Former President Donald Trump told a room of his religious supporters that he “is being indicted for you,” and promised to overhaul the “weaponized” Department of Justice.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition gala in Washington DC on Saturday night, Trump slammed the two indictments he is currently facing as he looks to reclaim the White House in 2024.
He said he considers each new indictment against him a “badge of honor.”
“I’m being indicted for you and I believe that ‘you’ is more than 200 million people who love our country,” the former president said to applause. “This is a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.”
“They want to interfere with the upcoming election, they want to demean, insult … whatever’s necessary to win,” he added.
Trump was indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office in April on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and orchestrating hush-money payments ahead of the 2016 election.
The 45th president was then federally indicted in Florida earlier this month for mishandling classified documents that were seized by the FBI at his Mar-A-Lago estate in August.
Trump again proclaimed his innocence in both cases, dismissing the indictments as part of a “witch hunt” aimed at taking down the leading Republican candidate as he runs for president again.
If elected, he said he would “direct a completely overhauled DOJ to investigate every radical DA in America,” calling them “racists in reverse.”
The crowd erupted in chants of “USA” after he boasted “I’m probably the only person in history who was indicted and my numbers went up.”
“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. In the end they’re not after me, they’re after you and I just happen to be standing in their way,” Trump said.
Trump called President Biden “the most corrupt president in the history of our country,” citing a whistleblower’s claims that Biden’s embattled son Hunter used his father’s political position as leverage in a multi-million Chinese business deal.