(This story was republished with permission from USA Features News.)
Former President Donald Trump told a packed venue in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday night that the 2020 election was the “greatest crime” in the country’s history while warning that he believes the country is trending towards “a Communist system.”
The event, which was carried live on Newsmax TV but few other networks, was billed as the 'Rally for Election Integrity” and was sponsored by Turning Point USA, a group focused on bringing conservative ideas to college campuses.
Noting that Democrats cannot “win elections without cheating; there’s no way,” the former president predicted that an ongoing audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County will show a level of fraud or discrepancy that will overshadow his roughly 11,000-vote loss to President Joe Biden.
“The preliminary numbers are a total disaster, and we’re going to go over those numbers,” he said. “The facts are coming out. The truth is being uncovered and the crime of the century is being fully exposed.”
Trump also hit back against “cancel culture” and said that America was marching towards Communism.
“Just so you understand, you know, we talk about cancel culture. The biggest thing that they want canceled is they don’t want you talking about the election that just took place because they say, ‘holy sh*t, they caught us,'” Trump said.
“We are at the beginning of a Communist system,” Trump intoned. “Radicals are seizing power and destroying everything we hold dear as Americans, and it’s happening, and I said it was going to happen.
“They dismantled the rule of law, censor speech, take over the free press, imprison political opponents – you see that’s happening all over; look at what I’ve been through for years – and, of course, hold fake phony elections,” he continued.
“It was recently revealed that during the hand recount in Fulton County [Georgia], Joe Biden had batches of ballots go for him: 100% for Biden, nothing for Trump. I got nothing. You get nothing. Give me one vote. One vote. Even Fidel Castro only got 99%, okay?” said Trump.
At another point, the former president also lauded Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward while lambasting GOP Gov. Doug Ducey.
“She is she’s really a fighter, and she fights; your governor who doesn’t do a damn thing,” Trump said. “I mean, she’s fighting. He doesn’t do a damn thing.
“I called up, Kelli recently, I said, ‘why wouldn’t the governor want an audit?’ Maybe everything will prove to be correct, which we know won’t happen.”
“Why wouldn’t somebody want election integrity? Why wouldn’t they want to know? And I would be very happy – won’t happen – but I would be very happy if they did it and everything was perfect. But you’re not going to find that,” he continued.
Trump also lashed out at several changes to voting laws made ahead of the Nov. 3 election allegedly to accommodate for the COVID-19 pandemic but without approval from state legislatures.
“How about those drop boxes,” Trump said, many of which were used in heavily Democratic districts. “Where they were coming in? And Biden was getting 97% of the vote? No, I don’t think so.”
“It’s no wonder that Joe Biden in the radical Democrats are going absolutely crazy, screaming about voting rights, ranting about democracy. They want democracy. And resisting every effort to look into the massive fraud in 2020,” he added.
Towards the end of his nearly two-hour speech. Trump praised the raucous crowd and the MAGA movement.
“Our movement is driven by a love for America and an ironclad faith in the American people,” Trump said. “I have that faith, and you have that faith, we are not fighting for socialism, communism. We’re not fighting for servitude; we’re fighting for God, for country, and we’re fighting for freedom.
“We know in our veins that our American inheritance was passed down to us by generations of patriots who gave everything they had: Their sweat, their blood and even their very lives to build America into the most powerful nation in the history of the world,” he continued.
“And we are not going to let it be taken away from us by a small group of radical left Marxist maniacs. So my fellow Americans, our movement is the greatest in American history. There has never been a movement like we have had,” he said.
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