June 4, 2023

Former President Donald Trump could run for the White House even if he is convicted and sent to prison.

Trump faces a looming indictment from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and has proclaimed his arrest is imminent.

Should an indictment come down, Trump would become the first former president to face criminal proceedings and possible incarceration.

I hope Democrats like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg are stupid enough to try to put President Trump in prison because it will guarantee his victory,” said Mike Davis, an attorney and former chief counsel for nominations for Sen. Chuck Grassley.

“There is no legal reason why he still couldnt run and win the White Housefrom prison.”

If wouldn’t be the first time a major campaign was staged from behind bars. Former President Trump could run for president from prison should be find himself incarcerated during the 2024 elections. REUTERS

In 1920, Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs launched a White House run and garnered nearly a million votes while incarcerated at the federal pen in Atlanta.

Debs had been convicted of sedition in 1918 for protesting US involvement in World War I.

He was sentenced to 10 years, but that was commuted to time served in 1921 by President Harding.

Debs’ campaign was his fourth stab at the nation’s highest job he previously mounted efforts in 1904, 1908 and 1912.

Debs ran in 1920 with the idea that he knew he would never win, but to build and strength the Socialist party,” said Debs biographer Nick Salvatore. Socialist firebrand Eugene V. Debs ran for president from prison in 1920 and received nearly a million votes Bettmann Archive

In more recent times, former Ohio Rep. James Traficant who was expelled from the House in 2002 after being convicted in federal court of racketeering, bribery and tax evasion staged an unsuccessful run for his old seat while incarcerated at Allenwood federal prison in White Deer, PA.

A 2004 presidential campaign, also from the clink, was considered before being abandoned.

“If Trump is in jail, hecouldrun, as Debs did; and if that happens, the uproar over it
will surely be exploited by the government, to stoke more rage and panic over ‘domestic terrorism.’ In short, it won’t end well, said NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller.

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