Former President Trump on Saturday described Democratic warnings that his potential return to the White House after the 2024 election would pose a threat to democracy as a “hoax” and “disinformation,” and that President Biden is the “real threat.”
In a speech hosted by the Young Republican Club in New York, Trump predicted that Biden’s “banana republic” would end after the presidential elections in November 2024.
“Radical left Democrats and their fake news allies have exposed their latest hoax that Donald J. and the Republican Party are a threat to democracy… This is their new line. Here we go again – ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,'” Mueller, Mueller, Mueller, ‘Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine.’ “One trick after another,” Trump said.
He continued: “But no, I do not pose a threat. I will save democracy. The threat is the fraudster Joe Biden.”
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The former president said that claims that he is a threat to democracy are a “hoax” and a “new idea,” and “we now call it a threat to democracy hoax, because that is what it is.”
Trump went on to say that Democrats and the media “believe that the threat to democracy will save Biden from creating the worst inflation in our country’s history, and a fragile economy that may soon end in a depression like 1929… We are very, very close to that.” “A depression like you’ve never seen before. We owe $36 trillion and this guy has no idea.”
He also called the claims of threats to democracy “a desperate and shameful attempt to distract from the brutal abuses of power being committed by the left before your eyes.”
Biden and other Democrats said a second Trump presidency could damage American democracy, as Biden and Trump prepare for a potential rematch in the 2020 election. “The biggest threat Trump poses is to democracy,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Amid 91 federal charges against Trump in four separate investigations, former President Biden warned that indicting him could lead to retaliation if he returns to the White House.
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“He has opened a Pandora’s box that will never allow our country to remain the same,” Trump said. “I can only say to Joe: Be very careful what you wish for, but what you did is a terrible thing.” “They are indictments of Biden against their political opponent.”
Trump recently spoke of imposing “retribution” on his political opponents if he returns to the White House after next year’s elections. Fox News host Sean Hannity asked him during a town hall last week if he would abuse power to retaliate against anyone if elected, to which the former president told him: “Except on day one.”
“Except for Day 1,” Trump told Hannity. “I want to close the border and I want to drill, drill, drill.”
During Saturday’s speech, Trump accused the media of distorting his comments to Hannity in which he said he wanted to become a dictator.
He said: “I said I wanted to be a dictator for one day… and do you know why I wanted to be a dictator? Because I want a wall… and I want to drill, drill, drill.”
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Trump’s comments to Hannity about being a dictator drew criticism from press freedom groups, who argued that his statement was “anti-democratic.” Trump had previously suggested during a 2022 rally that he would jail reporters for not revealing their sources.
“You say to the reporter: ‘Who is he?’ And if the reporter doesn’t want to tell you, say goodbye.” “The reporter goes to prison,” the former president said at the time.
At the conclusion of his speech on Saturday, Trump predicted that he would return to the White House and make America “great again.”
“We will get rid of the sick political class that hates our country,” Trump said. “We will defeat the fake news media. We will kick Joe Biden out of the White House and we will finish this mission of making our country great again, once and for all,” he added.