Trump kicks off midterm year still stuck on last election

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The former president delivers Jan. 6 rebuttal in Arizona, home to ground zero in the “Stop the Steal” movement’s fraudulent push to find evidence that the 2020 election was rigged.

Former President Donald Trump tosses a hat to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a Save America Rally on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz. | Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

By MYAH WARD

01/15/2022 11:05 PM EST

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Former President Donald Trump kicked off his first midterm-year rally in Arizona — a state to watch in 2022 — still laser focused on the presidential race he lost and the politicians that supported or thwarted his efforts to overturn the election.

The Saturday evening event was positioned to be a rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s searing attacks over the former president’s role in spurring the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Republicans may have caught a break when Trump canceled his planned Jan. 6 address at Mar-a-Lago, but the former president issued a blistering response to Democrats in heavily red Pinal County.

Trump, speaking at a podium emblazoned with “Save America,” opened his speech by falsely claiming “proof” that the 2020 election was “rigged.” As he vowed Republicans will take over the House and Senate in 2022, and sweep governors races across the country, an energized sea of supporters cheered at the Country Thunder festival grounds.

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