While the rally was held shortly after the news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller would be impaneling a grand jury related to the Russia investigation, Trump made light of the situation, asking the crowd, “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania?” and “Are there any Russians here tonight? Any Russians?”
He dismissed the reported investigations surrounding him and his team, ridiculing the idea that anyone related to him or his campaign had colluded with Russia.
“The Russia story is a total fabrication,” Trump said. “It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics. That’s all it is. It just makes them feel better when they have nothing else to talk about. What the prosecutors should be looking at are Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.”
As soon as Clinton’s name was mentioned, the crowd started up with the familiar “Lock her up” chants that were heard so often on the campaign trail.
“Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign,” Trump said. “There never were. We didn’t win because of Russia. We won because of you.”
Donald trump talking to his “diminishing base” sadly the investigation is moving forward & yes Russia had lots to do for him to be in WH pic.twitter.com/LmvPTWhujU
— JVL69 (@iamjvl69) August 4, 2017