Washington DC: Former President Donald Trump held his first rally of the midterm year in Arizona on January 15. He took taking the opportunity to hit President Biden and continue to voice his unsubstantiated claims about election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
In an address from Florence, Arizona, Trump covered a plethora of issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, foreign policy, and crime. “They’re incompetent, actually,” Trump said, referring to the Biden administration.
Trump also used the address to attack Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, who worked with Trump during his administration as well. “Biden’s made him the person. He’s like the king. Fauci’s the king,” Trump said, invoking chants of “lock him up.”
Trump slammed the House’s Jan. 6 select committee, which he referred to as “the unselect committee of political hacks,” and denounced what he described as the inhumane treatment of those who were arrested during the storming of the Capitol.
“What’s happening to those people in those jails — why aren’t they doing it to Antifa and Black Lives Matter?” Trump said. “Partisan Democrats have celebrated their indefinite detention without trial.”
The rally comes as Republicans increasingly express optimism ahead of the midterms in November. Arizona, in particular, will be a major battleground, with a high-profile Senate and governor race.