Grimes, Iowa — Former President Donald Trump says there’s no way he could lose Iowa in 2024.
Trump made a campaign swing through the state Thursday. It included a stop in Grimes at a training session for campaign volunteers. Trump suggested there’s a correlation between his popularity and his legal woes.
Trump took questions from the crowds at events on Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon, a contrast with the events challenger Ron DeSantis had in Iowa this week.
Trump’s appearance comes as the GOP presidential field is expanding. North Dakota’s governor, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Trump’s vice president Mike Pence are set to enter the race next week.
A woman in the crowd asked Trump what he’d do differently if another virus emerges, and she told Trump people had died because he supported “the jab.” That’s a reference to the COVID vaccine, which Trump says everybody wanted back at the start of the pandemic in 2020.
Trump, seeking a rematch against President Joe Biden in 2024, was told by someone in the crowd that Biden fell on stage at the Air Force Academy yesterday (Thursday). The 76-year-old Trump said he hoped the 80-year-old president wasn’t hurt, then Trump ridiculed the media for focusing on his own gingerly walk down what he described as a slick ramp at West Point rather than the speech he gave that day.