Daily US Times: Former President Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail with a rally in Ohio on Saturday, campaigning against a Republican who is trailing his own candidacy for president in 2024 and voted for his impeachment.
On Friday, Trump told the conservative Newsmax: “We’re giving tremendous endorsements. Fake Republicans, anybody that voted for the impeachment doesn’t get it. But there weren’t too many of them. And I think most of them are being … primaried right now, so that’s good. I’ll be helping their opponent.”
Mr Trump’s first impeachment, for abusing his power in approaches to Ukraine, attracted one Republican vote, Utah senator Mitt Romney.
In his second impeachment, for inciting the deadly and violent attack in the US Capitol attack, 10 House Republicans and seven in the Senate voted for Trump’s guilt.
The Republican president was acquitted twice but banned from major social media platforms over his role in the Capitol attack. Regardless, the former president dominates the Republican party.
All bar one of the House Republicans who voted against Mr Trump have attracted challengers. The 10th, New York’s John Katko, co-authored a proposal for an independent, 9/11-style commission to investigate the 6 January attack on Congress, in which a mob roamed the Capitol, looking for lawmakers to capture or kill in an attempt to overturn the election. Senate Republicans blocked it.
The campaign rally outside Cleveland on Saturday will support Max Miller, a former White House aide challenging Anthony Gonzalez, a former college football and NFL star censured by his state party for voting for impeachment.