Republican Rally: Donald Trump hosts rally at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas — Former President Donald Trump criticized Democrats on Saturday during a rally in Austin over a range of issues including inflation and immigration, on which he urged conservative supporters to help the Republican Party gain control in November’s midterm elections to take over the congress.

The video above is from a 2021 report: Former President Donald Trump in Houston today to sit down with Bill O’Reilly

“I’m asking you to prepare to work, prepare to fight, prepare to win — and win like never before,” Trump told thousands at the Austin Convention Center. “Together we will take back the House of Representatives, we will take back the Senate, and we will take back our country.”

In additional ABC13 coverage, the National Rifle Association announced that Trump will lead a rally at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Friday, May 27.

Beginning at 2 p.m., Trump will be joined by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

“NRA members are pleased to hear him speak and thank him for his support of our right to keep and bear arms,” ​​said Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO.

Despite losing re-election in 2020, Trump continues to have outsized influence among conservatives, and his support of candidates has significant influence in the Republican Party. The GOP is set to increase its margins in both houses of Congress after November’s election, as the party that controls the White House has a history of underperforming at midterms.

Trump touted several of his Texas endorsements on Saturday — most notably embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state official who has called Trump “a fighter like no other” running against Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a GOP runoff this month.

The former president also reiterated his support for Senator Dawn Buckingham in her bid to become Texas Land Commissioner, former Senator Pete Flores in his campaign for re-entry into the legislature, Phil Sorrells in the race for district attorney for Tarrant County and Frederick Frazier in the House District 61.

Early voting in the runoff elections on May 24 begins on Monday.

“Our country is being destroyed in many ways,” Trump said of the Democrats. “The Biden disasters are too numerous to count, but inflation is the highest in nearly 50 years. Gas prices are at their highest in our country’s history and are destroying families.”

Trump also addressed several hot-button issues that have energized the far-right, including public education, border security and election integrity. He also made his disproven false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

“Under a Republican Congress, we will ban critical race theory once and for all in our schools and stand up for parental rights,” Trump said.

Critical race theory is a college-level academic framework that analyzes intersections between race and law — and experts say it’s not taught in K-12 public schools in Texas. The Texas legislature last year passed legislation restricting discussion of race and current affairs in public schools. They referred to it as a “critical race theory” bill, although the term does not appear in the legislation.

Trump also said teachers should not be allowed to “teach transgender people.” The Florida legislature this year passed a law that critics called “don’t say gay” because of its restrictions on teaching sexual orientation and gender identity. Dan Patrick, Lt. gov. of Texas said he plans to prioritize similar laws in Texas next year.

“We’ve accomplished all sorts of things along the border. It was an incredible thing. It’s been an incredible time,” Trump said of his border security efforts. “Biden is now systematically giving up every single benefit I got really brilliantly. You give me no credit.”

Not all the seats in the middle were occupied on Thursday. Several supporters poured out of the event hall during Trump’s remarks, which capped a day-long event featuring a number of leading voices within the conservative movement – including Donald Trump Jr., former Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The event was part of the larger America Freedom Tour, which aims to rally conservative energy around Trump. The tour will make its next stop in Memphis, Tennessee on June 18th.

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Chrissy Callahan

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