Trump’s fumbling rally for JD Vance clashed with big Ohio State football game

Ohioans were glued to their TV screens Saturday night at Donald Trump’s rally for Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. But they were far more likely to watch a critical Ohio State football game than something political.

The groping calendar of the rally therefore very unfortunately took place at the same time as an important Ohio State game against the University of Toledo (the Buckeyes won 49-21). It happened because Trump and Vance “apparently don’t know how Ohio works,” Mediaite joked last week. The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that a record 10.5 million viewers tuned in to Ohio State’s game against the University of Notre Dame earlier this month.

No one was happier about the gaffe than Democrat Tim Ryan, who is running against hedge fund founder Vance.

Ryan even did a mocking campaign ad, turning the rally into a different kind of football game – for the losers.

Ryan’s conclusion: “JD Vance is playing in Ohio.”

Trump touted Vance in his Youngstown speech. But he has also spent much of his time complaining about several investigations into his own suspicious activities, which he perceives as persecution. He also lamented — in music — the dark, apocalyptic chaos of the present day as supporters gave him an arm-raising, one-finger “hello” that some described as a QAnon gesture.

The New York Times reported on Friday that not all of the candidates Trump touts at his rallies are happy with it.

Mehmet Oz, the Republican Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, suddenly seemed to distance himself from Trump once he won his primary to broaden his call for the general election. He did, however, dutifully attend Trump’s rally earlier this month in Pennsylvania.

Trump, in an apparent response to the Times story, urged the crowd in typically vulgar Trump language that Vance “kiss my ass.”

He also claimed in a Truth Social article earlier today that “JD Vance and Dr. Oz asked me to do big rallies for them.” 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 organize the rallies.


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