Donald Trump denounced “The Biden regimes weaponization of our system of justice” in Waco, Tex. Saturday with a defiant speech as his potential indictment by a Manhattan grand jury loomed.
“For seven years, you and I have been taking on the corrupt, rotten, sinister forces trying to destroy America,” Trump — in his usual blue suit but without his trademark red tie — told the crowd at the first public rally of his 2024 presidential campaign.
“The Biden regimes weaponization of our system of justice is straight out of the Stalinist Russia horror show,” he said.
This is really prosecutorial misconduct, Trump said of Manhattan DA Alvin Braggs effort to indict him. The innocence of people makes no difference to these radical left maniacs.
They have nothing! Trump exclaimed of Braggs probe adding that the DA stacked his office with DC operatives to make sure that Trump got taken care of.
I never even liked horseface, he said, referring to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed they had a long-ago sexual encounter. That wouldnt be the one. There is no one, we have a great First Lady,” he said, segueing into praise for wife Melania Trump.
“Our opponents have done everything they can to destroy our spirit and crush our will,” he added. “Put me back in the White House and America will be a free nation once again.” Former President Donald Trump denounced “The Biden regimes weaponization of our system of justice” in Waco, Texas.AP
Trump’s branded red-white-and-blue Boeing 757 circled the airfield over the heads of the crowd — to the strains of “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun” — minutes before he took the stage. Get Miranda's latest take
Sign up for Devine Online, the newsletter from Miranda Devine Enter your email address
Please provide a valid email address.
Thanks for signing up!
Want even more news? Check out more newsletters
He stilled the crowd to listen to a version of The Star-Spangled Banner — as sung by jailed January 6 rioters — before striding to the podium.
All of the hatred, rage, and contempt the radical left has for your and your values has been directed to me, he said. And the only way to stop these arsonists is to rebuke and reject this persecution by sending us back to the White House in 2024.
Either we surrender to the demonic forces demolishing our country, or we defeat them in a landslide, Trump warned. Either the deep state destroys America, or we destroy the deep state.
The city of Waco expected about 15,000 people to attend the outdoor rally at the Waco Regional Airport.
Rocker Ted Nugent kicked off the event by shredding through a two-minute “fire-breathing” rendition of the national anthem on electric guitar. Waco expected about 15,000 people to attend the outdoor rally at Waco Regional Airport.AFP via Getty Images
“Well glory, glory hallelujah, look, it’s the real America!” Nugent shouted.
“You are the shit-kickers that drive the American dream,” Nugent told the crowd — before denouncing Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as “some homosexual weirdo” who is taking American taxpayers’ money.
Trump spent much of the day posting on Truth Social — where he boosted the “BIG CROWD IN TEXAS,” attacked “The Manhattan D.A. Witch Hunt against me,” and ripped President Joe Biden for his gaffes that make the US “a laughing stock all over the WORLD! Trump spent much of the day posting on Truth Social boasting the “BIG CROWD IN TEXAS,” and attacking Alvin Bragg and President Joe Biden. REUTERS Among the prominent Republicans that were at the rally included Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.ADAM DAVIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
He also needled Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — his most formidable GOP rival, according to recent polls — by posting a manipulated photo that merged the governor’s face with the distinctive coif of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, implicitly tying DeSantis to the establishment wing of the Republican Party. see also Trump’s bizarre behavior a gift to the left just as public opinion was turning on Bragg
Many top Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, steered clear of the event. Instead, Trump loyalists like Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene warmed up the crowd.
This is Donald Trumps party,” Gaetz declared, “and Im a Donald Trump Republican.
The rally site is located 15 miles from the site of the Mount Carmel Center, the compound where 76 members of the Branch Davidian cult were burned to death after a 51-day FBI siege on April 19, 1993.
Trump’s visit came just three weeks shy of the 30th anniversary of the disaster that sparked anti-government rage — and led directly to the rise of the modern-day militia movement, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said Trump wanted the rally at a great town and declared it had nothing to do with the 30th anniversary of the Waco siege. ADAM DAVIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the crowd it was “pure bullshit fake news” that Trump was visiting Waco “because of the anniversary of an event that happened 30 years ago.”
“I picked Waco,” Patrick declared, “because the president called me and said, ‘I want you to pick a great town.’”
Trump brushed off criticism that his choice of a rally site would stoke a dangerous flame.
Were going to have a great time in Waco,” he told Newsmax Friday.
“I won Texas by a lot, two times.