Former President Trump said he hopes is ‘wrong’ about the possibility of World War III because the U.S. is being run by ‘stupid people’ at a rally in Wilmington, N.C. on Friday. 

‘I was right about Ukraine. I was right about what, Taiwan and I’m hoping I’m not going to be right about World War Three, because we have stupid people dealing,’ the former president said, as he predicted the U.S. would lose a conflict to Russia. 

‘You could end up in World War III and this will be a war like we’ve never had before – won’t even be close, because we’re being run by stupid people.’

‘Putin mentioned the N word,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘You know what the N word is? It’s– no, no, no, it’s the nuclear word. You mentioned the N word yesterday. The nuclear were not supposed to be mentioned,’ Trump continued, as he claimed the Russian invasion ‘never would’ve happened’ under his presidency. 

In a rare speech to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, Putin insisted he would use ‘all means’ necessary to defend swathes of territory seized or set to be annexed by Kremlin forces in the Ukraine. 

‘If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and in protecting our people we will certainly use all means to us – and I’m not bluffing,’ he said during his televised address. 

Earlier in his address Trump told the crowd that President Biden’s Justice Department should investigate Letitia James for ‘appalling and malicious abuse of power’ after the New York attorney general launched a civil lawsuit against him this week. 

At the Save America rally in Wilmington, Trump said: ‘The Biden Justice Department be investigating the Letitia James for her appalling and malicious abuse of power – We won’t even mention Hunter. We’re not going to mention that because that would be disrespectful.’

‘Thankfully the latest polls show that ‘Peekaboo’ James is losing to her Republican challenger this fall,’ Trump told a raucous crowd of supporters.

James is running against Republican Michael Henry for reelection in November. This week she launched a lawsuit against Trump and his three adult children, who she claimed as senior executives at the Trump Organization overvalued the company’s assets to obtain favorable loans and undervalued them for tax purposes. 

‘Letitia “Peekaboo” James – this raging maniac – campaigned off ranting and raving about her goal, her only goal, is “We gotta get Donald Trump. We gotta get him.” They know nothing about me! I never heard of her,’ Trump said. 

‘She went around boasting her plan to weaponize her office against me, probably working with the federal government of course, declaring I look forward to going into Office of Attorney General New York State every single day and suing him I’m gonna sue him. And then I’m gonna go home and I’m going to be so happy because I sued him,’ he continued. ‘She further screamed that “His days are numbered.'” 

‘She doesn’t just deserve to lose, She deserves to be removed from office immediately disbarred and banished from the legal profession forever.’

Trump then claimed that Rep. Liz Cheney, a key member of the select committee investigating Jan. 6,  suffered the ‘largest defeat in the history of politics as a congressperson.’ 

Cheney lost her primary for Wyoming’s at-large seat to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman. 

‘I thought, actually, because Liz Cheney was so badly defeated, I thought that January 6 would go away and I think it is going away actually, because that really was the sentiment of a great group of people.’ 

Trump then turned to the economy, noting that the prices of energy, milk, eggs, health insurance and mortgage rates were all up since he left office, and that ‘over 5 million illegal aliens have flooded across our borders, and the number I think is a lot higher than that.’ 

Later, he said he believed the number of migrants who have crossed the border since he left office to be closer to 10 million. ‘There’s never been a country ever abused like this. it’s an invasion.’

Trump claimed the U.S. has the ‘worst border’ anywhere in the world. ‘No third world country would allow to happen to their border, they’d get out there with sticks and stones if they have to.’ 

‘The murder rate is highest in 25 years, and probably the answer is 49 years,’ Trump continued.   

The rally was in large part to support Rep. Ted Budd, who is running to replace retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr. 

When Budd took the stage he immediately tore into President Biden for pricing Americans out of ‘everyday necessities’ like gas and groceries and thanked Trump for his job as president. 

‘You know, he made America great, and who knows, folks, he might just do it again,’ Budd said to boisterous cheers from the crowd. 

In a race that has received far less media attention than other contentious Senate matchups around the country, Budd will face off against Democrat Cheri Beasley come November.