Former President Donald Trump took a big swing at current President Joe Biden during a rally in Arizona on Saturday going so far east to memic his successor while speaking to fans on stage.
According to Newsweek the rally, held in Florence, is the first Trump has held in 2022 and he was sure to make sure his listeners knew what he thought about the current president’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During a wide-ranging speech, Trump listed issues including the southern border and inflation. He also returned to unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election suffered from mass voter fraud and other irregularities, and he took aim at infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci,” Newsweek reported.
Trump’s permission of the president included telling his attendees that, “We all knew that Joe Biden would be not so good but few could have imagined that he would be such a disaster for this country, what they’ve done.”
“I love Arizona. We had a tremendous victory in Arizona that was taken away and I just want to wish everybody a happy New Year. We’re going to have, I think, a great year,” Trump said.
Additionally, the president also brought up some of the more sensitive subjects of the current president’s term, including inflation, skyrocketing gas prices, and supply chain issues, in addition to the trouble with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are four times more COVID cases, remember – ” he said and then appeared to mimic Biden’s voice, saying: “I’m gonna get rid of COVID.”
Trump appeared to be referencing the uptick in cases going into Labor Day weekend in September where there were four times more cases than at the same weekend in 2020 when Trump was presiding over the worldwide pandemic’s progress in the United States.
“I’m gonna get rid of COVID,” he said in a mock Biden voice while moving his fist in a way that also appears to be a swing at the current president.
Biden said earlier in the year that “we’ve gained the upper hand” over COVID and “together we’re beating the virus” during an independence day celebration at the White House on July 4, 2021, two things that have appeared to be hollow reassurances.
The former president also appeared to be looking to criticize Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who recently had high-profile clashes with two Republican senators.
“Biden’s made him the person. He’s like the king. Fauci’s the king,” the former president said, leading to some chants of “lock him up” from the crowd.
“Lock her up” was a popular chant at Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign rallies, when it was directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated to win the White House that year.”