Political expert suggests imprisoning Trump would aid his campaign, increase poll numbers

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Former President Donald Trump is facing multiple criminal cases, with the public appearing to be especially interested in the New York and Florida cases. As legal proceedings progress, it remains to be seen whether Trump will face imprisonment or walk out as a free man.

Trump is charged in Florida with 40 felony counts related to the illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The accusations include willfully retaining classified documents post-presidency and obstructing government retrieval efforts. Trump denies any wrongdoing.

In New York, Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records linked to payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to allegedly silence her about an affair. Trump has pleaded not guilty, denied the affair, and characterized the charges as a political witch hunt.

Experts Weigh In

Republican political expert Peggy Grande suggests that imprisonment could propel Trump back into the White House. Trump recently violated a gag order for the tenth time, resulting in a $1,000 fine, totaling $10,000 in penalties. Judge Merchan warned Trump about further violations, which could lead to imprisonment.

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Grande commented to the Daily Express US, “Even if Donald Trump wanted to abide by the gag order, it’s so broad and vague, he’s going to continue to violate it.” She believes that jailing Trump would increase his polling numbers, effectively aiding his campaign.

Legal experts indicate that if imprisoned, Trump might be sent to New York’s Rikers Island due to its proximity to the courthouse. Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, argues that incarceration would likely not affect Trump’s ongoing hush money case and could even bolster his support.

Rahmani noted the unprecedented nature of a former president potentially being jailed, saying, “It’s never happened, you know, a former president, and maybe the next president, being jailed. I would say any other defendant or any other candidate in the country, they would see their poll numbers tank.” She added, “But Trump is an enigma every time he’s indicted. When he faces some sort of civil or criminal legal problem, his poll numbers seem to bounce… He’s always come out ahead.”

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Stormy Daniels Takes the Stand

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels testified in the hush money trial, detailing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, leading to a payment during the 2016 presidential race to ensure her silence. Defense lawyers called for a mistrial over prejudicial comments during Daniels’ testimony, but the judge dismissed the request. Daniels’ statements are crucial to the case, highlighting the payment made by Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen in 2016 to keep her silent about the encounter at a Lake Tahoe golf outing in 2006. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

Political Expert Insights

Grande believes that Trump will continue to violate gag orders, intentionally or unintentionally, and that incarceration might not impact his presidential bid. She asserts, “I don’t think it’s going to make a difference whether he’s in jail or not.”

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