Ex-President Donald Trump made some comments on the right-wing propaganda outlet Newsmax on Tuesday night which harbinger the dark timbre that is likely to define his potential bid for the White House in 2024. Speaking with his one-time Press Secretary Sean Spicer – who promulgated Trump’s false claims about the size of his inauguration crowd and who once famously hid in the Rose Garden bushes to evade reporters – Trump suggested that President Joe Biden is not really in charge and that the United States may not exist by the time the next election cycle rolls around.
Biden is “the opposite” and “worse than [former President Barack] Obama,” Trump said. “Of course Obama’s probably running the government now anyway, according to many.”
Trump did not specify who else is claiming that Obama is secretly wielding presidential power. He then repeated his “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“The people of our country respect us. They love our country and they want to see our country succeed, and our country has gone really downhill in the last eight months like nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump – who unleashed a pandemic and was impeached for inciting an insurrection against the federal government – said. “And you go to these elections coming up in ’22 and ’24, we’re not going to have a country left. The election was rigged and we’re not going to have a country left in three years, I’ll tell you that.”
That was apparently enough for Spicer, who then ended the call.
“You’ve been very generous with your time, thank you for that,” Spicer replied.
If this is the tone Trump is already taking, 2024 will assuredly be very dark indeed.
Watch below via Vox‘s Aaron Rupar:
this guy's 2024 campaign is going to be so bleak pic.twitter.com/hH6PYZtNBi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2021
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