President Donald Trump, in a new speech, targeted Jack Smith - the Department of Justice special counsel who has indicted him.
Trump did so, according to the Independent, in the speech that he gave at the Republican Party convention in Columbia, Georgia on Saturday.
This is the first speech that Trump gave since being indicted by President Joe Biden's DOJ.
Trump stands accused of 37 charges in relation to his possession of classified documents. The charges include such things as making false statements, willful retention of national defense information, and obstructing justice.
During his speech on Saturday, Trump referred to the indictment as a "political hit job," arguing that "Republicans are treated far differently at the Justice Department than Democrats."
This comes after Smith, on Friday, claimed, "Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice, and our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example for the world. We have one set of laws in this country and they apply to everyone."
Trump and others have argued that this statement from Smith is absurd considering, for example, that Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted for destroying classified materials that she illegally had in her possession.
But, Trump, in his speech, proceeded to take direct aim at Smith, whom Trump argued is "deranged."
Trump, referring to the remarks Smith gave on Friday, said:
Deranged Jack Smith, and I watched him yesterday go up and talk. He talked for about two and a half minutes. He was shaking. He was so scared. He didn’t want to be there. Because ultimately, these are cowards. They’re cowards.
Trump, still talking about Smith, continued, "And, he’s a big Trump hater, openly he’s a Trump hater. And his wife is even more of a Trump hater. I wish her a lot of luck. But he’s a bad Trump hater and she’s a Trump hater."
These remarks echo previous ones that Trump has made about Smith on social media.
Elsewhere in his speech, Trump said that "the ridiculous and baseless indictment of me by the Biden administration's weaponized Department of Justice will go down as among the most horrific abuses of power in the history of our country."
Trump accused Biden of "trying to jail his leading political opponent - and opponent that's beating him by a lot in the polls - just like they do in Stalinist Russia or communist China."
Trump told reporters on Saturday that, despite the indictment, he will "never leave" the 2024 race for the presidency.