(MENAFN) Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, made a bold prediction on Saturday, stating that if former US President Donald Trump is arrested next week, he will win the 2024 election in a "landslide." Musk's tweet was in response to a Fox News clip discussing the possibility of Trump being "handcuffed" and processed through the New York City court system. Canadian lawyer @thevivafrei had also made a similar prediction, albeit less emphatically.
Interestingly, Trump himself appears to share this opinion. On Saturday, he alerted his followers on Truth Social, a social media platform he created, to his impending arrest, urging them to "protest and take our nation back!" He went on to claim that the Manhattan District Attorney's office is discussing measures to deal with protests by his supporters, should he be arrested.
The potential indictment of Trump, expected to be on campaign finance violation charges, would be the first of its kind in US history. Even former President Richard Nixon was not prosecuted after he resigned from office following the Watergate scandal. Trump's lawyer has accused prosecutor Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, of "weaponizing" the legal system by leveraging a misdemeanor charge that federal prosecutors did not deem worthy of prosecution into a felony.
However, if Trump is found guilty before November 2024, it could potentially keep him from returning to the White House. Last summer, when the FBI staged a nighttime raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago Florida estate, the New York Times expressed concern that the agency's heavy-handed tactics would galvanize the former president's base, resulting in electoral turmoil that could not only allow Republicans to seize control of Congress but also hand Trump the 2024 nomination on a silver platter.
In conclusion, while Musk's prediction may seem far-fetched to some, it cannot be denied that the possibility of Trump's arrest and potential re-election is a topic of discussion. Only time will tell what the future holds for the former president and the US political landscape.
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