Determined to push forward full speed ahead, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would not withdraw from the 2024 presidential election even if that meant the four indictments brought against him would be dropped.
Trump maintains his innocence and has stated the indictments against him are politically motivated.
The former president also accuses Democratic leaders of “weaponizing” the Department of Justice to take down political enemies.
On Wednesday, radio show host Hugh Hewitt asked Trump, who faces more than 90 counts, if he would be willing to suspend his reelection campaign if prosecutors offered to drop all charges.
Hewitt asked: “If Jack Smith and Fani Willis and Alvin Bragg all get together and they come see you at Bedminster or Mar-A-Lago and they say to you, ‘We will drop everything, it will all go away if you withdraw from the race and politics.’ Will you take that deal?”
Trump did not hesitate in his reply. “I have no interest,” Trump began. “You know me well enough. No interest. Absolutely no interest.”
Noting his belief in what is behind the indictments, Trump said: “I think they’d make that deal right now. That’s what it’s all about — this is interfering with an election.”
Trump added, “And all those fools that write, that ‘oh, they really want Trump to win,’ they changed it, actually. So now, they say they did it in order to keep me strong. They thought this was going to take me down, this was not going to keep me strong.”
The Daily Caller reported that Trump shared his belief that most of America agrees with his assessment.
“This has never happened before where somebody got indicted and ended up the polls went up by 20% or 25% or something.”
RealClearPolitics (RCP) supports Trump’s assessment, recently reporting that based on polls conducted between Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, Trump is leading GOP contenders by almost 40 points.
Polling suggests Trump’s lead has increased since his first indictment in late March.
Prosecutor Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on March 30 for reportedly falsifying business records in connection with hiding payments to former adult film participant Stormy Daniels.
Prosecutor Jack Smith indicted Trump in early June for allegedly mishandling classified documents. In August, Smith added charges related to Trump’s reported role in the Jan. 6 protest and breach of the Capitol.
Prosecutor Fani Willis indicted Trump on Aug. 14 in connection with Georgia election interference charges.
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