Donald Trump reportedly told his advisors and those close to him recently that he is ready to escalate attacks against the Manhattan prosecutor who is overseeing the criminal prosecution into his hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 following his indictment by a grand jury.
Trump reportedly told associates over the weekend at Mar-A-Lago that it was time to “rough ’em up,” referring to those involved with his indictment.
Trump has been vocal about his indictment on Truth Social where he has said that his indictment is politically motivated.
Referencing Merchan, Trump said: “The Judge ‘assigned’ to my Witch Hunt Case, a ‘Case’ that has NEVER BEEN CHARGED BEFORE, HATES ME”.
This development follows news about alleged strategy meetings Trump had with advisers and associates on how to make the indictment work in his favor.
A source close to Trump said that one idea mulled over by Trump and his advisors was whether a picture of Trump’s mugshot, should one be taken, be put on a t-shirt and sold to supporters.
In spite of the indictment, a recent Yahoo poll shows Trump still holding a lead over Florida Governor Ron De Santis in a poll for who voters want to be the GOP nominee for 2024. The poll showed Trump leading DeSantis by 57% to 31%. The other 12% of votes were attributed to other candidates. When the poll was extended to a wider field on candidates, Trump still maintained a lead with 52% of the vote.
Trump recently took to Truth Social to vent his frustrations at having his trial in New York, where he believes he won’t get a fair hearing.
“The Corrupt D.A. has no case. What he does have is a venue where it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to get a Fair Trial (it must be changed!), and a Trump Hating Judge, hand selected by the Soros backed D.A. (he must be changed!). Also has the DOJ working in the D.A.’s Office – Unprecedented!”
“I will be leaving Mar-a-Lago on Monday at 12 noon, heading to Trump Tower in New York. On Tuesday morning I will be going to, believe it or not, the Courthouse. America was not supposed to be this way!”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN
PHOTO CREDIT: THE NEW YORK TIMES
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