Former President Donald J. Trump again called himself “the most persecuted person in our country’s history” at a meeting in Wisconsin, lamenting that the extensive investigation and criticism of his actions “could only happen to me.”
Mr. Trump made the remarks Friday night in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as he stood behind a podium with the words “Save America.”
“We stand up to some of the most threatening forces, entrenched interests and vicious adversaries our people have ever seen,” Trump said. “A friend of mine recently said that I was the most persecuted person in the history of our country. Actually, when I thought about it, I felt that he might be right.’
the 45e president complained about what he called the “Russia Russia Russia scam” and continued to spread “fake news.”
“This can only happen to me,” he said. “Who has experienced such a thing? Seriously?”
This isn’t even the first time Mr Trump has told this story. In July, during a speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Trump shared a reiteration of this anecdote, claiming that he “always fights against these people who tried to persecute me.”
“I didn’t have time to think about persecution because I was fighting persecution,” he told a crowd at the time. “Certainly, no politician or president has been treated the way I have been treated.”
Mr. Trump was in Wisconsin to support local conservative candidates ahead of next week’s primary. He has lent his support to governor-candidate Tim Michels, who co-owns the state’s largest construction company. Michels takes on Rebecca Kleefisch, who is supported by former Vice President Mike Pence.