Former president Donald Trump spent the weekend before his historic impeachment playing ball, posting on social media, meeting with advisers, and calling and texting allies to judge the political positives of his recent indictment.
He disclosed the numbers in these fundraising and internal meetings, and vowed to fight the charges, according to more than a half-dozen people who spoke with the former president or members of his inner circle this weekend.
Although the initial shock of the announcement took Trump and his advisers “off-guard,” Trump remained surprisingly calm and focused on his court appearance in the days ahead, according to sources. Some thought it was due to his condition, others believed that he was convinced that his case was weak and would only help him politically.
“[Trump’s] He’s definitely pissed off and wants to take this aggressively, but for Trump it was pretty low-key,” said one source familiar with the president’s previous recent conversations.
“As one who is present to a fit of rage, this” [response] it was not,” another source close to Trump said, but confirmed that the former president did not want to be ordered or prepared by the court on Tuesday. the announcement will be attributed.
The former president has apparently kept his fury to a social media site, leveling attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and threats. Trump last week went after the judge he had expected to appear before Tuesday, saying he “hated” the judge.
Between talks with associates, the former president golfed at his Trump International Golf Course on Friday, before joining his wife Melania and members of the family for dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club, where he appeared more relaxed than usual, a family source said. she certainly said, noting that Trump had left the dinner scene earlier than usual that night.
“[Trump] He thinks how this can help him, certainly, but he also spends a lot of time thinking about what this means in general, for 2024, and the future, a source who spoke to Trump in recent days.
On Saturday, Trump returned to the golf course, where he walked out of the club to supporters gathered across the street and brought down the staff of the MAGA group, according to sources.
Trump and his closest advisers spent the weekend thinking about what his week would look like, and by Sunday night he had not completed the detailed plan.
“A lot of this hinges on the Secret Service,” a source familiar with the plan said, stressing that Trump and his team will follow a security clearance given to them by the former president’s agency.
The sources also said that Trump’s political advisers were actively discussing how to best campaign against the impeachment, which they described as a political joke and a witch hunt. His team spent the last several days playing the former president with rebuttals, presenting him with a growing lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, now considered Trump’s biggest rival in 2024, is in a head-to-head match. Trump and his advisers have also been diligently using mugshots on t-shirts and merchandise to rally supporters and raise money for the campaign.
But sources familiar with the prepared were unsure whether the mugshot was taken because Trump’s appearance has been publicized, millions of pictures are available of him, and authorities were concerned about improperly dropping the mugshot, which would be a violation. the law of the state
After days of fundraising for the impeachment, including a plea from the former president in both the news and the Social Truth mailer, the team released a memo from campaign heads Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita saying they had raised more than $5 million in 48 hours. following the information
“Poll after poll show that this politically motivated Manhattan DA has risen above President Trump’s support,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement. “More than $5 million in donations and more than 16,000 volunteers since the announcement of this hoax are key indicators that Americans from all walks of life are sick and tired of arming themselves against President Trump and his supporters.”
“People know this is all political – Tuba knows,” said the member before quickly agreeing with that sentiment. “This can only help boost it.”
But not everyone agrees. “Sure, maybe this will help him in the primary,” said one former Trump adviser, pointing to what he called “Trump fatigue.”
“If these accusations start piling up, it will not help him in any way — in the first place or in general. My people are tired of it.”