Former President Donald Trump has called the United States ‘evil’ and said he would face the ‘electric chair’ if he faces the same corruption allegations that are leveled at President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“The witch hunt continues, and after 6 years and millions of pages of documents, they have nothing. If I had what Hunter and Joe had, it would be the electric chair. Our country is rigged, twisted and evil – we must bring it back, and FAST. Next stop, communism!” Trump posted Sunday morning on his Truth Social social media platform.
Trump continues to face a flurry of investigations into his businesses, conduct surrounding the 2020 presidential election and whether he improperly stored classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence. He has maintained his innocence, denouncing each case as a politically motivated “witch hunt” and has repeatedly called the Biden family corrupt.
The former president’s remarks came after the criminal trial investigating whether his personal business – The Trump Organization – committed tax evasion between 2005 and 2021 began on Monday. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has charged the Trump Organization with nine counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and other offenses including falsifying business records. The company has pleaded not guilty and Trump has not been personally charged.
In a separate post, Trump noted that the trial begins just weeks before the midterm elections, when voters will choose between Democrats and Republicans in key races that will shape the second half of Biden’s first term. The election will also serve as a benchmark for Trump’s influence among the general electorate after his endorsed candidates dominated the GOP primaries.
“There’s never been such a (criminal) case in the United States before, handcuffs for the executive, and all. Democrat ‘Peekaboo’ James also happens just before the election, a NO NO. Shameful !!!” he wrote.
Trump referenced New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil lawsuit seeking at least $250 million in reimbursement for allegedly fraudulent practices for New York taxpayers. The suit claims that the Trump family was enriched by “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” and that Trump “grossly” inflated his net worth by billions of dollars.
Lawyer Ron Filipkowski, a frequent critic of Trump, tweeted that the message indicates Trump may be “concerned” about the Trump Organization lawsuit.
“You would never know the former Trump Org CFO was testifying for the prosecution in open court this week. Someone seems worried,” he tweeted.
Trump accuses the Biden family of corruption
Trump and his allies have long accused Biden of his own corruption in Hunter Biden’s business dealings. An investigation into Hunter Biden was launched in 2018 regarding potential money laundering and campaign finance, violations of tax and foreign lobbying laws. Republicans have pledged to open more investigations if they regain a majority in Congress midterm.
The post also came as the former president faces criticism for failing to publicly condemn the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s office for comment.