Former President Donald Trump wound up tens of thousands of his supporters during a Saturday evening rally in Cullman, Ala., as speculation continues to build that he is angling for another run at the White House in 2024.
Taking the stage after playing a clip of the late actor George C. Scott from the iconic World War II biopic “Patton,” Trump launched into criticisms of the Biden administration to include the disorganized and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He also summarized how he saw President Joe Biden’s tenure thus far, adding that several things he predicted have come to fruition.
“I warned the entire country of the disastrous consequences of a Biden presidency,” Trump said. “I understood; a lot of you understood it. I said Joe Biden would eliminate America’s borders in the middle of a pandemic. He did.
“I predicted that he would unleash a wave of violent crime that would turn our cities into a nightmare of killing and bloodshed.”
The rally was Trump’s fourth since leaving the presidency in January, and he has many more planned over the course of the next several months ahead of the 2022 GOP primaries and midterm elections.
“Biden failed totally on the pandemic, and he’s now overseeing the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America,” Trump noted. “This is the greatest humiliation I’ve ever seen.
“Biden’s botched exit in Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader – perhaps at any time that anybody’s ever seen.
“Name another situation like this. Vietnam looks like a master class in strategy compared to Joe Biden’s catastrophe,” Trump added.
He also lashed out at Biden for avoiding the media and refusing to take questions often as he used to do.
“Joe Biden was going on vacation as Afghanistan was going to hell,” he continued. “This is what you get when you have weakness in the White House. You can’t have weakness in the White House.
“They have to respect your president. When I was president, we only had strength,” he said.
Trump said the chaotic pullout “would have never have happened” if he was still in the White House, saying the Taliban respected American military “strength.”
“They knew we weren’t playing games,” Trump said. “They understood that right from the beginning. This proven record of America’s strength laid the groundwork to safely and responsibly bring our troops back home. Nobody was going to mess with us.
“And then this clown,” Trump continued, referring to Biden. “They rigged the whole deal. Now they’re taking advantage of us. And remember this: This isn’t stopping, this going to go on for a long time. This isn’t going away.”
He also riffed on “woke” generals and Pentagon officials like Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, whom he said would not compare well at all to a World War II leader like Gen. George Patton.
“Let me ask you: Do you think that Gen. Patton was woke? I don’t think so,” Trump said to loud cheers. “I don’t think he was too woke. He was the exact opposite.
“You know what woke means? It means you’re a loser. Everything woke turns to sh**. It’s true,” Trump added.
The former president also have his views about the GOP in general.
“In the Republican Party we believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not for criminal aliens,” he said.
“This is a sick culture and our country is a disaster and it’s going to die before your very eyes if this craziness isn’t stopped in so many ways.”
“We’re seeing what happens when you have dishonest and rigged elections. This is what happens. This is what you get. Our nation is being destroyed from within by people who have no right to destroy it. No right. They have no right to destroy it,” he added.