“Crime of the Century”: Trump cannot abandon fraud allegations

“Crime of the Century”
Trump cannot leave fraud allegations

New appearance, old story: When appearing in front of thousands of supporters, ex-President Trump reeled off the same unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud in 2020. He promises his fans that the Republicans will soon come back to power. He leaves it open whether he will lead her as a candidate.

Five months after the change of power in the White House, ex-President Donald Trump repeated his unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in a major election campaign in Ohio. Trump claimed in Wellington on Saturday evening (local time) in front of supporters again without any basis that the election had been stolen from him and spoke of the “crime of the century”. He didn’t lose. “We won the election twice,” said Trump in front of cheering supporters with a view to the 2016 and 2020 elections. “And it is possible that we will have to win a third time.”

Trump once again fueled speculation that he could run again as a Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential election. But he made no more than an allusion. Trump clearly lost the presidential election last November to his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. However, he refused to admit defeat. To this day, the Republican claims that he was deprived of victory by massive fraud.

Neither Trump nor his lawyers have provided evidence to support these claims. Dozens of lawsuits from the Trump camp have been thrown out of the courts, including the US Supreme Court. Trump has also incited his supporters with his allegations of fraud: Trump’s supporters stormed the Congress headquarters in Washington on January 6th in order to sabotage the certification of Biden’s election victory. Five people were killed.

His supporters in Ohio urged Trump to restore the Republican majority in Congress. “We’re going to take back the House of Representatives, we’re going to take back the Senate, and we’re going to take back America, and we’ll do it soon.” In the mid-term elections in 2022, the wafer-thin majorities of the Democrats in both chambers of the US Congress are at stake.

Merkel is “smart and tough and is taking advantage of the USA”

The Republican also used the big stage to deal with democrats and political opponents as usual. He accused Biden and the Democrats of destroying the country through misguided policies. The new government is a “total disaster”. Instead, he cheered loyal supporters such as Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has made a name for herself with conspiracy theories and recently compared protective measures in the corona pandemic with the persecution of Jews by the Nazis and only apologized for them under great public pressure.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was also mentioned in Trump’s speech. The ex-president reiterated his allegations that Germany is paying Russia billions for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline, but allowing the US to protect itself from Russia in NATO. He likes Merkel, said Trump. But she is smart and tough and takes advantage of the USA.

The Ohio appearance was Trump’s first of three planned rallies. On June 30, Trump plans to travel to Texas on the border between the United States and Mexico, and on July 3, a rally in Sarasota, Florida is on the agenda. Trump had only given a few speeches at limited Republican events following his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.

With the appearance in Ohio, the 75-year-old is returning to the public mass events with which he, as president, kept his supporter base together and activated. He wants to maintain his influence on the Republicans and support candidates who compete against his political opponents in his own party.