Trump announces first rally after the White House for June 26th in Ohio
Former President Donald Trump will hold the first of four promised campaign-style rallies in Ohio on June 26 to support a major challenger to a Republican legislature who voted for impeachment against Trump earlier this year.
The rally will take place at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in the village of Wellington, approximately 40 miles southwest of Cleveland. It is the first time since January 6 that Trump has addressed his supporters in a rally when speaking at a “Stop the Steal” event that sparked a deadly riot in the US Capitol.
A statement by Trump’s Save America PAC said the rally would be “President Trump’s first of many appearances in support of candidates and causes promoting the MAGA agenda and the achievements of the President’s administration.”
The statement stated that the rally will endorse former Trump adviser Max Miller, who challenges Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio).
“Max Miller is a wonderful person who has done a great job in the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman,” Trump said when advocating Miller last February. “He’s a Marine Veteran, a son from Ohio, and a true PATRIOT. Current MP Anthony Gonzalez should not represent the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interests or their hearts. Max Miller has my full and unreserved approval! “
Gonzalez was one of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted in favor of impeachment against Trump following the January 6 riot for incitement to riot.
“The President of the United States helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress to prevent us from performing our solemn duties under the Constitution,” Gonzalez said in a statement accompanying his vote.
“During the attack itself, the president resigned from his post and many members asked for help, putting everyone present at risk,” added Gonzalez. “These are fundamental threats not only to people’s lives, but to the very foundation of our republic.”
Last month, the Ohio Republican Party’s Central Committee reprimanded Gonzalez and the nine other Republicans who voted for impeachment against Trump, and asked Gonzalez to resign. The resolution indicated that Gonzalez had “betrayed his voters” and “knowingly and willfully violated his oath of office” by voting for impeachment.
This drew the wrath of retired Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who described Gonzalez as “a friend and a dedicated official.”
Trump told One America News last month that he would hold rallies in Ohio as well as Georgia, North Carolina and his home state of Florida. Trump won all four battlefield states in 2016 and held three of the four in 2020.
The former president previously spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February and addressed the Republican Party’s Conference of North Carolina earlier this month. He has also sat for interviews with various conservative media outlets and personalities, most recently Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity.