Donald Trump claims police officers and staff ‘were actually crying’ as he was arrested and arraigned in a New York courthouse last week.
He made history as the first former US president to face criminal charges, denying 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in an alleged hush money scheme involving adult star Stormy Daniels.
In his first interview since, he said hardened custody officers at the court – ‘which is also a prison in a sense’ – with ‘no problem putting in murderers’ were ‘in tears or close to it’.
He added: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’
Footage from inside the Manhattan courthouse last week showed Trump surrounded by stony-faced staff – one of whom even appeared to refuse to hold the door open for him.
The former president has long been mocked for claiming people cry when they meet him.
Speaking to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, he said: ‘When I went to the courthouse, which is also a prison, in a sense, they signed me in and I’ll tell you, people were crying.
‘People that work there, professionally work there, that have no problems putting in murderers, they see everybody. It’s a tough, tough place, and they were crying. They were actually crying.
‘They said I’m sorry. They’d say “2024, sir, 2024” and tears are pouring down their eyes. I’ve never seen anything like it.
‘Those people are phenomenal. Those are your police. Those are the people that work at the courthouse, they’re unbelievable people.
‘Many of them were in tears or close to it. Many apologies – “we’re sorry, sir, we’re sorry”.
‘In one sense it was beautiful, because they get it, but in another sense it’s nasty – I went to the Wharton School of Finance, they didn’t teach me that.’
Later in the interview, Trump repeated his insistence that he is innocent and there is no case against him.
Carlson asked if there was ‘anything they could throw at [him] legally’ that would convince him to drop out of the 2024 race to the White House.
Trump replied: ‘No, I’d never drop out. It’s not my thing. I wouldn’t do it.’
There is no legal bar to running or winning the presidency as a convicted felon or even from behind bars.
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