Donald Trump boasted about his ‘sold out’ Ohio rally in front of a ‘massive crowd’ on Saturday hours before taking the stage despite the fact that the 7,000- seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown uncharacteristically thin crowd come show time. 

Trump made these claims through his Truth Social social media platform. Trump stated that the majority of Republicans “would lose” their races if it wasn’t for his endorsement.

Notable is the fact that this rally takes place at the same moment as an important college football match between Ohio State University (Ohio State) and University of Toledo. 

The former president also said he’s in Ohio because he was asked to campaign there by Republican Senate candidate JD Vance, who is locked in a tight race against Democratic House Rep. Tim Ryan.

Vance said to the crowd before Trump spoke: “We must get back to policies of Donald Trump. Not fake Tim Ryan pretending to be someone he is not.”

The Hillbilly Elegy author accused Ryan of lying to voters about his stance on certain issues including defunding the police. Ryan said that he opposes efforts to defund law enforcement. 

Vance has been accused of supporting defunding police efforts by the Democratic candidate. 

Vance took on Ryan’s position regarding gas-powered vehicles, saying that Ryan should allow you to drive any car of your choice because it is America. 

Ryan, he claimed, pretended to be moderate. He also said that Joe Biden votes 100 percent. 

Vance said, “We have to get DC Tim out of the way. Make him return home to find a job.” 

Trump is rallying for Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance in Youngstown on Saturday night

Trump rallies in Youngstown for JDVance, Ohio Senate Candidate.

The rally is going on at the same time as a major football game between two Ohio colleges

It is happening simultaneously with an Ohio College football game.

The stadium is about two-thirds full now, less than an hour before Trump is expected to take the stage

The stadium is currently about two thirds full. Trump is scheduled to appear on the stage in less than one hour. 

‘Both J.D. Vance and Dr. Oz requested that I do large Rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania for them, respectively. Trump stated this in an earlier statement.

“The Pennsylvania Rally was hugely successful, packed with great American Patriots. The Ohio Rally tonight is also a sold-out juggernaut. – See the large crowds.

He said, “Both candidates desired this, and I delivered as always.” All Republican candidates need Rallies. Most would be defeated without the Rallies, and even more important, the Endorsements. MAKE AMERICA GREATER

Trump’s Congressional ally, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia was among the crowd of speakers at Saturday rally. She received a standing ovation.

Trump has played a heavy hand in Ohio’s midterm races, endorsing 14 candidates for Congress or the governorship – more that he has in any other state save for Texas.

Buckeye State voters chose Trump to replace President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election by about 8 percent.

Saturday’s rally is a test of his lingering influence in the critical battleground – joining Trump on stage will be all four Congressional hopefuls that he’s backed, as well as pro-Trump stalwart Reps. Jim Jordan and Bill Johnson.

Vance was able to secure the GOP Senate primary due to his support, even though there were many MAGA candidates.

Trump bragged about the crowd sizes at the Ohio rally and his rally in Pennsylvania

Trump boasted about the large crowds at his Pennsylvania rally, and the Ohio rally.

In November, he will face Democratic House Rep. Tim Ryan to take over the vacant seat for retiring Senator. Rob Portman.

Ryan’s current congressional district will host Saturday’s rally as an extra jab at the left-wing populist.

Ryan and Vance are locked in an extremely close race. Emerson College Polling/The Hill found that Ryan was leading by four percentage points in a Friday poll.

However, Trump fans are wildly in love with him. This is evident by the enthusiastic cheers that he received when he entered the room on Saturday. 

Trump’s 7th Congressional District pick is Max Miller (ex-White House aide), whose August wedding Trump officiated on his Bedminster course.

He also supports conservative commentator, and ex-Miss Ohio Madison Gesiotto Gil Gilbert in the 13th Congressional District.

J.R. Majewski is an Air Force veteran who will be competing to replace Marcy Kaptur, a vulnerable Democratic Rep. in the 9th District. Majewski witnessed the attack on the US Capitol by a group of Trump supporters.

Notably, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is absent. Trump has only just recently supported DeWine despite Trump’s claims that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged.

DeWine also stood by Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican who voted to impeach Trump last year over the Capitol riot. “He made that call. It was his choice. He’s been an excellent member of Congress. DeWine stated that he should not resign.

DeWine said to the Youngstown Vindicator Friday that he missed the rally because he wanted to be there for his grandsons’ participation in an evening cross-country race.