Former President Donald Trump took to the stage in his Save America rally at Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 9—the first time since he left office.
He was greeted with thousands of supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, with those traveling across the country just to meet the former Republican president and show their support.
The rally came just after a recent Des Moines Register poll that showed significant support to Trump from the Hawkeye state—that was even greater than when he was still in office.
In both the 2016 and 2020 electionsTrump had easily won Iowa, a primary battleground state.
Although he scored highly among Republicans, support from Iowan Democrats remained low, with 99% of them continuing their disapproval toward him.
The Iowa State Fairgrounds saw several Republican leaders of Iowa, including Congresswomen Marianette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, Senator Charles Grassley, and Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa), speak to the crowd during the day.
Trump did not address a second bid for the White House despite eager longing for an official confirmation, but he teased with a list of candidate-like promises.
“We will quickly complete the border wall and we will end illegal immigration once and for all,” Trump said. “We will have to start it all over again… but we’ll be able to do it again.”
The 45th U.S. president also spent some time endorsing U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, which is a custom kicked off in presidential nomination races for both major political parties.
According to KCCI, supporters arrived at the destination as early as Thursday.
“It’s a great way that we can give back to Mr. Trump, show him support, and give him back certain love, because he has, sadly, had so much hate directed towards him,” said Richard Snowden, who traveled all the way from Delaware.
“You’re getting involved and seeing what’s really going on, and they are the most incredible family, and we had the most incredible movement, and we made history with each other again and again,” said Mary Thom, who arrived from Denver.