Trump says ‘millions of people’ would be alive today if the 2020 election ‘wasn’t rigged’

Escalating global tensions prompted former President Donald Trump to remind just how many people would be “alive right now” in commentary linking election integrity to the possibility of World War III.

Saturday marked just over one year from the 2024 presidential election and 15 years since Barack Obama and Joe Biden brought “hope and change” to the White House as president and vice president. Now, after nearly three years with Biden at the helm, Trump offered one of the startling claims in support of the notion that elections have consequences.

During his speech from Kissimmee, Florida for the Florida Freedom Summit, the GOP frontrunner remarked, “And when you think of it, how important elections are, you’d have millions of people alive right now if the election wasn’t rigged.”

“They’d be alive,” he continued in what his critics called “one of his most egregious lies” before addressing the specific wars begun under Biden’s watch. “Ukraine. Israel. The attack would have never been made. All these people would be alive. The cities would be thriving.”

To avert further calamity, Trump offered up a campaign promise wholly contingent upon the remaining 14 months of the incumbent’s administration.

“To every American who is petrified that Joe Biden’s catastrophic weakness will bring our country to ruin, which he has a great chance of doing — it’s close to that anyway — close to economic ruin,” he expressed, “I make you this promise as your president, and nobody else can say it: I will restore peace through strength. And yes, I am the only one that will prevent World War III — because we are very close to World War III.”

As it happened, Biden officials have had a continued presence in the Middle East since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7 with an unexpected trip from CIA Director William J. Burns setting down in Tel Aviv Sunday after Secretary of State Antony Blinken had been making the rounds in the region.

Expected to do likewise, NDTV World had reported of the former ambassador to Jordan, “Burns, who has extensive experience in the region, visited as key intelligence leaders in Israel have been heavily criticized for failing to detect the attack and the threat from Hamas more broadly.”

Meanwhile, in Eastern Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose nation has received tens of billions of dollars in aid courtesy of the American taxpayer during the current administration, knocked Trump’s suggestion that the war with Russia could be readily resolved.

“If he can come here, I will need 24 minutes — yes, 24 minutes, not more…to explain [to] President Trump that he can’t manage this war,” Zelenskyy told NBC News’ Kristen Welker in an interview for “Meet the Press.”

“He can’t bring peace because of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” the Ukrainian president added. “If he’s not trying, and if he’s not ready to give our territory for this terrible man, for Putin, if you are not ready to give it, if you are not ready to give our independence, he can’t manage it.”

Despite the war-torn country’s leader’s refusal to accept that the same president under which the Abraham Accords were signed and no new wars began, many on social media were in agreement with Trump’s analysis had he been inaugurated a second time.


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