At the first official rally of his 2024 presidential campaign held so far this year, former President Donald Trump took direct aim at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as he awaits word on whether an indictment will be handed down in the Stormy Daniels hush money matter, as Fox News reports.
The event took place at Waco Regional Airport in Texas, and thousands of enthusiastic supporters turned out to hear Trump's thoughts on everything from his current legal situation to his vision for the country.
Trump held little back when addressing what he believes is driving him possible indictment, something he previously predicted would have been issued last week.
“The district attorney of New York, under the auspices and direction of the 'department of injustice' in Washington, D.C., is investigating me for something that is not a crime, not a misdemeanor, not an affair,” the former president declared.
Continuing on that theme, Trump asserted, “This is really prosecutorial misconduct,” and noted, “[t]he innocence of people makes no difference to these radical left maniacs.”
Criticizing the ongoing probe as baseless as well as politically motivated, Trump said, “They have nothing and yet it went on and on and it continues to be stacked – [Bragg's] office with D.C. operatives.”
Bragg was not Trump's only target during the rally, as he also had a go at one of his potential GOP primary rivals, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Trump pointed to recent polling that has shown a decline in support for DeSantis, saying, according to the Daily Mail, that his onetime ally is “dropping like a rock.”
The former commander in chief also regaled attendees with his recollection of the manner in which DeSantis sought his endorsement during his first gubernatorial campaign back in 2018.
“He's at almost nothing, he's go no cash,” Trump began, before he characterized DeSantis as having begged, “'If you endorse, I'll win, please sir, please endorse me,'” and adding, “I said let's give it a shot Ron, I endorsed him, and he became like a rocket ship.”
Some of Trump's most biting criticism during the rally was, unsurprisingly, reserved for President Joe Biden, and he slammed his successor in issues ranging from the southern border crisis to the conflict in Ukraine.
“You can take the five worse presidents in American history and put them all together, and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden has done in just two and a half short years,” Trump said.
Referencing a recent Biden gaffe in which the president said, “I'd like to thank China,” when he meant to say “Canada,” Trump lamented, “They're laughing at our country. We don't want anybody to laugh – nobody laughed at our country when I ran it, I can tell you that.”
“The only way to stop these arsonists is to rebuke and reject this evil persecution by sending us straight back to the White House,” Trump continued, and though the Republican primary field is likely far from set, he appears exceedingly confident at this admittedly early stage in the race.