DES MOINES, Iowa (KGAN) – Former President Donald Trump spoke to an estimated crowd of 20,000 supporters in Des Moines Saturday evening.
He criticized the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and wasted no time taking aim at President Joe Biden's administration.
“After nine months under Biden, violent criminals and blood thirsty gangs are taking over our streets, illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are taking over our borders, inflation is taking over our economy," Trump said.
Trump slammed Democrats' massive $3.5 trillion spending bill, saying it will raise taxes on working families "like never before" and ship jobs out of the U.S.
The former president also continued his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, despite Republicans, Democrats and his own attorney general confirming there was no widespread fraud.
“Hillary conceded, I never conceded. Never. Never conceded," Trump said.
Trump did have some words of encouragement for Republican lawmakers in Washington.
“Congressional Republicans must stand strong," Trump said. "This is not a time for Republicans to fold, walk away, quick, be afraid. Whatever happens, happens. Don’t worry about getting impeached.”
Trump's speech didn't include comments on a potential run for the White House in 2024, though the former president has strongly hinted publicly that he plans to run without explicitly saying so.
“I think you are going to be happy,” Trump said of 2024 while visiting a police station on Sept. 11. “Let me put it that way.”