Eric Trump on Tuesday night accused the Manhattan district attorney of putting lives at risk with his decision to charge his father, claiming that 38,000 New York police officers were ‘distracted from their job’, in a bid to thwart the 2024 campaign.
The 39-year-old said Donald Trump was ‘an absolute rock’, describing him as resolute throughout the days since Thursday’s indictment.
The unprecedented process of arresting a former president passed off uneventfully, leaving the New York authorities to heave a sigh of relief – but Eric Trump said the security measures were excessive.
Eric Trump on Tuesday night accused the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, of putting New Yorkers’ lives at risk by ‘distracting’ NYPD officers
A member of the NYPD is seen clearing the street on Tuesday amid the arraignment
Police officers stand guard outside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday
‘We hopped in the motorcade,’ said Eric, who flew to LaGuardia airport with his father on his private jet.
‘Every single intersection was closed. The FDR was closed. There was an army around Trump Tower. There was an army around the courthouse. There were barricades all over New York.’
He told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the decision by Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, to indict his father put New Yorkers at risk.
‘Literally Alvin Bragg caused 38,000 NYPD officers to be distracted from their job, over $200 million they are estimating that trip was – for what? For a $130,000 payment? It’s insane,’ Eric said.
‘How many people in New York died because the entire NYPD wasn’t doing their job because they were dealing with Alvin Bragg’s political charade?’
Eric echoed his father and his father’s legal team in calling the 34-count indictment a politically-motivated farce.
‘They’re doing this to persecute a guy that’s winning the Republican nomination by 35 points. It’s not even close,’ said Eric.
‘They want to take him out of the race.’
He said it begun ‘when they subpoenaed 11 million documents from the Trump Organization.’
‘They couldn’t find a damn thing.’
In January, the Trump Organization was fined $1.6 million following the investigation.
The company was punished for a scheme in which the former president’s top executives dodged personal income taxes on lavish job perks.
A fine was the only penalty a judge could impose on the Trump Organization after its conviction in December for 17 tax crimes, including conspiracy and falsifying business records. The amount was the maximum allowed by law.
Eric tweeted a photo of the television in the main cabin with an image of Trump’s plane
Police are seen around the Manhattan court district
Police prepare for the arrival of former President Donald Trump and his motorcade outside of Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday
Trump is seen in court on Tuesday in a sketch illustrating the arraignment
Judge Juan Merchan, presiding over Trump’s arraignment, is seen on Tuesday in court
Eric on Tuesday told Hannity that critics of his father have ‘weaponized the system.’
‘They want a tsunami of legal challenges to weigh over the president,’ he said.
‘They think he’ll give up.
‘My father will never ever give up.
‘He’s going to fight and I promise you, mark my words. I promise you, he is going to win in 2024.
‘Americans see through this charade.’
Donald Trump is being investigated by a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, for attempting to overturn the 2020 election, but Eric insisted that in fact it was Trump’s opponents who were trying to rig the vote.
‘They weaponize the system. They weaponize every institution that they can put their claws into,’ Eric said.
‘They will win using any methodology that they can.
‘It’s not about fair elections.
‘It’s not about winning at the ballot box.
‘It’s using any method to gain an unfair advantage over your opponents. They put our father and our family through hell.’
Eric said his father – who is widely disliked in Manhattan – was given a rapturous reception on returning to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, on Tuesday night.
Donald Trump’s supporters are seen on Tuesday lining the road waiting for his motorcade
The 76-year-old is seen being driven back to his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, on Tuesday evening
Trump fans were out in force on Tuesday evening to welcome him back to Mar-a-Lago
Fans of the former president cheer and waive their fists as he passes on Tuesday evening
Donald Trump officially switched his main residency to Florida in November 2019, in part because of the tax implications, and also because of the distain with which he is greeted in his hometown.
‘When we got off that plane and you saw tens and tens of thousands of people lining the street from Palm Beach airport to Mar-a-Lago waving Trump 2024 flags,’ said Eric.
‘Sean, the love is incredible. No one has ever seen that kind of love.
‘This is coming off the day the 45th president of the united states was indicted and the streets are lined with people literally singing God Bless America.’