Former President Donald Trump said being criminally prosecuted is just “part of the job description.”
Trump, who faces four criminal indictments and a total of 91 felony charges so far this year, said he was not “thrilled” about his escalating legal woes but suggested the indictments stemmed from a rally in Rapid City, South Dakota. Routine. , Friday night.
The former president, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed he was the victim of “witch hunt” and “election interference,” also reiterated that the indictments were a “badge of honor” and that he was being punished “for” his crimes. sued. supporter.
“Every time the radical left Democrats, the Marxists, the communists and the fascists sue me, I take it as a huge badge of honor,” Trump said. “I will get sued because of you. I will. Getting sued because of you. I’m not happy about that. But it’s part of the job description, isn’t it?”
When asked to clarify the positions in question, Trump spokesman Steven Cheung told Weekly newspaper Former president’s remarks touch on ‘jobs as a leader and against [President] Joe Biden and the deep state weaponized the justice system to interfere in the election. “
The immediate reaction to the remarks on social media largely assumed Trump was referring to the presidency.
“I’m pretty sure that being prosecuted for trying to subvert the democratic process of this country is not part of the job as envisioned by the founding fathers,” @IndyMegs1 release sent to X (formerly Twitter) in response to a clip shared by the @AccountableGOP account.
“<审视美国总统的角色>Uh, isn’t it? ” release @carbage_justin.
“No,” @shillman1 release. “Being sued is not part of the job description.”
Weekly newspaper Comments were sought from the White House and the Biden campaign via email Friday evening.
In addition to the four criminal cases, Trump faces multiple civil lawsuits that he also believes are part of a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
A number of recent legal complaints have indirectly targeted Trump, claiming he is no longer qualified to hold public office due to a legal theory under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in an attempt to block his return to the White House.
The amendment prohibits a person who “engages in rebellion or insurrection” after being sworn in from running for office again. While legal experts are divided, some say Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol automatically disqualifies him.
In a Truth Society post on Monday, Trump denounced the theory as a “trick” by “radical left communists.” Hours before appearing at a rally on Friday, the former president lashed out at the “slimeballs” who are suing to remove him from Colorado’s ballot on the same grounds.
Despite his legal troubles, Trump remains a distant second among the Republican candidates in the 2024 election, with recent polls consistently showing him more than 40 points ahead of his nearest rival, Ron DeSantis.