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Trump says prison could be a ‘breaking point’ for Americans

REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ / MAY 30 Former US President Donald Trump pumps a fist outside Trump Tower after the verdict in his criminal trial on allegations that he falsified company records to hide money he paid to porn star in New York City in 2016 To silence Stormy Daniels.

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REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ / MAY 30

Former US President Donald Trump pumps a fist outside Trump Tower after the verdict in his criminal trial over allegations that he falsified company records to hide money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in New York City in 2016.

WASHINGTON >> Donald Trump said he would accept house arrest or prison time after his historic conviction last week by a New York jury, but that it would be “difficult” for the public to accept.

“I’m not sure the public would accept this,” the Republican presidential candidate told Fox News in an interview that aired Sunday. “I think it will be difficult for the public to accept this. You know, at some point there’s a breaking point.”

Trump did not elaborate on what he thought would happen if that point is reached.

When asked what Trump supporters should do if he were jailed, Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, told CNN: “Well, they’re going to do what they’ve done from the beginning, which is stay calm and protest at the ballot box. November 5. There is no other option than to make your voice heard loud and clear and speak out against this.”

Trump has used his beliefs to ramp up his fundraising efforts but has not otherwise attempted to mobilize his supporters, unlike his comments protesting his 2020 loss to Biden, which were followed by an attack by his supporters on January 6, 2021 on the US. Capitol.

The RNC and the Trump campaign raised $70 million in the 48 hours after the verdict, Lara Trump said, a figure Reuters could not independently verify.

Trump has vowed to appeal his conviction by the New York jury, which found him guilty of 34 crimes for falsifying documents to cover up a payment to silence a porn star ahead of the 2016 election .

But the matter is unlikely to be resolved before November’s presidential election, when he will try to take back the White House from Democratic President Joe Biden. Polls show a close race between the two men and his conviction could hurt him, as well as some Republican voters and independents.

Trump still faces three other criminal cases, although they are unlikely to go to trial before the election. He denies wrongdoing in all cases and calls the allegations a Democratic conspiracy to prevent him from competing.

Biden, meanwhile, has sought to defend the country’s justice system, saying it is “reckless” and “dangerous” to call the verdict “rigged.” The US Department of Justice denies any political interference.

Trump lawyer Will Scharf told ABC News’ “This Week” that he does not expect Trump “ultimately to be subjected to any punishment whatsoever” and planned to take the case to the Supreme Court.

US Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson, a Trump ally, told Fox News Sunday that he knows the court’s judges and that they, like us, are deeply concerned about the preservation of our justice system.