Returning to New Hampshire to register for its presidential primary, former President Trump attended a rally during which he strongly criticized President Joe Biden’s handling of the Hamas attack on Israel and pledged to establish a missile defense system akin to the Iron Dome to safeguard the United States. But, what really stood out to some was Trump once again mentioning that he could go to jail.
Donald Trump likened himself to late South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandel — while also fantasizing about punching President Biden — during a lively campaign outing in New Hampshire on Monday, writes The New York Post.
Trump — who is battling charges he tried to thwart the 2020 US presidential election — implied that he wasn’t fazed about the threat of getting tossed behind bars like Mandela, who spent years in prison over his opposition to apartheid in his country.
“If you want to challenge the result of an election, they hound you,” Trump bemoaned during an event in Derry after formally filing to enter the state’s GOP presidential primary race.
“But we don’t get scared — we don’t get scared. I’ll tell you what, I don’t mind being Nelson Mandela, because I’m doing it for a reason,” Trump said.
Trump has clearly had a potential prison sentence on his mind as of late. During a recent campaign event in Iowa, the former president stated that he would be “willing to go to jail, if that’s what it takes for our country to win and become a democracy again.”
The former president faces over 90 charges related to his actions after the 2020 election. The rally comes on the heels out of Fulton County, Georgia, where two of his former attorneys, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Kenneth Chesebro, made plea deals that require them to testify at the trials of their co-defendants, which could include Trump.
During his speech, the Republican frontrunner took on Joe Biden’s stance on the wars in Israel and Ukraine. “Four days ago, crooked Joe Biden gave one of the most dangerous and deluded speeches ever delivered from the Oval Office. It was [a] disaster. Crooked Joe went before the American people and said that if you want to support Israel, then you have to give a blank check for the proxy war also in Ukraine, having to do with Russia and Ukraine.”
“Joe Biden’s speech was a grotesque betrayal of Israel and a confused mess of neocon warmongering and American-last lunacy,” the former president continued. “Pushing conflict abroad and distracting from his many disasters at home.”
The Washington Examiner noted, “The Biden administration has requested a $106 billion foreign aid package from Congress in the wake of the Oct. 7 surprise Hamas attack against Israel launching war in the Middle East. The package includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine in its war against Russia and $14.3 billion for Israel, which Trump opposes.
During his speech, Trump mocked Biden, claiming he ‘can’t even walk up the children’s stairs on Air Force One,’ mocked television networks for commenting on Biden’s Israel speech and State of the Union address, then later slammed progressive Democrats who have expressed sympathy for Gaza such as Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as ‘crazy.’
The former president stated he would avert a world war, impose sanctions on Iran, unlock American energy, and reinstate his controversial 2017 ban on countries with Muslim majorities if he were reelected. ‘I will immediately reinstate all sanctions on the murderous Iranian regime. We have to do that until we have a deal,’ Trump said. ‘If you will not enforce sanctions against Iran, then you do not stand with Israel. It’s that simple.'”
According to polls, Trump holds a significant lead in the Granite State. A recent survey showed Trump beating his strongest challenger, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, by over 20 percent.