Waco was the scene of a tragedy 30 years ago for which some extremist groups still blame the Deep State.
And in that same town in Texas, the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, has given the first rally of what he dreams of being the campaign for his triumphant return to the White House.
Trump has precisely accused the "Deep State" of the judicial investigations against him.
With an incendiary speech, but without going as far as to directly appeal to violence, Trump has evoked the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and has assured: "I am probably the most innocent man in the history of our country."
Trump has paid tribute to those who stormed the Capitol the day after saying on his social network, Truth, that there was a risk of "death and destruction" if the Manhattan prosecutor investigating him charges him in the Stormy Daniels case for
alleged he paid with funds from his 2016 presidential campaign (and lied about the destination of the money) to a porn star so that he would not reveal a relationship with the then candidate.
With several thousand supporters waiting for him, many of whom carried signs that read "witch hunts", Trump has arrived by plane at the local airport, where the rally was being held.
He has gone down the ladder and has opened the rally with the song
Justice for All (Justice for all),
which mixes a choir of those imprisoned for participating in the assault on the Capitol who sing the national anthem
The star flag) with Trump himself reciting the pledge to the flag and closes with the prisoners chanting USA.
As it played, the giant screens showed images from January 6, 2021.
Donald Trump, three get off the plane to give the rally at the Waco airport (Texas). LEAH MILLIS (REUTERS)
In case there was any doubt, at the beginning of his rally, Trump expressed his support for the assailants: "Under Joe Biden, American patriots are being arrested and held captive like animals," he said, assuring that the jail where he is being held some of them is "hell".
The former president has supported the new narrative of conservative media based on unpublished images that the new speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, has provided to the star presenter of Fox, Tucker Carlson.
He has had access to more than 40,000 hours of exclusive recordings and has chosen to broadcast a few minutes in which no violence is seen.
Based on that
many Trump supporters maintain that the assault on the Capitol was a courteous visit by onlookers and tourists.
In addition to this support for the assailants of the Capitol, Trump has devoted a good part of the rally to talking about the investigations of which he is the subject.
The former president denounces an alleged use of justice as a political weapon and proclaims himself a victim of a new "Stalinism" or of a "banana republic" justice system.
“The enemies are desperate to stop us.
Our opponents have done everything possible to crush our spirit and break our will.
But they have failed.
They have only made us stronger.
And 2024 is the final battle, it's going to be the big one.
Put me back in the White House, his reign will be over and America will be a free nation once again, ”he asked his followers.
Trump assures that he has delivered or has been requested 11 million pages of documents and that despite this they have not found any crime (ignoring the ongoing investigations).
"That probably makes me the most innocent man in the history of our country," he said.
He has portrayed the cases against him as a political maneuver: “The new weapon used by out-of-control Democrats to cheat in elections is criminal investigation of a candidate and giving him bad publicity.
The craziest thing is that I have bad publicity and my poll numbers have gone through the roof.”
The explanation, according to Trump: “It is given so much publicity that the case is judged in the press.
And people see that it is a hoax (...) from the
Department of Injustice
Trump supporters during the rally with signs that read: "Witch hunt" and "I am with Trump." LEAH MILLIS (REUTERS)
The grand jury meets this Monday and at any time can charge the former president, who called to protest when he said he was going to be arrested last Tuesday, an unfulfilled prophecy.
Trump said this Saturday that the prosecutors leading the investigations against him are "absolute human scum."
He has assured that he is being investigated "for something that is not a crime, not a misdemeanor, not an affair."
And he has addressed his followers: “You will be vindicated and you will be proud.
The thugs and criminals who are corrupting our judicial system will be defeated, discredited and totally disgraced,” he has told them.
“So we have to stop them from cheating in the elections.
Because if we don't win these upcoming 2024 elections, I sincerely believe our country is doomed.
Prosecutor misconduct is their new tool, and they are willing to use it at levels never seen before,” he added.
“Either we surrender to the demonic forces that are abolishing and demolishing our country, and are happy doing so, or we defeat them in a landslide victory on November 5, 2020. Either the Deep State destroys America or we destroy the Deep State,” he has said in another passage.
Trump has resorted to his usual hyperbole and lies and has fired in all directions: against the New York prosecutors (“human scum”), against Joe Biden (“the worst president in history”), against the radical left, against Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, the media... But this time also against Ron DeSantis, probably his biggest rival in the Republican primary if, as it seems, he decides to take the plunge and run.
Trump has accused DeSantis of being disloyal, has said that he is “falling like a stone” and has tried to downplay him: “Remember one thing.
Florida has been tremendously successful for many years, long before this guy became governor.
Florida was tremendously successful under Rick Scott.
Or with Charlie Christie, whether you like it or not, it was very successful.
He was a Republican at the time.
But Florida has been successful for decades.
In fact, probably more successful than he is now, ”he has stated, referring to the hypothetical rival again as DeSanctimonious, a play on words between his last name and his prude..
Except for the invocation of the assault on the Capitol, the insistence on what he considers an unfair judicial persecution and the attacks on DeSantis, the rally has been the same that Trump has been giving for more than six months, with the same apocalyptic speech, the same staging. scene, the same jokes and literally the same messages.
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