(Salon) -- President Trump held his first rally since mid-February on Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sounding alternately buoyant and furious, he took a big victory lap and declared himself to have "won" against the witch hunt. In an extended rant right out of the gate he proclaimed:
"After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. The Special Counsel has completed his report and found no collusion, no obstruction ... Total exoneration, complete vindication. ...
"The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to take power by framing innocent Americans -- they suffered -- with an elaborate hoax. They tried to destroy a movement like nobody has ever seen before. They did it because they refused to accept the results of the greatest presidential election results in American history ... they perpetuated the single greatest hoax in the history of politics, they have to be — I’m sorry — they have to be accountable.”
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