In a first interview exactly a week after Donald Trump’s arraignment in Manhattan, New York last Tuesday, the former president sat down with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson for his first, exclusive interview on the historical incident. While discussing the details of that day, Trump revealed shocking details of what the court officers said to him while booking him on the charges brought against him by the new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
When the former president was booked last Tuesday, he claimed that court officers were crying and apologizing to him on behalf of the court officials.
Despite Trump’s attacks on Alvin Bragg and other top prosecutors looking into his business and conduct, he publicly praised police and court employees, saying they were “unbelievably nice.”
When asked by Carlson about the experience he had with them, Trump referred to them as “incredible.”
‘When I went to the courthouse, which is also a prison in a sense, they signed me in and I’ll tell you people were crying – people that work there, professionally work there, that have no problems putting in murderers and they see everybody,’ Trump said. ‘It’s tough, tough place, and they were crying. They were actually crying. They said “I’m sorry.”‘
“So in one sense it was beautiful,” Trump said. “Because they get it.”
During his interview, the former president joked that at Wharton, where he attended business school, they never taught arraignments. He then added that it was a ‘sad’ day for him and the country.
After leaving office, Donald Trump became the first American president to ever be indicted.
Trump pleaded not guilty at the New York Criminal Court, after the 16-page indictment was unsealed which included 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in relation to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock, $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump’s initial public remarks on the charges came the evening of his arraignment, after he returned to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, from New York. In that televised speech, he took aim at key prosecutors and judges involved. Trump explained how Bragg campaigned “on the fact that he would get President Trump.” He also went after the judge presiding over his alleged “hush-money” case, Judge Juan Manuel Merchan.
From his podium at Mar-a-Lago, Trump didn’t hold back when he expressed his distrust in the system saying, “I have a Trump-hating judge, with a Trump-hating wife and family, whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris and now receives money from the Biden-Harris campaign and a lot of it.”
He also unleashed on Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – who is overseeing a case in Georgia where Trump could be charged over his role in allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election result in the state. During his Mar-a-Lago speech, he said she’s a “local racist Democrat district attorney in Atlanta.”
Trump also called New York Attorney General Letitia James, who, like Willis, is also an African American, a “racist in reverse” for pursuing fraud cases against his businesses.
The former president also addressed Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was recently appointed by Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House and his role in the January 6 Capitol attack. Trump labeled Smith as a “lunatic” in his remarks on what seems to be another witch hunt into his personal and business affairs with the presumed goal of preventing Trump from winning another presidential election.
In the day following his monumental fiery post-arraignment first speech, Trump was sure to give positive recognition where it was due, through a released statement cheering the professionalism of the police officers and court employees he interacted with.
“The GREAT PATRIOTS inside and outside of the Courthouse on Tuesday were unbelievably nice, in fact, they couldn’t have been nicer,” Trump said. “Court attendants, Police Officers, and others were all very professional, and represented New York City sooo well.”