Donald Trump has warned of possible ‘death and destruction’ if indicted for allegedly making silent payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In a post on the Truth Social network, the social media platform he founded, the former US president stepped up his rhetoric even beyond his usual level of emphasis and threat.
“What kind of person can accuse another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and leading candidate (by far! ) for the Republican Party nomination, of a crime, when everyone knows that NO crime was committed, and also knows that the potential death and destruction in such a false accusation could be catastrophic for our country?” Mr. Trump wrote on Friday.
“Why and who would do such a thing? Only a degenerate psychopath who really (sic) hates the United States! »
The attack appears to be aimed at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is leading the criminal investigation into whether Mr Trump paid Ms Daniels $130,000 to keep her from revealing to the press an alleged sexual affair between them.
A grand jury had invited Mr Trump to testify in the case this week – often a sign that an indictment is near.
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This is just one of many criminal and civil investigations the former president faces.
His Trump Organization is being sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James for fraud, while the US Department of Justice investigates whether he removed classified White House documents.
He also faces charges related to attempts to alter Georgia’s 2020 election results and the Jan. 6 storming of Congress.
Mr Trump has stepped up his language in recent days as he seeks to fire up his base to show their support for him in public. He claimed over the weekend that he would be arrested on Tuesday and called on his supporters to “PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION!”.
On Thursday, after Republican allies warned against violent protests, Mr Trump posted: ‘OUR COUNTRY IS DESTROYED, AS THEY TELL US TO BE PEACEFUL!’
He also posted a link to an article illustrated with a composite image of himself with a baseball bat next to Mr Bragg’s.