Former President Donald Trump told a group at a Republican Party dinner that he only needed one more thing to ensure his reelection.
In his first speech since being arraigned on federal charges over the 2020 election, Trump remained assured and presented a strong front, saying his legal woes only helped his chances of winning reelection.
“Any time they file an indictment, we go way up in the polls,” Trump said during a dinner in Montgomery, Alabama. “We need one more indictment to close out this election. One more indictment, and this election is closed out.”
“Nobody has even a chance,” he added.
Trump pleaded not guilty during the arraignment on four charges which alleged he attempted to direct a plan to use fake electoral college votes to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
In the same speech, he brushed off the charges and went after Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith.
“Despite the demented prosecution of our movement by our corrupt and highly partisan department of injustice, and deranged Jack Smith — Doesn’t he look deranged? You see the picture with the purple robe? He’s a deranged human being — we’re getting stronger by the day,” Trump said.
“Somebody said you should treat him nicer, maybe he’d be nicer. Let me tell you, this guy is a lost soul. Bad guy,” he added. “Don’t get nicer. He’s a deranged, sick person.”
Trump issued his own allegations at the Biden administration, accusing it of charging him in an effort to help President Joe Biden win reelection.
“The fact is that it’s not fair and it’s probably not legal what they’re doing,” he argued. “They want to interfere in my campaign.”
“They want to interfere in the elections, a commonly used tactic in third world countries,” Trump went on. “That’s where this tactic comes from, third world, fourth world, fifth world countries, and they’re taking it to a level that our country has never seen.”