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Biden Campaign Fires Back After Trump Compares Himself To Nelson Mandela

After Donald Trump compared himself to Nelson Mandela, Jasmine Harris with the Biden-Harris campaign called Trump out.

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The Biden campaign quickly shut down former President Donald Trump's delusions of grandeur after he compared himself to the late South African anti-apartheid activist and politician Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for his activism, became the first president of South Africa, and is regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice.

In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump targeted Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over his New York hush money case. Trump expressed defiance against a gag order imposed by Merchan, stating that he would consider it a "GREAT HONOR" to go to jail for violating the order during the upcoming trial.

Trump's rhetoric escalated as he proclaimed:

“If this Partisan Hack wants to put me in the ‘clink’ for speaking the open and obvious TRUTH, I will gladly become a Modern Day Nelson Mandela — It will be my GREAT HONOR."

Trump further asserted his willingness to sacrifice his freedom to combat what he perceives as political persecution by prosecutors and judges:

"We have to Save our Country from these Political Operatives masquerading as Prosecutors and Judges, and I am willing to sacrifice my Freedom for that worthy cause. We are a Failing Nation, but on November 5th, we will become a Great Nation again."

You can see his post below.

Screenshot of Donald Trump's post on Truth Social@realDonaldTrump/Truth Social

Shortly afterward, Jasmine Harris, the Biden campaign's Director of Black Media, released the following statement criticizing Trump's persecution complex:

"Imagine being so self-centered that you compare yourself to Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela all within the span of little more than a week: that's Donald Trump for you."

You can see the statement below.

This is not the first time Trump has drawn parallels between himself and Mandela, who famously endured decades in prison for his anti-apartheid activism. In a speech to a New Hampshire crowd last October, Trump expressed a sentiment of martyrdom, stating that he wouldn't "mind being Nelson Mandela" while portraying himself as a victim of political persecution.

And, as Harris pointed out, Trump's declaration comes barely two weeks after he shared a message from a Christian supporter who compared him to Jesus Christ.

The supporter's message likened Trump's legal battles to the persecution faced by Jesus during his crucifixion and resurrection, sentiments that prompted Trump to write that the message was "Beautiful, thank you!" The supporter's message also quoted Psalm 109:3-8, which references those who've "surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cause."

Trump's decision to draw a comparison between himself and one of the most famous civil rights leaders in modern history exposed him to immediate criticism.

Trump and his children have faced blowback in recent weeks for his repeated attacks against Merchan, which became more amplified in the right-wing media ecosystem due to a recent article from Breitbart, a conservative site was co-founded by his ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

According to the article Trump shared on Truth Social, the judge's daughter was employed by Kamala Harris' campaign during the 2019 presidential primaries and managed a digital agency that conducts campaigns for progressive candidates, including the Biden-Harris campaign.

Trump's elder son, Donald Trump Jr., used this information to allege Merchan’s corruption and bias, sharing a news story about the connection and declaring that the charges against his father are part of a "hand picked democrat show trial."

These actions have highlighted the Trump family's trend of using intimidation tactics to avoid accountability for their actions, what many continue to perceive as alarming developments that threatens the rule of law and our democracy as a whole.