In the wake of the revelation that Anthony Weiner’s underage texting investigation has blown up in the face of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump wants you to know that he told you so.
“Boy, did I call that correctly,” said Trump, referring to Weiner, the former lawmaker and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as “a person who over the years I’ve known a little bit and watched” at a rally here on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed, while the exact nature of the emails recovered from an unrelated investigation into Weiner’s alleged lewd texts with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina remain unknown, Trump has been calling Weiner a liability to his wife for years.
Back in 2013 he tweeted, “Huma should dump the sicko Weiner. He is a calamity that is bringing her down with him.”
And last August, Trump zeroed in on Weiner’s connection to Clinton’s email scandal, tweeting, “It came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary’s private illegal emails. Huma’s PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world.” Weeks later, he added, “Huma Abedin, the top aide to Hillary Clinton and the wife of perv sleazebag Anthony Wiener, was a major security risk as a collector of info.”
“If you check out the tweets … It was so perfect,” Trump said on Saturday. “It’s called good judgment.”
Trump, at the rally, speculated that Clinton could soon fire Abedin, and that she in turn could implicate Clinton. “Is she going to keep Huma? Huma’s been a problem, do we agree?” Trump said. “I wonder if Huma’s going to stay there and I hope they haven’t given Huma immunity … because she knows the real story. She knows what’s going on.”
Trump also called Weiner, who resigned from the House in disgrace after sending lewd photos on Twitter, a “sleazy, sleazy guy.” At one point Trump said, “The emails are on Anthony’s Weiner’s wherever” — language reminiscent of his claim that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” at the first Republican primary debate last summer.
Trump also claimed that the Department of Justice, driven by political motives, is working to protect Clinton. He said that 97 percent of political contributions in the presidential race from department employees went to Clinton and professed his belief that the Clintons offered to let Attorney General Loretta Lynch keep her job next year in return for protecting Clinton from indictment.
Trump, as he often does at rallies, said he believes Bill Clinton offered Lynch the quid pro quo at a meeting the two held on a tarmac in Arizona last summer. “I’ve never had anybody walk off the runway onto my plane,” Trump said. “I don’t even think it’s legal.”
And he speculated that FBI Director James Comey was under pressure from below to revisit Clinton’s email server. “I’ll bet you without any knowledge there was a revolt in the FBI,” said Trump, claiming agents were furious at Comey’s decision not to indict Clinton.
The FBI on Friday dropped a bombshell on Clinton’s campaign less than two weeks before Election Day, with Comey telling lawmakers that the agency is reviewing new evidence in its investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Though Comey has said he does not yet know if the newly discovered emails are “significant,” Trump speculated that they are damning. “Now the evidence as I would imagine is so overwhelming because they wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t overwhelming,” he said. “And despite that if the reports are correct, despite that the attorney general did not want anything to happen to Hillary.”
He said he believes that the FBI had turned up its investigation of Weiner some of the emails from Clinton’s server that she permanently destroyed after her lawyers determined they were not work-related. “They found what may be some of the 33,000 missing and deleted emails,” he said.
Trump used Clinton’s email scandal to condemn her broader worldview, saying, “Hillary believes money and power not truth and justice should rule the day.”
Though he maintains that he will win the presidency “big league,” Trump also said at the rally that after the election, television networks will see their ratings suffer and promised that he would turn down their requests for interviews. “Boy, are they going to die in the ratings after this election,” he said. “When they call I say, ‘No thank you. No interest.”
Trump, long a nemesis of wind power because he feels wind farms spoil the views at his golf resorts, also expressed reservations about solar power at the rally. “I’m all for solar. I did some solar. They said, ‘Mr. Trump, you have a 28-year payback.” Said Trump, who called that rate of return, “terrible.”
“What about the fact that I have to replace them four times in 28 years?” Trump asked. What if I’m not around in 28 years? That could happen.”