Former President Donald Trump described himself as “the most persecuted person” in the history of the United States on Friday night.
Trump made his declaration during a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he pointed to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into any possible ties that his 2016 campaign had to the Russian government. The former president called it the “Russia, Russia, Russia scam” and said that the media knew it was “fake news,” adding that such an investigation “could only happen to me.”
“We are standing up against some of the most menacing forces, entrenched interests, and vicious opponents our people have ever seen,” Trump said. “A friend of mine recently said that I was the most persecuted person in the history of our country. When I thought about it, I actually felt that he may very well be right.”
Trump said the biggest threat to the U.S. was “the sick, sinister, and evil people from within our country” and that the “corrupt establishment” was attacking him in order to preserve its “power and control over the American people.”
The former president stated that if he renounced his belief, agreed to stay silent, and stayed in his basement “like Joe Biden did,” his persecution would immediately stop.
“That’s what they want me to do and it would all be very nice,” Trump said. “I’d have a very nice life. But I can’t do that, and I will not do that because I love our country and the people of our country. I love them so much. And I’m not doing this for me because I had a very good in luxurious life before entering the wonderful world of politics. I’m doing this for you, and it’s my honor to do it.”
Trump’s speech at the Waukesha rally comes ahead of a speech he will deliver at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, which is being held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7. Other speakers at the CPAC event include former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).