Tucker Carlson, Megyn Kelly warn of probability of 'violence' if Trump is imprisoned before 2024 election

 December 12, 2023

There has been persistent talk about former President Donald Trump ending up behind bars ahead of the 2024 election as a result of any or all of the four criminal indictments against him, whether following a conviction and pending appeal or because a pre-trial release bond was revoked by a judge for any number of reasons.

Yet, in response to such talk of imprisoning Trump before the election, ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned, "You’re going to get violence if you keep this s--t up," Breitbart reported.

That remark from Carlson came during a conversation Monday with fellow former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who also warned of the probability of violence on her eponymous SiriusXM show.

Country is "going to burn" if Trump is imprisoned ahead of 2024 election

Kelly referred to D.C. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over former President Trump's 2020 election interference case, and said, "If she puts him in jail pending appeal before the election the country’s going to burn."

"Then all this blowback, 'Oh my God, she is calling for violence.' I’m not calling for violence," she added. "But there is no way the Trump base is not going to be beside itself with anger at that level of deprivation of being able to simply vote for the candidate of choice. That’s what’s being taken away here."

"You’re going to get violence if you keep this s--t up"

Carlson appeared to agree with Kelly's assessment of the situation and said, "Speaking of violence, that is what you are going to get."

"If you leave people no alternative, then what do you think is going to happen?" he continued. "I mean, the whole point of electoral democracy is that it’s a pressure relief valve that takes people who are very frustrated with the way things are going and gives them a way to express themselves, have their desires heard and ultimately their will done, to be 'represented' in a peaceful way."

"You’re rigging the election. And they did that. So, if you keep doing that, and people are like, 'Wait, I have no economic power. You’ve devalued my currency so it’s like, $11 for a dozen eggs. And my vote doesn’t matter anymore, well then, what do I have? Like, what power do I have?’ And you’re going to get violence if you keep this s**t up," Carlson said.

"That’s just the truth. And I’m very upset about that. I don’t want that to happen," he added. "I think the counter-violence will be much more extreme than the violence, but any rational person can see what’s coming. So, they have to stop this. The charges against Trump are not real. They’re not even for serious crimes."

Trump's imprisonment unlikely but not totally out of the question

To be sure, while former President Trump faces the prospect of being sentenced to hundreds of years in prison if convicted on some or all of the dozens of federal and state felony charges arrayed against him, the likelihood of his being imprisoned has been deemed exceptionally low by law professor Jonathan Turley in a USA Today op-ed.

That unlikelihood is due in part to the general weakness of the several politically motivated indictments, the probability that Trump would be permitted to remain free pending appeal of any conviction, and the logistical and security nightmare that would ensue if a U.S. Secret Service-protected ex-president, presidential nominee, or president-elect was placed in prison.

Of course, those realities won't stop the overzealous anti-Trump crowd from demanding his incarceration, whether following conviction or even ahead of trial if he is found in contempt and sanctioned for violating gag orders or other commands from the court, according to a recent Newsweek report.

Yet, as both Carlson and Kelly observed, any actual imprisonment of Trump will almost certainly be viewed as a bridge too far by his loyal supporters, and with all typical political and societal responses barred or exhausted, it is exceedingly possible, if not probable, that some may feel compelled to resort to retaliatory violence to express their anger and resentment at the clearly partisan persecution of their choice to be president.

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