Perp Previous Prez Trump to be arrested Tuesday (or so he says)
By Hal Brown
Late update based on all of today's progressive pessimistic punditry warning us not to get our hope up:
I woke this morning, turned on Morning Joe, and heard the breaking news that Trump expects to be arrested in Manhattan on Tuesday.
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Neither The NY Times nor Washington Post featured this on their websites but my go-to website for Breaking News looked like this:
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A few minutes later the page was updated:
While the NYC DA's office hasn't confirmed this it would seem that Trump wanted to preempt their announcing this and take the lead which, if it is true that information he said incorrectly in Truth Social came from leaks (a lawyer for Trump, Susan R. Necheles, said that his post had been based on news reports) turns out to come to pass.
Trump uses the word "arrest" for the shock value. In fact, he won't be formally arrested, put in cuffs, and so on since he would surrender to the Court.
This is what he posted in Truth Social in all caps.
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"OUR NATION IS NOW THIRD WORLD & DYING. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD! THE RADICAL LEFT ANARCHISTS HAVE STOLLEN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AND WITH IT, THE HEART OF OUR OUR COUNTRY. AMERICAN PATRIOTS ARE BEING ARRESTED & HELD IN CAPTIVITY LIKE ANIMALS, WHILE CRIMINALS & LEFTIST THUGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THE STREETS, KILLING & BURNING WITH NO RETRIBUTION. MILLIONS ARE FLOODING THROUGH OUR OPEN BOARDERS, MANY FROM PRISONS & MENTAL INSTITUTIONS. CRIME & INFLATION ARE DESTROYING OUR VERY WAY OF LIFE..."
He then added, "NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE, WHICH HAS ALLOWED NEW RECORDS TO BE SET IN VIOLENT CRIME & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!"
MSNBC reported that the Manhattan DA, Alvin Bragg, is refusing to comment on the Truth Social post.
Again, it is noteworthy and possibly legally risky for him on so many levels, for him to end his post with a call for protests with the call to take the country back. This is how the Associated Press put it: Trump’s call for his supporters to protest that was especially jarring, evoking language that the then-president used shortly before the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. This is from The Washington Post:
Trump’s post was reminiscent of his call in late 2020 for supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 to protest the election results, urging them to “Be there, will be wild.” On Saturday, Truth Social users posted comments such as “all hell will break loose” in response to the possibility of Trump’s indictment.
On MSNBC Rep. Maxine Watters just said that he seemed to be trying to organize domestic terrorists to protest his arrest, and that she thought he was doing this for a reason. Attorney Barbara McQuade suggested that Trump's usual tactic is the best defense is a good offense.
According to Glenn Kirschner on the Katie Phang Show the former president's all-caps post on Truth Social that seems to encourage violence will become evidence in future indictments.
I have little doubt that Trump is reveling in the prospect of an indictment followed by an arrest. Unconsciously be may be afraid but I don't think he lets anxiety percolate into conscious awareness.
The word one hears the most is "victimization" used in the context of Trump and MAGA raging against the Democrats have weaponized the government to destroy the country.
Whether of not Trump has, as claimed, heard from so-called "illegal leaks" coming from Alvin Bragg's office isn't particularly relevant. He may have made have made this up based on hearing reports that such an indictment may be forthcoming. Again, Trump's usual modus operandi is to go on the offense whenever he feels threatened.
If I were Alvin Bragg I would do anything but arrest him on Tuesday, although the necessary co-ordination between his team, Trump's lawyers, and the Secret Service might not give him much leeway in the timing.
Trump of course will know for certain when the actual arrest is planned for and how it will occur, so Bragg will have to cede to him the ability to conduct a self-serving MAGA PR campaign around this. This gives him a decided advantage in how to plan his indictment day performance.
There are only a few things he can't control. One is whether or not cameras are allowed to film his perp walk and which entrance will be used for him to go into the building he is required to go to. I think hie wants to have this event to be shown all over the media.
Here's the Manhattan Criminal Court (north and south entrances) where Trump will probably be arraigned after he surrenders. I don't know if there's a basement entrance.
I wonder if he will be wearing a Make American Great Again hat going into the courthouse. New York doesn't allow men to wear hats inside their courts unless they are religious, although Trump could try to say MAGA is a religion..
On MSNBC Michael Cohen said that he doesn't think there were any leaks coming from Alvin Bragg's office, but that Trump would know the details of his arrest if it was imminent since this would have to be coordinated with his lawyers and Secret Service. Cohen also said, as did others on MSNBC earlier, that Trump could have called for peaceful protest, not just protest, and he knows exactly what he is doing by calling for the most extreme forms of protest just like he did on January 6th.
Aside from more proof Marjorie Taylor Greene is addressing an audience of one in her quest to run for vice president, she lays out all the claims Trump will make about the here.
No comment needed on this Kevin McCarthy tweet except that while he's not running for vice president on the Trump ticket he's desperate to keep his job lest he offend Marjorie Taylor Greene and he MAGA army.
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