Former President Donald Trump spoke at an outdoor rally in Cullman Saturday night, rebuking the Biden administration on a host of issues, from the economy to Afghanistan, in a speech that lasted about 90 minutes.
The rally was hosted by the Alabama Republican Party and was held at York Family Farms.
Trump went on stage to “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, as he tossed a stack of his signature red ball caps into the crowd. He spoke about the size of the crowd, and admonished the press for not showing it on camera.
“They’re fake news,” Trump said.
After saying, “We did have a rigged election,” referring to his 2020 re-election defeat, he looked ahead to 2022, telling the audience, “With your help, we’re going to elect Mo Brooks,” who spoke immediately before the president and who is running to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby in next year’s election.
Trump then spoke about President Biden’s seven months in the White House. Trump said he had predicted last year that a Biden presidency would have disastrous consequences in several areas, but he focused much of his time om stage on Afghanistan.
“Joe Biden was going on vacation as Afghanistan was going to Hell,” Trump said. He says recent events are the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the U.S. Trump said when the country marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a Taliban flag will be flying over the U.S. embassy and over other U.S. facilities in Afghanistan.
Trump spoke of other issues, including the “woke” culture.
“Everything woke turns to sh*t,” he said to cheers from the crowd and chants of “U.S.A.”
Trump also talked about the ongoing fight against coronavirus, saying that his administration developed three vaccines in just under three months.
“I recommend ‘take the vaccine,’” he said, while also saying that people have their freedoms. He reminded the crowd that he has received the vaccine.
“If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know,” he said.
Other topics in Trump’s speech included border security, the economy, crime and the military.
Before the event, it was estimated that the crowd could be in the tens of thousands. A crowd estimate has not been announced.