Watch: Donald Trump goes on conspiracy theory binge claiming to be a victim of the FBI and 'deep state'
Former President Donald Trump released a video on Wednesday filled with conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden, Biden's son Hunter, COVID-19, and purported infiltration of social media platforms by undercover agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
First up was the so-called "Twitter files," a trove of documents that conservatives incorrectly claimed would expose collusion between liberals and Twitter to silence right-wing voices. Trump falsely alleged that the FBI helped Biden and the Democrats steal the 2020 election:
The now famous Twitter files have proven beyond all doubt that the corrupt officials at the FBI have been coordinating a massive censorship, surveillance, and propaganda campaign against the American people and frankly, against me. In the most recent and notorious example, the FBI worked to stop the truth from being told about the Biden family's criminality. They worked so hard to stop it from coming out. And the corruption prior to the 2020 election. They didn't want any bad information to come out about the Biden family. The fix was in. The election was rigged. But the censorship of the laptop from Hell is only the beginning of the story about the weaponization of government against free speech. We must have free speech in our country. We must have a fair and free press. As recent reporting shows, the FBI and other rogue agencies have been systematically colluding with former national security officials placed in high positions at Twitter and very likely other companies to advance their censorship regime, which is really in this case, to steal an election.
Next, Trump complained about the blowback that anti-vaxers faced for proffering bogus medical advice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump also railed against actions that were taken at the height of the crisis to protect the public – most of which occurred while he was the commander-in-chief:
This anti-American effort, and a very illegal effort at that, has been working to silence dissenting opinions on COVID and crucial issues on public health and on the election and elections in the future. They suppressed doctors and health experts who dared to question approved public health narratives. They censored voices who criticized school closures, lockdowns, and mandates, and they even banned people simply for stating proven scientific facts. And anything bad about China, they didn't want out.
But anything bad about Biden and the Biden crime family, and that's what it was, just look at the laptop from Hell, they didn't want that coming out under any circumstances. What they wanted coming out was anything bad about your favorite president, me. Anything bad about Trump, put it out, even if it's not true. But this all had nothing to do with science. This had nothing to do with saving lives. It had everything to do with politics or a sick ideology.
Trump then asserted that the "government" is scheming with "powerful corporations" to strip American citizens of their rights, and claimed that he had to be convinced about the existence of a sinister "deep state."
Trump has, however, used that term to deflect from the numerous criminal investigations looming over him:
This was about government working with powerful corporations to seize power over you, the American people. And we can't let that continue. The Twitter files prove that we urgently need my plan to dismantle the illegal censorship regime – a regime like nobody's ever seen in the history of our country, or most other countries for that matter – to prosecute the perpetrators for their crimes and to restore free speech for all Americans. So important. We need a free press. We need free speech, we need fair elections, and we need borders. The new congress should immediately hold hearings to investigate the role of the FBI and other federal agencies in censoring lawful speech. Congressional leaders should promptly issue subpoenas in furtherance of this goal. The revelations also highlight why my proposal to end the revolving door between the deep state – and there is a deep state indeed, I wasn't a believer, but everybody's a believer right now – and the tech tyrants is so important. There must be a seven-year cooling-off period before any employee of these powerful agencies is allowed to take a job at a major platform. When I'm president, we will take back our freedoms. We will take back our country.
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\u201cBREAKING: Trump releases new statement slamming the FBI and other agencies for colluding with big tech to censor Americans and violating our first amendment rights. \n\u201d— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1673465051
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