President emeritus Donald J. Trump will hold a rally in Arizona in January; a political action committee called Save America affiliated with the 45th president announced Thursday. The rally will be the former president’s first since he appeared at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines in October.
Mr. Trump is touting 2022 as his comeback year, which will be his first rally for the new year. The stakes are stacked sky-high in this election year for Republicans in general and Mr. Trump in particular as he is being hailed as ‘more than the leader of the Republican party, but the pioneer of a revolution in America.’
Venue and schedule
Trump will address the rally at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Florence, Arizona’s Country Thunder music festival grounds.
Trump’s rally at the Country Thunder Festival Grounds in Florence will take place nine days after he is set to hold a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on January 6—the first anniversary of the insurrection by his supporters at the Capitol—where he is expected to continue to falsely claim he lost the last election due to widespread voter fraud.
Trump’s last visit to Arizona was melancholic.
A melancholic two-hour rally hosted by Turning Point Action in Phoenix comprised Trump’s last visit to Arizona on July 24. He reiterated his false claim that he lost the Grand Canyon State to Joe Biden due to massive voting fraud. He came to the state seven times in 2020 before the election.
Dignitaries who will be in attendance at the 2022 Arizona rally
One of several Republican candidates for governor in Arizona, Kari Lake, announced her attendance for the upcoming rally on Twitter. The former president endorsed her in late September.
Lake’s official declaration of attendance on Twitter reads as follows:
“President Trump is coming to Florence, Arizona, on Jan 15 for a Rally. There’s a state prison in Florence… LIKE if you think the 2020 Arizona elections were Corrupt. RETWEET if you want those responsible to be held accountable.”
Arizona was the locus of ‘the big lie’ propaganda of 2020
Trump and his supporters have considered Arizona a key focal point of the “big lie” narrative being pushed by Republicans that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of President Joe Biden.
For weeks, the state’s most populous region, Maricopa County, was the subject of an audit spearheaded by conspiracy theorists as part of attempts to overturn the election results in favor of Trump due to false claims of voter fraud.
In September, the audit found that Biden still won the state of Arizona by roughly 10,500 votes, but Trump had received fewer votes than the original count.
Trump’s rally to coincide with a rally by Martin Luther King’s family
Trump’s rally is not the only political action Arizona will see that Saturday. Arizona is also scheduled to host another rally on Jan. 15, which will ensure that the vote is accessible to all eligible participants by Martin Luther King’s family.
The date marks what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday, and Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights leader, is coming to Phoenix with members of his immediate family to rally Congress to pass national voting standards.