GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – President Donald Trump used a raucous rally in the battleground state of Michigan on Thursday to take a victory lap following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, telling supporters “the collusion delusion is over.”
Trump wasted no time turning to the summary of the Mueller report released on Sunday, starting the rally off by framing the 22-month probe as “lies and smears and slander.”
“Robert Mueller was a god to the Democrats until he said there was no collusion,” Trump told his supporters. “This fraud is exposed. “
Trump’s Michigan event marked his first campaign rally since a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election found his campaign did not conspire with Russia to influence the outcome. The president has repeatedly touted that summary in Washington, even as Democrats press for more detail.
Trump wrapped up his 2016 campaign in Grand Rapids, leading an early morning Election Day rally that some analysts say may have pushed him over the edge to victory in the state. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point, and Republican strategists say he faces a daunting path to reclaiming it in 2020.