Trump tells cheering crowd in Iowa ‘we’re going to take America back’


Former President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to Iowa on Saturday for the first time since the 2020 presidential election and told a crowd of cheering supporters that “we’re going to take America back.”

Speaking to a gathering of thousands at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Trump, who hasn’t announced a bid for 2024, blasted President Biden and his trillion-dollars infrastructure and spending legislation currently stalled in Congress and said Democrats are leading the country to the “brink of ruin.”

“We’re going to take America back,” he said during the 90-minute speech.

The former president also touted his 2020 win over Biden in the Hawkeye State by a 53 percent to 45 percent margin.

​”As disastrous as the Biden administration has been, no one can blame the great state of Iowa, because boy we did really — we did really good here,” he said. “Iowa, what a place.”

Trump also unveiled a possible campaign slogan for 2024 – “Make America Great Again – Again.”​

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Iowa.
Former President Donald Trump vows “to take America back” during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on October 09, 2021.Scott Olson/Getty Images
Former President Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump delighted supporters by bragging about “the great state of Iowa.”
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Former President Donald Trump
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His approval ratings in Iowa are higher now than when he was in the White House.

Fifty-three percent of Iowans said they view Trump favorably, compared to his 48 percent rating when he was in the White House, a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll shows. 

Biden, on the other hand, has a 37 percent favorable rating in the poll and a 61 percent unfavorable rating.

Thousands of supporters gather for former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on October 09, 2021.
Thousands of supporters gather for former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on October 09, 2021.
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A supporter dons a “Trump Keep America Great” cowboy hat during former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
A supporter dons a “Trump Keep America Great” cowboy hat during former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
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Former President Donald Trump doubled down on election fraud claims from the 2020 presidential election during the Iowa rally.
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Trump also continued to air his complaints about how the 2020 presidential election was rigged and urged Republicans to get the vote out for the 2022 midterms, in which the GOP is expected to win back control of the House and Senate.​

“We must send the radical left a message they will never forget,” he said.

With Post wires

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