In the 90-minute speech he gave this Saturday at a fairground in Ohio, the former US president did not make a clear mention of his political future.
Donald Trump met with supporters in Ohio Saturday night for his first major rally since leaving the White House, held in support of a Republican candidate for Congress.
Banished from social media, the former president has been flirting with the idea of running in 2024, but in his 90-minute speech Saturday at a fairground in Ohio, he made no clear mention of his political future, even as the crowd chanted, "Four more years! Four more years! "
"We may have to win a third time. He said that the November elections were rigged and condemned.
As usual, Trump talked about other issues (immigration, crime, the right to bear arms, Afghanistan, Iran).
One message he reiterated was that US President Joe Biden was "devastating."
"Joe Biden is destroying our nation before our very eyes," the mogul said.
So far, Trump has made two major speeches since leaving the White House in January, one in North Carolina earlier this month.
However, the atmosphere in which this week's rally took place was nothing like the famous outdoor events.
Thousands flocked to Wellington, Ohio. Still, they weren't as raucous as is customary at Trump rallies.
One of the former president's motives was to support conservative candidate Max Miller, one of his former advisers.
Trump again made it clear that he intends to remain decisive in a Republican Party that will try to regain control of the Senate and the House of Representatives next year.
In particular, they are willing to support candidates who support their MacArthur Great Again (MAGA, or "Make Great Great Again") movement.
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In the crowd, many wore T-shirts with slogans such as "Trump 2024: America Can Never Be Big."
If you look at Trump's rallies, you will see that there are hundreds and millions of people here, and there is no way that a crazy old man can win this election, said Laura Benas, a 57-year-old retail manager in Wellington. Pointing to Biden
Three weeks after the deadly uprising on Capitol Hill on January 6, the 75-year-old Trump has been ranked relatively low since leaving the presidency.
The House of Representatives accused Trump of inciting the coup. A dozen Republicans joined the Democrats, but the Senate acquitted the tycoon. It was his second impeachment trial.
Now, Trump is claiming to be the leader of the Republicans who accused Anthony Gonzalez of running against Miller in the Republican primary in Ohio.
Trump's Political Action Committee says the Ohio rally was "predicted by the former president's support of candidates and the mega-agenda and (former) administration's success for those reasons."
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Ohio has been one of the nation's tops "hinge states" for the past century.
But after twice voting for Barack Obama, he elected Trump as the Republican in 2016 and 2020. The former president is still dominant in key Republican constituencies.
Openly pro-Trump Republican politicians like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have grown in national stature.
This week, Trump's PAC announced that it would hold a grand event, complete with fireworks, in Sarasota, Florida, on July 3, the day before the Independence Day holiday.
And on Wednesday, the former president will travel to Texas to visit the border area with Mexico and take up the issue of illegal immigration, one of the central issues of his presidency.