Former President Donald Trump warned on Monday that special counsel Jack Smith and other Justice Department officials will wind up in a mental institution if he is re-elected as president next year.
In a comment on his Truth Social website, Trump called Smith, former Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann, and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco a “team of losers and misfits” from CREW, an ethics watchdog group. He also attacked “all the rest of the Radical Left Zealots and Thugs who have been working illegally for years to ‘take me down.'”
They will end up, Trump said, “suffering from a horrible disease, TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME (TDS!) in a mental institution by the time my next term as President is successfully completed. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Smith has been in charge of the federal investigations into Trump’s attempts to rig the 2020 presidential election as well as his misuse of confidential documents after leaving the White House. In every case, the investigations resulted in indictments against Trump.
While the case involving the confidential materials is anticipated to begin in Fort Pierce, Florida in May 2024, the case involving election interference is scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. in March 2024.
Trump has continuously maligned federal judges, Smith, and other DOJ prosecutors who are engaged in several lawsuits against him.
In the federal election meddling case, Trump was subject to a gag order that forbade him from expressing opinions about possible witnesses or the federal prosecutors who brought charges against him.
However, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit temporarily paused the order from Judge Tanya Chutkan earlier this month. The hold is in effect until after the appeals court hears oral arguments on Nov. 20 on Trump’s request for the gag order to be permanently removed.
Weissmann and Smith’s office declined to comment. A request for comment was not immediately answered by the Department of Justice.