- Donald Trump was at a GOP campaign rally in Arizona to endorse gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
- Trump defended keeping classified documents by accusing previous presidents of doing the same.
- He claimed that George HW Bush stored documents in a former bowling alley that was converted into a Chinese restaurant.
At a GOP campaign rally Sunday in Arizona, former President Donald Trump took the opportunity to defend keeping classified documents by accusing former presidents of doing the same.
Trump said many other presidents stored millions of pages of documents in warehouses, “some of them without front doors that worked.”
His speech falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama moved over 33 million pages of documents to a former furniture store in Chicago. The National Archives previously denied that claim, saying it was transporting 30 million unclassified documents to a secure federal facility in Chicago.
Trump then falsely claimed that former President George HW Bush, “took millions and millions of documents to a former bowling alley that was pieced together with what was then an old and broken Chinese restaurant. They put them together. And it had a broken front door and broken windows. Other than that it was pretty safe.”
Trump also questioned why Bush, among other presidents, was not prosecuted. The former president died in a Houston hospital of a blood infection in 2018 after his wife, Barbara, died months earlier.
The comment got a response on Twitter from Bush’s son, Jeb Bush. “I’m so confused,” he tweeted: “My dad enjoyed a nice Chinese meal and enjoyed the 7 10 split challenge. What the hell is wrong with you?”
—Jeb Bush (@JebBush) 10 October 2022
(A 7-10 split is when a bowler hits all but the back two pins.)
Trump is under investigation for storing government documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, which federal agents seized in August. The DOJ found 48 documents marked classified in Trump’s home and believes they may hold more. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen recently said the former president held on to documents for his own personal gain.
His speech in Arizona was almost identical to the one he gave in Nevada on Saturday, where he campaigned for Republican candidates Joe Lombardo and Adam Laxalt.
Trump was at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona, helping to campaign for GOP candidate Kari Lake, who is running for governor. FiveThirtyEight’s average of polling data shows the state’s gubernatorial race is a toss-up.
Representatives for the George and Barbara Bush Foundation and Trump did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.