the best chance of winning, he said earlier this year.

“He’s a guy who said some mean things about me. He did it,” Trump told the crowd at an April rally in Cleveland. “But I have to do what I have to do. We have to pick someone who can win.”

Some at Saturday’s rally showed little affection for Republicans not named Trump.

“I love Trump. He is the best president of my life,” said Patricia Delwiche, 65, of Missouri, who traveled nearly 12 hours to attend Saturday’s event.

Delwiche believes Trump needs to do more to drive “Republicans in name only” (RINOs) out of the party.

“There’s RINO out there. They need to get out, like Kevin McCarthy and Lindsey Graham,” she said, referring to the Bakersfield Republican who leads the House GOP and the longtime senator from South Carolina.

Delwiche was one of nearly 1,000 rally attendees who waited outside the venue from the early hours of the morning as music blared from the arena’s outdoor speakers. Some attendees closely followed the parking lots.

Like most Trump rallies, Saturday’s gathering was also attended by a variety of Trump’s global celebrities. Vincent Fusca: The QAnon figure who has many Q followers I think it’s John F. Kennedy Jr., what in attendance. Uncle Jam, an older man dressed as Uncle Sam who sings Trump-inspired covers of popular songs, sang “Facebook Prison Blues” to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Mike Lindell, owner of the My Pillow company, spoke on a small stage in the parking lot.

“They had January 6 planned,” Lindell told the crowd before the event without specifying who “they” were.

The two days after the attack on the US Capitol will be remembered as some of the darkest days in our country’s history, he said.

“They tried to kill your voice that day. They canceled 1.2 million voices from social media,” Lindell said.

As rally attendees waited to enter the building, Lindell walked his stage for nearly an hour, spouting discredited election claims. Earlier this year, Dominion Voting Systems south Lindell for defamation for his claims without evidence that the company’s former director of strategy and product safety committed treason and rigged the voting machines for President Biden.

After rallygoers filed in, the first person to take the stage was JR Majewski, a former nuclear power worker in a tight race against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the House’s longest-serving woman.

Kaptur Territory, like much of northern Ohio, used to be solidly Democratic, filled with unionized workers backing candidates with a long history of supporting workers. But that began to change after many manufacturing jobs were outsourced and some unions began backing Trump.

Redistricting recently made Kaptur’s district more competitive, and she’s a top target for Republicans this fall.

Majewski’s father used to be a “true blue Democrat until 2015, when he saw Donald Trump coming down the escalator and spoke to his heart,” the candidate told the Times in an interview.

“Donald Trump did not create the MAGA movement,” Majewski said. “He just taught us to listen and gave us insight into what our elected officials were doing, and motivated people to get more involved.”

If elected, Majewski said, he will focus on energy policy and prevent Democrats from “trying to force the Green New Deal, wind turbines, solar panels, down the throat of the American people. We just have to keep lobbyists and big business money out of the picture.”

Majewski’s speech took on a more radical tone. Hey, he thanked the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis for sending involuntary immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and falsely claiming that Trump stole the 2020 election from him.

“This Ohio caucus is excited to work together as a team for Ohio,” he said. “We are going to lead the way: no more empty promises, no more locking ourselves up, no more masks, no more grooming our children.”

If the Republicans have their way, the Ohio caucus will be run by Vance.

In his speech, Vance attacked Ryan for voting too often with Biden and supporting “rioters and looters” and the “defund the police” movement.

Ryan never supported defunding the police; he said the criminal justice system is racist and believes he is “the new Jim Crow.”

Vance also attacked Ryan for wanting to eventually ban gasoline vehicles, which Ryan He suggested during his 2020 presidential run.

“Will that benefit Youngstown autoworkers? Of course not,” Vance said.

Trump closed the night by painting a dark vision of Ohio. He said Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, all run by Democratic mayors, are some of the deadliest in the country and are being taken over by drug dealers.

“I am calling for the death penalty for drug traffickers and human traffickers,” he said.

The three Ohio cities Trump mentioned had some of the highest murder rates in the nation in 2019, according to FBI data.

He criticized Ryan for saying he wanted “kill and confront” the extremist movement within the Republican Party.

Trump also attacked Ryan for trying to appeal to moderate Republicans.

“I think he’s running on a ‘I love Donald Trump’ policy,” Trump said of the Democrat. “He is a leftist militant who poses as a moderate.”

Trump continued to push false claims about the 2020 election.

“We won [the presidency] in two cave-ins, and now, we have to give JD a cave-in,” he said. “Radical Left Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to stop me because they know I will never be loyal to them and I will only be loyal to you.”

Ohioans have to vote Republican on the entire ballot or risk having their election stolen, Trump added.

“We need an avalanche so big that the radical left can’t steal it or manipulate it,” Trump said. “This is the year that we are going to take back the House, we are going to take back the Senate, and we are going to take back America. And in 2024, most importantly, we’re going to take back our magnificent White House.”


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