As he kind of does a lot, Donald Trump could be making his personal legal situation worse with some of the public rhetoric he’s spreading amid a threat of indictment in New York.
Observers became concerned when the ex-president recently took to Truth Social, which is his knock-off social media site, and posted an image (attached to an article) showing himself holding a baseball bat next to a picture of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been investigating already illegal hush money from before the 2016 presidential election and could soon bring the expected case. It’s gotten more explicit, too. In comments on Truth Social from Friday, Trump explicitly raised the threat of so-called death and destruction, from whatever source, should he be criminally charged.
“Threatening a prosecutor is a crime in NY. In fact MULTIPLE crimes,” Norm Eisen, a former ethics lawyer in the Obama White House, said online after Trump’s post began circulating. Eisen also listed some of the possibly provable offenses, from harassment to stalking. So far, not many of Trump’s supporters have actually responded in person to his also ongoing calls for demonstrations on his behalf, at least in New York City itself, where even the obviously conservatively leaning Fox News acknowledged the story that demonstrators against Trump were generally outnumbering the former president’s actual supporters.
Trump, though, remains at it. “What kind of person can charge another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and leading candidate (by far!) for the Republican Party nomination, with a Crime, when it is known by all that NO Crime has been committed, & also known that potential death & destruction in such a false charge could be catastrophic for our Country?” he said online at 1 a.m. Eastern early this Friday. “Why & who would do such a thing? Only a degenerate psychopath that truely hates the USA!” It’s not just Trump expressing implicit — or just explicit — support for violence. A group of House Republicans including Marjorie Taylor Greene was set to visit inmates in D.C. jail with cases from January 6 on Friday.
Threatening a prosecutor is a crime in NY. In fact MULTIPLE crimes:
Harassment in the first degree NYPL 240.25;
menacing in the second degree NYPL 120.14;
stalking in the fourth or third degree NYPL 120.45 & 120.50
And that’s just for starters…. https://t.co/yRFJZlo6YO
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) March 23, 2023