Election campaign: Trump compares Biden government to the Gestapo

At a fundraising event, the Republican once again lashed out violently against US President Biden and used radical rhetoric. This is by no means unusual for the 77-year-old.

Former US President Donald Trump has compared the current government under President Joe Biden to the Gestapo. “These people are running a Gestapo government,” Trump said on Saturday (local time) at a private fundraising event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, US media reported, citing audio recordings and witness statements. The Secret State Police (Gestapo) was the political police of the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945.

The Nazi comparison is said to have been part of a longer tirade in which Trump accused the Biden government of being behind the four criminal proceedings that are now underway against him in various states. “In their opinion, this is the only way to win,” Trump (77) added.

This is how Trump justifies his choice of words

Trump wants to run again in the presidential election in November against the Democratic incumbent Biden (81). During the election campaign, Trump regularly uses radical rhetoric, uses hateful and dehumanizing language, makes racist statements and incites against minorities. He justifies his choice of words, claiming that they make people think about important issues.

The Republican governor of the US state of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, who himself had presidential ambitions and is now considered one of Trump's possible vice presidential candidates, defended his party colleague. Burgum was present at the event in Mar-a-Lago and told CNN on Sunday that Trump's brief statement came in the middle of a 90-minute speech without a teleprompter and was not really central to the address. Burgum argued that it was understandable that Trump felt unfairly treated and “some frustration” about the legal proceedings against him.

Several legal proceedings against Trump

Trump is currently on trial in New York in connection with hush money payments to a porn star. It is the first criminal trial against a former US president in the history of the United States. The 77-year-old is also accused in other cases – with much more serious allegations – and sees any legal action against him as politically motivated. Even after a possible conviction and even in the event of a prison sentence, Trump is likely to run in the presidential election.

The Republican is currently still busy choosing which deputy he wants to go into the election with. At the event in Mar-a-Lago, Trump gathered various possible candidates around him. According to his campaign team, Burgum, Senators Tim Scott and JD Vance, Representative Elise Stefanik and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy were among those on stage with him.

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