Donald Trump on Thursday called the grand jury indictment over his alleged role in a hush money payment to a porn star “Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history.”
The statement, issued shortly after news of the former president’s indictment broke, echoed his previous attempts to tie Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s investigation to Democrats and political actors.
Trump accused “Radical Left Democrats” of a “Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement” in the statement, which was also posted to his Truth Social network.
“The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump,’ but now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of blatant Election Interference,” Trump continued.
The only former president to have been indicted, Trump sought to tie the recent investigation to the 2016 campaign and the events of his subsequent presidency.
“You remember it just like I do: Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller Hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Impeachment Hoax 1; Impeachment Hoax 2; the illegal and unconstitutional Mar-a-Lago raid; and now this,” Trump said.
Trump repeated, without evidence, another frequent refrain about the “weaponization” of the justice system and continued his verbal assault on Bragg, accusing the district attorney of “doing Joe Biden’s dirty work.”
He finished with a rallying call to MAGA voters amid his campaign for the presidency in 2024.
“So our Movement, and our Party – united and strong – will first defeat Alvin Bragg, and then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we are going to throw every last one of these Crooked Democrats out of office so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he said.
In a follow-up post on Truth Social, Trump lashed out at “Thugs and Radical Left Monsters.” In all caps, he further called the indictment an attack on “our once free and fair elections” and the U.S. a “third world nation.”
In a further post, the former president said he “cannot get a fair trial in New York.”
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