COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former President Donald Trump is planning to hold his first post-presidential mass rally in the Cleveland area next week, according to media reports.
The event, tentatively scheduled for June 26, is slated to mark a return to the boisterous mass rallies the Republican is known for holding, both as a candidate and as president. Since leaving office in January, Trump has made more formal appearances at the Conservative Political Action Conference and the North Carolina Republican Convention.
Details about the event are still being worked out, unnamed Trump advisers told USA Today. The paper, as well as Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, reported that Trump is also planning a rally in Tampa, Florida, on July 3.
Trump has largely kept his influence over the Republican Party since leaving office, despite being banned from Twitter and Facebook. He’s continued to falsely claim that Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory over him was rigged and has kept open the possibility of running for the White House again in 2024.
In the meantime, Trump has been working to play the role of kingmaker in a number of 2022 midterm races, issuing endorsements — and strategically withholding others — in multiple Republican primaries for Congress and governor.
Several Ohio GOP candidates vying to take over U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s seat next year have actively sought Trump’s backing, and the former president has endorsed former aide Max Miller in the 16th Congressional District primary against current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez — one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his complicity in the Jan. 6 riots that overran the U.S. Capitol — and coal executive Mike Carey for the 15th Congressional District special election to replace GOP former Rep. Steve Stivers.
Trump, who won Ohio handily both in 2016 and 2020, has been a frequent visitor to the Buckeye State since embarking on his political career – including when he accepted the GOP nomination for president during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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