Former President Donald Trump claimed court officers were crying and apologizing to him when they booked him last Tuesday during his Manhattan arraignment.
Trump sat down with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson for an interview, which will be aired Tuesday night.
While Trump bashed Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg and other top prosecutors charged with looking into his conduct and businesses, he sent out a statement last week that called the cops and court employees ‘unbelievably nice.’
Asked about the experience by Carlson, Trump called them ‘incredible.’
‘When I went to the courthouse, which is also a prison in a sense, they signed me in and I’ll tell you people were crying – people that work there, professionally work there, that have no problems putting in murderers and they see everybody,’ Trump said. ‘It’s tough, tough place, and they were crying. They were actually crying. They said “I’m sorry.”‘
So in one sense it was beautiful,’ Trump said. ‘Because they get it.’
The ex-president joked that they never taught arraignments at Wharton, where he attended business school, then calling it a ‘sad’ day as well.
Trump’s day in court marked a first for an American president – becoming the first to be indicted after leaving office.
Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in relation to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock, $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
He pleaded not guilty at the New York Criminal Court, after the 16-page indictment was unsealed.
That night, Trump raved at Mar-a-Lago about the key prosecutors and judges participating.
He said Bragg campaigned ‘on the fact that he would get President Trump.’
He also went after Judge Juan Manuel Merchan, who’s presiding over the New York hush-money case.
‘I have a Trump-hating judge, with a Trump-hating wife and family, whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris and now receives money from the Biden-Harris campaign and a lot of it,’ Trump confronted from the podium at his Florida home and resort.
He also blamed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – calling her a ‘local racist Democrat district attorney in Atlanta.’
Willis, who is black, is overseeing a case where Trump could be charged over his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election result in the state of Georgia.
Trump also called New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is also black, a ‘racist in reverse’ for pursuing fraud cases against his businesses.
The ex-president also dubbed Special Counsel Jack Smith a ‘lunatic.’
Smith, who was appointed by President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland, is conducting two federal, Trump-related probes – his supervision of classified documents after leaving the White House and his role in the January 6 Capitol attack.
The next day, however, he released a statement praising the professionalism of the police officers and court employees he interacted with.
‘The GREAT PATRIOTS inside and outside of the Courthouse on Tuesday were unbelievably nice, in fact, they couldn’t have been nicer,’ Trump said. ‘Court attendants, Police Officers, and others were all very professional, and represented New York City sooo well.’
Tucker Carlson asks Trump if there's anything legally that the Democrats can throw at him that will cause him to drop out of the presidential race
Trump: "No, I'll never drop out"pic.twitter.com/wYAyhNeB4U
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Trump nails it.
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