Trump falsely claims Biden family a ‘criminal enterprise’
Trump supporters at his rally responded with an ever-familiar chant: 'Lock him up.'
President Donald Trump labeled the family of his political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, a criminal enterprise.
“They’re corrupt people,” Trump said to a cheering crowd at a campaign stop in Carson City, Nevada. “But Joe Biden is from a failed and corrupt political class that enriched itself while draining the economic life and soul from our country.”
“They get away with it, you know why? Because those people are more corrupt than anybody,” he said, pointing to the media. “They don’t even ask him.”
The president was referring to stories about alleged emails reportedly found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop, a machine said to have been owned by Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s middle child. The New York Post has published several stories about the emails, which the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper claims were provided by Rudy Giuliani.
Other news outlets have doubted the authenticity of the emails, one of which purportedly suggested a meeting had occurred between Joe Biden and a Ukrainian man with Burisma, a natural gas company in the Ukraine that counted Hunter Biden among its board members.
Giuliani has claimed that he chose to give the contents of the found hard drive to The Post because “either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out.”
The FBI has seized the laptop through a grand jury subpoena, according to NBC News.
An attorney for Hunter Biden said in a statement, “We have no idea where this came from, and certainly cannot credit anything that Rudy Giuliani provided to the New York Post, but what I do know for certain is that this purported meeting never happened.”
The Biden campaign has maintained that they were never questioned about the alleged emails or a meeting alleged in the messages.
“Joe, he’s corrupt,” Trump said. “And you know what, they found the laptop.”
“They call it the laptop from hell,” Trump claimed later. “Let’s see what happens with it.”
Supporters responded by chanting, “Lock him up!”
Trump supporters had previously used the chant during the 2016 election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are raising more money than his campaign because “they are making deals.”