Key Moments From Donald Trump’s South Carolina Speech

Former president Donald Trump continued to rail towards the felony fees he’s going through throughout a speech at a GOP fundraiser on Saturday.

The occasion in Columbia, South Carolina, got here after Trump appeared in court docket on Thursday and pleaded not responsible to fees stemming from the Division of Justice’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. He faces fees together with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to hinder Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Opinion polls present Trump is the frontrunner within the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

In his speech on Saturday, he continued his assaults on Particular Counsel Jack Smith, who introduced the fees. He additionally referred to as on Republicans within the Senate to “step up and do one thing” to assist him.

Former President Donald Trump speaks on the 56th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner hosted by the South Carolina Republican Celebration in Columbia, South Carolina, on August 5, 2023. Trump continued to rail towards the felony fees he’s going through throughout his speech on the GOP fundraiser.
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Smith has additionally charged Trump with illegally maintaining categorised paperwork at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida and refusing authorities calls for to present them again.

State prosecutors in New York have charged Trump with falsifying enterprise data about hush cash funds allegedly made to former grownup movie star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal earlier than the 2016 election.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in all of the instances and characterised the prosecutions as efforts to harm his 2024 presidential marketing campaign.

‘Deranged’ Jack Smith

Trump claimed he’s solely underneath investigation by particular counsel Jack Smith as a result of he’s beating Biden within the polls.

“If I wasn’t, we would not be underneath investigation by deranged Jack Smith. He is a deranged human being,” Trump mentioned. “You check out that face, you say that man is a sick man. There’s something mistaken with him.”

‘A canopy-up’

Trump additionally claimed that the fees towards him had been dropped at distract from Biden’s wrongdoing.

“Each time extra Biden corruption is uncovered, his henchmen indict me as a result of they wish to knock out the unhealthy publicity,” he mentioned. “Every time they’ve one thing large occurring they put one other indictment or a particular indictment. It is referred to as a cover-up.”

‘Do one thing’

Trump called on Senate Republicans to “do something” to assist him struggle felony fees.

“What they’re doing with this election interference and the Senate has to step up and do one thing. The Home is doing a variety of issues,” he mentioned.

He then instructed that Democrats “have one thing on Mitch McConnell.”

Newsweek has contacted Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell’s workplace for remark.

‘Great suds’

Trump additionally took the time to complain at size about what he views as sub-par water stress in showerheads— one thing he has performed earlier than.

“I’ve this beautiful head of hair…once I take a bathe, I need water to pour down on me,” he mentioned.

“While you go into these new houses with showers, the water drips down slowly, slowly. You’ve gotten suds, lovely good great suds…Proctor and Gamble. All that c*** that they promote…It takes you 10 minutes to clean your hair.”