Former President Donald Trump said over the weekend that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday.
In anticipation of protests, Manhattan police have begun erecting metal barricades at the Manhattan court house and Trump Tower.
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In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a 2024 Republican presidential primary frontrunner behind only Trump, weighed in on the situation by bashing the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as a “menace to society.”
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“I’ve seen rumors swirl, I have not seen any facts yet, and so I don’t know what’s going to happen,” DeSantis told a reporter when asked about Trump’s potential indictment. DeSantis blasted the far-Left prosecutor who has taken huge campaign donations from billionaire George Soros.
“But I do know this: The Manhattan district attorney is a Soros-funded prosecutor. And so he, like other Soros-funded prosecutors, they weaponize their office to impose a political agenda on society at the expense of the rule of law and public safety,” DeSantis. “He has downgraded over fifty percent of felonies to misdemeanors.”
But he also included a small dig at Trump’s prior scandals, too.
“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star or to secure silence over some time of alleged affair. I just – I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said in a dig at Trump.
“But what I can speak is that you have a prosecutor who is ignoring crimes happening every single day in his jurisdiction and he chooses to go back many, many years ago to try to use something about porn star hush money payments,” he said.
“You know, that’s an example of pursuing a political agenda. I think that’s fundamentally wrong.”
“They ignore crime and they empower criminals and that hurts people. It hurts a lot of people every single day,” DeSantis said later. “These Soros district attorneys are a menace to society.”
“We won’t be involved in this. I have no interest in getting involved in some type of manufactured circus by some Soros DA. Okay, he’s trying to do a political spectacle, he’s trying to virtue signal for his base. I’ve got real issues I got a deal with here in the state of Florida,” he continued.
“I’ve got to spend my time on issues that actually matter to people.”
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DeSantis adds: "We won’t be involved in this. I have no interest in getting involved in some type of manufactured circus by some Soros DA…He’s trying to do a political spectacle. He’s trying to virtue signal for his base. I’ve got real issues I got to deal with here in FL." pic.twitter.com/PDbJKEDvea
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 20, 2023