In a two-hour-long speech of former President Donald Trump, he kicks off the 2022 campaign year. He spoke about issues in the US, including the pandemic, inflation, and the parliamentary inquiry into the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol.
It was Trump's first speech in the year 2022. He will hold another rally on January 29, then in the state of Texas. He starts off the campaign season in the run-up to the November Congressional elections with a long address in the Arizona desert.
"In 2024, we're going to take back the White House", Trump said.
Arizona in particular plays an important role in Trump's fantasies about stolen elections. There, his allies had a major audit conducted - which showed Biden had legitimately won.
Since he reluctantly left the White House, Trump has held only a few political rallies. But this year, he plans to be much more visible again.
In the run-up to congressional elections in November, Trump plans to hold two rallies a month to support candidates, his advisers told reporters. The second of the year is later this month in Texas.
Trump wants to continue to play a dominant role in the Republican party. He still has it firmly in his grip. The party members who tell him the truth and defend the election results are so frightened that many of them have decided to resign.
No Vaccine Mandates
Recently, a comment about vaccination still upset him. Trump confirmed that he himself has received the third boost against the coronavirus and called on his supporters to also have the shots.
Trump is not likely to endorse anybody in particular. On Saturday, August 2, the Republican primary in Arizona will be held, and people connected with the campaign say Trump is waiting to see how the race shakes out before making a decision on who to support.