In his first interview since a jury convicted him last week, Donald Trump presented a resigned yet defiant demeanor, expressing minimal personal concern over the potential consequences, while Republican figures orchestrated a defense, strategizing to challenge the prosecutors involved. The interview, which aired on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” captured Trump’s complex reactions to his recent legal defeat.

“I’m OK with it,” Trump declared when asked about the possibility of jail or house arrest after being found guilty of 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records concerning payments made to Stormy Daniels, intended to influence the 2016 presidential election. Despite his personal stoicism, Trump voiced concerns about the public’s reaction: “I’m not sure the public would stand for it,” he said, suggesting a potential breaking point for his supporters, via CNN.

Trump’s comments also hinted at retribution against his political adversaries should he secure a second presidential term. “It sounds beautiful, right: You know, my revenge will be success. And I mean that. But it’s awfully hard when you see what they’ve done,” Trump admitted, labeling his opponents as “evil” yet expressing a wish for national unity.

In a coordinated response, House Speaker Mike Johnson criticized the Manhattan prosecutors, accusing them of “weaponization of the federal government” and promising a robust counteraction. He disclosed plans for a Judiciary Committee hearing on June 13, intended to scrutinize the actions of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and prosecutor Matthew Colangelo. Johnson emphasized the broader Republican agenda to inspect other legal authorities, including Special Counsel Jack Smith, involved in various investigations against Trump.

These developments underscore the Republican narrative framing Trump’s conviction as potentially advantageous for him in the upcoming November elections and the July 11 sentencing. Other Republicans, appearing on Sunday talk shows, echoed sentiments of an unjust trial and forecasted an electoral benefit from the verdict.

Amidst these discussions, Senate candidate Gov. Larry Hogan called for respect towards the verdict, a stance that faced criticism from Trump’s circle, underscoring the party’s divided reaction.

As the political battle lines are drawn, the forthcoming election appears pivotal not just for Trump’s legal but also political future, with issues like immigration and economic management likely playing crucial roles in voter decision-making. Trump’s allies, like Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota, argued that Trump’s presidency marked better handling of such issues compared to the current administration, hoping to steer the public focus back to these core concerns.




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