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 September 18, 2023

Trump claims the threat of incarceration does not affect his sleep: 'I'm built a little differently'

Despite facing four criminal trials, former President Donald Trump does not fear going to prison, stating, "I'm built a little differently."

"I don’t even think about it," Trump told NBC's Meet the Press moderator Kristen Welker in an interview that aired on Sunday, as the Washington Examiner reported.

"I’m built a little differently, I guess, because I have had people come up to me and say, ‘How do you do it, sir? How do you do it?’ I don’t even think about it."

Trump, who is still the most likely Republican nominee to face a battle against President Joe Biden in the 2024 election, referenced Welker's remark again in the interview, suggesting it had resonated with him.

“When you say, do I lose sleep? I sleep,” he said. “I sleep. Because I truly feel that, in the end, we’re going to win.”

One federal criminal prosecution involves allegations that Trump facing is that he allegedly mishandled secret documents after leaving office; the other involves allegations that he attempted to influence the results of the 2020 election, culminating in the disturbance on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol by a crowd of his followers.

After being questioned about his previous remarks to an appreciative crowd in which he reportedly declared, "I am your retribution," Trump said he was actually referring to "fairness."

The ex-president stated that he thinks some of the rioters on January 6 deserve shorter prison terms than others who participated in racial justice protests and caused extensive property damage and violence in towns around the country in the summer of 2020.

"When I talk about retribution, I'm talking about fairness," he said. "We have to treat people fairly. These people on Jan. 6, they went — some of them never even went into the building, and they're being given sentences of, you know, many years."

Trump further stated that he would consider pardoning some of the rioters now in jail.

The former president was interviewed on a wide variety of topics, including his own legal issues and the conflict in Ukraine.

Other topics included his views on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) announcement last week of an impeachment inquiry into Biden, as well as his pleas for Republicans to stop pushing abortion bans with no exceptions.

Trump denied talking to McCarthy about impeaching Biden and claimed he had nothing to do with Republican efforts to impeach.

"I don’t talk to him like that," Trump said, adding that the speaker wouldn't launch an inquiry "based on me."

When asked how he would negotiate with Russia and Ukraine to stop the war, or what he would do if China invaded Taiwan, Trump remained silent.

"I won’t say. I won’t say," Trump said in response to a question about Taiwan. "Because if I said, I’m giving away — you know, only stupid people are going to give that."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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