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Top Ohio Republicans Are Abandoning Trump's 'Pity Party' Rally In The State.
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Top Ohio Republicans Are Abandoning Trump's 'Pity Party' Rally In The State.

Top Ohio Republicans are avoiding former President Donald Trump's first of a planned series of political rallies, which is set to begin Saturday in a small Ohio town.

The Columbus Dispatch and other media outlets have reported that Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, and Sen. Rob Portman will all be absent from the event.

DeWine, who blasted Trump following the Capitol riot for starting a "fire" that "threatened to burn down our democracy," has cited a conflicting family commitment.

Husted and Portman have not provided an explanation for their absences. Portman was among the first to call for the removal of House committee appointments from the controversial QAnon-conspiracy-peddling Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was endorsed by Trump.

At his "Save America" rally, Trump is expected to attack Republicans he considers disloyal to him, including Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, who voted for Trump's second impeachment.

Trump is also expected to reiterate his "big lie" that Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election because it was rigged. Trump is scheduled to appear Saturday at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, population 6,000.

“Of course, he’ll talk about some of the Republicans he believes stabbed him in the back, beginning with [Reps.] Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio, Liz Cheney in Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger in Illinois, and the people who voted against him in the House during the impeachment,” David B. Cohen, a political scientist at the University of Akron, told The Blade in a recent interview.

In a recent podcast interview, Trump stated that he chose Ohio in part to support Gonzalez's opponent, former White House aide Max Miller, whom the former president has endorsed. Trump stated in a recent podcast interview that he does not believe Gonzalez "represents the people" or "thinks the way I do."

Gonzalez, a former Ohio State University football star and NFL receiver, won his district by a comfortable 26 percentage points in the 2020 election, garnering 15,000 more votes than Trump.

Gonzalez is yet another prominent Ohio Republican who has stated that he will not attend Trump's rally.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Trump disciple, is expected to attend, as are Senate candidates Jane Timken, J.D. Vance, and Josh Mandel, who are all seeking to replace Portman, who is retiring next year, and are hoping for Trump's endorsement, according to Forbes. DeWine's primary opponent, former Rep. Jim Renacci, is also expected to attend.

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