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Trump verdict shakes America: Will public accept his imprisonment?

Donald Trump met with his supporters in New York after the verdict was announced.
Donald Trump met with his supporters in New York after the verdict was announced.
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3:52 PM EDT, June 3, 2024

"I'm not sure the public would stand for it," Donald Trump said on Fox News. The former US president commented on the verdict of the jury in New York, which found him guilty in the case of concealing payment for the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels. According to Trump, for the public "there's a breaking point."

Donald Trump stated on Sunday in a television interview that a potential imprisonment or house arrest is not a problem for him, but "it'd be tough for the public to take."

"I think it'd be tough for the public to take. You know, at a certain point, there's a breaking point" said the former US president in an interview with Fox News.

However, he did not explain what he thinks might happen if the critical point is reached.

Donald trump found guilty, verdict announced

The jury in a state court in Manhattan, New York, found the former president guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records. He was accused of concealing the fact that he paid porn actress Stormy Daniels for her silence during the 2016 election campaign about their alleged sexual encounter. Donald Trump denies the charges.

The sentencing will be decided by Judge Juan Merchan on July 11, just four days before the Republican convention to formally choose their candidate for the White House.

In the November elections, Trump will face the Democratic president, Joe Biden.

The co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Lara Trump (daughter-in-law of Donald Trump), when asked by CNN what supporters of the former president should do if he went to prison, replied: "Well, they're gonna do what they've done from the beginning, which is remain calm and protest at the ballot box on November 5th. There's nothing to do other than make your voices heard loud and clear and speak out against this."

Reuters noted that Trump used the jury's decision to intensify campaign fundraising efforts. The RNC and Trump's team raised $70 million within 48 hours of the verdict.

Unlike his comments after losing to Biden in the 2020 election, Trump did not try to mobilize his supporters in any other way. At that time, his supporters attacked the US Congress facilities on January 6, 2021.

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