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Donald Trump embarks on campaign with rally in Waco

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Donald TrumpNotwithstanding the criminal investigations that have been launched against him, Donald Trump is continuing with his presidential campaign.

The decision could put the United States in a political and legal conundrum.

Campaign rally

On Saturday, Donald Trump held his first official 2024 campaign rally.

The former president screamed against “prosecutorial malpractice” during a rally in Waco, Texas.

During several investigations in New York, Georgia, and Washington, Trump has maintained his innocence.

Despite the absence of evidence, Donald Trump claimed the probes were politically motivated attempts to derail his presidential campaign in 2024 because of the Waco event.

“Prosecutorial misconduct is their new tool, and they’re willing to use it at levels never seen before in our country,” said Trump.

“We’ve had it, but we’ve never had it like this.”

“We must stop them and we must not allow them to go through another election where they have yet another tool in their tool kit.”

The phrase “Witch hunt” was printed on banners held up by supporters.

“Our opponents have done everything they can to crush our spirit and break our will,” he said.

“But they’ve failed. They’ve only made us stronger.”

The Waco Regional Airport occasion was reminiscent of Trump’s presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, which laid the basis for his 2024 vision.

The location

Donald Trump’s rally was held in Waco, Texas, 30 years after federal and state police raided the Branch Davidian doomsday cult’s headquarters in Waco.

86 people were murdered during the 51-day siege.

It has subsequently become a symbol of government overreach for the radical right.

Trump made no mention of the siege at the ceremony, but a spokesperson said Waco was chosen because of its central position, allowing it to reach numerous Texan population areas.

“This is the ideal location to have as many supporters from across the state and in neighboring states to attend this historic rally,” said Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Donald Trump.


Donald Trump’s return to his favorite event raises many issues.

A hush money payment for a ten-year-old disagreement in New York is being investigated by the court.

Likewise, Georgia is looking into his attempts to nullify the 2020 presidential election.

Apart from Trump’s attempts to steal the 2020 presidential election, Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith is investigating hidden documents discovered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Finally, the former president is being investigated for his participation in the January 6, 2021 insurgency.

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The hush money & documents

Alvin Bragg, a Manhattan District Attorney investigating Trump’s alleged involvement in the Stormy Daniels hush money case, believes the probe is nearing completion.

Yet, Donald Trump anticipated his arrest on the social media network Truth Social, warning that it might result in bloodshed and ruin for the United States.

Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, admitted to paying a woman $130,000 to keep the romance hidden before the 2016 election.

Trump has repeatedly denied the affair, and he reaffirmed his denial on Saturday night, denigrating Daniels.

Evan Corcoran, Donald Trump’s defense attorney, appeared before a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday.

He was expected to provide information on the sensitive materials inquiry, which Trump failed to keep secret.

A federal judge ordered six of Trump’s aides to come before a grand jury as part of the criminal investigation into attempts to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Ron DeSantis & other leaders

During his speech in Waco, Donald Trump slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis looks to be considering a presidential run, and early polls indicate he may be a formidable opponent.

Trump attributed Desantis’ victory in the 2018 Florida governor’s election to him.

Despite a weaker-than-expected Republican national performance, DeSantis was easily re-elected in 2022.

Trump said that prior Republican governors had kept Florida prosperous for decades and that he deserved little credit.

Furthermore, he noted that DeSantis was particularly aggressive in terms of public safety measures during the outbreak’s early phases.

According to the previous president, Republic executives in South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee did better.

“I’m not a big fan,” Trump said about DeSantis.

“He’s a disciple of Paul Ryan. That’s why he wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare.”

During the event, Donald Trump commended Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on their meeting in Moscow.

He described them as “intelligent individuals” debating the world order of the twenty-first century, calling it “one of the saddest things you can imagine.”

“I get along with Putin,” said Trump, revealing he regularly talked about Ukraine.

“He wanted a piece. Now, it looks like he’ll probably end up getting the whole thing.”