Trump: I’m Running Even if Convicted

( – Former President Donald Trump has declared he will fight for the White House in 2024 even if he gets convicted of the financial crime charges raised against him by Manhattan’s Democrat DA Alvin Bragg.

“No, I’d never drop out [of the 2024 presidential race],” Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview on Tuesday.

“That’s not my thing. I wouldn’t do it,” added the 45th president of the United States, as cited by Axios and Newsmax.

On April 4, Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying financial records, allegedly to cover up a $130,000 “hush-money” bribe to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels paid in 2016. Daniels allegedly bribed not to go public with her claims that Trump had an affair with her a decade earlier.

In November, the former president became the first official candidate in the 2024 White House race and pleaded not guilty to the business crime charges in the trial initiated by Manhattan’s DA.

He also faces several other criminal investigations – a $250 million probe by New York’s Democrat Attorney General Letitia James and the 2020 election and classified documents probes led by Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith.

During his interview with Trump, Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson asked the former president how he would react if Alvin Bragg managed to have him convicted in the middle of the 2024 presidential contest.

“It is so off. Statute of limitations are years off. It’s hard to believe. … They say there’s no crime. There’s no, there’s no anything. Think of it. I’ve been through seven years of bulls*** investigations.” Trump responded.

The 45th president of the United States slammed the numerous legal cases against him and his business, such as a tax fraud case that convicted the Trump Organization in 2022.

He pointed out those translated into greater electoral support for his 2024 candidacy.

“The rallies are bigger now that the enthusiasm is more now than I’ve ever seen,” he added.

The report notes that the US Constitution does not prohibit a presidential candidate who has been charged or convicted of a felony from running or assuming office.

“A president convicted of a felony is still allowed,” Hofstra University constitutional law professor James Sampler told ABC News after Trump’s arraignment.

He acknowledged that some states might only ban people convicted of felonies from voting.

Thus, in 1920, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, Eugene Debs, ran for president from prison.

Debs received almost 1 million votes, which amounted to 3.4% of the popular vote.

In a more recent case, former Texas Governor Rick Perry ran for president even though he had been indicted by a grand jury in 2014 for refusing a Democrat DA access to millions of dollars.

Perry began his 2016 presidential campaign in June 2015. He abandoned the competition three months later.