"Let’s call him Mohammed"
Thousands of Trump fans cheered as he returned to Arizona for a rally on Saturday night, delivering a nearly two-hour address aimed at slamming the Democrats and stirring up trouble with the Taliban.
The former US president appeared to forget the name of the organization's head, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, instead instructing the 5,000-strong gathering to "call him Mohammed.
“I told the Taliban leader, I spoke to the leader, and I said - let's call him Mohammed – I said, ‘Mohammed, we're leaving,'” Mr Trump added, referring to the US and Nato withdrawal deal from Afghanistan.
He then proceeded to imitate Akhundzada, giving the jeering throng a series of grunts and informing them, "He's a rough man."
Mr Trump used the Turning Point Action event to slam the "disgraceful" 2020 election, echoing previously disproved accusations about votes being "taken" from him.
He claimed that “Joe Biden and the extremist Democrats are destroying our country.” “I'm not even sure it's him. Joe, I don't think he knows where he is.”
Mr Trump stated from Phoenix, Arizona, that his party “won the state [in last year's election]... and won it decisively,” although the Republicans actually lost Arizona by less than 11,000 votes, making Mr Biden the first Democrat to win the "red state" since 1996.
Mr Trump went on to declare, "In my opinion, there's no way [Democrats] win elections without cheating," before adding that he "could handle" losing an election if it was won legitimately.
“If I lost this election, I could manage it quite quietly [but] when they steal it from you and rig it, that's not easy, and we have to fight,” he said the crowd, who began to shout and stand. “We don't have a choice; we must fight.”