Trump Accuses Biden of Running ‘Gestapo Administration’ during Fundraiser

( – There is a fundraising gap between the Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential campaigns, but it may be narrowing after Trump reported a substantial take for the month of April.

While the Biden campaign had $25 million more in its war chest than Trump’s did at the beginning of April, Trump said his campaign took in $76 million during the month. He disclosed the figure at a private retreat for GOP lawmakers in Palm Beach, as reported by two unnamed attendees.

The meeting happened on Saturday, May 4th, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and it featured several conservative heavy hitters including Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York; Doug Burgum, North Dakota’s governor; Senator J.D. Vance; South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and others.

Characteristically, Trump did not limit his remarks to dollars and campaign mechanics. He had some personal criticisms to make about his political enemies. Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, who is leading the federal case against Trump for allegedly violating the law by holding onto classified documents from his time in office, is at the top of Trump’s list. He called Smith “evil” and “deranged,” said one attendee.

Another attendee at the private meeting claimed that Trump said President Biden is operating a “Gestapo administration” that is targeting Trump unfairly.

Unsurprisingly, the White House refutes Trump’s characterization of their activities. Spokesman Andrew Bates put out a statement with as much character invective aimed at Trump as Trump has aimed at his opponents. The statement said Trump was “echoing” fascist rhetoric and having lunch with “Neo-Nazis.” It is not clear which elected representatives the White House believes are Nazis.

Bates’ statement also claimed Trump’s words were responsible for the deaths of police officers because they relied on “conspiracy theories.” He repeated the increasingly unbelievable claim that President Biden, by contrast, was uniting American citizens.

If the $76 million fundraising haul is accurate, the Trump campaign may be catching up to the Democrats’ donation numbers. A Trump campaign spokesman said the total from April had beaten their own expectations.

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