Trump turns nasty at New Jersey rally, calls Biden a ‘total idiot’ and Manhattan prosecutor ‘Fat Alvin’: US: Business Times

At a fiery campaign rally at the Jersey Shore on Saturday, former President Donald Trump lashed out at his political enemies, declaring that “the gloves are off” and promising a brutal election against President Joe Biden. The rally, which drew tens of thousands of supporters to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, was a show of force in a deep blue state and a sign that the upcoming election is on a dark path.

Trump, angry about his criminal charges, attacked President Biden, calling him a “total idiot” and a “fool” who has done more damage to the country than the “ten worst presidents in the history of our country” combined . He also coined a derogatory new nickname for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling him “Fat Alvin” and a “corrupt man.”

Despite the serious nature of his criminal cases, Trump was often light-hearted during his nearly 90-minute speech, bragging about drawing a bigger audience than Bruce Springsteen and joking about eating a hot dog because it is one of the foods that least affected by inflation. However, he also injected his mix of increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric into the festival atmosphere, lamenting what he described as the “looting, rape, slaughter and destruction of” American communities and saying the country is in “major trouble.”

Trump’s 2024 campaign has drawn attention to some of the harsh language he uses, echoing authoritarian leaders and calling his opponents “pests” and immigrants “poisoning the blood of the country.” On Saturday, he said America is less threatened by outside forces than by “enemies within,” claiming Biden is “surrounded by fascists” and that his criminal cases are a “Biden show trial.”

The former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election resulted in two criminal charges, and he also faces charges of mishandling classified documents. Trump blamed Biden for his charges, without evidence, saying it makes him push harder against the president.

New Jersey, a deep blue state that hasn’t voted for a Republican for president since 1988, is widely expected to favor Biden again this year. However, Trump claimed the state was in play and repeatedly mentioned Pennsylvania in his speech, drawing attention from the Philadelphia media market and visitors from the city and surrounding suburbs.

Many rallygoers wore shirts with Trump’s mugshot from his indictment in Georgia and the words “Never Surrender,” while others wore shirts in support of those arrested for rioting at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Planes targeting Trump and one praised him, also flew criss-cross through the city. sky dragging banners.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has warmed up the crowd and is on Trump’s short list of potential running mates. Trump teased a potential Trump/Burgum ticket, saying, “You won’t find anyone better than this gentleman in terms of his knowledge… so get ready for something, okay. Just get ready.”

The meeting was a reminder of the deep divisions in the country and the increasingly nasty rhetoric likely to dominate the coming elections. As Trump continues to face criminal charges and investigations, his supporters remain loyal and energetic, while his critics see him as a threat to democracy and the rule of law.

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