Former President Donald Trump and his top allies have been hinting at the return of his trademark campaign-style rallies in the months since he left office.
It appears that the time is drawing close, as evidenced by the announcement that Trump will take part in a rally in Ohio later this month to support a congressional candidate.
“First of many appearances”
According to the New York Post, the candidate is former Trump adviser Max Miller, who is running as a primary challenger against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH).
Gonzalez was one of just a handful of GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching Trump over allegations that he incited a riot on Capitol Hill in January.
A statement from Trump’s Save America PAC, the rally marks his “first of many appearances in support of candidates and causes that further the [Make America Great Again] agenda and accomplishments of President Trump’s administration.”
The announcement further specified that the rally was intended as a boost for Miller’s campaign and would be held on June 26 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington.
“President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, will hold a major rally in Wellington, Ohio on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 7:00PM EDT.”
FULL STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/oufq93QnmU
— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) June 17, 2021
“A wonderful person”
Trump previously endorsed Miller in February, describing him at the time as “a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman.”
As for Gonzalez, Trump took the opportunity to insist that the incumbent lawmaker “should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Gonalez sided with Democrats in accusing the then-president of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building, voting in favor of a failed impeachment effort that would have barred Trump from holding public office again in the future.
“The President of the United States helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution,” Gonzalez declared. “During the attack itself, the President abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus endangering all present.”
In response to his impeachment vote, he was among several GOP lawmakers to be censured by the Ohio Republican Party last month for their perceived betrayal of the constituents who voted them into office.