Politicians and pundits react to possible Trump arrest and indictment

Twitter CEO and Tesla founder Elon Musk said that if Trump were to be arrested, he would win re-election in 2024.

Updated: March 18, 2023 - 1:07pm

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With the latest news of former President Donald Trump possibly getting indicted and arrested in the upcoming week, elected officials and media commentators took to social media to share their thoughts on the matter.

Trump announced Saturday on his Truth Social platform that he expects to be indicted and arrested Tuesday and he called for the nation to protest.

"Now illegal leaks from a corrupt & highly political Manhattan district attorneys office, which has allowed new records to be set in violent crime & whose leader is funded by George Soros, indicate that, with no crime being able to be proven, & based on an old & fully debunked (by numerous other prosecutors!) fairytale, the far & away leading Republican candidate & former president of the United States of America, will be arrested on Tuesday of next week," Trump wrote.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced via social media that he was going to direct committees to look into whether federal funds were used for this impending indictment.

"Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump," McCarthy wrote

"I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions," he continued.

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Twitter CEO and Tesla founder Elon Musk said that if Trump were to be arrested, he would win re-election in 2024.

"If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory," Musk wrote via Twitter. 

Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton made a similar prediction on CNN Saturday morning. 

Former Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted that he supports the indictment, but it would be a sad day for the country.

"An arrest of the former President is a sad day for our country," he wrote. "Assuming the evidence is what it seems, it's the correct decision, nobody is above the law. But this should not be celebrated. It's quite sad this man actually the front runner for the GOP."

GOP Texas Congressman Chip Roy, who recently endorsed Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination for president, called the impending indictment "politically motivated."

"The impending indictment of President Trump in NY must be treated as it is: a politically-motivated prosecution based on a strained, convoluted legal theory. It makes clear the danger of a politicized "justice" system that will be (is being) weaponized against ALL Americans," Roy said via Twitter.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who was one of the first members of Congress to back Trump when he announced his run, called the possible indictment "un-American." 

"This is un-American and the radical Left has reached a dangerous new low of Third World countries," Stefanik said in a written statement. "Knowing they cannot beat President Trump at the ballot box, the Radical Left will now follow the lead of Socialist Dictators and reportedly arrest President Trump, the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States."

One of Trump's biggest allies, conservative firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), called out Republicans who have stayed silent on the matter. 

"The base has had enough of Republicans that won't stand up for the people and against the Democrats war against Trump, his admin, his supporters, and traditional values," Greene wrote.

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Libertarian political activist Spike Cohen said he's not sure if this indictment will even happen and would wait and see. 

"This is about the 297438373rd time I've heard that Trump is about to be arrested," Cohen wrote. "We shall see. You know the old saying: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 297438374 times, shame on me."

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said that these charges against the former president don't make any sense. 

"These charges make no sense, and that's why they're doing them. A PRIVATE SETTLEMENT somehow becomes a FELONY justifying putting handcuffs on a former PRESIDENT? But as with all show trials, the point is to show the regime can get anybody on any pretext," D'Souza stated.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office is preparing to issue an indictment for alleged hush money payments Trump made as a presidential candidate in 2016.