Tuesday evening, former President Trump delivered a campaign speech from the ballroom in Mar-a-Lago following his arraignment in Manhattan earlier in the day, but according to the New York Post, noticeably absent from the campaign event was former First Lady Melania Trump and Trump’s beloved daughter Ivanka.
While Melania’s absence was unexplained, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are out of town, spending Passover in Wyoming.
On Monday, the photographers from the UK Daily Mail, who stalk Ivanka Trump’s every move, captured photos of the former First Daughter getting out of a van in Miami on the day her father was traveling to Manhattan to surrender himself to authorities.
According to CBS News, Trump used the campaign speech to rail against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg along with the investigations he is facing. Trump called Bragg’s charges against him the latest attempt in his opponents’ efforts to stop him from becoming president in 2024.
The former president expressed dismay that something like Bragg’s case could happen in the United States, adding that his only crime is “fearlessly” defending the country from those wanting to destroy it.
Ticking off all of the other “fraudulent investigations” the Democrats have brought against him, including the RussiaGate investigation and his two impeachments, Trump said now that he is running for the White House again, his opponents have “stepped up their efforts” against him.
Trump also attacked Special Counsel Jack Smith who is investigating both the classified records found at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s actions on January 6, calling him a “lunatic.” He also described the judge in the Manhattan case as a “Trump-hating judge.”
In his campaign speech, Trump also attacked President Biden, saying Russia would never have invaded Ukraine if Trump was still president. He hammered Biden over high inflation and the economy, saying the country is “in decline.”
But Trump closed his campaign speech by saying despite the “very dark cloud” from his indictment, he will still “make America great again.”
Also in attendance at Tuesday’s speech were Trump’s most ardent supporters, including losing Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and Republican Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.