Former President Donald Trump attacked President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “socialist” spending “monstrosity” on all fronts, from economy to immigration to energy, while continuing his long-standing criticism of the 2020 election and attacks on political foes.
Trump, widely viewed as a likely 2024 presidential contender, slammed his successor’s efforts to cobble together a coalition for the massive spending haul, saying the bill was “so bad.”
“It’s a socialist transformation bill, it’s an open borders bill, [and] it’s an American energy destruction bill,” Trump said at a “Save America” rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday night.
“Joe Biden and the radical Left Democrats in Congress are trying to ram through a $3.5 trillion, wild, spending binge that costs more than the entire sum the United States has spent on any war in the history of our country,” Trump said.
“Not only is this the largest spending bill of all time, it’s the largest tax hike of all time. This monstrosity is so dangerous for our country and so bad for children and grandchildren to come. This monstrosity is a bill to end America as we know it. It’s so bad,” he said.
Democrats in both chambers are currently struggling to reach an agreement on the fiscal bill, with the roughly $2 trillion gap separating centrists such as Sen. Joe Manchin and progressives such as Sen. Bernie Sanders growing so contentious that Biden joked locking the two in a room would lead to “homicide .”
Trump’s criticism wasn’t limited to Democrats, reprising attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for supporting a short-term extension of the nation’s debt, “warmongerer” GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp for “absolutely refus[ing] to do anything about” Trump’s allegations of voter fraud in the state.
The former president accused Raffensperger and Kemp, along with several others, of failing to vet allegations of widespread voter fraud despite several audits and recounts affirming experts’ reassurances that votes were secure.
“They rigged the election, and now, based on the rigged election, they’re destroying our country,” he said.
The former president also revived other grievances, going after the two efforts to impeach him during his term and the “totally made-up … scheme” alleging the Trump campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.
“For five straight years, it has been a con job, one after another, one con job after another, a nonstop parade of fake whistleblowers, phony investigations, twisted conspiracy theories, and very, very perverted lies,” he said.
Suggesting he’ll take on several of these political opponents in 2024, Trump dropped hints about a campaign slogan, “Make America great again, again,” because “America is not great right now.”
Should the former president enter the race, he would be a formidable candidate, recent polling suggests. A poll in the Des Moines Register showed this week that Trump’s approval rating has climbed to 53% in Iowa since leaving office.