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Biden says ‘convicted felon’ Trump is running because he’s ’worried about preserving his freedoms’

President Biden on Monday called former President Donald Trump a “convicted felon” for the first time since he was convicted in his Manhattan hush-money trial.

Biden, 81, made the comments at a fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he accused his 2024 presidential opponents of running because they were “worried about protecting freedom”.

“For the first time in American history, we have a convicted former president seeking the presidency,” the campaign chief told donors at the home of former HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

Biden made the remarks during a fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut on Monday. AP

Biden’s campaign has repeatedly used the term “convicted felon” to describe Trump since his May 30 conviction, but the president himself has yet to utter the phrase.

“But disturbingly, more damaging is the all-out attack that Donald Trump is waging on the American justice system,” Biden continued, according to the delegation’s report.

He argued that the “threat” of Trump in a possible second term is “greater” than his first term because he wants “revenge” for his 2020 defeat and subsequent criminal indictment.

“When he lost in 2020, something inside him broke,” Biden said. “He can’t accept that he lost, and it’s literally driving him crazy.”

“He’s clearly insane.”

“Now that he’s been convicted, it’s clear he’s concerned about protecting his freedom,” Biden argued.

Biden’s fundraising comes as Trump has been emboldened by the conviction and has received large amounts of money for his campaign in recent days.

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President Trump was convicted last week on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. Stephen Hirsch

The Trump campaign announced it had raised nearly $53 million in donations in the 24 hours after Thursday’s ruling, about a third of which came from first-time donors.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee claimed to have raised a combined $141 million in May to support the former president’s third presidential bid.

“We are heartened by the outpouring of support for President Donald J. Trump. The American people have seen through Joe Biden’s rigged trial and sent a powerful message to Biden and the Democrats that the real verdict will be on November 5th,” Trump campaign advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said in a statement.

Among those attending Biden’s fundraising event were Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).

Responding to Biden’s comments, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, told The Washington Post that the president would “do anything to distract from” the federal firearms trial in Delaware of his eldest son, Hunter Biden, which began on Monday.

“Unscrupulous Joe Biden will do anything to distract from Hunter’s trial and the fact that his family has made tens of millions of dollars from China, Russia and Ukraine,” he said. “The Biden family’s criminal empire will all come to an end on November 5th. Never again will Biden sell access to government for personal gain.”