DONALD Trump joked he would get the “electric chair” if he deleted “love notes” to wife Melania during a barnstorming re-election rally last night.
At the event in Florida, the US President attacked 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Clinton is believed to have deleted thousands of messages sent from the account in an FBI-probed scandal which Trump has branded “bigger than Watergate.”
While speaking to his supporters in Orlando, the Republican firebrand joked about what might have happened if he had done the same thing.
He said: “Can you imagine if I got a subpoena?
"If I got a subpoena for emails, if I deleted one email, like a love note to Melania, it's the electric chair for Trump.”
ATTACK ON CLINTON
During his rally, Trump doubled-down on his call for Clinton to be investigated over the deleted emails.
He said the messages might still be found “somewhere deep in the State Department."
Trump added: “We now have a great attorney general (William Barr). Let’s see what happens.”
At the event last night, Trump electrified 25,000 fans at the launch of his 2020 re-election campaign.
The president officially kicked off his campaign to retain the White House at the huge event – where he enlivened his fervent voters with his new election slogan: "Keep America Great!"
Crowds cheered "four more years" and "build the wall" as Trump whipped them in to a frenzy by slamming Democrats and the Russia "witch-hunt".
Trump said that "for the last two-plus years we have been under siege" – but despite that he claims to have achieved more than any other administration.
Attacking special counsel Robert Muller's investigation into Russian meddling in 2016, Trump blasted: "We went through the greatest witch hunt in political history."
And he warned his Republican supporters that the Democrats are out to destroy them, saying: "They are really going after you. That's what this is all about."
Mr Trump also vowed to continue taking on the "political machine" – adding that "the swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently."
GATHERED FOR DAYS
Supporters had braved heavy rain and some camped for days to get a prime spot at the stirring Trump rally in Orlando last night.
Mr Trump – who launched his last campaign from Trump Tower – is hoping to replicate the dynamics that allowed him to sensationally capture the Republican Party and then the presidency in 2016.
In the 2020 campaign, he will again present himself as an insurgent outsider intent on disrupting the status quo – despite the fact that he'll have been the most powerful man in the world for close to four years by election night.
The president's advisers said he aims to connect the dots between the promise of his disruptive first-time candidacy and his goals for another term in the White House.
We're taking on the failed political establishment and restoring government of, by and for the people
Earlier, Trump said in a video released by his campaign: "We're taking on the failed political establishment and restoring government of, by and for the people."
The businessman-turned-candidate successfully appealed to disaffected voters who felt left behind by the US economy and demographic shifts.
On the eve of the rally in the must-win swing state of Florida, Trump again appealed to his base as he return to the hard-line immigration themes of his first campaign.
He tweeted that next week Immigration and Customs Enforcement "will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States."
His promise came with no concrete details and sparked condemnation from his Democrat opponents.
It seemed to offer a peek into a campaign that will largely be fought along the same lines as his first bid.
Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden responded by saying that Trump's politics are "all about dividing us" in ways that are "dangerous – truly, truly dangerous."
But those involved in the president's reelection effort believe that his brand of brash populism still has widespread backing across the US.
And Trump advisers believe that a major weakness among his Democratic opponents is that they are mainly career politicians.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and California Senator Kamala Harris are the frontrunners for the Democrat nomination.
HUGE RALLY CROWDS
The crowd of Trump supporters – many of them in red hats – began gathering on Monday outside the Amway Center arena in Orlando.
Live music and food trucks kept them entertained as the countdown to the campaign launch got underway.
They spent Tuesday braving downpours and listening to a cover band playing rock hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama as they waited for Trump's arrival.
Venders sold water as well as pins, hats and T-shirts with slogans including "Trump 2020" and "ICE ICE Baby" – a reference to America's immigration enforcement agency.
In the scorching 30C-plus heat, some women wore Make American Great Again swimsuits.
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