Former U.S. President Donald Trump responded Saturday to Joe Biden, who has portrayed him as a threat to democracy, by calling him in turn an “enemy of the state” and suing him for incompetence, at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania for the midterm elections.
In front of his supporters, the Republican billionaire also denounced the FBI’s spectacular search of his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago on August 8 as “one of the most shocking abuses of power by an administration in American history.
“It was he [Joe Biden]the enemy of the state,” Donald Trump attacked the crowd, responding to the virulent attacks of his successor, who accused him two days earlier of representing, with the ‘MAGA Republicans’ (Make America Great Again), an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
“His speech was nothing but hate and anger,” denounced Donald Trump, seeing it also as “the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever given by an American president.”
In his speech on Thursday in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, Joe Biden had called to save “the soul of America,” castigating those who “do not respect the Constitution,” “do not believe in the rule of law,” “do not recognize the will of the people.”
In his first public appearance since the FBI’s dramatic search of his Florida home on Aug. 8 at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump also said the act of investigation was “the most striking example of the very real threats to the freedom of Americans” and one of “the most shocking abuses of power by an administration in American history.”
“The disgraceful raid and the raid on my Mar-a-Lago home was a travesty of justice,” insisted the former president, who is openly flirting with a repeat bid in 2024.
The FBI had conducted the search because it suspects the former president of illegally keeping confidential documents from his tenure in the White House (2017-2021).
Federal investigators believe that among the 30 or so boxes seized are top-secret documents “likely hidden” to impede the investigation, says a Justice Department document.
But for Donald Trump, this “flagrant abuse of the law” will produce “a backlash like no one has ever seen.”
The former president also again questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which saw him lose to Joe Biden. “American elections should be decided by the American people. And it didn’t happen that way in 2020,” he said.
The billionaire is also facing investigations into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and his role in his supporters’ assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
He is not currently being prosecuted in any case.