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In a Sunday interview, former President Donald J. Trump asserted that any sentence of prison or house arrest following his recent conviction in New York City would be difficult for the public to accept. Addressing Democrats who argue for his imprisonment over political disagreements, Trump insisted he is the “opposite” of a threat to democracy. When asked about the possibility of being sentenced, Trump said, “I’m okay with it,” but added, “I think it’d be tough for the public to take. At a certain point, there’s a breaking point.”

Discussing the case against him and the guilty verdict, Trump emphasized, “It’s the weaponization of the Justice Department and the FBI, and you know that’s all coming out of Washington. You may think it’s Bragg. Take a look at who opened the case. I’m not allowed to talk about it because I have a gag order.” He highlighted that the situation has been more challenging for his family than for himself personally.

Responding to critics who label him a “threat to democracy,” Trump dismissed the accusation as a mere slogan. “It’s their slogan. I’m a ‘threat to democracy.’ I’m the opposite,” he stated. Trump is set to be sentenced for the Manhattan case on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention. The former President, found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records by a Manhattan jury, faces the possibility of several years in prison.

The judge presiding over the trial, Democrat-aligned Juan Merchan, will determine Trump’s sentencing. Trump’s supporters argue that this conviction is a blatant political maneuver aimed at derailing his 2024 presidential bid. They contend that the charges are part of a broader effort to silence political opposition and weaponize the legal system against those who challenge the current administration.

Trump’s statement underscores the deep divisions in the country and the potential fallout from his sentencing. As the nation awaits the outcome, the former President’s supporters remain steadfast, viewing the legal battles as an extension of the ongoing political war waged against Trump since his first campaign.