Trump says he will ‘absolutely’ take the stand and testify in his own defense

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “absolutely” take the stand to defend himself in his impending trials, saying he looks “forward” to doing so.

The former president and 2024 Republican front-runner appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Wednesday morning.

Trump is the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges in all three jurisdictions.

On Wednesday, Trump was asked if he would testify in his own defense at any of the trials stemming from the four separate indictments he faces.

“Oh yes, absolutely,” Trump said.

When asked if he would take the stand, Trump replied: “That, I would do — that, I look forward to… At trial, I’ll testify.”

“Because that’s just like Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump said, referring back to the FBI’s original 2016 investigation into whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

DeSantis drops facts on Biden, climate alarmists for ‘politicizing the weather’ to push leftist agenda

After touring hurricane damage in Florida on Saturday, President Joe Biden asserted that “nobody intelligent can deny the impact of the climate crisis anymore.” Then, at a press conference on Sunday, a reporter asked DeSantis about Biden’s remarks as well as the remarks from other media talking heads who are blaming weather events on climate change.

The Florida governor responded by quickly shutting down the leftist narrative.

“The notion that somehow hurricanes are something new, that’s just false. And we’ve got to stop politicizing the weather and stop politicizing natural disasters,” he responded.

The governor cited two powerful hurricanes that struck Florida: a 1896 storm that followed nearly the same path and had the same estimated strength as Idalia and the Labor Day hurricane in 1935, one of the most deadly and most powerful storms ever to strike the U.S. These hurricanes, DeSantis suggested, are two examples that disprove the narrative that climate change is causing more intense storms.

DeSantis also tackled the political component of the progressive claims about policy and climate change.

“The notion that somehow if we just adopt very left-wing policies at the federal level, that somehow we will not have hurricanes, that is a lie,” DeSantis said.

“And that is people trying to take what’s happened with different types of storms and use that as a pretext to advance their agenda on the backs of people who are suffering,” he continued. “And that’s wrong, and we’re not going to do that in the state of Florida.”

The governor was criticized for allegedly “snubbing” Biden over the weekend. The president claimed that DeSantis helped plan Biden’s visit, but DeSantis’ office said he never had plans to meet with Biden because the logistical operations of presidential travel would disrupt recovery efforts.

Tim Scott: ‘The Road to Socialism Runs Right Through a Divided Republican Party’

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports” that if the Republican Party were divided, it would leave Democrats in power, which could bring the United States down a “road to socialism.”

Anchor Trace Gallagher said, “The next debate, GOP primary debate is coming up in a few weeks.”

He asked, “What’s the strategy going forward, senator, for you to get more speaking time, for you to get your name out there more often?”

Tim Scott said, “Great question. Substance will drive my debate performance. I will provide the American people with an adult in the room. What we cannot abide by is a food fight where the two biggest winners are Joe Biden’s campaign and national media that loves to see Republicans fighting with Republicans.”

He added, “The road to socialism runs right through a divided Republican Party. I will increase my time by allowing the contrast between the candidates on the stage to manifest, and then keep talking about why I know America can do for anyone what she’s done for me. We have to restore hope, create opportunities and protect America. That starts with backing the blue and closing our southern borders.”