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At Florida rally, Trump bashes New York charges against company, adviser

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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump reacts during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton 2/2

By Gabriella Borter

SARASOTA, Fla. (Reuters) -Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned New York prosecutors for bringing charges against his namesake company and longtime financial adviser, using a campaign-style rally to air a host of grievances.

"It's really called prosecutorial misconduct. It's a terrible, terrible thing," Trump told thousands of supporters gathered outdoors in Sarasota, Florida.

The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to what a New York prosecutor called a "sweeping and audacious" tax fraud, arising from a probe into Trump's business and its practices.

Weisselberg and other executives were accused of receiving perks and benefits such as rent-free apartments and leased cars, without reporting them properly on their tax returns. The outcome of the investigations and other lawsuits facing Trump could impact whether he decides to run again for president in 2024.

"They've mobilized every power of government to come after me, my family, my wonderful employees and my company solely because of politics," Trump told the crowd.

The rally was billed as a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks, the latest in a series of appearances as the former president tries to keep Republicans' focus on him.

Trump used his speech to denounce the policies of his successor, Democratic President Joe Biden, and repeat his false claim that he lost the 2020 election due to fraud.

He urged his supporters to back his allies in their midterm campaigns as Republicans fight to take back control of Congress from the Democratic Party next year.

Trump dwelt heavily on Biden's policies along the U.S. border with Mexico and rising crime, two issues that Republicans hope to use to their advantage in the 2022 midterm elections.

Trump's image took a beating after the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. But some 53% of Republicans believe Trump won last year's election and blame his loss on illegal voting, and one quarter of the overall public agreed Trump won, a May 17-19 Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

BUILDUP TO 2024

Trump, 75, has dangled the possibility of running for president again in 2024, and his latest rallies mark an effort to keep his base energized and in his camp.

"We are looking at the election, more than looking at it," said Trump of 2024, prompting cheers from the Sarasota crowd.

Many Republicans see an appealing option for a 2024 party nominee in Florida's 42-year-old governor, Ron DeSantis. A longtime Trump ally, DeSantis has been at the forefront of Republican-led fights against strict anti-coronavirus lockdowns, racial justice protests and expanded ballot access.

In a straw poll of potential 2024 candidates at a conservative conference in Denver in June, DeSantis finished ahead of Trump, 74% to 71%.

DeSantis' office has said the governor is focused on winning re-election in Florida next year, not aspiring to national office.

Lindsay (NYSE:LNN) Gordon, a 35-year-old Sarasota resident who works in retail, said it was her third time attending a Trump rally and she was excited to show her support for the former president. She said she hopes Trump runs again, but thought DeSantis might be a better, less-polarizing alternative.

"I think DeSantis would probably have a better opportunity seeing as he's younger," Gordon said. "Because he's still new and fresh there's still a chance to get people to understand where he's coming from. There isn't as much of this negativity."

DeSantis did not attend Trump's rally. A spokesperson said he was spending the weekend in Surfside, Florida, where rescuers have spent more than a week searching the rubble of a condo building collapse that killed at least 24 people and left scores missing.

During his speech at the rally, which lasted about 90 minutes, Trump called out by name a number of Republican politicians who he described as warriors on his behalf, including embattled U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz.

Trump did not mention DeSantis, but told Newsmax in an interview backstage that he and DeSantis had "mutually agreed" that the governor should continue to assist with the rescue and recovery operation in Surfside.

"I told him you should stay there," said Trump.

At Florida rally, Trump bashes New York charges against company, adviser
 

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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 08, 2021 5:29AM ET
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Ivanka and Jared are smart enough to keep a low profile, you just know Jared is the type that will sing like a canary just to save his own skin......
Special Forces
Special Forces Jul 05, 2021 11:09AM ET
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Giuliani needs to sue dtrump for legal representation provided
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Jul 04, 2021 8:14PM ET
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Trump should get a my pillow. He just cries all day, and really needs a nap.
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St Af Jul 04, 2021 4:22PM ET
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Second half of year to be Heads or Tails !! First half was All Fed !
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Jul 04, 2021 10:03AM ET
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“Person, woman, man, camera, tv.” - Genious Trump
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Jul 04, 2021 4:16AM ET
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Rally = Trump's Tantrum Tours
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 04, 2021 1:16AM ET
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Lies, lies, lies.I'm honest and I always played my tax on time Even it’s as little as 1000$ for the past 10 years.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jul 04, 2021 1:07AM ET
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another balanced article! I don't advocate dropping buses on Biden! I feel genuinely bad and sorry for him. guess you only see what you want to see...
Greek Fire
Greek Fire Jul 04, 2021 12:46AM ET
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For the love of Christ God needs to drop a bus on Trump's head.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 03, 2021 11:13PM ET
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Meanwhile Al Sharpton is running around owing the I.R.S 10 million dollars in back taxes.
St Af
St Af Jul 03, 2021 11:13PM ET
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Is Al a nonprofit organization?
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Jul 03, 2021 11:09PM ET
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old man tired and alone
Nathan Thurai
Nathan Jul 03, 2021 10:53PM ET
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This looser never learn, so do the worshippers..
Greek Fire
Greek Fire Jul 03, 2021 10:53PM ET
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Matt Goodwin * THE problem....can't (with an apostrophe)
Greek Fire
Greek Fire Jul 03, 2021 10:53PM ET
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Matt Goodwin You voted for one as president LOL
Mike Brooks
Mike Brooks Jul 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Fake charges, and an IRS witchhunt.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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No and no. The charges are real (and just getting started), and it's the Manhattan DA, not the IRS.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Lmao ruskie bot just saw “tax” and fires from the hip
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 03, 2021 10:28PM ET
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Reuters cannot survive without Trump.
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Jul 03, 2021 9:54PM ET
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Cant beleive how many Trump bashers are here lol. The guy you voted for can barely form sentences, and when he does, he whispers them in an extremely creepy way. Dems are a little creepy in general i guess tho.
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Jul 03, 2021 9:54PM ET
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ye much better to vote sexual predator with no conscience and no brain for high office..jeez
Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Jul 03, 2021 9:53PM ET
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can he run for president from jail? bigger loser of all time, dum.b followers keep sending money.
Light Bringer
Light Bringer Jul 03, 2021 9:47PM ET
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can't believe how much this dude loses.
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Me comment Jul 03, 2021 2:28PM ET
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over/under on number of trump lies during rally speech, over 100 as usual.
Special Forces
Special Forces Jul 03, 2021 1:08PM ET
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trump,,, manipulating his insurrectionists again... hopefully most have come to their senses.
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no they have no sense as all are quite uneducated.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jul 03, 2021 11:24AM ET
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Trump 2024. He'll be the first President in American history to win 3 elections in a row.
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Jul 03, 2021 11:24AM ET
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u mean lose 3 in a row.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 03, 2021 11:24AM ET
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Edward Chong 2 in a row
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Jul 03, 2021 10:12AM ET
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In 2024 trump wins 3 in a row
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actually will loose 2 in a row, by a bigger landslide this time.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 03, 2021 10:12AM ET
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Reuters will be one the first sued for their repeated false claims of “false claims”. So many American should sue Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, and WaPo that they are eventually bankrupt.
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Jul 03, 2021 10:12AM ET
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loooool...
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Jul 03, 2021 9:57AM ET
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I'm shocked that this rabid liberal forum allowed a pro-trump comment to slip thru, you liberal censors aren't doing your jobs. Task, tisk.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 03, 2021 9:57AM ET
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Tinfoil too tight on cranium
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 03, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Loser rally
john andre
john andre Jul 03, 2021 8:07AM ET
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God bless the true president, President Donald J Trump.
John Kochkerian
John Kochkerian Jul 03, 2021 8:07AM ET
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No, God bless a true insurrectionist, Donald Jennifer Trump
 
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