Trump fires up Republicans at Arizona rally ahead of primary, vows to ‘take back’ the White House

Candidate Kari Lake appears with former president Trump July 22 at a rally in Prescott/screenshot/Az Family

By Stacey Barchenger | Arizona Republic

Former President Donald Trump returned to Arizona in his characteristic rock-show rally style on Friday night and offered a late-in-the-race seal of approval to several of his favored candidates, including Republicans Kari Lake for governor and Blake Masters for U.S. Senate.

The former president took the stage in Prescott Valley about 8 p.m., an hour later than scheduled, delivering a 1 hour, 40-minute speech that oscillated between false claims of election fraud, attacks on Democrats from Joe Biden to U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, and proclaiming his own administration a success.

He also hinted at his future political plans, though he said the midterm elections were the first order of business.

“You have an opportunity to vote for an outstanding slate of true conservative warriors, many of whom I know,” he said, calling Lake and Masters up onstage beside him, who offered their praise to the former president.

“I just want to thank you for saving this country,” Masters told Trump, decrying the leadership of Joe Biden, saying it delivered “chaos and destruction.”

After hugging Trump onstage, Lake told the crowd not to “sit back and wait for Superman to come in and rescue us … we’ve got to stand up, we’ve got to vote, we’ve got to get active.

“Now I want to say for the record, for the record, I do believe that Superman is coming back and hopefully he’s coming back soon,” she said looking over her shoulder at Trump.

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