Trump says he's the 'most persecuted person in the history of the United States' at Wisconsin rally - and slams Biden's Inflation Reduction Act and Mueller's Russia probe
- Donald Trump took aim at GOP opponents and Democrats, slamming the reconciliation deal, while at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday
- 'A friend of mine recently said that I was the most persecuted person in the history of our country,' he said
- Trump cited the Mueller investigation, which he again called a scam, and added: 'This could only happen to me. Who has been through anything like this?'
- The former president slammed Biden's Inflation Reduction Act and accused Democrats of imposing 'the biggest tax hike in American history'
- Trump also blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
- Vos has refused Trump's calls to overturn the state's 2020 election results, as the former president continues to claim the votes were rigged
- The rally was held for Trump to endorse gubernatorial hopeful Tim Michaels
Former President Donald Trump proclaimed himself the most persecuted person in American history at a Wisconsin rally on Friday.
Trump, who has consistently fueled speculation that he will run again in 2024, was speaking at a Waukesha rally where he endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tim Michaels.
The ex-president said: 'We are standing up against some of the most menacing forces, entrenched interests, and vicious opponents our people have ever seen. A friend of mine recently said that I was the most persecuted person in the history of our country. When I thought about it, I actually felt that he may very well be right.'
Trump cited the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian collusion, which he again called a scam, and added: 'This could only happen to me. Who has been through anything like this? Seriously?'
He said that all he would have to do to make the persecution end was to 'renounce my beliefs, if I agreed to stay silent, if I stayed home or if I stayed in my basement like Joe Biden did'.
However, he pledged to continue fighting for his supporters: 'That's what they want me to do and it would all be very nice. I'd have a very nice life. But I can't do that and I will not do that because I love our country and the people of our country.
'I love them so much. And I'm not doing this for me because I had a very good in luxurious life before entering the wonderful world of politics. I'm doing this for you and it's my honor to do it.'
Former President Donald Trump proclaimed himself the most persecuted person in American history at a Wisconsin rally on Friday
Trump, who has consistently fueled speculation that he will run again in 2024, was speaking at a rally where he endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tim Michaels
Speaking to a crowd in Waukesha on Friday, Trump gave his endorsement to Tim Michels, a U.S. Army veteran, as the Republican candidate for governor of the state while taking aim at Democrats and GOP opponents.
Trump said, referring to the Inflation Reduction Act. 'And they are working feverishly to pile on more regulations at levels never seen before. You're going to have regulations like nobody's ever seen before.'
Inflation rose by an excruciating 9.1 per cent for the 12 months leading up to June, the latest official government figures reveal. That is a 40 year high, with economists fearing there's no immediate end to the rise in the cost of living in sight.
In the negotiations for the deal, Trump claimed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got 'taken for a ride,' by moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who finally endorsed the deal.
'Joe Manchin has totally sold out West Virginia, what he's done to that state is disgraceful,' Trump said, 'and I told the old broken crow, Mitch McConnell, that this was going to happen.'
Former President Donald Trump took aim at GOP opponents and Democrats, slamming the reconciliation deal, while at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday
The rally was held for Trump to endorse gubernatorial hopeful Tim Michaels (left)
Hundreds gathered at the event, which had to be postponed for a few hours due to weather
Despite the wait, supporters cheered on as Michels, who would take on Democratic Incumbent Tony Evers if he wins the GOP nomination
After blasting those at the national level, Trump then went after Michels' primary opponent, Rebecca Kleefisch, who is backed by his former running mate Mike Pence.
Trump called Kleefisch 'a career politician and a political insider. I´ve known her for a long time. She´s the handpicked candidate of the failed establishment, the RINOs.'
RINO refers to a derogatory term standing for 'Republican In Name Only.'
'Rebecca Kleefisch does not have what it takes to beat Tony Evers,' Trump said of the Democrat running for reelection. 'He's going to win if he runs against Rebecca.'
The former president also provided his strongest criticism yet against Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who has repeatedly refused the former president's calls to overturn the state's 2020 election results.
'Despite undeniable evidence of rigging and fraud, Speaker Vos has taken not steps in taking the Wisconsin Election Commission accountable or clean up the voter rolls or right any of the other terrible wrongs that were identified,' Trump said, repeating unfounded claims that the election was stolen.
Trump endorsed Vos' primary opponent, Adam Steen, who called a 'true patriot' as opposed to Vos.
Pictured: Trump take the stage with several 'Save America' red hats on Friday
Trump tossed the caps to a cheering audience as he made his way to the podium
The former president slammed Biden's Inflation Reduction Act and accused Democrats of imposing 'the biggest tax hike in American history'
The crowd was eager to hear from the day's speakers at the Save America rally
Like in previous rallies to endorse GOP candidates, Trump repeated unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him
Biden´s win in Wisconsin has withstood two partial recounts, numerous lawsuits, a nonpartisan audit and a review by a conservative law firm. Republican legislative leaders have repeatedly said decertification is impossible.
Kleefisch has racked up support not only from Pence, but also her former boss Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, GOP leaders of the Legislature, 56 lawmakers, the state chamber of commerce, the Tavern League and a majority of the state's county sheriffs.
'I am the one who is tested and proven and ready to go,' Kleefisch said after Pence touted her at a stop in suburban Milwaukee on Wednesday. 'I am the one who has won statewide four times.'
Michels claims that he is 'not a politician,' but he's been a power player largely behind the scenes for decades and previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2004, losing to then-Sen. Russ Feingold. He's been a regular donor to Republicans, including both Walker and Kleefisch.
'People want an outsider, people want a veteran, people want a businessman,' Michels said in a candidate debate.
Former Vice President Mike Pence (right) held his own rally on Wednesday to endorse GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rebecca Kleefisch (left)
Wisconsin is the third state where Pence and Trump have been on opposite sides in governor's races that highlighted deep divisions about the GOP's future.
In Georgia, Pence-backed Gov. Brian Kemp thumped Trump's choice, former Sen. David Perdue, by more than 50 percentage points. In Arizona's governor primary, Trump-backed former TV news anchor Kari Lake and Pence-backed businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson were in a race that was too early to call on Thursday.
The territory that drew Pence and Kleefisch on Wednesday is the heart of Republican Wisconsin and home to the key suburban Milwaukee voters who will likely decide the fall election. It´s also Kleefisch's home turf.
Trump, whose support in the area declined from 2016 to 2020, held his Friday rally for Michels just three miles from where Pence came for Kleefisch.
'There is no candidate for governor in America who is more capable, more experienced, or a more proven conservative than Rebecca Kleefisch,' Pence said in touting Kleefisch without mentioning Trump or Michels.