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‘Rigged’: Trump attacks judge and courts in first post-conviction rally

www.theguardian.com ‘Rigged’: Trump attacks judge and courts in first post-conviction rally

Ex-president in Arizona warns appeal courts to ‘step up and straighten things out’ and insists he committed no crimes

‘Rigged’: Trump attacks judge and courts in first post-conviction rally

Ex-president in Arizona warns appeal courts to ‘step up and straighten things out’ and insists he committed no crimes

In his first campaign rally after being convicted of 34 felonies, former president Donald Trump recalled how he just went through a “rigged” trial with a “highly conflicted” judge despite there being “no crime”.

The court cases Trump faces have become a mainstay of his campaigning throughout the last year, where he frequently tells his followers that the charges are a form of election interference and designed to tamp down the Maga movement.

“Those appellate courts have to step up and straighten things out, or we’re not going to have a country any longer,” he said.

Trump spoke at a Turning Point Action event in sweltering Phoenix, at Dream City church, a megachurch where he and Turning Point have held rallies in the past. The extreme heat led to some waiting outside for the venue to open to need medical attention for heatstroke.

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