Trump Rally The first stop on Trump’s summer tour will be a rally against Republicans who voted to impeach him: The first stop on Donald Trump’s long-promised vengeance tour against Republicans who turned him down during his bid to change the 2020 election result and avoid impeachment has been set.
Trump Rally – The first stop on Trump’s summer tour will be a rally against Republicans
According to a source familiar with the plans, the former President will do his first campaign-style rally on June 26 in Cleveland to assist Max Miller, a former Trump administration staffer and campaign aide who is opposing incumbent Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez. Trump’s first public appearance in support of an insurgent Republican candidate is something Republican leaders have been dreading since Trump promised to target GOP incumbents who either voted to impeach him or rejected his phony claims of a rigged election.
Gonzalez, a Cleveland native who joined Congress in 2019 and is seeking reelection for the second time, was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Trump for instigating the January 6 insurgency at the US Capitol earlier this year. Gonzalez has been censured by Ohio Republican Party leaders and has faced calls for his resignation in addition to luring a primary opponent.
Despite Gonzalez’s 26-point margin of victory in 2020, Trump accused Gonzalez of failing to represent the interests of voters in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District in a statement promoting Miller in February.
“Max Miller is a lovely person who did an outstanding job at the White House and will be a tremendous Congressman,” Trump said in a statement released in February. “He is a true patriot, a Marine veteran, and a son of Ohio.”
The 45th President‘s impending appearance in Ohio is the first of two iconic MAGA rallies that he is set to host in the next month, with the second gathering taking place on the eve of the Fourth of July holiday in Tampa, Florida. Since leaving the White House, Trump has only made two public appearances: at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February and at the North Carolina GOP convention earlier this month.
His advisers have been arranging the logistics of both rallies for the past several weeks, with a June start date in mind for his 2022 campaign calendar. As CNN previously reported, his team is planning rallies in Alabama and Georgia later this summer. Trump has endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks in the GOP primary to replace retiring Alabama Senator Richard Shelby and is looking for a primary challenger to take on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who earned Trump’s wrath after refusing to believe Trump’s phony claims about massive voter fraud in the state.
Gonzalez and Kemp are among a number of incumbent Republicans Trump are attempting to unseat through the primary process, while simultaneously endorsing candidates in open races who have bought into his 2020 election lies. According to a source familiar with the former President’s participation in Cleveland later this month, while appearing on Miller’s behalf, he is not expected to issue an endorsement in the Ohio Senate GOP primary.