The former president won the Hawkeye State in both 2016 and 2020
DES MOINES, IOWA — Former President Trump took aim at the massive spending bill that President Biden and congressional Democrats are trying to pass into law, calling it a “monstrous” and “so much for our country”. dangerous”.
Trump’s attacks on a billion-dollar human infrastructure, social spending and climate change packages came as he held a rally in Iowa on Saturday. This was the former president’s first stop in the competitive central plains state since last year’s election.
Iowa is also the state whose caucus has kicked off the presidential nomination calendar for the past half century, and Trump’s halt is fueling further speculation that he will run another White House in 2024.
Trump returns to Iowa to promote 2022 Republican, but puts 2024 marker down
Iowa was once a major battleground state, but Trump comfortably conquered it during his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
He arrived at the Hawkeye State a few days after receiving his Best Friendly rating in a Des Moines Register poll, which is considered the gold standard in this neck of the woods.
Thirty-three percent of Iovans had a favorable view of the former president and 45% had an unfavorable view, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released Monday. And only among Republicans, he was favorably at a high of 91%.
Trump shrugged off the poll, saying, “We’re at the highest we’ve ever seen.”
He also highlighted his victory in Iowa last November, saying, “You proved why Iowa should vote first in the country.”
The former president took some jibes at a small group of GOP senators led by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week by allowing majority Democrats to temporarily lift the debt limit that prevented the country from defaulting.
“To think we had 11 Republicans with an extension headed by Mitch McConnell,” Trump said, receiving a booze from a large crowd of supporters at the rally site at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Trump has repeatedly bullied his successor at the White House for his handling of the rocky US withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan. He also criticized Biden over the influx of migrants trying to cross the country’s southern border with Mexico and the rise in COVID cases as the highly contagious delta variant spread across the country.