Donald Trump's lawyer spoke out against the "weaponization" of law enforcement against political opponents during a contentious interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.
Attorney Joseph Tacopina also responded to some of his client's "ill-advised" rhetoric toward Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is weighing an unprecedented indictment of Trump over hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
Trump has faced backlash for sharing an article that included an image of Trump holding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg.
In social media posts, Trump has called the George Soros-backed prosecutor, who is black, a "racist" and a "degenerate psychopath" who is "doing the work of anarchists and the devil."
"Would you advise a client to personally attack a prosecutor like this?" Todd asked.
“I’m not his social media consultant," Tacopina replied. "I think that was an ill-advised post that one of his social media people put up, and he quickly took down when he realized the rhetoric and the photo that was attached to it."
Tacopina noted that he's a lawyer and not "a Trump PR person" as he noted the troubling implications of bringing a politically charged case against a leading presidential candidate.
“When we seek to use a prosecutor’s office to politicize and weaponize a campaign, that’s what’s troubling to me,” Tacopina said.
Tacopina said the case is baseless because the alleged hush money payment was made with personal funds, not campaign money, and there were other reasons to make the payment irrespective of Trump running for president.
"Does anyone actually think, left, right, or in the middle, that anyone else would be prosecuted for making a civil settlement in a hush money case with personal funds?" he asked.
Trump predicted he would be arrested on Tuesday, March 21, but the grand jury in Manhattan has yet to make a decision. Critics of Trump have accused him of inciting unrest by exhorting supporters to protest and warning of "death and destruction" in the event he is arrested.
The former president caused a stir Saturday when he kicked off his first official 2024 campaign rally by playing a recording of January 6th prisoners singing the national anthem. As he left the rally in Waco, Texas, the 2024 Republican frontrunner said he believed Bragg had gotten cold feet and dropped the case.
“It’s a fake case. Some fake cases, they have absolutely nothing," Trump said.