Donald Trump over the weekend expressed gratitude to former Congressman Anthony Weiner for essentially handing him the 2016 US presidential election.

Speaking at a campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday, Trump thanked Weiner and his estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, for Friday’s mega-bombshell October surprise, in which the FBI announced it would re-open an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

“We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd of about 7,000.

On Monday Trump also stated at a Grand Rapids rally that Weiner and Abedin were deserving of gratitude by the campaign and his supporters.

“Thank you, Huma,” Trump stated. “Good job, Huma.”

And “Thank you, Anthony Weiner!”

Check out a transcript of Trump’s Grand Rapids statements, via RealClearPolitics:

DONALD TRUMP: This is the biggest scandal since Watergate. Hillary wants to blame everyone else for her mounting legal troubles. But she has brought all of this on herself.

Hillary is the one who set up an illegal private e-mail server in a closet to shield herself from her illegal activities. Hillary is the one who engaged in a pay-for-play scheme at the State Department. Now there are five FBI probes into the Clinton Foundation and their pay-for-play activities. Very, very deep investigations.

Hillary is the one who sent and received classified information on an unsecure server, putting the safety of the American people under threat. That’s what she did…

650,000 emails. You know what I call that? That’s the motherlode.

I think you will find the 33,000 that are missing, the 15,000 that are missing, the facts that are missing.

You know they had boxes of e-mails missing two weeks ago? I think we hit the motherlode, as they say in the good old mining industry.

Hillary is the one who lied to Congress under oath. Hillary is the one who lied on so many different occasions to the FBI. And they know, they know. They know Hillary is the one who made 13 phones disappear. Some with a hammer.

Hillary is the one who destroyed 33,000 e-mails, after she got the subpoena. After. Before, no good. But after? No, that’s why something should have happened then.

Hillary is the one that broke the law over and over and over again. We can be sure that what is in those e-mails is absolutely devastating. And I think we are going to find out, by the way, for the first time.

Thank you, Huma. Good job, Huma. Thank you, Anthony Weiner.

And you all saw the statements I made about him a year ago?

You know, in New York we knew Weiner. And I made statements that were rough. Like — how can she be allowed to live with this guy? How can she have access to this important information? And I was badly criticized, right? Now they are saying — wow, Trump has good judgment. Wow. Got good instincts. Got good instincts.

Hillary is not the victim. The American people are the victims.

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