Prominent media figures have taken to Twitter to express their anxiety over former President Donald Trump calling on Americans to protest his potential arrest and “take back our country”.
Many pundits linked Trump’s message, which he broadcast on Truth Social, with a call for violence and other “January 6 conversations,” referring to the Capitol Riot that occurred. in January 2021.
The former president posted a lengthy message from Truth Social decrying news that the New York DA is likely to arrest him next week. Reports have indicated that Trump could be indicted for paying porn star Stormy Daniels money while he was a presidential candidate in 2016.
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After speaking with a court source, Fox News Digital reported Friday that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office plans to meet “with law enforcement to” discuss logistics for some time next week. , which would mean they anticipate an arraignment next week. “
Trump tore up the news in an outraged post in all caps Saturday morning, during which he also acknowledged he could very well be detained.
He wrote: “NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPTED AND HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT LAW OFFICE, WHICH HELPED SET NEW VIOLENT CRIME RECORDS AND WHOSE HEAD IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT , NO CRIME CABLE TO BE PROVEN, AND BASED ON AN OLD FAIRY TALE AND FULLY BROUGHT OUT (BY MANY OTHER PROSECUTORS!), THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY NEXT WEEK . PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION! “
Reporters focused on Trump’s last sentence about protesting and taking the nation back, saying it was clearly an outbreak of civil unrest.
Politico’s senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney tweeted about the developing situation, writing, “Anticipating imminent charges against him in Manhattan, Trump called on his supporters on Saturday to ‘Take Back Our Nation,’ a disturbing exhortation recalling his appeals of January 6.”
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He added: “Lots of similarities to 1/6 of Trump’s calls, including giving backers a target day to come together. But unlike two years ago, there’s no natural place to meet, or even the certainty that Tuesday is the right day.”
“American Whitelash” author and journalist Wesley Lowery noted, “A major risk in indicting Trump has always been that there are millions of people who believe him (unfoundedly) to be the rightful leader of the country and millions of others who see him as the leader of their movement – some of them have shown that they are ready to attempt a coup if he asks.”
Presidential historian and NBC News pundit Michael Beschloss wondered, “Will social media be available to amplify it if he calls for national violence?”
Independent columnist Ahmed Baba wrote, “Trump is telling his supporters to protest and ‘take back our nation’. Law enforcement better be prepared this time because it’s the January 6 talk.”
HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Philip Lewis said, “Protesting, taking back our nation” is not political talk. It is Trump who is calling for violence, and that is clear.
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MSNBC contributor David Corn commented: “And in recent posts, he has either condoned or dismissed the January 6 violence. He’s an authoritarian willing to (again) use violence for his own ends. That’s a threat to the nation.”
Lincoln Project founder Rick Wilson commented on Trump’s statement on the arrest and potential protests, tweeting, “It’ll be crazy.”