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Trump Backs Grassley During Large Weekend Rally in Des Moines

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump departs a campaign rally at John P. Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Radio Iowa) Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican Chuck Grassley’s bid for an eighth term in the U.S. Senate. Trump made the announcement this weekend during a rally in Des Moines.

“A great American patriot, a man who truly loves Iowa — loves Iowa,” Trump said. “He fights like none other…When I’ve needed him for help, he was always there.” Grassley cited the recent Des Moines Register Iowa Poll which the vast majority of Iowa Republicans have a favorable view of Trump.

“I was born at night, but not last night, so if I didn’t accept the endorsement of a person that’s got 91 percent of the Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn’t be too smart,” Grassley said. “I’m smart enough to accept that endorsement.” Trump told the large crowd gathered on the Iowa State Fairgrounds that some Republicans have urged him to look ahead and stop talking about the 2020 election.

“The single biggest issue, the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect, the biggest cheers is talking about the election fraud of 2020 presidential election,” Trump said, to cheers. “Nobody’s ever seen anything like it.” In January, Grassley voted to confirm President Biden’s win in the Electoral College and asked Americans to respect the country’s Constitutional system and its new commander-in-chief. On Saturday, Trump spent a good share of his speech listing his complaints about the 2020 election.

“You know who was one of our best supporter in congress?” Trump asked. “A guy named Chuck Grassley, one of our best supporters on election fraud.” While Grassley has criticized Democrats for suggesting Trump pressured the justice department to take steps to overturn the election, Trump criticized the justice department AND the U.S. Supreme Court for failing to intervene on his behalf.

“The Justice Department was scared or impotent. They didn’t want to do anything about it,” Trump said. “…Likewise, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case by Texas and almost 20 other states and now their approval rating is the lowest it’s been in memory…I believe it’s for the reason that they refused or didn’t have the courage…to do something about the election.” The Iowa Democratic Party’s chairman says Trump is toxic and Republicans are tying themselves to a man who is undermining the foundations of our democracy. Former Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Cedar Rapids is one of the Democrats running for a chance to challenge Grassley next year. Finkenauer says by accepting Trump’s endorsement, Grassley has chosen is side with far right extremists rather than defend our democracy.

“He has changed,” Finkenauer says. “He is not the same person that I remember him being and that makes me sad. I wish he was.” Finkenauer says Grassley is desperate to cling to power after nearly 50 years in Washington and that’s why Finkenauer says Grassley accepted Trump’s endorsement. Jim Carlin of Sioux City, a state senator who describes himself as a pro-Trump Republican, has been campaigning against Grassley and attended Trump’s rally on Saturday.

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