Headline RoundupMarch 26th, 2023

Trump Addresses Potential Indictment in First 2024 Campaign Rally in Waco, TX

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Former President Donald Trump held his first official campaign rally Saturday evening in Waco, Texas.

The Details: “2024 is the final battle,” Trump said, “it’s going to be the big one. You put me back in the White House, their reign will be over and America will be a free nation once again.” Trump addressed thousands of supporters gathered on an airport tarmac, with some holding signs reading “WITCH HUNT,” referring to the ongoing investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Trump said he's being investigated “for something that is not a crime. Not a misdemeanor. Not an affair. I never liked horse face,” referring to his alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which the investigation centers around. Last week, Trump predicted DA Alvin Bragg would soon announce charges against him, calling on his supporters to protest. Trump also reiterated unfounded claims of electoral fraud in the 2020 election, calling it a “rigged election.”

How The Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated outlets noted the rally’s location in Waco, where 30 years ago a standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians religious cult resulted in the deaths of over 80 people. The Associated Press called the location an “​​eyebrow-raising choice.” The Trump team denied any connection between the rally and the siege anniversary. Right-rated outlets focused more on investigations into Trump. Breitbart News referenced previous “failed attacks by the administrative state,” referring to the two Trump impeachments.

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