Being arrested for difficult the 2020 election is a “nice honor,” former US president Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday, earlier than getting right into a motorcade headed for Washington, DC. He’s supposed to look in courtroom later within the day to reply a six-count indictment by particular counsel Jack Smith.
“I’m now going to Washington, DC to be arrested for having challenged a corrupt, rigged and stolen election,” Trump posted on his Fact Social platform. “It’s a nice honor, as a result of I’m being arrested for you.”
He ended the put up with “Make America Nice Once more!” the slogan of his profitable 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
On Tuesday, Smith made public a 45-page indictment by a federal grand jury in Washington on costs associated to the January 6, 2021 riot on the US Capitol. Smith claimed that Trump knew his claims about irregularities within the 2020 election have been false however stored making them, thus creating “an intense nationwide ambiance of distrust and anger, and erod[ing] public religion within the administration of the election.” He additionally alleged that Trump’s “conspiracies” focused “a bedrock perform of the USA federal authorities.”
Trump responded by releasing a fundraising electronic mail, telling supporters that the “corrupt” authorities is making an attempt to lock him up for 561 years – “six lifetimes!” – so as to intimidate People into submission.
“There’s solely ONE MESSAGE somebody can ship by making an attempt to throw you in jail for six lifetimes, and that’s FEAR. The worry that in case you vote for the ONLY candidate who places you FIRST, you too might be harassed, indicted, and even ARRESTED by the present Marxist regime in Washington,” the e-mail mentioned.
Trump is presently the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, far forward of all different contenders. He has persistently argued that there have been irregularities within the 2020 election, wherein he received 10 million extra votes than in 2020 however formally misplaced to Democrat Joe Biden.
The January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress was disrupted by protesters simply as Republicans have been about to object to certification of the state election outcomes. The session was later re-convened underneath emergency procedures and the outcomes have been licensed with out debate.