Former President Donald Trump slammed the FBI and the US Department of Justice as “vicious monsters” in a nearly two-hour speech during a rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania Saturday.
Trump, who has not publicly said if he’ll run for the White House in 2024, turned out to stump for GOP Senate hopeful Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Douglas Mastriano but spent little time promoting the candidates.
Instead, Trump bashed the FBI, Justice Department and media while addressing last month’s raid on his Florida mansion, in which dozens of classified documents were seized.
The rally came just days after President Biden visited the battleground state.
“The shameful raid and break-in of my home at Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice that made a mockery of America’s laws, traditions and principals before the entire world,” Trump said.
“The FBI and the Justice Department have become vicious monsters controlled by radical leftist scoundrels, lawyers and the media who tell them what to do — you people right there — and when to do it,” Trump said, while pointing at the press box.
Trump also repeated his disproved claims that the 2020 election was “rigged” and defended the hundreds of people sentenced for storming the Capitol to stop the certification of his defeat on Jan. 6, 2021.
“There is only one party that is waging war on American democracy by censoring free speech, criminalizing it. You see that happening,” Trump said.
“Disarming law-abiding citizens, issuing lawless mandates and unconstitutional orders. Imprisoning political protesters. That is what they are doing. Rigging elections. Weaponizing the FBI and Justice Department like never before. And raiding and breaking into the homes of their political opponents.”
He also claimed Russia invaded Ukraine after watching the US’s slapdash pullout of Afghanistan under President Biden, and called the Democrat’s Thursday prime-time anti-MAGA speech in Philadelphia the most “vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president.”
The 76-year-old deployed his trademark theatrical flare, winding down his one hour and 55-minute long speech over schmaltzy orchestral music as he promised the Republican candidates he endorsed would “Make America Great Again.”
He also made wild exaggerations, suggesting that Oz’s opponent Lt. Gov. John Fetterman takes heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl and that transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has a longer wingspan than Wilt Chamberlain.
Trump claimed that every drug dealer kills an “average of 500 people” and promised they would all be sentenced to the death penalty if he was re-elected.
Looking every bit like a candidate for office, Trump told the crowd “you’ll have to be standing by” to see if he would throw his hat in the ring for a third bid for the White House.
Oz took the stage for only about two minutes in the middle of Trump’s epic speech as the former president stood behind him. Mastriano received a warmer introduction and a little bit more stage time from the GOP kingmaker. Both delivered their own stump speeches before the former president took the stage.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia warmed up the crowd, and received a large ovation over her false claim “President Trump won the 2020 election.”
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