Trump Again Compares Legal Troubles to Navalny Death

    Trump Again Compares Legal Troubles to Navalny Death
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    The Facts

    • Former US Pres. Donald Trump on Tuesday during a pre-taped town hall with Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham called his four criminal indictments "a form of Navalny" and a "form of communism, of fascism."

    • Trump began his response to a question about Alexei Navalny — the Russian opposition leader who was found dead in a remote arctic prison last week — by calling Navalny's death "a horrible thing." But he then drew the comparison between himself and Navalny.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Anti-Trump forces in the US have been weaponizing the justice system against the former president ever since he won the 2016 election. And their lawfare has gone beyond Trump to deliver harsh sentences for nonviolent acts to his allies and supporters. If Biden has his way, Trump will be imprisoned until he dies just like Navalny.

    Anti-Trump narrative

    Trump's audacity in comparing his plight to that of Navalny — who returned to Russia knowing the odds were he would wind up a martyr — is horrifying. Unlike Navalny, Trump has been granted all the constitutional privileges and safeguards of the justice system. If anything, Trump and his dictatorial tendencies compare favorably to Putin's authoritarianism.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 45% chance that Trump will be jailed or incarcerated before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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