Former President Donald Trump continued to lash out at his primary opponents and insisted again that he broke no laws in his handling of classified government documents, at a Fox News town hall hosted by Sean Hannity on Thursday.
When presented with the growing list of GOP primary challengers, the former president dismissed their chances, claiming that many of them poll at 1% and that “some of them are in zero,” so he doesn’t think field size really matters.
The mention of former Vice President Mike Pence’s name was greeted with boos from the crowd, while Trump insisted on referring to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson as “Ada Hutchinson” and said, “Nobody knows who the hell that is.”
Without mentioning Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by name, Trump said he was really after the “second person,” and claimed that this caused DeSantis to slide in the polls.
Trump also raised DeSantis’ issue with an Associated Press reporter earlier Thursday, saying, “You’re not allowed to be angry with the press.”
When asked about reports of the Justice Department’s possession of an audio recording where he purportedly admits to having classified military documents, Trump said he didn’t know “anything about it,” but insisted everything he did was right.
Trump then insisted that he adhered to “100%” with the Presidential Records Act and asserted that he had “the right to declassify the presidency.”
Hannity was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd when Trump asked why he chose to name the people and said the 2024 race could be decided by people in the “middle ground” who might want Trump to tone down. Hannity then told the audience to “leave me alone”, because it wasn’t his question but something people were asking.