Former President Donald Trump faced heckling during an Iowa campaign event, responding with a dismissive remark as Republican contenders prepare for the state’s caucuses.

In the midst of campaign activities on the eve of the state’s crucial caucuses, former President Donald Trump encountered heckling during a campaign event in Iowa. A protester shouted accusations about taking millions, prompting boos from the crowd. Trump swiftly responded, telling the heckler to “go home to mommy,” a scene reminiscent of similar incidents involving Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy in recent days.

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Trump’s campaign rally took place in Indianola, a suburb of Iowa’s capital Des Moines, where he addressed a tightly packed crowd. The atmosphere was charged with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American” playing over speakers, creating an enthusiastic response from attendees despite the frigid Iowa weather.

The heckling incident occurred amid the final push for support in the Iowa caucuses. A recent Des Moines Register/NBC News poll indicated Trump holding a commanding lead over Republican rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, with 48% support.

Republican candidates, including Haley and DeSantis, have been navigating the challenge of motivating supporters to show up on caucus night, given record-low temperatures forecasted to reach minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. DeSantis urged his supporters to brave the cold, emphasizing the potential impact of higher turnout on the weight of their votes.

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Meanwhile, former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan endorsed Nikki Haley, stating that she represents the strongest chance for Republicans to field the best candidate in the general election.

As Iowa becomes the first electoral test for the GOP, the heckling incident adds a layer of tension to the competitive race. Trump, despite facing criticism for his 2020 election claims and authoritarian language, continues to maintain a significant lead in the polls, setting the stage for Monday’s caucuses, the opening contest in the Republican presidential nominating process.