While the Democratic presidential candidates held a debate in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump was in Phoenix Wednesday night for a rally that he used to rail against law enforcement and intelligence community officials whom he believes have wronged him.
Trump slammed “dirty cop” FBI agents involved in the investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election, saying they would “be in jail for 50 years” if something similar happened to former President Barack Obama.
“There are a lot of dishonest slimeballs out there. Dishonest scum. Dirty cops, lot of dirty cops… the FBI, those guys in that are incredible, but the ones on top, they were absolute scum,” Trump told the crowd.
“And what they were trying to do, if that happened to Obama, or a Democrat, or especially a liberal Democrat, they’d be in jail for 50 years and it would have taken place two years ago already,” he said.
Trump insisted that the FBI had “spied” on his campaign, while suggesting the agency had a vendetta against him that he vowed to “never, ever excuse.”
“They spied on our campaign, remember that,” said Trump. “And after they spied, we won. And then after we won, they tried to get us out of office. It’s never happened before in the history of our country, and we can’t let that happen. We can never, ever excuse it. We can never let them get away with that.”
“We can never let them get away with that,” Trump added, lamenting that because of the Russia investigation and impeachment inquiry, “crooked politicians” have “really taken away three years away” from his presidency.
Trump also railed against Hillary Clinton, calling her “crooked as hell.” He then nodded and smiled as his fans erupted in the usual refrain of “lock her up!”
Trump calls former FBI leadership "dishonest scum," suggests they should be punished for what they did to him, then adds, "we can never let them get away with that." pic.twitter.com/vJ0NvZJfpV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020