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Trump Holds Packed-Out Rally In Ohio, Taunts Dems Over Iran, Tests Out New Slogan For GOP

By  James Barrett

President Trump held another one of his jam-packed rallies Thursday night — the first of 2020 — this time in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, making clear how much his campaign values securing the state’s 18 electoral votes he won by eight points in 2016.

During the raucous rally in Toledo, Trump pointed to his decision to order an airstrike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani as evidence that he will bring “American justice” to those who pose a threat to Americans and America’s interests and taunted Democrats over the standoff with Iran, suggesting he should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his handling of the situation.

In a series of tweets highlighting photos and video from the rally, Trump touted the “tremendous crowd” and summed up some of the themes of the night, including his commitment to “NEVER make excuses for America’s enemies” and to “never hesitate in defending American lives.” He also offered up a new slogan for the Republicans, along with a withering summary of the Democratic Party’s platform.

“Heading to Toledo, Ohio, for first Rally of the year. Tremendous crowd. Here we go for a big 2020 Win!” Trump wrote in the first of a series of rally-themed tweets Thursday evening (posts below).

“Under my administration, we will NEVER make excuses for America’s enemies – we will never hesitate in defending American lives – and we will never stop working to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism!” he wrote in a tweet showing him on stage in the packed-out Huntington Center in Toledo.

“After years of rebuilding OTHER nations, we are finally rebuilding OUR nation. We are finally putting AMERICA FIRST!” the president added in another post featuring a shot of the crowd.

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