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Trump supporters showed up in droves in rural Arizona Saturday witness the former president give his first rally of the new year to kick off the mid-term season, where he was joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point.
The Saturday night rally kicked off with a full embrace of the so-called ‘big lie.’
‘Who won the election?’ Arizona’s GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward asked the crowd.
She received a chorus of ‘Trump!’ in return.
At other times the crowd was urged to chant ‘de-certify!’
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president’s most ardent defenders of his claims of election fraud, aimed his ire Saturday at conservative media outlets who won’t fully embrace those false claims.
‘This brings up the biggest problem we face. It’s not the media, the fake news media, we’re all onto them. It’s the conservative media,’ Lindell said. ‘The ones that don’t talk. One of them rhymes with Fox,’ he joked.
‘They’re disgusting. They’re disgusting. They won’t talk about anything,’ he continued.
‘When was the last time you’ve seen anybody on Fox talk about the 2020 election?’ he asked. ‘You’re not going to see it. It’s disgusting.’
Lindell also slammed DirecTV’s decision to drop the right-wing One American News network, which is embroiled in lawsuits over claims the network made about Georgia election workers.
A trio of Republican House members from Arizona also warmed up the crowd.
Rep. Debbie Lesko went after ‘bare-shelves Biden’ and previewed some of the probes Republicans launched should they retake the House in the November midterm elections.
‘We’re going to hold hearings on Biden. We’re going to hold hearings on Fauci. We’re going to hold hearings to uncover the origins of COVID-19,’ Lesko said. ‘We’re going to hold hearings on the abuse happening in the Department of Justice.’
Rep. Andy Biggs also went after Fauci, who worked under both Trump and Fauci.
‘Because when we’re back in the majority I get to see Anthony Fauci right there and ask him some important questions because that man has been a destroyer’ Biggs said.
In the crowd a number of Trump supporters called out: ‘Lock him up!’
Biggs also asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to expel anti-Trump Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican caucus.
‘I’m begging you Mr. McCarthy, please will you finally expel Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican conference?’ Biggs said. ‘That’s all I ask.’
Biggs went after Biden too.
‘Can you believe how much damage one deranged, mentally decrepit old man can do in a year?’ Biggs said as he took the stage. He accused Biden of being ‘ingratiated’ with China. ‘Can you just go be president of the Chinese?’ he said, aiming his remark at the president.
Biggs also got the crowd to go a ‘let’s go Brandon’ before he left the podium.
Rep. Paul Gosar, who was stripped of his committee assignments by the Democratic majority, after sharing a video on Twitter that showed Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being assassinated and Biden being maimed, said he was ‘liberated’ now.
Meanwhile the Trump-backed gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake, a former local Fox TV anchor, caused a commotion wherever she went – traversing the fairgrounds in black stilettos and leather pants and handing out her own branded red hats.
Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election fraud was stolen from him will likely be a central theme of the rally in Florence, about 60 miles outside Phoenix. Trump was the first Republican to lose Arizona in 24 years.
The Copper State has become central to the former president’s election fraud fight, where a GOP-led election audit recently reaffirmed Biden’s win.
Trump was previously scheduled to hold a press conference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot – and the certification of Biden’s win – but abruptly canceled, and promised to talk about the ‘important topics’ at his Florence rally instead.
Duane Schwingel directs people towards their seats at a rally by former President Donald Trump at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds
A person wears a ‘Jesus Is My Savior Trump Is My President’ hat as crowds behind him line up to enter the rally
Trump supporters showed up in droves in rural Arizona Saturday witness the former president give his first rally of the new year to kick off the mid-term season
Donald Trump is heading to rural Arizona for his first rally of the new year t kick off the mid-term season, where he will be joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point
Also joining the president will be MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president’s most ardent defenders in his claims of election fraud
‘In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, and instead will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on Saturday, January 15th, in Arizona,’ he wrote, adding, ‘It will be a big crowd!’
Notably absent from the state will be Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, both of whom have feuded with Trump as they disputed his claims that the election was ‘rigged’ in their state.
On the eve of the rally, Trump put out a statement calling Ducey a ‘weak RINO.’
‘Rumors are that Doug Ducey, the weak RINO Governor from Arizona, is being pushed by Old Crow Mitch McConnell to run for the U.S. Senate. He will never have my endorsement or the support of MAGA Nation!’
Two of Trump’s handpicked candidates – former TV anchor Kari Lake for Arizona governor and Rep. Mark Finchem for secretary of state – will be on hand for the rally.
Donald Trump supporter Jonathan Riches holds a “Trump Won” sign before the first rally of the year
Flags are seen hung ahead of the entrance to the rally
Rounding out the guest speaker list are Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, Dr. Alveda King, a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who served on Trump’s 2020 advisory committee and Boris Epshteyn, an adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign.
The January 15 rally coincides with Martin Luther King’s birthday, and falls two days before MLK Day. The King family will be in Phoenix holding a rally that same day pushing for federal voting rights protections, bills that Trump doesn’t support.
Trump is also likely to bask in Biden’s failures this week, where a new Quinnipiac poll found his job approval at a new low of 33%, as so far Democrats have failed to pass legislation to expand voting rights in the Senate after months of back-and-forth talks on his landmark Build Back Better bill also fell through.
Biden on Friday admitted to ‘disappointment’ as his agenda stalls in the Senate after a trip to Capitol Hill to beg moderate Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to get on board with the filibuster reform needed to push through voting rights.
‘There’s a lot of talk about disappointments and things we haven’t gotten done,’ he noted. ‘We’re gonna get a lot of them done, I might add,’ the president added.
Lindell, meanwhile, is sure to talk about his claims that he has enough voter fraud evidence to put nearly the entire population of the U.S. in prison.
‘We already have all the pieces of the puzzle. When you talk about evidence, we have enough evidence to put everybody in prison for life, 300-some million people,’ Lindell said during a recent appearance on Real America’s voice. ‘We had that all the way back in November-December, but what we have are these other things that had to happen, which is evil revealing itself.’
Trump is also likely to bask in Biden’s failures this week, where a new Quinnipiac poll found his job approval at a new low of 33%
Trump’s choice of Arizona to kick off the midterm season signals that he will make election fraud claims front and center of his message for the 2022 elections, where Republicans have a shot to take back control in Congress, and could also be the basis for a 2024 comeback campaign for the White House.
The former president has dropped a series of not-so-subtle hints that he intends to run for the presidency in 2024, but has stopped short of formally announcing a campaign just under three years ahead of the race.
GB News’ Nigel Farage asked Trump during a sit down at Mar-a-Lago in December, ‘Why on earth would [you] consider going into that hell again?’
‘So I love our country,’ Trump said. ‘If you love the country you have no choice. It’s not a question.’
‘This is a wonderful, beautiful life,’ Trump said of his lavish existence in Palm Beach. ‘But I like that [being president] too because I was helping people. That’s why I did it and I think you’ll be happy in the future too because that’ll be your next question. You’ll be happy.’