This past weekend, former President Donald Trump explained that if Joe Biden “is too mentally incompetent to convict at a trial,” then he is not capable of serving as the President of the United States. Trump’s comments follow the findings of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report, which expressed concern over Biden’s memory and elderly age.
Trump made the statements at a massive, energetic Conway, South Carolina rally. In a couple of weeks, the leading Republican presidential candidate is set to take on former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, where the polls indicate Trump will win a decisive victory.
“The special counsel’s report tries to let Biden off by claiming that he is too mentally incompetent to convict at a trial,” Trump told the crowd of supporters, suggesting the president is not fit to lead the nation. “‘I’m not going to charge him with a crime, but it’s okay for him to become Commander in Chief’ – think of that one.” Trump added, “But we know that Joe Biden has always been too mentally incompetent.”
Special Counsel Robert Hur was investigating Biden on his mishandling of highly classified information about the U.S. military and foreign policy. According to reports, Biden had the documents sitting in his garage at his Delaware home.
However, the special counsel ultimately determined insufficient evidence to take the case to trial and bring criminal charges. Additionally, the report’s conclusion was partly influenced by concerns surrounding Biden’s deteriorating cognitive capabilities and his status as a “well-meaning” elderly man.
“We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the report states. “Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt.”
Trump pointed out that while Joe Biden is walking away with no official criminal charges, commentary from an official DOJ special counsel report questioning his mental capacity and age is going to have damning consequences for his campaign. “Crooked Joe got off scot-free,” Trump said before quipping, “and I don’t know if you call it scot-free; they said he was a mental basket case.”
Trump proceeded to sound off on the legal battles he is still fighting ahead of the presidential election later this year. “Biden’s thugs are still trying to put me in jail on fake charges for crimes that they openly admit that Crooked Joe did. He actually did these crimes,” the former president added.
However, Trump made it clear he did not wish ill upon President Biden, maintaining he would not seek revenge against him and his administration if elected for a second term in the White House later this year. “Now, I’m not looking for anything to happen to this guy. He wouldn’t know the difference,” Trump said, explaining there would be “no revenge” if he wins the general election. “But this is selective political persecution. Not prosecution – persecution.”
Watch footage of the South Carolina rally below:
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