Trump slams ‘racist’ AG Letitia James over fraud charges at Michigan rally
Former President Donald Trump slammed New York Attorney General Letitia James at a rally in Michigan on Saturday, accusing her of being “racist” while he and his family grapple with a prosecutor’s lawsuit alleging “harrowing” fraud.
The $250 million lawsuit, filed on September 21, alleges major fraud allegations against the Trump Organization for allegedly falsely inflating his net worth by manipulating the value of some of his valuable assets – including his numerous golf courses, hotels and houses.
Trump, who has dismissed the lawsuit as a “witch hunt,” slammed James at the rally at Macomb Community College in Warren for going after his company while violent crime is on the rise in New York City.
He told the crowd Saturday that he had “done nothing wrong” and that there was “no victim but Trump” in the case.
“They all attack me, including the racist AG New York Attorney General whose state is being torn apart by murders, rapes, robberies, drug deals and every other type of record-breaking crime,” said the 45th President.
“The homeless sadly but dangerously roam the streets of New York City, and the city is filthy, as is this racist corporation. She’s just as bad as you’re going to be.”
Once again, Trump didn’t elaborate on his claim that James, who is black, was “racist.”
Trump then played a compilation of news anchors dismissing James’ lawsuit, only to be booed by the audience.
The ex-president mocked James for her short-lived gubernatorial campaign last year. James would have faced Gov. Kathy Hochul but instead withdrew from that race and sought a second term as Attorney General.
“Do you know what their campaign was? I didn’t know her, she didn’t know me — ‘I’m going to get Donald Trump,'” he said.
“She’s terrible when it comes to crime – unless it’s Donald Trump, which we can get in some form. But then they sued me, although there is no victim.”
In her lawsuit against Trump, James said an investigation uncovered potential crimes, including falsifying business records, insurance fraud, issuing false financial statements, conspiracy and bank fraud.
She said her office has referred the case to the Internal Revenue Service and to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
“Donald Trump falsely inflated his fortune by billions of dollars to unfairly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating us all,” James said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit.
James’ lawsuit alleges that Trump gave inflated financial documents that misrepresented his wealth to financial institutions such as Cushman & Wakefield, Deutsche Bank and Mazars Group for loan applications and insurance purposes that resulted in favorable terms.
Trump accused James on Saturday of trying to protect the banks instead of New Yorkers.
“We don’t need them to protect banks — we need them to protect the people of New York from being assassinated,” he said.