Former President Donald Trump told supporters at his rally in Hialeah, Fla., on Wednesday night — in direct competition with the third Republican presidential debate — that he wears each indictment as “a great badge of honor “.
The 45th president — who has been indicted four times since April, including twice by President Joe Biden’s Justice Department — told thousands of people that he was being indicted for those actions.
“Every time I am indicted, I consider it a great honor, because I am indicted for YOU.” — President Trump in Hialeah, Florida
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“Every time I’m indicted, I consider it a great honor because I’m indicted for you,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “I am indicted for you, and never forget that our enemies want to take away my freedom, because I will never, ever let them take away your freedom. I won’t let that happen.
“They want to silence me because I will never let them silence you. I will never let them do it. And at the end of the day, they’re not after me, they’re after you. I happen to get in their way,” Trump added.
The 45th president faces two indictments from DOJ special counsel Jack Smith – one alleging he took classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his presidency and the other arising from the election protest of his 2020 campaign and the January 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol.
He also faces two state-level cases. The first was prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office alleging 34 counts of business fraud, and the other was from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office alleging racketeering in connection with the 2020 electoral protest.
He has been charged with 91 counts in the four cases and faces a maximum sentence of 717.5 years in prison if convicted on all counts, as noted by Staff Writer Joel Pollak head of Breitbart News. For reference, that’s almost three times the length of time the United States has existed.
“Even this stupid lawsuit going on in New York – which has been totally discredited, everyone has been discredited – all of this is coming from the White House,” Trump said. “It’s to discourage people from voting. It’s to hurt us.
“The only difference is that we have a big voice. We are a very big voice,” he added. “This is the biggest movement in the history of politics, and we have a big voice, and we’re not going to let them get away with this.”