Trump predicted he’d be arrested earlier this month, posting on his social media site Truth Social that his supporters should “PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK.” He later warned there could be “potential death and destruction” if he should be charged with a crime.
Read live updates on the aftermath of the grand jury’s vote below:
'Probably Not The Best Time To Give Up Your AR-15,' Tucker Carlson Tells Viewers
Carlson’s guest, right-wing activist Ned Ryun, also warned that America was headed for a “one-party state and authoritarian government” and urged Republicans to take up a policy of “mutually assured destruction” against Democrats, whom he accused of “launching nukes at us.”
“Probably not the best time to give up your AR-15, and I think most people know that,” Carlson commented after Ryun’s spiel.
Carlson hyped up the possibility of impending armed conflict for his entire show. Noting the recent mass shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, and Donald Trump’s indictment, Carlson had earlier asked a guest, “It almost feels like they're pushing the population to react. ‘We think they’re demoralized and passive, let's see if they really are.’ At what point do we conclude they’re doing this in order to produce a reaction?”
Later, another guest, commentator Jason Whitlock, agreed with Carlson’s assessment, saying, “They are agitating for unrest, that’s the only way to interpret this.”
“I’m ready for whatever’s next, and I hope every other man out there watching this show — I hope you’re ready for whatever’s next,” Whitlock added later. “If that’s what they want, let’s get to it.”
“It feels like this is not the behavior of people who want the current system to continue,” Carlson responded. Whitlock concluded his appearance by referring to “elites,” saying “they are the devils, they’re the ones that don’t believe in God.”
“Jason Whitlock, I agree, thank you very much,” Carlson responded.
Schumer Speaks Out
Trump To Turn Himself In On Tuesday, NYT Reports
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Calls Trump Indictment 'Un-American' And Attacks Manhattan DA
The potential 2024 presidential candidate also jumped at the opportunity to criticize Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, claiming that he consistently bent the law to “downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct,” but by indicting Trump is “stretching the law to target a political opponent.”
“Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” he wrote.
Fox Host Can't Stop Making Fat Jokes About Manhattan DA
After spotting footage of Bragg — who he claimed had been nicknamed "Fat Alvin" —entering a vehicle, Watters commented, “We see Bragg, he’s the big one, just got into the SUV there, no statement, nothing. He’ll probably go home and eat.”
Later, Watters expressed astonishment that Bragg “indicted a former president and then he left for dinner and didn’t say a word.”
A few minutes after that, Watters snarked, “Bragg’s not holding something behind his back unless it's a sandwich.”
Key Things To Know So Far…
- A Manhattan grand jury has indicted Trump in connection with a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she received the money in the final months of the 2016 election to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the former president.
- Trump has released two statements reacting to the news. He claims Democrats have “lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession” with prosecuting him.
- Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney overseeing the investigation into Trump, said his office is in touch with Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender.
Trump’s Arrest Could Happen By Next Week
Citing two anonymous sources, NBC News reported that Trump would be arraigned next week as well. According to ABC News, his arraignment could happen as soon as Tuesday.
Tacopina previously confirmed to Insider that Trump would “follow normal procedure” if indicted.
Eric Trump Takes Dig At Manhattan Grand Jury And District Attorney Alvin Bragg
He added: “It is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year.”
Authorities Working To Coordinate Trump's Surrender
Earlier this month, news outlets reported that various law enforcement agencies were hammering out logistical details for Trump's surrender, a process that would involve his Secret Service detail. According to The New York Times, Trump will be fingerprinted, photographed and possibly handcuffed upon his arrest.
Stormy Daniels Tweets 2-Word Response About Trump's Indictment
"Thank you," she wrote.
Trump Has Been ‘INDICATED’
“These Thugs and Radical Left Monsters have just INDICATED the 45th President of the United States of America, and the leading Republican Candidate, by far, for the 2024 Nomination for President,” he wrote, misspelling “indicted.”
Mike Pence Anticipated To Reject Trump Indictment
While the former vice president has been increasingly critical of his ex-political partner, Pence previously said that indicting Trump would be troubling “in what appears to be a politically charged environment in New York where the attorney general and other elected officials literally campaigned on a pledge to prosecute the former president.”
The Democratic National Committee Reacts
“No matter what happens in Trump’s upcoming legal proceedings, it’s obvious the Republican Party remains firmly in the hold of Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans," DNC national press secretary Ammar Moussa said in the statement, per NBC News.
"We will continue to hold Trump and all Republican candidates accountable for the extreme MAGA agenda that includes banning abortion, cutting Social Security and Medicare, and undermining free and fair elections.”
Trump's Already Fundraising Off This
Citing part of the statement he released earlier, the email looks like a letter from Trump and asks for funds "to defend our movement from the never-ending witch hunts and WIN the WHITE HOUSE in 2024 – for 1,500% impact."
Exonerated Central Park 5 Member Calls Trump’s Indictment ‘Karma’
“Karma,” Yusef Salaam, a New York City council candidate and one of the five exonerated men, said in a statement Thursday about Trump’s indictment.
Donald Trump Jr. Calls Dad's Indictment 'Communist-Level S**t'
“Let’s be clear, folks, this is communist-level shit,” he said. “This is stuff that would make Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, it would make them blush, it’s so flagrant, it’s so crazed.”
Trump Jr. said the indictment “hinges on a disgraced, jailed and disbarred clown lawyer Michael Cohen, along with a really shaky, murky legal theory surrounding finance law.”
Cohen was “disgraced, jailed and disbarred” over his role in helping former President Donald Trump cover up payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
“I believe this Witch-Hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden," Trump said.
"The American people realize exactly what the Radical Left Democrats are doing here. Everyone can see it. So our Movement, and our Party - united and strong - will first defeat Alvin Bragg, and then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we are going to throw every last one of these Crooked Democrats out of office so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" he added, referencing the Manhattan district attorney.