Huge crowd turns out for Trump rally in Iowa
President Donald Trump is no stranger to Iowa. He and Vice President Mike Pence have visited the state often throughout their first term in office. The president returned to Iowa on Wednesday for a rally at the Des Moines International Airport.
“I’m thrilled to be back in the American heartland with thousands of loyal hardworking Iowa patriots,” Trump said after landing in Air Force One.
The president then went right into his poll numbers in Iowa questioning how he could only be up by such a small margin when he’s done so much for the state.
“For me to only be up six, I’m a little bit concerned, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “Because nobody’s going to do for Iowa what I did for Iowa. I saved ethanol. Ethanol is safe.”
Trump had several Iowa icons on hand to fire up the crowd including former Iowa Gov. and Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable whom Trump announced he is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to yet this year.
Reynolds has become one the most popular governors in the country for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and she’s been a major ally of the president.
“I am proud to be a governor that puts her trust in our people because they are responsible, they are resilient and they will do the right thing,” Reynolds said. “That is why we were able to keep over 80% of our workforce working and businesses open. It is why we are getting our kids safely and responsibly back in school.”
Trump spent considerable time on Wednesday referencing Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s mental capacity and how he’s not fit to be president. He said many of the world’s leaders are extremely intelligent and Biden can’t stand up to them.
“President Xi of China, he’s 100%. Putin of Russia, 100%. Kim Jong Un of North Korea, 100%,” Trump said. “These people are sharp, and they’re smart. Joe has lost it. In his best days, he wasn’t a smart man, and everybody knows it.”
Biden commented on Trump’s visit to Iowa by saying that many Iowa lives have been thrown into chaos and they deserve real leadership in the White House.
“Iowans whose lives have been thrown into chaos need real leadership, not more division,” Biden told the Des Moines Register. “We’re better than this moment under President Trump and as president, I will bring this country together so that we can build back better.”
Trump next travels to North Carolina.
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