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The former president Donald Trump expressed that he is the victim of the persecution of a “lunatic” president (referring to Joe Biden) that has made America a “failed nation” and insisting that the criminal charges against him are “interference” to prevent him from reaching the White House again.
In his first statement, after being booked and criminally charged in a Manhattan court, there was a mix of victimhood, harsh accusations of Democratic President Biden and District Attorney Alvin Bragg with a dose of electoralism.
Trump returned to Florida from New York in his Boeing 757 to finish his legal process and shortly after was speaking before an audience of about 400 family members, politicians and supporters in one of the rooms of his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
“I never thought something like this would happen,” the former president began. who at 76 aspires to be elected Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential elections.
victim and executioner
The New York Tycoon repeated his unfounded theory that he was the victim of fraud in the 2020 elections and painted a bleak picture under the Biden Government, of whom He said that he and his administration have done more “harm” to the United States than the five worst presidents in history..
“A failed nation”, “America is going to hell”, “everyone is laughing at us” These are some of the phrases with which he described the debacle that he attributes to Biden, to later say that if he reaches the White House again, he will once again make the United States a “great power.”
The speech, which lasted 25 minutes, was interrupted on several occasions by applause and cheers from the public, which included politicians such as Marjory Taylor Douglas as well as a group of cyclists called “Bikes for Trump” and her family, of which she said that she is “wonderful” and has gone through “hell” due to the persecution of which she claims to be a victim.
Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, to which he pleaded not guilty before Judge Juan Merchan.
In 245 years of United States history, there has never been a former president who has been criminally charged.
“This baseless case was made to interfere in the 2024 elections and should be dismissed immediately,” he stressed in his statement.
According to what Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg explained, who was the object of the former president’s wrath along with Biden, Trump was charged for allegedly having orchestrated a legal plot to pay for the silence of three people who could harm his campaign for the Presidency in 2016, including porn actress Stormy Daniels.
Trump said that Bragg is “the only offender” in this story and should resign and said again that the financier George Soros is the one behind the prosecutor’s actions.
“A black cloud” over the United States
In the opinion of the former US executive, This case and other of the investigations that it has open show that “the United States justice system no longer has law and is used to win elections.”.
“The only crime I committed was defending our nation from those who seek to destroy it,” he stressed.
“He (Bragg) knew there was no case and brought this ridiculous accusation. Even the Democrats say that there is no crime here and these charges should never have been filed, ”he stressed.
In one of his many references to Biden, he said that “the withdrawal from Afghanistan was” the most shameful moment in the history “of the country and in another He argued that “President Biden’s poor leadership can lead to nuclear war and we are not far from that.”
He also lashed out at the National Archives, “a far-left organization,” for the Mar-a-Lago raid in search of classified documents.
“I took them openly as all presidents have done in the past,” he admitted, stressing that “Biden has 1,800 boxes in Delawere that he refuses to deliver.”
Also criticized Letitia James, current Attorney General of New York, who activated the case for the finances of the Trump organization.
“The United States is a disaster, Russia has joined with China and Saudi Arabia with Iran, that would never have happened with me as president, even the war in Ukraine would not have happened,” he said.
“Unbelievably, we are now a failing, declining nation, and these far-left lunatics want to sue me. We can’t have that.”
“We are with a black cloud over our beloved country, I have no doubt that we are going to make America great once again,” he concluded.
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