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The hashtag #TrumpArrest is trending on Twitter due to speculation or rumors about the possibility of his arrest, but it is important to note that social media trends do not always reflect factual information.
However, the information we have shows former President Donald Trump has reportedly told advisers that he wants to be handcuffed if he is indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for his role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels. The sources close to the former president stated that Trump’s reasoning is that he wants to turn everything into a “spectacle” since he would need to go to the courthouse and surrender himself to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot anyway. Trump’s increasing insistence on being handcuffed behind his back appears to come from various motivations, including projecting defiance in the face of what he sees as an unfair prosecution, galvanizing his base for his 2024 presidential campaign, and avoiding any special arrangements that could make him look weak or like a loser.
The recent discussions that Trump has had about his surrender with close advisers at Mar-a-Lago and elsewhere open a window into the former president’s unique fears and anxieties as the grand jury, which next convenes on Wednesday, appears on course to return an indictment. Trump’s legal team in the hush money case has recommended that he allow them to quietly turn himself in next week and schedule a remote appearance due to potential security concerns. However, Trump has rejected that approach and told various allies over the weekend that he didn’t care if someone shot him – he would become “a martyr.”