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Former President Donald Trump laid some haymakers on the crowd at his most recent rally, giving a glimpse into what it would be like to have him back in the White House.
Among the topics he discussed was federal workers who have either been fired or forced to resign for not capitulating to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
“Next year, a Republican Congress should pass a bill rehiring every single member of the military who was cruelly and wrongfully terminated by Joe Biden and his ridiculous COVID mandate,” he said to the crowd at his Save America rally in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday. “And force the Pentagon to give these patriots an apology and full back pay.”
Business Insider reported:
The Biden administration announced in August that vaccines would be mandated for service members. In December, the Pentagon said 98% of active-duty troops had been vaccinated, but that those who do not get it would face consequences.
Military branches began dismissing service members that month, NPR reported. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Marines have discharged 334 members, the Air Force has discharged 111, and the Navy has discharged 23. The Army has not yet discharged anyone over the vaccine.
The former president made headlines, and made Democrats heads spin, a number of times for more than one thing he said at the rally.
At another part of his speech he said he could pardon some of the people involved in the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,” he said as the crowd cheered.
“If that requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly,” the former president pledged.
“This hasn’t happened to all of the other atrocities that took place recently, what that un-select committee is doing and what the people are doing who are running those prisons — it’s a disgrace,” he argued.
“We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country,” he said.
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And then he gave praise to someone that the Democrats and their friends in the media despise.
He gave to the aid of one of his most ardent supporters, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
The CEO has been scrutinized and had his products removed from stores for his beliefs about the 2020 presidential election, and those sacrifices have not gone unnoticed by the 45th President of the United States, Mediaite reported.
Donald Trump held a rally in Conroe, Texas on Saturday and offered endorsement and praise of multiple political figures. He also raved about MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell‘s prodigious advertising budget.
As Trump was introducing and thanking various people such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and longtime Trump ally Rep. Louie Gohmert, he took a moment to point out Lindell in the crowd and thank him for having and spending so much money sponsoring things.
“Now you’re selling everything. He’s no longer the pillow man now he’s selling everything!” said Trump.
The crowd began chanting “We love Mike,” as Trump paused and then he began praising him again.
“I think he’s the single greatest purchaser of advertising I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I said, Mike, I don’t care how many pillows you sell, and now you’re selling slippers, and sheets, you’re selling everything. I said, I don’t care, you can’t afford that much advertising.”
“I think, you know what he does? He waits until the show is just ready to go on, any empty slot, he says, ‘I’ll give you two-hundred for it,’ to Fox. ‘I’ll give you two hundred.’ They’ll say ‘no we want three,’ he said, ‘nope, I’ll go two-oh-one,’” the former president said.
“You’re the greatest buyer of ads I’ve ever seen,” he said. “And a lot of other good things, too, by the way.”