Trump calls for "final battle in 2024" in first official campaign rally
Share this

Waco, Texas — Former President Donald Trump promised that “2024 will be the final battle” and that he will overcome the accusations against him, as he held his first official campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on Saturday. 

“They’re not coming after me — they’re coming after you and I’ll stand in their way because in 2024, we’ll have the greatest victory of them all,” Trump told the exuberant crowd of several thousand at the Waco Regional Airport.

Although the rally had been previously scheduled, it came just one week after Trump posted on social media that he expected to be arrested last Tuesday. However, the week came and went without any indictment or arrest, but that didn’t deter the crowd in Waco. 

Donald Trump Holds First Rally Of 2024 Presidential Campaign
Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Waco Regional Airport on March 25, 2023, in Waco, Texas.


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been investigating Trump for allegedly falsifying business records in connection to a “hush money” payout made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has maintained his innocence and has denied ever having a relationship with Daniels. 

At Saturday’s rally, he said “I never liked ‘horse face,'” in apparent reference to Daniels, and then said, “We have a great first lady,” referencing his wife, Melania Trump. 

“And people see it’s bull****, and they go and they say, unfair! But it takes place by the Department of injustice,” Trump said.

In a nearly 90-minute speech, Trump said the “biggest threat” to the U.S. isn’t China or Russia, but American leaders including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Biden, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“In many ways, these sick people are more of a threat, because we can deal with China,” Trump said.

He took a few swipes at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, another potential 2024 Republican candidate. The former president blasted DeSantis for, in his estimation, failing to return his loyalty. Trump endorsed DeSantis before his successful gubernatorial bid. 

Trump suggested DeSantis isn’t doing well in the polls, and said Florida was successful for “many years,” and “long” before DeSantis became governor. 

“Florida’s been successful for decades,” he said. 

Trump’s rally came during the 30th anniversary of the Waco standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians, a religious sect. The 51-day siege began on Feb. 28, 1993, and resulted in the deaths of 86 people. 

Share this
You May Also Like

Chrissy Teigen ‘spiraled’ after receiving confusing DNA results in a hilarious video on social media

Chrissy Teigen has revealed that she ‘spiraled’ after taking a genealogy test that…

Teen killed in Birmingham shooting identified

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A 19-year-old killed in an overnight shooting was…

Box-wearing thief drops disguise long enough to reveal face, helping lead to arrest

This bone-headed move landed this box-wearing thief in criminal trouble. A robbery…

James Beard Awards 2023: Chicago restaurants, chefs up for culinary awards at Lyric Opera House

Monday, June 5, 2023 11:37PM CHICAGO (WLS) — Big names in the…

Rising rates of suicide, depression accelerated by pandemic among U.S. kids | 60 Minutes

The U.S. surgeon general has called it an “urgent public health crisis”…

No survivors found after plane that flew over DC and led to fighter jet scramble crashes in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wayward and unresponsive business plane that flew over…

Jonathan Majors and Meagan Good take their romance international amid abuse allegations

Jonathan Majors and Meagan Good took their romance overseas with a trip…

Lake Mead water level stalls as Lake Powell continues strong rise

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As we head into June and the daylight…

Lawmakers concerned about growing tensions with China

Lawmakers concerned about growing tensions with China – CBS News Watch CBS…

Video shows the moment a trans female MTA bus driver claims she was attacked in women’s locker room

Moment MTA worker slaps phone out of trans bus driver’s hand for…

Barry Newman – best known for his roles in Vanishing Point and Petrocelli – dies at 92

Actor Barry Newman has died at the age of 92 at New…

FBI agent and Russian spy Robert Hanssen found dead in Colorado supermax prison

A former FBI agent convicted of spying for Russia and serving a…