The news has stunned many, as the ex-president’s aggressive tactics have been a topic of much debate and controversy.
According to sources close to the matter, the ex-president was initially taken aback by the indictment, but has since adopted a combative stance, indicating his willingness to fight back against his accusers using any means necessary.
Recently, Donald Trump has informed his advisors and close associates of his intentions to intensify his attacks against the Manhattan prosecutor.
The prosecutor had revived a criminal case regarding hush money payments made to the adult film actress, Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s grand jury indictment has now prompted him to escalate his rhetoric and adopt an aggressive stance against his opponents.
Sources close to the former president revealed that Trump has vowed to take the offensive and “rough ’em up” in a private moment over the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump has already expressed his intentions to go after the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, on his social media platform, Truth Social. Trump has accused the prosecutor of being a psychopath and called the prosecution purely political.
Trump’s recent inflammatory remarks are indicative of his unwavering determination to engage in verbal sparring with prosecutors. This tactic is a tried and tested strategy that Trump resorts to when faced with legal challenges that he knows he cannot evade.
Trump’s associates maintain that he intends to double down on his attacks against the Manhattan prosecutor.
The criminal case centers around the $130,000 payment that Trump made to Stormy Daniels through his former lawyer Michael Cohen in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump later reimbursed Cohen with monthly $35,000 checks that were recorded as legal expenses. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal tax evasion and campaign-finance violation charges.
Despite Trump’s indictment, Robert Jones, the president and founder of Public Religion Research Institute and author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, believes that white evangelicals will remain loyal to Trump.
According to Jones, public opinion data suggests that the indictment will not make much difference to the support base of white evangelicals.