Trump: 'I'll Very, Very, Very Probably Do It Again'

At Iowa rally, he tells supporters to 'get ready'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2022 5:00 AM CDT
Trump: 'I'll Very, Very, Very Probably Do It Again'
Former President Donald Trump greets supporters before speaking at a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Donald Trump didn't make an official declaration of a 2024 White House run at a rally in Iowa Thursday night, but he told a crowd of cheering supporters to "get ready." "I will very, very, very probably do it again," the former president said, and he didn't mean losing to Joe Biden—the BBC reports that he claimed to have "won twice." He said he did "much better the second time than I did the first, getting millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016. And likewise, getting more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far." He was correct about getting the most votes of any sitting president, with 72 million, though Biden received 81 million votes, the BBC notes.

Trump was at the Sioux City rally—the first of four pre-midterm elections rallies in five days—to boost Republican candidates including Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds, though he spent much of his speech on issues including his election fraud allegations and his plans to revamp elections with changes including paper ballots, the Des Moines Register reports. He urged supporters to become election workers, poll watchers, or poll challengers. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of the speakers who warmed up the crowd before Trump, slammed "sell-out, weak" Republicans. "We can no longer be the party of Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Mitt Romney," she said.

Greene, who described Trump as the party's "one true leader," also brought up the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband. "The only crime victim you hear about from Democrats and the media is Paul Pelosi," Greene said," per Rolling Stone. "Paul Pelosi should have been a gun owner and shot his attacker." Trump told the crowd they should expect an announcement from him "very soon." The 2024 campaign season "will effectively kick off when the polls close on Nov. 8," the AP notes, though Trump has teased the possibility of announcing a run at one of his rallies in the next few days. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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