The all time record as of Friday for the number of people at the Iowa State Fairgrounds was 17,300.
President Donald J. Trump, nine months after he left office, shattered that record at his October 9, 2021 rally at the venue near Des Moines. Final official counts haven’t been released yet, but local law enforcement estimate the crowd easily exceeded 22,000.
Some in the audience had been camping there since Tuesday to ensure good views of the former president. During the day, prior to Trump’s arrival, a plane flew over the crowd with the waving sign behind it reading “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Trump tore into former vice president “Sleepy” Joe Biden and “nut job” Nancy Pelosi for their “socialist transformation bill, it’s an open borders bill, [and] it’s an American energy destruction bill.”
“Joe Biden and the radical Left Democrats in Congress are trying to ram through a $3.5 trillion, wild, spending, binge that costs more than the entire sum the United States has spent on any war in the history of our country,” Trump said.
“Not only is this the largest spending bill of all time, it’s the largest tax hike of all time,” he continued. “This monstrosity is so dangerous for our country and so bad for children and grandchildren to come. This monstrosity is a bill to end America as we know it, it’s so bad.”
Trump went after GOP RINOS and spared no mercy on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for supporting a short-term extension of the nation’s debt.
He also blasted “warmongerer” Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Georgia’s corruption plagued Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp for “absolutely refus[ing] to do anything about” the obvious voter fraud in the state.
“They rigged the election, and now, based on the rigged election, they’re destroying our country,” he said.
“Hillary conceded!” he enthusiastically told the crowd. “I never conceded.”
“[There’s] no reason to concede,” he continued. “When you look at the numbers of these swing states…they should have conceded.”
Trump spoke about the two scam efforts to impeach him during his term and the “totally made up … scheme” alleging his campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.
“For five straight years, it has been a con job, one after another, one con job after another, a nonstop parade of fake whistleblowers, phony investigations, twisted conspiracy theories, and very, very perverted lies,” he said.
Due to Biden’s month long destruction of the United States, Trump suggested he should change his rally slogan to “Make America great again, again” because “America is not great right now,” but was during his presidency.
Trump endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, calling Grassley “a great American patriot” and “a man who loves Iowa.”
“We have with us tonight a great American patriot, a man who truly loves Iowa — loves Iowa,” Trump said. “He’s a young — very young guy. He’s strong. And he’s very handsome. He fights like no other. When I’ve needed him for help he was always there.”
“I’m thrilled to announce tonight that Sen. Chuck Grassley has my complete and total endorsement for reelection,” he said.
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