Trump reiterated his endorsement of Attorney General Ken Paxton, though he also offered generous words to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01), who is challenging the incumbent.
The former president suggested that, if he returned to the White House, he would consider pardons for those who participated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was set to certify the electoral votes cast during the 2020 presidential election.
Trump won Montgomery County, which has a population of more than 620,000, with over 71 percent of the vote in the last election.
Texas officials who spoke included Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir, and Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi, as well as all of Trump’s endorsed candidates for statewide office: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Gov. Greg Abbott.
Thousands of Trump supporters began arriving Saturday morning and continued to appear throughout the day.
Attendees chanted against Biden and called for Trump to be reinstated to the White House.
Abbott praised Trump’s presidency and touted the policies he has signed into law during the 87th Legislature. During his speech, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also harked back to work the GOP majority completed during the legislative sessions.
Patrick was the chairman of Trump’s campaign in Texas. At an event on the southern border last summer, Trump rhetorically asked Patrick if he would again serve as campaign chairman.
Keough characterized his county as among the most conservative in the country.
“Montgomery County is the reddest county in the reddest state in the United States, which makes us ground zero in our fight to keep our liberties,” Keough said.
In his invocation, the county judge asked God to “bring back the greatest president who has ever lived, Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump Jr. warmed up the crowd before his father’s keynote rally speech. The younger Trump condemned Biden’s foreign policy, among other criticisms, and asked people in the audience to raise their hands if they had been in “Facebook jail.”
When speakers made mention of Trump’s possible candidacy in 2024, the crowd often chanted, “Fix 2020.” Trump continues to assert that he lost the election due to fraud, a claim that his campaign was unable to prove in court. The Electoral College results were later certified after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Paxton and Gohmert are running negative advertisements against one another after a recent poll by the Hobby School of Public Affairs showed Paxton is vulnerable to a runoff.
Though Trump had endorsed Paxton, he also offered glowing words for Gohmert.
“This is a man who’s been a friend of mine from day one,” Trump said, calling the congressman a “wonderful guy.”
Miller also touted Trump’s endorsement of his campaign. Rinaldi expressed hopes of increasing the GOP majorities in the Texas legislature and retaking Congress.
In his speech, Trump read a poem called “The Snake” about a woman who rescues a snake that later bites her. The former president has read the poem at rallies before as a way to illustrate his disdain for illegal immigration.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."