The former US president has predicted he will be detained Tuesday on charges of falsifying business records
If former US President Donald Trump is arrested next week, he will win the 2024 election in a heartbeat “crushing victory,” Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted Saturday in response to a Fox News clip discussing the former president’s possibility “handcuffed” and processed through the New York City court system.
“If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory,” In the tweet, Musk was responding to a similar – albeit less emphatic – prediction from Canadian lawyer @thevivafrei.
The view that this scenario could drive the former reality TV star back to the White House is not uncommon and appears to be shared by Trump himself. He warned his followers of his impending arrest on Saturday’s Truth Social and urged them “protest, take our nation back!” His post highlights that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is discussing safety for such a possibility, perhaps suggesting authorities are wary of the reaction of Trump’s followers.
The predicted indictment against the former president for alleged campaign finance violations would be the first of its kind in US history. Even former President Richard Nixon was not prosecuted after he resigned following the Watergate scandal.
Trump’s lawyer has accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of having “armed” the justice system, using a misdemeanor charge that federal prosecutors deemed unworthy of prosecution as a felony. If found guilty before November 2024, it could potentially keep him out of the White House.
When the FBI conducted a nighttime raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida estate last summer, the New York Times expressed concern that the agency’s heavy-handed tactics would boost the former president’s base, resulting in electoral unrest not only that Republicans control Congress, but hand Trump the 2024 nomination on a silver platter.
Although Republicans took back the House of Representatives, the midterm elections fell short of the partisan defeat expected by many on the right, while the Senate remained in Democratic hands. While incumbent Joe Biden’s approval rating hovers near a record low, even among those in his own party, most polls in which he faces Trump lead by a handful of points. According to Musk and many others, an arrest could easily win over Trump.
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