'Built differently': Trump says he doesn't lose sleep over indictments

September 18, 2023
Matthew Boose

President Trump told NBC's Meet The Press that he has not lost any sleep over his indictments because he is "built differently."

Trump sat down for more than an hour with Kristen Welker, who spent much of the interview defending Joe Biden and grilling Trump over his alleged crimes.

Trump "built differently"

Ever defiant, Trump refused to recant his claim that the 2020 election was stolen while blasting the indictments as political "Biden indictments."

When asked whether he loses sleep over the idea of going to jail, Trump said he is "built a little differently."

"No, I don’t really. I don’t even think about it. I’m built a little differently I guess, because I have had people come up to me and say, 'How do you do it, sir? How do you do it?' I don’t even think about it. These are corrupt people that I’m dealing with. They’re destroying our country," he said.

Weaponized justice

The indictments have only strengthened Trump's support among many Republicans, who see his ordeal as an attack on them.

Trump recounted the many stages of the continuous "witch hunt" against him, from the Russian collusion hoax to a first impeachment over a "perfect" phone call, to a second impeachment and now, the four indictments.

"I have been under investigation from the day I came down the escalator," Trump said.

While lamenting his own mistreatment, Trump spoke out in defense of his supporters, who he said are being "persecuted" under color of law - even as left-wing rioters in groups like Black Lives Matter walk free.

He said he would consider pardoning people like Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison over January 6th despite not being present at the Capitol.

"Why is it that the people, Antifa people, and very bad people, that burned down Portland, burned down Minneapolis, burned down so much — and New York City, what they did in New York City — and they were barely charged?" Trump asked.

Trump defends democracy

The interview itself was further evidence of the unfair treatment Trump has received from the start of his political career.

Welker repeatedly interrupted Trump in order to matter-of-factly plug talking points, claiming there is "no evidence" tying Joe Biden to his son's business deals or the four indictments of Trump, which have all been brought by Democrat prosecutors.

Welker, in an attempt to paint Trump as a dictator, ended the interview by asking whether he still believes democracy is the best form of government. Trump said he does - but America is becoming a banana republic under Biden.

"I do. I do. But it has to be a democracy that’s fair. This democracy is — I don’t consider us to have much of a democracy right now. They indict their political opponents. Free speech is shot, because the press is very dishonest, very dishonest," he said.

Despite this rather bleak assessment, Trump said he sleeps soundly because he is confident in ultimate victory.

"I’ve been treated very badly. And, I’ve won every single time. When you say, 'Do I sleep?' I sleep, I sleep. Because I truly feel that in the end, we’re going to win."

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