Trump is criticized at a Republican rally
Former US President Donald Trump received a standing ovation at a Republican rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, but many conservative leaders have criticized him for recent disappointing mid-term election results.
In his first speech since announcing his entry into the 2024 White House race on Tuesday, Trump (age 76) praised his tenure as well as donors and members of the Republican Jewish Alliance, whose annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, continues through Sunday.
The former president refused to take responsibility for the election results suffered by Republicans in the Nov. 8 midterm election. He even said the Republican Party is “much bigger and stronger than it was before I arrived.”
Saturday again challenged Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. The Republican billionaire, speaking via video call, said that “the election was rigged,” but the audience, who warmly welcomed Trump, did not respond to his statement.
Trump was added to the list of speakers at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting at the last minute.
Trump’s attendance exceeded expectations, as many of his critics who preceded him called for turning the page and embracing “strong leadership.”
Without naming Trump, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said, “I have great Republican politics. Let’s stop supporting unqualified, crazy candidates in our primaries.”
For his part, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was more outspoken in his speech, insisting on blaming Trump for midterm election results.
Addressing the crowd a few hours before the former President’s speech, Christie said, “Donald Trump chose the candidates on one criterion, only one criterion. It wasn’t about their competence, or their experience, or their wisdom, or their charisma … it was about whether they believed the 2020 presidential election was stolen. If you believe that, I support you, if not, I reject you.”
“Well, let me tell you, that’s not what this party stands for. It shouldn’t stand for that in the future. We have to stop this now. We lose because Donald Trump put himself above everything else.”
For his part, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan again criticized Trump in his speech on Friday. “Even Trump’s most ardent supporters say they’ve had enough,” he said.
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