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Former President Donald Trump Says He Is 'OK' With Going To Jail

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on June 2, 2024 at 3:07 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump made history as the first President to become a convicted felon.

As The Blast reported, the 77-year-old was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. The jury read the verdict on Thursday, May 30, 2024, shocking the nation.

With the guilty verdict, Donald Trump faces jail time, but he says he is "OK" with being behind bars.

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Jury Reads Guilty Verdict

Donald Trump clapping at CPAC 2023

Earlier this week, Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts in his hush-money trial. The jury, consisting of seven men and six women from New York, reached a verdict after only two days of deliberation.

He was on trial for allegedly falsifying business records regarding a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about their alleged affair.

"If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone," Trump said during a press conference at Trump Tower on Friday. "These are bad people. These are, in many cases, I believe, sick people.

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Donald Trump Could Go To Jail

Donald Trump at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse

According to CNN, Judge Juan Merchan could sentence Trump to probation or up to 4 years in state prison on each count, with a maximum of 20 years.

“I’m OK with it,” Trump told Fox News, as transcribed by CNN, when asked about the possibility of jail time. “I saw one of my lawyers the other day on television saying, ‘Oh no, you don’t want to do that to the president.’ I said: You don’t beg for anything.”

The 77-year-old added, “I don’t think the public would stand it. I’m not sure the public would stand for it.”

“I think it would be tough for the public to take, you know, at a certain point, there’s a breaking point,” he said.

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The Former President Reacts To His Conviction

Donald Trump waves as he leaves Trump Tower

Shortly after the verdict was read, Donald Trump told the press that he was innocent, something he reiterated when speaking to Fox News.

“I’m fighting for the Constitution,” Trump told the outlet, per CNN. “These people are so evil, and at the same time the country can come together."

On Thursday, the former President said, "We have a country that's in big trouble, but this was a rigged decision right from day one, with a conflicted judge who should have never been allowed to try this case. Never!"

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President Joe Biden Addresses Donald Trump's Guilty Verdict

President Joe Biden Speaks at the White House on Lowering Healthcare Costs

On Friday, President Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump's guilty verdict, calling his accusations against the Biden administration "reckless."

"It's dangerous, it's irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged just because they don't like the verdict," Biden said.

The President of the United States was responding to the comments made by Trump on Thursday.

"This was done by the Biden administration in order to wound, to hurt an opponent. A political opponent and I think it's just a disgrace, and we'll keep fighting, we'll fight till the end, and we'll win because our country has gone to hell. We don't have the same country anymore, we have a divided mess," the former President said.

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Donald Trump Jr. Reacts To His Father's Conviction

Donald Trump Jr. speaking to the press

As The Blast previously reported, Donald Trump Jr. broke his silence moments after the verdict was read.

"Obviously [it's] just a sad day for America. Crazy what's going on in this country. Obviously [no one was] probably expecting anything different with this jury, with this biased judge, whose daughter is profiteering from this stuff," he said in an Instagram video.

"The Democrats have succeeded in their years-long quest to turn our country into an absolute crap hole," he later added. "They've done that. They've been trying for a long time. There's literally no other way about it at this point."

"We are getting exactly what these people have voted for, and it's not going to work out well," Trump Jr. continued. "If you think they can do it to Trump, they can do it to anyone, okay?"

What's Next For The Former President of the United States?

Donald Trump leaving Trump Tower

Donald Trump's sentencing has now been scheduled for July 11, 2024.

Neither the conviction nor any sentence prevents Trump from serving as President. He is, however, banned from visiting 37 countries now that he is a convicted felon.

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