|“Bill Clinton lost the nuclear codes,” said Trump. “Joe Biden broke the law in many ways, we’re finding out, and so far has not gotten indicted.”
Trump repeatedly referenced the bribery allegations against Biden, which were reported to the FBI by a confidential source in 2020. That matter has recently come to the attention of congressional Republicans, who have said that a “highly credible” source told national law enforcement that Biden received a $5 million bribe from Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden. These allegations have not been confirmed.
The idea that Biden, Clinton, and other political figures have committed crimes and not faced justice is the central theme of Trump’s public defense—and the most common line of attack being deployed by Trump’s Republican allies—though this will matter very little from a legal standpoint: No judge or jury will weigh the purported Deep State’s treatment of some other political figure when passing judgment on whether Trump broke the law.
During his remarks at Bedminster, Trump promised his supporters that he would return to the White House in 2024 and finally purge the federal government of the tyrants who have pursued them.
“We will obliterate the deep state, and we know who they are,” said Trump. “They want to take away my freedom because I will never let them take away your freedom. They want to silence me because I will never let them silence you. They’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you—I’m just standing in their way.”
It’s a line from a popular pro-Trump meme that the former president evidently enjoys.