Trump kicks off midterm flash mob in Iowa with a series of familiar grievances

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa (AP)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa (AP)

It took Donald Trump almost an hour to pronounce the name of the man he had come to support in Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley.

The Republican veteran, who is seeking a seventh term in the upper house, had little more than a few minutes to speak Thursday evening alongside the twice-deposed ex-president, who instead chose to spin anecdotes on Mr. Grassley’s voice and attack his opponent. , former U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Franken.

Mr. Trump took the stage at around 8:30 p.m. ET and almost immediately began bashing the country he ruled two years ago, calling Hawkeye State “besieged” by a gallery of familiar villains, including the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Schumer and the President. Joe Biden.

He interspersed canned lines about inflation and the cost of Americans’ Thanksgiving dinner with racist attacks on the New York State Attorney General who is currently suing him, his family and his eponymous real estate company for recover millions of dollars, according to his office, were defrauded. New York financial institutions.

Mr Trump also complained about the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into whether he violated US laws prohibiting the mishandling of national defense information, baselessly accusing the Biden administration of weaponizing the criminal justice system against him without offering any evidence to support his claims.

“One of the worst and most sinister aspects of the Biden administration is their complete and utter corruption of our justice system and the rule of law before our eyes,” he said, adding that Mr. Biden and his collaborators were “turning”. America into a police state like something straight out of a communist country” because they dared to investigate if he had broken the law.

Continuing, the ex-president also complained about the conduct of the election he lost nearly two years ago, repeating many of the same outrageous lies that led a rioting mob of his supporters to take storming the US Capitol in hopes of keeping it in office.

“Your favorite president got screwed,” he said.

The disgraced and twice impeached ex-president delivered his rambling, hour-long grievance-laden monologue on an Iowa tarmac as part of a five-day swing in favor of Republican candidates who hopefully -he, will help him to undermine the American democratic institutions and to return him to the White House in two years.

He largely repeated the same attacks on the country he once ruled, with some of his complaints set to music near the end of his remarks.

“We are a nation in decline – we are a nation that is failing,” he said, beginning a series of complaints that often seemed to be fabricated in the hope that his audience would not investigate further.

Among Mr. Trump’s closing grievances was a claim that the United States “is no longer respected” because he is no longer president and “no longer has a free and fair press” because legitimate news outlets criticize him.

“Two years ago we were a great nation, and soon we will be a great nation again,” he said, hinting that the trigger for America’s return to greatness will be when he returns. in command, and only then.

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