Former U.S. President Donald Trump attended his first major campaign rally since leaving office on Saturday night, June 26, in Wellington, Ohio, to endorse Republican congressional candidate Max Miller to challenge incumbent Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (D-Calif.) in the 2022 midterm elections.
Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 incident at the Capitol.
Trump has so far not announced any plans to formally run for president in 2024, but has endorsed other Republican candidates for the 2022 U.S. midterm elections and has repeatedly said he wants to help Republicans take back control of the House and Senate.
At the rally, Trump decried the crime surge the U.S. now faces, the spike in murders and the situation where illegal immigrants are crossing the border.
“We’re going to take back the House,” Trump said, “we’re going to take back the Senate, we’re going to take back America.”
Trump also encouraged supporters in the audience to vote for Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections to give Republicans a majority in Congress. “It has to be done.” He said, “Right here in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, you have the opportunity to elect an incredible patriot for Congress, and I know him very well.”
“Max Miller (R), as you know, loves our country. He loves the people of Ohio. Miller is a trusted aide to me in the White House.”
“With the help of everybody here tonight and patriots across the country, we’re going to do everything we’re supposed to do, and we’re going to do a lot more next year when we win the Republican majority in Congress.” Trump said.
The Ohio campaign rally will be the first campaign rally Trump has attended in support of Republican candidates for the 2022 midterm elections, and he will also attend a campaign rally in Sarasota, Fla. on July 3.
The 2022 U.S. midterm elections are critical for both Republicans and Democrats, determining whether the GOP can regain control of the House and Senate.
The Senate has 100 seats, and currently the Democrats and Republicans form a tie with 50 seats each, but Vice President He Jinli will break the tie as Senate President, so the Democrats actually have a slight advantage in the Senate.
In the House of Representatives, the Republicans have significantly narrowed the seat gap with the Democrats in the 2020 general election. Therefore, there is also great uncertainty whether the Democrats can retain control of the House of Representatives in 2022.