Trump Suggests Imprisoning Rivals, Slams E. Jean Carroll in Explosive Talk

Former President Trump faces legal battles on multiple fronts

by Zain ul Abedin
Trump Suggests Imprisoning Rivals, Slams E. Jean Carroll in Explosive Talk
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In a recent fiery interview on Newsmax, former President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of accusations against writer E. Jean Carroll and hinted that his political adversaries might soon find themselves behind bars. This provocative statement came shortly after a Manhattan jury convicted him on all 34 counts in a hush money trial linked to his alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

During the televised conversation, Trump openly flouted a standing gag order, which prohibits public discourse about the jury involved in his case. The gag order remains in effect, yet Trump seemed to disregard this legal constraint, raising questions about the potential impact on his sentencing scheduled for July 11.

Legal analysts are speculating whether his continual disregard for the gag order might influence the judge's decision regarding his punishment. Moreover, Trump addressed his earlier baseless claims about never advocating for the imprisonment of his former Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton.

He ambiguously remarked on Newsmax, "Wouldn't it really be bad? … wouldn’t it be terrible to throw the president’s wife and the former secretary of state … put the president’s wife into jail?” He suggested that such actions, though he deems them terrible, might be reciprocated by his opponents.

Trump Denies Carroll Claims

Trump also vehemently criticized the verdict from his recent trial and discussed other ongoing legal battles, particularly focusing on the dual defamation verdicts handed down by Carroll. He maintained his stance of unfamiliarity with Carroll, claiming, “I’ve never met this woman, I don’t know this woman,” a statement that echoes the central issue in the lawsuits against him.

He dismissed the accusations as baseless, criticizing the substantial monetary judgments awarded to Carroll. Carroll, who has twice successfully sued Trump, resulting in a jury finding him liable for s-xual abuse in a 1990s incident in a Manhattan department store and subsequent defamation, leading to a combined $88.3 million in damages.

The substantial sum awarded in the second defamation case was aimed to be punitive enough to deter Trump from further defamation. As Trump plans to appeal the second case, having already posted a significant bond, Carroll's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, hinted at the possibility of more legal action.

She told the New York Times that considering Trump's ongoing derogatory remarks, "all options are on the table" for addressing future defamation.