Trump Warns Of ‘Anarchy’ if US Re-elects Biden, Vows To Crush Incumbent
Donald Trump vowed Thursday to “crush” Joe Biden in the 2024 election, warning in his first campaign stop since his successor entered the race that the United States will descend into “anarchy” if the Republican billionaire isn’t returned to office.
The defiant address at a hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, came with the twice-impeached former president’s legal woes multiplying, as a writer who accuses Trump of rape testified for a second day at a civil trial in New York.
“The choice in this election is now between strength or weakness, between success or failure, between safety or anarchy, between peace or conflict, and prosperity or catastrophe,” Trump told a relatively-modest crowd of around 1,500 supporters.
“We are living in a catastrophe. With your vote on November 5, 2024, we are going to crush Joe Biden and the White House… at the ballot box, and we are going to settle our unfinished business.”
READ ALSO: Ex-US VP, Mike Pence Testifies In Trump Insurrection Probe
It was Trump’s first appearance since January in the Granite State, which propelled him to victory in the 2016 Republican nominating contest after a shaky start in Iowa.
Biden, 80, announced Tuesday he would seek a second term in 2024, warning that the next election, like the last, would be a “battle for the soul.”
Many top Republicans say Trump, 76, is positioning himself to lose again after leading Republicans to poor showings in the 2020 general election and in the last two midterm cycles.
“Republicans want someone who can win in November of ’24. Donald Trump is a loser,” New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who is said to be mulling a rival presidential bid, told NBC on Sunday.
READ ALSO: US Tornado, Storms Leave Six Dead As Biden Pays Visit
– ‘Crashing and burning’ –
Nine Republicans in the US Senate have endorsed the billionaire, but others are warning that prosecutions enmeshing Trump might undermine their hopes of taking the upper chamber of Congress back from the Democrats next year.
Trump is being sued for battery and defamation in civil proceedings in New York, accused of raping writer E Jean Carroll in 1996, and has been indicted over a 2016 hush money payment to a porn star in a criminal case likely to stretch well into election year.
He also faces the possibility of charges from the Department of Justice and Georgia prosecutors in cases involving his attempts to overthrow the 2020 election and his hoarding of government documents.
Yet Trump has consistently maintained double-digit leads in Republican primary polling, running far ahead of his nearest likely rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom he described in his New Hampshire speech as “crashing and burning.”
READ ALSO: biBiden, 80, To Undergo Medical Checkup Ahead Reelection Bid
Trump, who denies all wrongdoing, angrily denounced the “endless witch hunts” against him, as he invariably does in public remarks.
In a wide-ranging speech that included a rare Q&A and ran to more than 100 minutes, Trump revisited much of his favourite territory, from making false claims about fraud in the 2020 election to smearing his rivals.
He told supporters he was retiring the “Crooked” nickname he uses for long time foe Hillary Clinton and giving it to Biden instead.
“With such a calamitous presidency, it’s almost inconceivable that Biden would have even thought of running for re-election,” Trump said.
Govs Back Tinubu On Subsidy Removal
State Governors on Wednesday expressed strong support for President Bola Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy payments in the country and other early policy initiatives of the administration.
The governors, under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, expressed their support to President Tinubu during the first meeting the President was having with them at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The state chief executives, who took turns to speak at the meeting were led by the NGF Chairman and governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who expressed happiness with the President’s subsidy-removal decision, all-inclusive leadership and statesmanship.
They congratulated President Tinubu for tackling the fuel subsidy behemoth, promising to work with him to ameliorate the short-term impact of the decision.
President Tinubu had earlier called on the governors to collaborate with the Federal Government in tackling the menace of poverty in the country, saying the level of impoverishment was unacceptable.
READ Court Admits Final Results In LP, Obi’s Petition
The President advised the political leaders to downplay their differences and jointly focus on alleviating the sufferings and pains of the people.
“We can see the effects of poverty on the faces of our people. Poverty is not hereditary, it is from the society. Our position is to eliminate poverty. Set aside partisan politics, we are here to deliberate about Nigeria and nation-building,’’ he said.
President Tinubu stated that the nation should be seen as one big family.
“We are a family occupying one house, and sleeping in different rooms. If we see it that way and push forward, we will get our people out of poverty. A determined mind is a fertile ground for delivering on results,’’ he added.
The President said good governance would safeguard the future of democracy.
READ ALSO: Presidential Tribunal: Peter Obi Tenders Results Of 8 More States In evidence
“Present in this room is our diversity in culture and politics, but we are one nation. The unity and stability of the country rest upon us.
“We are in a democracy and we have to nurture the democracy. It is a hard-earned system and not easy to manage. If anyone thinks it is easy, look at other nations that are over a hundred years in democracy.
“We have managed ourselves very well to have a democracy. We have campaigned and arrived at our present destination. We must work for our people,’’ President Tinubu told the governors while assuring them that he would maintain an open-door policy.
The President said he was prepared to share ideas, strengthen institutions, and create bottom-up frameworks that will improve the livelihood of Nigerians.
“What do we do in the face of crushing poverty? What do we do with our development goals? We took the bull by the horns by removing the elephant in the room before the nation sinks.
“We need synergy to fight other vices like corruption. We are trying to get smugglers out of the way. How do we work together to galvanize the economy, and put resources in place? We must think and perform.
“After removing subsidy, there must be savings accruing to the Federation Account,’’ he noted.
READ ALSO: Tribunal: How Peter Obi Rigged Out Atiku In Anambra – Witness
President Tinubu said the education sector must be improved as part of efforts to reduce poverty and penury:
“How do we address the unacceptable level of poverty? How much are we investing in education, which is the only tool against poverty? I am ready to collaborate with you.’’
The President also drew attention to the security problems in some states, admonishing the governors that all efforts should be put in place to tackle the security situation, without thinking it’s only for those facing it.
The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRasaq, thanked the President for the invitation to deliberate on the challenges of poverty and security, promising that the governors would support the Federal Government in meeting the targets of human development.
“The NGF will follow the tradition of working constitutionally and harmoniously with you,’’ he said.
The meeting, which was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima and new Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, had 22 governors and two deputy governors from Edo and Niger States, in attendance.
The governors made suggestions highlighting the plight of citizens in their states, assuring the President of their support in proffering solutions through the National Economic Council.
3 Months After Arriving UK, Nigerian Masters Student Arrested For Allegedly [email protected] Minors
A Nigerian man identified as Cyril Kenneth has been arrested by the police after being accused of dating minors in Belfast, UK.
According to a video shared by Warriors of Children, Kenneth who arrived in February for his Masters degree, was arrested after multiple children between the ages of 14 and 15 reported him with evidence of him gr%oming and s£x¥ally hara§§ing them.
In the text messages he had with some of the victims, Kenneth sent his unsolicited indecent pictures, asked some of them for their house addresses, invited one of them to his house for s+x, amongst other di§turbing messages.
READ ALSO: New York Residents Urged To Stay Indoors As Canada’s Wildfires Pollute Air
The suspect, however, confessed to the crime and blamed it on temptation from the devil.
He said he contacted the kids because he needed friends as he was new to the country. He was subsequently handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Nicki Minaj Sued For Allegedly Damaging Borrowed Jewellery
American rapper, Nicki Minaj has been dragged to court over alleged unpaid bills for custom jewellery.
A West Hollywood jeweller, Roseark Jewellery store, is suing the rapper after she damaged some bling they loaned her.
Meanwhile, Nicki’s attorney said she’s not responsible, claiming the jeweller is just using her for publicity.
According to a new lawsuit, Nicki’s stylist, Brett Alan Nelson, signed a contract with Roseark Jewellery Store, with Roseark agreeing to loan Nicki jewellery for a public appearance.
The store also said the contract called for Brett to return the bling within a week and pay for any damages the jewellery might incur under his watch.
READ ALSO: How Nigeria Can Repay Its Debts Within 90 Days – Jimoh Ibrahim
However, Nicki’s stylist failed to return 66 pieces of jewellery by the agreed-upon deadline, and, when he finally did, there was noticeable damage to a set of earrings and a leaf ring.
A source close to Nicki told TMZ that everything was returned on time as promised, and it was only after items had been in the jeweller’s possession for some time that the store complained about a missing stone.
After Meeting Tinubu, Oil Marketers Declare Support For Fuel Subsidy Removal
ASUU: Ngige Blasts House Chairman On Tertiary Education
Govs Back Tinubu On Subsidy Removal
Communal Clash Claims Seven, Injures Scores In Delta
BREAKING: COVID-19 Heath Workers Block Hospital Management Board’s Entrance, Demand Payment Of Allowances In Edo
Edo Guber: ‘Oshiomhole’s Triumphant Entry Has Left You In Trauma, Demoralised,’ APC Mocks PDP
Business1 week ago
BREAKING: NNPCL Confirms Increase In Fuel Pump Price
News1 week ago
BREAKING: AIT Chairman Raymond Dokpesi Is Dead
Headline6 days ago
President Biden Falls On Air Force Stage
News4 days ago
Fuel Subsidy Removal: Embrace Bicycle – FRSC Urges Nigerians
Metro5 days ago
JUST IN:Yahaya Bello Escapes Death As Gunmen Attack His Convoy, Injure Security Aides
News1 week ago
[BREAKING] Adegoke’s Death: Court Sentences Adedoyin To Death By Hanging
News4 days ago
EFCC Seals Off Abuja, Rivers Properties Of Delta Federal Lawmaker-elect Over Corruption Allegations
Headline1 week ago
FULL TEXT: President Tinubu’s Inaugural Speech