Former President Trump returned to the rally circuit on Saturday night. His trip to Ohio was billed as a chance to exact some revenge against one of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump, but the former president’s speech largely focused on his complaints about the Biden administration and repeating false claims about the 2020 election.
The event marked the former president’s first rally since leaving office. Mr. Trump has made just a few public appearances during his post-presidency, including speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida and the North Carolina GOP’s state convention. The rally on Saturday night marked the start of a more public phase of his life after the White House and he declared the event the “first rally of the 2022 election.”
During his speech, Mr. Trump sharply criticized the first few months of President Biden’s administration, including Mr. Biden’s record on immigration, foreign policy and economic issues. But as the former president ticked through attacks against his successor while highlighting his own accomplishments in the White House, he repeatedly weaved in his grievances about the 2020 election.