In his first rally since the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home last month, former President Donald Trump spoke for nearly two hours in Pennsylvania. He talked about the raid on his home last month and what President Joe Biden said earlier this week.
Trump said of the search, “The shameful raid and break-in at my home Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice.” “The FBI and the Justice Department have turned into very bad people.”
On Saturday, Trump was in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to support Doug Mastriano, who is running for governor against Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
Trump said good things about both candidates and stressed how important it is to win back the House and Senate in November.
Trump said, “In two months, the people of Pennsylvania will get rid of the radical left Democrats, elect Doug Mastriano as their next governor, and send my friend Oz, who is a great guy, to the US Senate.” “You’re going to send to Congress a great group of real Republicans who put America first.
Even though the rally on Saturday was to support his candidates in Pennsylvania, Trump spent most of his speech talking about his problems, mostly with the FBI, the Department of Justice, fellow Republicans, and Joe Biden.
In response to Biden’s comments, Trump said earlier this week, “Joe Biden came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to give the most vicious, hateful, and divisive speech ever given by an American president….an He’s enemy of the state.”
In addition to the high stakes, Trump’s rally comes as the fallout from the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8 continues. During that search, agents found classified documents as part of an investigation into how he handled presidential records after he left office.
On Friday, Judge Cannon made public a list of everything the FBI found during the search. On the list, it says that some documents marked as confidential to top secret were found mixed in with newspaper clippings, photos, and other documents.
Trump responded to the raid on his Mar-a-Lago home on Saturday almost right away. He said that it was unfair that a political enemy was being punished. He attacked the police without giving a good answer to the accusations made against him about how he handled classified documents.
“Just a few weeks ago, you saw one of the most shocking abuses of power by any administration in American history. This is a clear example of how real the threats are to American freedom. Trump said, “The shameful raid and breaking into my home Mar-a-Lago was a mockery of justice.”
People waiting in line to hear him speak on Saturday said they thought Trump was being unfairly picked on.
“He didn’t do anything wrong, in my opinion. I think that will come out in the end, but they just want to make people dislike Trump, said Barbara, a voter from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania.
Trump’s trip to Pennsylvania comes just days after President Joe Biden made back-to-back trips to the swing state, where he criticized Trump and his fellow “MAGA Republicans” as the most powerful part of the GOP today and a threat to American democracy.
“Too much of what’s going on in our country right now is not normal,” Biden said in a Thursday evening speech from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans are extremists who threaten the very foundations of our republic.”
Biden’s heated words come as he tries to reframe the November elections as a choice between people who want to save the “soul of the nation” and people who are bad for democracy,.
“Joe Biden came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to give the most vicious, hateful, and dividing speech ever given by an American president,” Trump said. “You’re all enemies of the state? He is a threat to the country. You want the truth, right?”
People who were waiting in line to hear the former president speak criticized Biden’s speech and said that it only made them more excited about the midterm elections. Debbie Latsha and Evy Mecjes both said that Biden’s speech was “very divisive.”
“Now it’s us who are bad. Mecjes said, “We are the terrorists of the United States of America.”
Latsha said that Biden’s speech showed how “afraid” Democrats were of the power Trump still has over the Republican Party.
Latsha said, “They’re a little afraid of all the people who are rising and having their eyes opened, who are waking up to what’s going on in our government.” “So let’s see if we can break them down a little more and make people fight with each other a little more. I mean, that didn’t bring anyone together.”
They defended Trump supporters by saying that Democrats hurt Americans by closing schools during the pandemic and by making prices go up.
Mecjes said, “People are rising because we’re mad at how our government treats us, and you know, President Biden does not speak for the people.”
Biden will be back in Pennsylvania again on Sunday. He will spend part of his Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh.
Republicans have been the favorites to take back control of both houses of Congress in this midterm election cycle. However, recent legislative wins for Democrats and some good news about the economy have made it more likely that Democrats will keep their majorities.