It’s believed strongly by former President Donald Trump, and many of his supporters, that the four separate criminal prosecutions of him are politically motivated, and a conspiracy by his opponents to destroy him.
Trump has been clear that he plans to pursue revenge against his enemies, should he return to the presidency. And now Trump has indicated in a new interview that he specifically plans to prosecute his opponents.
The comments came in Trump’s interview with Univision.
“If they do this and they’ve already done it, but if they want to follow through on this, yeah, it could certainly happen in reverse. It could certainly happen in reverse. What they’ve done is they’ve released the genie out of the box. You understand that They’ve done something that nobody thought would happen,” the former President said. “They’ve made indictments in order to win an election. They call it weaponization, and the people aren’t going to stand for it. But yeah, they have done something that allows the next party. I mean, if someone if I happen to be president and I see someone who’s doing well and beating me very badly, I say go down and indict them. Mostly what that would be, you know, they would be out of business. They’d be out they’d be out of the election.”
Throughout the interview, Trump gave very, very long answers. He also vowed, at length, to not drop out of the presidential race, even if he’s convicted of a crime.
“Well, I don’t think you drop out. I think the people know it’s a political persecution. It’s a political hoax. This is Biden, who’s the worst president in the history of our country. We’ve never had a president so dumb, so incompetent and so corrupt from the standpoint of what they’re doing. They’ve weaponized the Justice Department, they’ve weaponized the FBI, and they’ve come at me with the worst indictments. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. And I’m probably the only guy ever indicated whose poll numbers have shot up through the roof. I mean, it’s actually been helpful from the standpoint of getting elected because the people understand it. It’s a hoax. “
Trump moved into his usual attack on the judges, prosecutors, and the jurisdictions where he is charged.
“It’s very interesting because they’re all in Democrat areas. Radical left, blue areas. I have a lot of radical left judges. I have a lot of,” Trump said in the interview. “But despite that, I think it’s all working out because the people ultimately are going to speak. And I think the people get it better than anybody else, better than we do. It’s amazing they see it. Nothing like this has ever happened in this country. It happens in other countries. But these are developing nations. These are third-world nations. So, Biden is a man who has unleashed something that’s a very bad thing, because when that happens to me, it can happen to them. And, you know, he’s a very corrupt president.”
Trump didn’t always get along so well with Univision. In fact, during his 2016 campaign, the former president even banned Univision employees from his properties.
The interview was, at least in part, an attempt to shore up Trump’s support with Latino voters. And at the same time, the Biden-Harris campaign announced new “Latino-targeted” ads.
“Biden-Harris 2024 will launch two Spanish-language, Hispanic-targeted ads in South Florida focused on the unique diaspora groups that represent South Florida’s Hispanic community. These ads speak directly to the experience of many South Florida Hispanics who have fled socialist dictatorships in search of liberty and economic opportunity. The ads highlight how President Biden has proven to be unafraid to stand up against dictators and is fighting for freedom and opportunity,” the company said in an email to its media mailing list.
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