Trump hosts rally at Jersey Shore, calls hush money case 'Biden show trial'

Donald Trump held a political rally on the Jersey Shore in front of a crowd of tens of thousands on Saturday night, calling President Biden “a total idiot” and “not a smart man.”

Speaking to his supporters in the southern New Jersey resort of Wildwood, the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election claimed that the hush money case he is involved in is nothing more than “a show trial for Biden.”

Trump has repeatedly described the cases against him as politically motivated and is currently facing dozens of felony charges in four separate criminal cases.

He claimed that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan M. Merchan were “doing the bidding for the corrupt Joe Biden.”

He also suggested that any legal action against him actually benefited his campaign, claiming that some prosecutors have held off even bringing further proceedings for fear of helping his re-election.

“I heard they were going to do a few other things, and they said from Washington … 'We're suing him in the White House,'” Trump said. “They said, 'Don't do it.'”

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Republican presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the stage after speaking during a campaign rally at Wildwood Beach on May 11, 2024 in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Between 80,000 and 100,000 people were estimated to have attended the event, according to Lisa Fagan, a spokeswoman for the city of Wildwood, who based her estimate on “dozens” of other events in the same space.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) called it the largest political gathering in state history.

“As you can see, today we are expanding the electoral map because we will officially be playing in the state of New Jersey,” Trump told the crowd, a sea of ​​red MAGA hats. “We are going to win the state of New Jersey,” he continued, citing the fact that the state has traditionally leaned Democratic.

Last week, Trump spent his day off from court in Wisconsin and Michigan, where he campaigned in the general election battleground states.

During his hour-and-a-half speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Trump said re-electing Biden would raise taxes and “lead to the destruction of the country.” We have so many negative forces in this country,” he added.

The Republican front-runner also called for protests on college campuses and called on university presidents to “immediately remove the encampments, defeat the radicals and reclaim our campuses for all ordinary students who want a safe place to learn.”

As the November presidential election approaches, President Biden is also traveling to drum up support for his re-election campaign.

While Biden held fundraisers on the West Coast this weekend, he turned his attention to Trump's response to defeat in the 2020 presidential campaign.

“It's clear that … when he lost in 2020, something broke inside him,” Biden told supporters in Seattle on Saturday. “Not only is he obsessed with losing in 2020, he’s clearly exhausted.”

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