Former President Donald Trump recently returned to Iowa Saturday and continued to tout his administration’s international agenda and assert himself as the state’s inevitable winner with Caucus Day less than two months away via Des Moines Register.
Trump, who remains the faraway frontrunner in the Republican primary race, focused the bulk of his speech on President Joe Biden — calling him a “stupid person,” “incompetent” and incapable of representing the U.S. on the world stage amid international crises.
“This is not a man who should be running the country,” Trump said.
He also said former President Jimmy Carter — whose wife of 77 years, Rosalynn, entered hospice care Friday — is “the happiest person anywhere in this country right now … because his administration looked brilliant compared to these clowns.”
The crowd laughed, then broke into cheers and applause.
It has been noted that the former president’s most prominent challengers, both of whom have been campaigning in Iowa in recent days, were not spared from his attacks. Trump continued to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on ethanol, mocking his struggle to gain momentum in the race.
“He’s going ‘whoosh,’ down the tubes,” Trump said, motioning downwards.
He did not mention Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who recently endorsed DeSantis and has been the target of Trump’s wrath for being ungrateful after he claimed responsibility for her electoral victory in the governor’s race.
But he invoked a similar sentiment in Fort Dodge about Iowa’s two senators.
“I got a lot of people elected here,” Trump said. “Including (U.S. Sen. Chuck) Grassley, who was having a problem, and (U.S. Sen. Joni) Ernst, who had a really big problem. … I got ’em elected, remember that.”
Grassley won his eighth Senate term in 2022 with 56% of the vote; Ernst won a second term with 52% of the vote in 2020.