Ahead of his Thursday afternoon arraignment in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump has been using social media to express his frustration, launching attacks on various targets, including the Democratic Party, President Joe Biden, fellow Republicans, and even fundraising off his indictment.
In one post, Trump seemed to suggest that if he were to become President again, he would use the U.S. Department of Justice to target President Biden and the Democrats. In another, he criticized fellow GOP presidential candidate Will Hurd and Fox News.
In a post just past midnight, Trump mischaracterized the legal basis of his four-felony indictment related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election, declaring, “The Radical Left wants to Criminalize Free Speech!”
Just before noon, shortly before his third arraignment, Trump appeared to mock the charges by saying, “I need one more indictment to ensure my election!”
Facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights, Trump’s posts have raised eyebrows and led some to question the tone and accuracy of his statements.
At 12:01 PM, the ex-president, appearing to make a bold statement, announced, “I am now going to Washington, D.C., to be arrested for having challenged a corrupt, rigged, & stolen election. It is a great honor because I am being arrested for you. Make America great again!!!”
However, it should be noted that Trump is expected to be arrested for the charges brought against him and not specifically for challenging the election. Numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have rejected Trump’s claims of election fraud, and top election officials have confirmed the integrity and security of the 2020 election.
Despite the legal consensus and even statements from his own Attorney General, Bill Barr, Trump continues to maintain his stance and use social media as a platform to voice his grievances.