Donald Trump has once again taken to social media to rant—this time sharing a series of posts stating that if presidents weren’t protected by presidential immunity, they wouldn’t be able to enjoy their retirement.
The first post shared to Truth Social, Trump’s very own social media platform, started, “IF A PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE IMMUNITY, THE COURT WILL BE “OPENING THE FLOODGATES” TO PROSECUTING FORMER PRESIDENTS.”
No holding back
His all-caps tirade continued with an accusation: “AN OPPOSING HOSTILE PARTY WILL BE DOING IT FOR ANY REASON, ALL OF THE TIME!”
It’s only fair
A second post quickly followed: “IF THEY TAKE AWAY MY IMMUNITY, THEY TAKE AWAY CROOKED JOE BIDEN’S IMMUNITY. WITHOUT IMMUNITY, IT WOULD BE VERY HARD FOR A PRESIDENT TO PROPERLY FUNCTION!”
The third post claimed that a president without immunity would spend their retirement years plagued by legal battles. Trump began, “WITHOUT IMMUNITY, IT WOULD BE VERY HARD FOR A PRESIDENT TO ENJOY HIS OR HER “GOLDEN YEARS” OF RETIREMENT.”
An easy target
The post finished by claiming that former presidents would be constantly under attack. “THEY WOULD BE UNDER SIEGE BY RADICAL, OUT OF CONTROL PROSECUTORS, MUCH LIKE I AM, BUT WITHOUT THE RETIREMENT!!!”
The Truth Social posts came shortly after Trump’s appearance in court for a hearing on his claim that he is immune from prosecution charges for attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.
At the hearing, Trump’s attorney, John Sauer, argued that presidents could only be criminally prosecuted if they had already been impeached and convicted by the Senate—even claiming that this would apply if a president were to assassinate a political rival.
Trump spoke to reporters outside of the nearby Waldorf Astoria hotel, once the Trump Hotel, after the hearing. The former president shared that he thought his team had “a very good day” and that it would “be bedlam” if he were to lose his appeal.
Trump also told reporters that he considered it unfair that the Justice Department was prosecuting him, claiming that it was politically motivated. He once again argued that the 2020 election had been full of voter fraud.
He then insisted again that he should be entitled to immunity: “I feel that as a president, you have to have immunity, very simple.” He followed this up with a controversial claim: “I did nothing wrong.”
Trump is currently facing four criminal indictments, two of which are related to his plot to retain power after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. It is unclear when the panel ruling for the ‘immunity’ hearing will be issued, though it can be expected soon.
It’s not over
Sauer, Trump’s attorney, preemptively requested that if the ruling goes against the former president and the prosecution is allowed to proceed, the court put its decision on hold to allow them to appeal.