Ohioans were glued to their television screens Saturday night during Donald Trump’s rally for Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. But it was much more likely that they were watching a critical Ohio State football game rather than something political.
Unfortunately, the rally’s complicated schedule took place at the same time as an important Ohio State game against the University of Toledo (the Buckeyes won 49-21). That happened because Trump and Vance.”apparently i don’t know how ohio works”, joked Mediaite last week. The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that a record 10.5 million viewers tuned in for Ohio State’s game against the University of Notre Dame earlier this month.
No one was happier about the mistake than Democrat Tim Ryan, who is running against hedge fund founder Vance.
Ryan even made a campaign ad mocking him, turning the rally into another kind of football game, for losers.
Ryan’s conclusion: “JD Vance is playing in Ohio.”
Trump touted Vance in his Youngstown speech. But he also spent much of his time complaining about various investigations into his own suspicious activities, which he perceives as persecution. He also lamented, with music, the dark and apocalyptic chaos of the current times as his followers gave him a raised-arm, single-fingered “salute” that some described as a QAnon gesture.
the New York Times reported Friday that the candidates Trump touts at his rallies aren’t happy about it.
Mehmet Oz, the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, he suddenly seemed to distance himself from Trump once he won his primary to broaden his appeal for the general election. Yet she dutifully attended Trump’s rally earlier this month in Pennsylvania.
Trump, in an apparent response to the Times story, insisted to the crowd in typical Trump vulgar language that Vance is “Kiss my ass.”
He also claimed in a Truth Social post earlier in the day that “both JD Vance and Dr. Oz asked me to do big rallies for them.” And he added: “Look at the massive crowds. Both candidates wanted this, and I delivered.”
But the Times reported that none of the candidates asked him to hold the rallies.