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Trump compares himself to Mandela and rails in opposition to Biden after submitting for New Hampshire main


Trump held a rally the place he railed in opposition to President Joe Biden’s response to the Hamas assault on Israel and vowed to construct an Iron Dome-style missile protection protect over the U.S.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump talks as New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, left, listens as he indicators papers to be on the 2024 Republican presidential main poll on the New Hampshire Statehouse, Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, in Harmony, N.H. At proper is Corey Lewandowski. AP Photograph/Charles Krupa

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump in contrast himself to anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela on Monday as he forged himself because the sufferer of federal and state prosecutors he alleges are concentrating on him and his companies for political causes.

Returning to New Hampshire to register for its presidential main, Trump held a rally the place he railed in opposition to President Joe Biden’s response to the Hamas assault on Israel and vowed to construct an Iron Dome-style missile protection protect over the U.S.

However he centered a lot of his darkish and at instances profane speech on the prison and civil instances in opposition to him, at one level suggesting he would go to jail like the previous South African president who spent 27 years in jail for opposing South Africa’s apartheid system and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

“I don’t thoughts being Nelson Mandela as a result of I’m doing it for a motive,” Trump advised am amped-up crowd of supporters at a sports activities complicated in Derry, New Hampshire. ”We’ve bought to save lots of our nation from these fascists, these lunatics that we’re coping with. They’re horrible individuals and so they’re destroying our nation.”

Trump is dealing with 4 prison indictments in addition to civil trials that span allegations that he inflated his price, misclassified hush cash funds to girls throughout his 2016 marketing campaign, illegally tried to overturn his 2020 election loss and hoarded labeled paperwork at his Mar-a-Lago membership.

The feedback got here after Trump formally filed for the first-in-the-nation main, changing into the primary one that has served as president to take action in particular person greater than as soon as.

“Vote for Trump and resolve your issues,” he wrote on the commemorative poster on the statehouse in Harmony that each one the candidates are requested to signal.

Candidates this yr have till Oct. 27 to formally join, and dozens are anticipated to take action. The method is straightforward: They solely want to fulfill the fundamental necessities to be president, fill out a one-page kind and pay a $1,000 submitting charge. In 2020, 33 Democrats and 17 Republicans signed up. The all-time excessive was 1992, when 61 individuals bought on the poll.

Trump received each the 2016 and 2020 Republican primaries in New Hampshire however misplaced the state in each normal elections.

After signing up for the 2016 contest on the primary day of the submitting interval eight years in the past, Trump despatched then-Vice President Mike Pence to file his paperwork for the 2020 contest. That was in line with a practice of different incumbents who additionally despatched surrogates, however his return on Monday was one thing new.

Additionally new was the safety surrounding his go to. Solely supporters chosen by the marketing campaign had been allowed to line the hallway to the secretary of state’s workplace on the Statehouse, and entry to the constructing was restricted.

In 2015, he used the expertise partially to boast about his private wealth.

“They wished a cashier’s test,” Trump stated. “So that is from a financial institution that’s not really as wealthy as we’re.”

On Monday, he touted his vast lead in present New Hampshire polls and famous that help for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has dropped considerably.

“Unhealthy issues are taking place, however we maintain going up,” he stated.

Later, at his rally, continued to criticize Biden’s response to the Hamas assault on Israel, calling the speech the president gave in response to the battle final Thursday night time “a grotesque betrayal of Israel” and “one of the crucial harmful and deluded speeches ever delivered from the Oval Workplace.”

He charged that Biden, in linking the threats posed by Hamas and Russia, “went earlier than the American individuals and stated that if you wish to help Israel, then you need to give a clean test” to assist Ukraine stave off Russia’s ongoing invasion.

To guard the nation, Trump stated that, if he returns to the White Home, he’ll order the development of a state-of-the-art missile protection protect over the U.S. that he stated can be “able to blasting Chinese language, Russian, and Iranian missiles out of our skies.”

“Individuals deserve an Iron Dome, and that’s what we’re going to have,” he stated, referring to Israel’s vaunted protection system, which has intercepted hundreds of missiles within the days because the assault.

Within the weeks since, Trump has been leaning into the anti-immigration rhetoric that fueled his 2016 marketing campaign, calling for an expanded Muslim journey ban and new ideological checks for immigrants. He has additionally warned that those that need to do hurt to the U.S. could also be infiltrating the nation’s southern border together with South American migrants.

He learn the lyrics of “The Snake,” a darkish tune that he’s used since his first marketing campaign as an allegory of what he says are the risks of unlawful immigration, and claimed Biden would flip the nation “right into a hotbed for jihadists and make our cities into dumping grounds resembling the Gaza Strip.”

At a information convention Monday, New Hampshire Democrats criticized Trump and predicted state voters would reject him if he turns into the GOP nominee.

“At a time when our nation confronts vital issues at house and around the globe, and when our world management is as indispensable as ever, we have to be united. However Trump is incapable of bringing us collectively,” stated U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. “We’re the Reside Free or Die State: We have now no use for a person who would overturn our elections or reward dictators. I do know that as Granite Staters and Individuals, we’ll reject Trump and we’ll win subsequent November.”

Colvin reported from Derry, New Hampshire.