The former president Donald Trump rallied a crowd in Mesa, Arizona, on Sunday to support candidates he has endorsed for the midterm elections in November.
The primary focus of the rally was to boost candidates on the Arizona Republican Party ticket, however Trump mostly focused on Senate candidate Blake Masters and gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake in discussing the state during his remarks.
“Thirty days from now the people of Arizona are going to fire your radical and highly incompetent Senator Mark Kelly,” Trump declared about the senator who is running against Masters.
“We need new blood, we need strong blood,” said Trump about Masters, who is now 36 years old. Masters is currently polling an average 4.1 percent lower than Kelly in the race to win.
Regarding the topics addressed, a key theme during the debates was the security of borders as well as the fentanyl epidemic.
“Just look at what Joe Biden and Mark Kelly have done to the southern border,” Masters explained. “They've been encircling the border with those who are Mexican drug cartels. They quit.”
Later, Kari Lake stated that the reputation of the state is being affected by the fentanyl trade that is taking place over the Southern border. Within Maricopa County, synthetic opioid overdose deaths, including tramadol as well as fentanyl, rose by an average of 6,000 percent in the period between 2012-2021 according to data from the county.
“I want to be known as the Grand Canyon State, not the fentanyl state,” she added. “So I'm officially notifying the cartels. Your days are over here in Arizona.”
The Republican nominee, who is currently up by 1.1 percent from the RealClearPolitics polling, put blame on President Joe Biden for the seriousness of the crisis and also said that the media isn't paying enough attention to the issue.
Then the former president addressed the audience, he also was joined by National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who touted the Trump administration's immigration policies.
However, there were comments regarding a wide range of subjects including the rise of inflation and free speech and the 2020 presidential election.
Masters has said that he wants the economy to reach the point that family members “can afford to raise a family” on a single income.
Trump has spoken about abortion and he stated the president believes that there are “three exceptions” to the abortion procedure, which are incest, rape and risk in the lives of mothers. Trump also said that people are “very happy” with the decision that is scheduled for 2024.
“Many powerful, influential people tell me ‘You must sue the government and the prosecutors for prosecutorial misconduct and frankly, for violating your own civil rights and liberties,' and you know, there's a lot of truth to that,” Trump stated about the investigation into him.
For instance, he's being investigated by the federal government for possession of classified documents following his departure from office He is also being accused of fraudulent financial transactions in the hands of New York Attorney General Leticia James according to RedState stated.
“Who would ever live in a world like this? They've been treating me like this for a long time,” he said. “Ever since I stepped down the golden escalator of Trump Tower no other president has been treated like this. And I'm not complaining, because I know that I'm doing a fantastic job for the citizens of this nation.”
Nominated Secretary of State Mark Finchem, and Attorney General nominee Abe Hamadeh addressed the crowd and others, as well.