Former President Donald Trump warned supporters to avoid going to the “Justice for J6″ rally to be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., claiming that it is essentially a no-win situation for them and Republicans in general.
“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump said, referring to the rally in an interview with The Federalist.
“If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed,” the 45th president added.
Capitol Police ordered fencing put back up around the grounds ahead of Saturday’s rally in order to provide additional security, though “intelligence suggests there will not be widespread or significant violence,” CBS News reported.
“I wouldn’t say really informed people are worried” about the threat level from the online chatter, a federal law enforcement source familiar with the rally planning told the network. “But they are taking no chances.”
In his wide-ranging interview with The Federalist, Trump also teed off on Presidents Joe Biden and George W. Bush, while reserving criticism as well for Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
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“Afghanistan is one of the worst things I think I’ve ever seen for our country,” Trump said. “To lose the young people [killed in the bomb blast] is so horrible. It’s a horrible situation.
What Biden is doing is grossly incompetent,” he added. “It’s a disgrace.”
Trump also clapped back at Bush, who used an address to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to take a veiled swipe at Trump and his supporters, calling them “children of the same foul spirit” that led the 9/11 hijackers to kill thousands of innocent American citizens.
“Bush was a disaster getting us into the Middle East. He’s the one that got us into the quicksand of the Middle East, and he didn’t win. He didn’t know how to win. I think he goes down as one of the worst presidents in history,” Trump told the outlet.
“Bush now goes around lecturing everybody about all sorts of things, and he shouldn’t be lecturing anybody, because he’s the one who got us into the mess of the Middle East,” Trump continued. “In the 20 years since, it’s been obliterated, and it’s probably in worse shape now than it’s ever been because of him.
“When Bush left the presidency, his approval rating was in the low-20s,” Trump said. “I don’t know how he was that high. There must’ve been something wrong with the poll.”
Trump also railed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“I think Mitch McConnell has proven to be a disaster,” Trump said. “He’s not good for the Republican Party as a leader, and I wish I wouldn’t have endorsed him.”
“The Senate has to make a change at some point. I don’t think it’s acceptable having him as a leader,” he continued.
The former president also remarked about the general disgust most Americans have with their political elite.
“There’s a discontent with everything having to do with politics,” Trump said about the general political situation in the country. “People are so disgusted with the way people are being treated from the Jan. 6 situation. It’s a combination of that compared to how Antifa and BLM were treated. When you compare the treatment, it is so unjust, it is so unfair. It’s disgraceful.”
He also said he would do things differently next time around if he were to serve as president again.
“Well, you’d always do things differently,” he said. “I would’ve used different people in some cases. There are some people I would not have used who I didn’t think were very good, and that’s because I wasn’t a Washington person. I know everybody now.”
While Trump had no kind words for Milley, he did say that the U.S. military was also being led by some very good leaders.
“We have great generals,” he said, adding that most Americans don’t know who they are because they don’t spend all their time on television like Milley. “We took out ISIS, Soleimani, al-Baghdadi, and we did a lot of great work.”
As for a 2024 bid, Trump was non-committal, as usual.
“Well a lot of people want me to, but I won’t be announcing anything on that until the appropriate time,” he said.
Syndicated with permission from USA Features News.