a lawyer for donald trump agreed to that a threatening image the former president posted on social media last week against the Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg it was “ill-advised”.
On Thursday, Trump posted a picture of himself wielding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg with his hands up. The post was later removed. No other threatening messages were removed, including one in which he suggested that a possible accusation against him by Bragg would result in “death and destruction”.
Bragg is reported to be following a case against Trump for his role in a 2016 hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an affair he claims they had a decade earlier. Trump said last weekend that he expected to be arrested Tuesday in the investigation, however no charges have been announced.
“Would you advise a client to personally attack a prosecutor in this way?” msnbcChuck Todd of ‘Meet the Press’ asked Trump’s lawyer in the case, Joe Tacopina, on Sunday.
Tacopina admitted that it was a mistake, but tried to pass the buck to Trump.
“I’m not your social media adviser,” Tacopina said. “I think it was an ill-advised post that one of her people posted on social media, and quickly deleted it when she realized the rhetoric and the photo she was attached to.”
Todd noted that the baseball photo was not the only problem and that other problematic posts had not been removed.
In light of the events of January 6, 2021, Todd added: “It’s not like there’s a chance that Trump’s rhetoric will lead to violence. It already happened once.
“I am not accepting that proposition that his rhetoric created violence,” Tacopina said. “I think violence was on the way that day.”
It looked as if violence would be on the way that day, after Trump and his allies spent weeks whipping supporters to a frenzy with their lie that the 2020 election was rigged.
“I am not going to defend or condemn anything on social networks,” continued Tacopina. “I’m not a Trump PR person.”
As many Legal Experts he pointed over the weekend, threatening a prosecutor is a crime in New York.
The potential charges in Bragg’s case could be related to the submission of fraudulent business records and campaign finance violations in connection with a $130,000 payment to Daniels in the final days of the 2016 election.