Most Americans Say That Jailing Trump If He Violates His Gag Order Again Would Be ‘Appropriate’

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Though there’s an apparent possibility that Donald Trump is actually wishing for the outcome so that he can try using it to his political advantage, it doesn’t look like his jailing on violations of a gag order in his New York City criminal case would go how he might’ve expected/hoped.

Amid Trump’s case, which is in the middle of trial, he was put under a gag order from the presiding judge that protects witnesses, jurors, and others. He was already found in contempt in the context of that order ten times (nine of those violations being established at once), and the judge — Juan Merchan, known locally as a Justice — has threatened a possibility of jail-time if Trump keeps it up. The threat didn’t stop Trump from seemingly ranting recently about a specific member of the prosecution — someone covered by the gag order — before a recent day in court amid the trial.

Respondents in recent polling from YouGov and The Economist were asked, in part, the following: “Do you think that jail time would be an appropriate or inappropriate sentence for Trump repeatedly violating the gag order?” Fifty-three percent said they thought the outcome would be appropriate, while only 32 percent — not even one-third — answered the opposite. (The rest said that they were not sure.)

Trump, for his part, has compared himself to Nelson Mandela. “If this Partisan Hack wants to put me in the “clink” for speaking the open and obvious TRUTH, I will gladly become a Modern Day Nelson Mandela – It will be my GREAT HONOR,” he said last month on the social media platform Truth Social, referring to Merchan and the gag order. Outside this context but still in the related area of Trump’s incessant complaints about his legal hurdles, he has also seemingly tried to compare himself to Alexei Navalny, a political opposition leader inside Russia who died in detention under Putin’s regime.