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Former President Donald Trump still has not formally announced a 2024 White House run despite most political observers believing that he will at some point this year.
That said, he released a very powerful issue-oriented video in the hours after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate, reportedly in search of classified documents.
In the video, Trump listed 18 areas that he says have deteriorated during the presidency of Joe Biden.
Per BizPac Review:
The nearly four-minute ad which Trump posted to his Truth Social platform lays out the devastation wrought by Biden and his wrecking crew both domestically with inflation and energy prices as well as the foreign debacles in Afghanistan and Ukraine, touching on censorship and the political weaponization of law enforcement that he just experienced firsthand.
Trump Drops Campaign Style Ad On Truth Social After FBI Raid https://t.co/3VvSGh0kbS
— Mr Producer (@RichSementa) August 9, 2022
“We are a nation in decline,” Trump begins as a thunderstorm rages in the background. “We are a failing nation. We are a nation that has the highest inflation in over 40 years, where the stock market just finished the worst first half of a year in more than five decades. We are a nation that has the highest energy costs in its history and we are no longer energy independent or energy dominant which we were just two short years ago.”
“We are a nation that is begging Venezuela and Saudi Arabia for oil,” Trump added. “We are a nation that surrendered in Afghanistan, leaving behind dead soldiers and American citizens and 85 billion dollars worth of the finest military equipment in the world.”
“We are a nation that allowed Russia to devastate a country, Ukraine, killing hundreds of thousands of people, and it will only get worse,” the former president continued. “We are a nation that has weaponized its law enforcement against the opposing political party like never before, we have never seen anything like this.”
“We are a nation that no longer has a free and fair press, fake news is about all you get. We are a nation where free speech is no longer allowed, where crime is rampant like never before, where the economy has been collapsing, where more people died of COVID in 2021 than in 2020,” Trump went on.
“We are a nation that is allowing Iran to build a massive nuclear weapon and China to use the trillions and trillions of dollars it’s taken from the United States to build a military to rival our own. We are a nation that over the past two years is no longer respected or listened to all around the world,” he said.
“And we are a nation that is hostile to liberty and freedom and faith. We are a nation whose economy is floundering, whose stores are not stocked, whose deliveries are not coming and whose educational system is ranked at the bottom of every list,” said Trump, adding: “We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke.”
The Washington Examiner noted:
Missing was a mention of alleged fraud in the 2020 election, an issue aides have been urging him to shelve and instead focus on bread-and-butter issues that won him the 2016 election over heavily favored Hillary Clinton.
Trump went on to issue a statement following the raid, which one former FBI agent called “unprecedented.”
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” he said.
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections,” he added. “Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.”