Trump reappears in the race for governor of the Mass. with a pre-primary “tele-rally” for GOP hopeful Geoff Diehl

On the eve of the Massachusetts primary election, former President Donald J. Trump will appear live at a phone rally supporting GOP Gov. Geoff Diehl’s hopeful, whom he endorsed in October, and who trumpeted the false claims by Trump that the 2020 election was rigged.

Diehl, who served as honorary co-chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has reflected on the former president’s brand throughout his run. In February, he tapped Corey Lewandowski, a longtime Trump confidant and former adviser, as a strategist.

News of the phone rally was first reported Thursday morning by Lewandowski on conservative radio host Jeff Kuhner’s show. Lewandowski said voters will be able to call a 508 area code number and hear Trump give his live assessment of the race, in which Diehl takes on Wrentham businessman Chris Doughty.

The rally will take place on September 5, a day before the September 6 primary elections.

“I’m honored to have the support of our former president ahead of Tuesday’s primary, and I’m doubly honored to have President Trump’s help in rallying voters in Massachusetts,” Diehl said in a statement Thursday. “This event will give us a great opportunity to reaffirm what is important to us in this race, especially the issues of freedom, financial responsibility, public safety and the accountability of parents to protect their children.”

Trump endorsed Diehl, a former Whitman State Representative, in October, saying in a statement that he “will be an outstanding governor for the State of Massachusetts, and it is an honor for me to give him my endorsement. complete and total!”

Since the start of his campaign, Diehl has enjoyed the support of Trump-aligned figures in Massachusetts politics.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons — known for his unwavering support for Trump — has appeared at Diehl fundraisers and other events. Auto sales magnate Ernie Boch Jr., an early supporter who held a Trump rally at his Norwood estate in 2015, hosted a Diehl fundraiser last month with the arch-conservative governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem. She was also endorsed by Trump in his primary election and has been mentioned as a possible running mate if Trump runs for office again in 2024.

Trump has participated in similar pre-primary “tele-rally” events in recent months for Republican candidates in states including Alaska, Connecticut, Michigan and Nevada. During a tele-rally for former governor and congressional candidate Sarah Palin, Trump called hours after the FBI raid on his personal Mar-a-Lago residence.

“Another day in paradise. It’s a weird day. You’ve probably all read about it,” Trump said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The winner of the Massachusetts GOP primary will face presumptive Democratic nominee Maura Healey, the attorney general, in November. She led both Doughty and Diehl by wide margins in public polls.

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