Former President Donald Trump is widening his rebuke of Democrats beyond mocking President Joe Biden’s cognitive difficulties, saying Dem California Governor Gavin Newsom is jumping in with a phony presidential campaign.
“Gavin has become Crooked Joe Biden’s top surrogate, I think, because he doesn’t think Biden is going to make it,” said Trump at the California Republican convention in Anaheim, California, Friday in a speech.
“That’s why he’s doing it. He doesn’t think he’s going to make it,” said Trump.
According to Trump, President Biden’s embarrassing on-stage moments and apparent cognitive decline might ultimately force him out and open things up for another Democrat candidate.
“And it won’t be him so easy: he’s gonna have a big fight, however, because there will be a lot of Democrats competing,” Trump continued. “It’s going to be very interesting, but let’s see. Look, come people say Biden is going to make it. Does anybody think he’s going to make it to the starting gate?”
The former president used some physical mockery of a confused Biden to entertain the California GOP fall convention crowd.
“I mean, the guy can’t find his way off of a stage,” mocked Trump. “Look, here’s a stage; here’s the stage; I’ve never seen this stupid stage before. Right? I’ve never seen it. But, if I walk left, there’s a stair, and if I walk right, there’s a stair. And this guy gets up. ‘Where am I?’”
Former President Trump rebuked the president’s resorting to what he calls a weaponization of justice to indict his main political rival. He quoted Democrat New York Attorney General Letitia James’ crude vow to get Trump and “indict the mother*****.”
“What they’ve done is they’ve gone after opponents, so that if you become president or some other job, but if you become president and you don’t like somebody, or if somebody’s beating you by 10, 15, or 20 points like we’re doing with Crooked Joe Biden: ‘Let’s indict him,’” said Trump to wild cheers.
Trump says Biden has brought U.S. politics to all-new lows
The former president maintained Biden has brought American politics to all-new lows, having said the weaponization of justice has made him take the “gloves off.”
“Nah, he’s terrible, terrible,” said Trump. “You know, I’m much tougher on him than I used to be. Out of respect for the office, I was never like, ‘He’s the most corrupt president we’ve ever had,’ but when they indicted me, and then again and again and again.”
“I was never indicted; now I’m setting records: Al Capone was not indicted so much. Alphonse Capone. If you looked at Al Capone in the wrong way, he’d kill you. He was not indicted like me,” continued Trump.
“But I used to talk relatively nicely about him,” said Trump, and pivoted back to Biden. “I wouldn’t go out of my way; I wouldn’t say the things I say now. Now, I’m just all in because these people are bad, and they’re dangerous. And we have to stop it. I wouldn’t say what I say now. I never did. I joke I’d have a little fun with it. Ultimately, Biden is the “worst president in history” and “the most corrupt president in history, and I call him the most incompetent president.”
Trump continued, “Other than that, he’s doing a fabulous job, I think, ladies and gentlemen.”
In other parts of the speech, the former president vowed to get tough on crime, an issue that has been raging beyond the governor’s control in the Golden State.
“We will immediately stop all of the pillaging and theft,” vowed Trump. “Very simply: If you rob a store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store.”
The crowd cheered wildly, with the conservative crowd appreciating the law-and-order toughness.
“We will reverse the decline of America, and we will end the desecration of your once great state, California,” said Trump. “This is not a great state anymore. This is a dumping ground. You’re a dumping ground. The world is being dumped into California. Prisoners. Terrorists. Mental patients.”
A victory in California would move a GOP presidential candidate closer to the nomination, with 169 delegates at stake. A recent rule change could give the former president, who is dominating the primary, an advantage. If he wins over 50% of the vote, he would be awarded each of the state’s delegates.
A Public Policy Institute of California voter survey released on Wednesday but conducted in late August and early September found former President Trump with support for almost half of the likely GOP primary voters. Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis was far back, at 14%, with the remainder of the field lagging in single digits.