At the Save America rally in Florence, Arizona, former President Donald Trump returned Saturday evening to blast President Joe Biden's first-year failures ranging from the administration's COVID-19 response to the supply chain crisis.
"Enough is enough. And we are not going to take it anymore," Trump declared, citing the Senate filibuster rule changes that Biden has endorsed to pass "voting rights" legislation. "Because our country is going to hell. It's a disaster."
Trump was met with a thunderous groan from the crowd. "And it all happened in a short period of time...and it's hanging by a thread," Trump noted.
"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.
"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!" exclaimed Trump whose speech which came on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling that blocked the Biden administration's workplace vaccine mandate.
Trump joked about boycotting AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, which is set to drop One America News Network's parent company when its contract expires in April. The conservative network will be booted off the channel lineup in the spring.
"I'm not going to use the word, 'boycott.' I will not say, 'Boycott AT&T!' I promised Robert I will not do it. So I will not say, 'Boycott them!'" Trump jested.
Trump demanded answers about suspect Ray Epps, who was seen trying to egg on protesters ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, and questioned how many federal informants were present at the Capitol. Epps, an alleged "fed-protected provocateur," was captured on tape encouraging others to enter the Capitol and then diasappeared without explanation from the FBI's Most Wanted List last summer.
"How about the one guy?" Trump asked, mimicking Epps on Jan. 6. "Nothing happens to him. What happened with him? Nothing happens."
Trump called the federal prosecution of the Jan. 6 defendants an "appalling persecution of political prisoners" and he questioned why the far-left Black Lives Matter-Antifa rioters were afforded leniency by the Justice Department for committing arson, looting, and rampant property destruction.
While describing the "filthy" and "disgusting" housing conditions of the Jan. 6 defendants, Trump said they're "living in hell" while awaiting trial.
Trump went on to label Capitol Police officer Lt. Michael Byrd, who shot Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt—the Trump supporter killed inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6—an "out-of-control dope, a real dope."
Trump also poked fun at Biden's apparent cognitive decline since taking office. "Where am I? Where the hell am I? Oh, I'm not supposed to be doing this…" Trump mocked. "It's a disgrace," he called Biden's suspected senility.
In addition to other botched foreign policy decisions, Trump lambasted Biden again over the White House's "most embarrassing" withdrawal of US troops from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which he called a "surrender" of America's forces.
Trump's first rally of 2022 underscores the former commander-in-chief continued prominence in GOP circles almost one year after departing the White House.
"Look forward to seeing everyone in Arizona tomorrow! Many topics will be discussed including the Rigged Presidential Election of 2020, the fake Big Lie, the corrupt LameStream Media, the Afghanistan disaster, Inflation, the sudden lack of respect for our Nation and its leaders, and much more," Trump said in a written statement Friday, previewing Saturday's speech. "Big crowds, will also be covered on TV. See you Saturday evening!" Trump declared in the press release.
Hours before Trump appeared in the Grand Canyon State, he took another shot at Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who became an enemy of the Make America Great Again movement when he chose to certify the 2020 presidential election results.
"Rumors are that Doug Ducey, the weak RINO Governor from Arizona, is being pushed by Old Crow Mitch McConnell to run for the U.S. Senate," Trump said via statement. "He will never have my endorsement or the support of MAGA Nation!"
"Ducey has been a terrible, terrible, terrible representation of your state," Trump said during Saturday's speech. "He's never going to get my endorsement."
Trump had eviscerated Ducey last time he visited Arizona leader's home state, quipping "he wasn't very popular" and "now he's not popular with me" at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix on July 24, 2021, as the state Senate continued its months-long review of the 2020 Maricopa County ballots.
Several Republican candidates also took the stage as the 2022 midterms approach.
Trump welcomed Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who vowed against COVID-19 mandates in an earlier speech, to the podium. Lake was among the GOP candidates who took the stage as the 2022 midterms approach.
"When I am your governor, there will be no mandates and no lockdowns. Actually, let me, let me revise that just a little bit. I want to lock somebody down and it's that liar, Dr. Fauci," she took aim at the Biden administration's COVID-19 expert.
Lake also called out illegral immigrants pouring into the US and addressed migrants amid Biden's border crisis: "To the people flooding across our border: When I'm governor, you will be arrested and sent back across the border."
"We are being invaded, and China is pushing deadly fentanyl through Mexico,” said Lake, pivoting to address Biden. "It's going to stop with me..." Lake vowed. "We do not need your protection, your permission to defend our state."
Lake promised to finish building Trump's border wall in Arizona, sparking the massive audience to chant: "Build that wall! Build that wall!"
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