Former President Donald Trump spoke about his indictments and potential plans for a second term during a gala hosted by the New York Young Republican Club in Manhattan this weekend. The former president said that criminal prosecution was a “Pandora’s box” opened up by the Biden administration.
During the event, Trump said that the indictments against him will “never let our country be the same.” He then said that he could “only say” to President Joe Biden “Be very careful what you wish for, but what you have done is a terrible thing.”
“I am being indicted for you. These are not indictments in the traditional sense. These are Biden indictments against their political opponent,” he said.
Trump compared himself to Al Capone during his speech, saying that he was the “first guy who ever got indicted whose poll number went up.”
The former president also said that his 2024 campaign would “have a great chance” to win New York State next year due to “hundreds of thousands of people living on the sidewalks and streets and illegal aliens invading our city and state like nobody thought possible.”
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Trump also said that allegations that he would act as a dictator was a “hoax.” He said that the United States is a “banana republic.”
“But no, I’m not a threat. I will save democracy. The threat is Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump said.
He added that accusations by Democrats were a “desperate and shameless attempt to distract from the monstrous abuses of power the left is committing before your very eyes.”
The former president said that Democrats and the national media believe that accusing him of being a threat to democracy would “save Biden” from high inflation and a “fragile economy.” Trump said that the country is “very, very close to a depression, the likes of which you have never seen. We owe $36 trillion and this guy has no clue.”
Trump was joined by a number of other high-profile Republicans, including New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax. Trump praised Wax’s introductory speech.