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Former President Donald Trump addressed a question about potentially being convicted in any of the four indictments against him and facing the threat of jail time in a nonchalant manner during an interview with NBC’s Kristen Welker.
During a segment of the “Meet the Press” interview, Trump noted the prospect of serving time behind bars: “I’m built a little differently.”
“I don’t even think about it,” he said during the interview, which aired on Sunday. “I’m built a little differently, I guess because I have had people come up to me and say, ‘How do you do it, sir? How do you do it?’ I don’t even think about it.”
“I don’t even think about it. These are corrupt people that I’m dealing with,” he added. “They’re destroying our country. I don’t even think about it. All I think about is making the country great, making America great. Look, these are political, these are banana republic indictments. These are third-world indictments.”
At another point during the interview, Trump came back to Welker’s question about jail. “When you say, do I lose sleep? I sleep,” he said. “I sleep. Because I truly feel that, in the end, we’re going to win.”
The Washington Examiner added:
Trump is facing two federal criminal cases, one over his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving office and another over an alleged attempt to subvert the 2020 election results, the latter of which culminated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters.
When asked about his recent comments to a supportive crowd when he said, “I am your retribution,” Trump clarified he was speaking about “fairness,” adding he sees the prison sentences for some Jan. 6 rioters to be unfair when compared to punishments for people who joined in racial justice protests, some of which caused vast amounts of property damage and violence in cities across the nation.
“When I talk about retribution, I’m talking about fairness,” he said. “We have to treat people fairly. These people on Jan. 6, they went — some of them never even went into the building, and they’re being given sentences of, you know, many years.”
The former president said he would consider pardoning at least some people who were convicted for their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
Welker: “When you go to bed at night, do you worry about going to jail?”
President Trump: “No, I don’t really. I don’t even think about it. I’m built a little differently, I guess. I don’t even think about it. All I think about is making America great.” pic.twitter.com/yKGJqJ1T1y
— Martin Walsh (@MWalshUS) September 17, 2023
Welker, at another point, asked about calls for a “new generation of leaders in this country.”
“Well, it’s always time for a new generation,” Trump responded. “But, you know, some of the greatest world leaders have been in their 80s.”
“I’m not anywhere very near 80, by the way,” he continued. “And Biden’s not too old. I don’t think Biden’s too old. But I think he’s incompetent, and that’s a bigger problem. I don’t think 80 is old.”
Trump, furious at the legal war being waged against him by Democratic DAs and President Biden’s Justice Department, apparently is planning some payback should he win the 2024 election.
After being indicted a fourth time last month by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia, Trump said that he will appoint a “real” special counsel to look into allegations of corruption involving the current president and his family.
Trump’s remarks also came after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss as a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden — a move that has since led Weiss to file a gun-related charge against the first son, drawing criticism from Republicans and legal experts because it is a charge that completely severs Joe Biden from any liability, even as GOP committees say they are continuing to dig up evidence of past corruption on his part.
Weiss was also one of the architects behind the “sweetheart” Hunter plea deal that fell apart last month in a Delaware federal courtroom.