Former President Donald Trump held his first rally of the year in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday, Jan. 15, and in addition to the thousands of people who attended to watch, nearly half a million more logged on to follow the live webcast. However, beyond saying that the Republicans will take back the White House, Trump did not confirm his candidacy beyond a shadow of a doubt.
In his usual direct and informal style, Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s administration which he called “disastrous.”
“We’ve had more problems, we’ve had more destruction than five presidents put together in the last year,” Trump criticized, referring to immigration policies and the handling of the pandemic, according to Fox News.
“These decisions they’re making, they’re wrecking and devastating people’s lives, firing Americans from their jobs, forcing innocent children to grow up in masks,” the former president said, pointing to the mandatory vaccination which caused many to be fired from their jobs for refusing to be vaccinated.
“This is the moment the American people must take their lives and future back. We have to do it. We have to be strong. We have to be strong. And it’s time for the radical Democrats to leave our families alone, leave our elderly alone, leave our children alone with their strong immune systems,” Trump said, according to The Post Millennial.
“Leave our businesses alone! Leave all of us the hell alone! Tell Joe Biden the Americans’ health choices are none of his business! We can make our own choices!,” the former president added to a cheering crowd.
“I ran twice and we won twice”
Trump referenced the November 2020 election, which he claims was rigged in most key states.
In the weeks following the election, Trump and his closest allies filed several legal challenges to the election results in the courts. Still, even as far as the Supreme Court, no instance ever got to review the evidence presented, and it rejected all their legal filings.
Dozens of attorneys general led by Dr. Ken Paxton of Texas also made a joint filing in the Supreme Court. Still, it too was rejected, saying that they did not show previous interest in the elections of other states until that moment.
Beyond the fact that the mainstream media said even many conservatives have chosen to completely deny the possible existence of election fraud, the fact that none of the legal filings were reviewed by the courts left a bitter taste to many.
‘These people are living in hell’
Trump also spoke of the treatment being meted out to the people who were arrested for storming the congressional grounds on Jan. 6, 2021, during the electoral certification ceremony.
“These people are living in hell. These people are being hounded … The jails are filthy. The showers are disgusting. The bathrooms are disgusting. According to The Gateway Pundit, “We should help them defend themselves,” the former president said, denouncing the conditions in which they are held.
Trump also criticized the police officer who shot and killed one of his female supporters, and how come he did not face punishment for what he did, “An out of control dope, a real dope … The guy who shot Ashli Babbitt. If that happened the other way around, they’d be calling back the electric chair.”
It’s still not certain that Trump will be the GOP nominee in 2024
However, perhaps what most of his supporters were hoping for was that Trump would confirm his candidacy for president in the 2024 elections and while he said that in 2024 ‘we are going to take back the White House’ he did not confirm beyond any doubt that he will be the one running on behalf of the Republican Party.
In previous statements the former president said he would confirm his candidacy during the mid-term elections which are in November of this year, and said that many are expecting him to run again.
In fact, many of his former officials and people in his circle assume that Trump will run again, although for the moment it is all conjecture as he himself has not indicated anything certain.