Former President Donald Trump has declared on his social media platform, Truth Social, that he will be arrested next week, calling for protests. However, a spokesperson clarified that Trump did not write his post with direct knowledge of any arrest timing.
The declaration has caused concern and confusion among Trump’s supporters, while Speaker Kevin McCarthy has called for investigations into politically motivated prosecutions. The timing of Trump’s potential indictment remains unclear, but it is clear that tensions will remain high on all sides as the investigation continues.
Trump Declares He Will Be Arrested, Calls for Protests: Tensions Mount as Indictment Looms
With a Manhattan grand jury indictment looming over former President Donald J. Trump, tensions are running high as he seeks to rally his supporters to his side. On Saturday morning, Mr. Trump made a startling announcement on his new social media platform, Truth Social, declaring that he would be arrested on Tuesday of the following week and calling for protests.
In a post made at 7:26 a.m., Mr. Trump wrote, “THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” The post was immediately shared widely on social media, causing concern and confusion among Mr. Trump’s supporters.
However, two hours later, a spokesperson for Mr. Trump issued a statement clarifying that the former President had not written his post with direct knowledge of the timing of any arrest. The spokesperson added, “President Trump is rightfully highlighting his innocence and the weaponization of our injustice system.”
Despite the clarification, Mr. Trump’s post had already made an impact. Within hours, Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a prominent Republican and close ally of Mr. Trump, posted on Twitter calling for investigations into whether federal funds were being used for “politically motivated prosecutions.” This was seen as a thinly veiled threat to Manhattan’s district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, who is leading the investigation into Mr. Trump’s business dealings.
The timing of Mr. Trump’s potential indictment remains unclear, but the threat of arrest has clearly struck a nerve among his supporters. This latest development comes as the former President continues to face legal challenges on multiple fronts, including investigations into his business dealings and the events leading up to the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
As the investigation into Mr. Trump’s actions continues, it is clear that tensions will remain high on all sides. The coming days and weeks will be a critical time for both Mr. Trump and the broader political landscape in the United States.