Trump tells NRA he didn’t need a gun to defeat a ‘coup’ while smearing his own Justice Department

In an appearance before the NRA’s national convention, President Donald Trump quickly shifted from homilies about God and country to ripping into the employees of the Justice Department and the FBI, claiming they tried to stage a “coup” but that he defeated them without a gun.

Without referring to the Mueller report or government officials by name, the president turned his gun speech into something more like his rallies before adoring fans.

“Every day of my administration, we are taking power out of Washington, D.C., and returning it to the American people where it belongs,” Trump said to applause. “You see it now, better than ever. With all of the resignations of bad apples. They are bad apples. They tried for a coup, didn’t work out so well.”

“And I didn’t need a gun for that one, did I?” the president smirked before launching into a diatribe against the government.

“All of this was taking place at the highest levels in Washington, D.C.” he insisted. “You’ve been watching, you’ve been seeing. You’ve been looking at things that you wouldn’t have believed possible in our country. Corruption at the highest level. A disgrace. Spying, surveillance. Trying for an overthrow. And we caught them –we caught them.”

“Who would have thought in our country?” he added to more applause.

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