In his first remarks following his arraignment Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom, former US President Donald Trump said the only crime he has ever committed is "fearlessly" defending the US and a "fake case" was brought against him to interfere with the upcoming 2024 election.
"I never thought anything like this could happen in America," Trump told his supporters in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, "The only crime I've committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it."
"This fake case was brought only to interfere with the upcoming 2024 election — and it should be dropped immediately," he said.
Accusing the Democrats of attacking him “with an onslaught of fraudulent investigations,” Trump recalled his impeachment following allegations over Russia and Ukraine and allegations over President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
”And now this massive election interference at a scale never seen before in our country, beginning with the radical left, George Soros backed prosecutor Alvin Bragg of New York, who campaigned on the fact that he would get President Trump,” he continued.
Trump said "virtually everybody" that looked at the indictment, "including RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and even hardcore Democrats," believe that "there is no crime and that it should never have been brought."
Criticizing the Biden administration’s policies, Trump recalled the US’s “incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan,” saying it was the “most embarrassing time in our country's history.”
Trump also pointed to the threats by various countries of the use of nuclear weapons, adding that under the Biden administration's leadership, an “all-out nuclear World War III can happen.”
“We're not very far away from it, believe it or not,” he said.