Trump Responds After Deleted Message Of Baseball Bat Comes To Light  

( After backlash over sharing a story that had a split picture of him with a baseball bat next to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Trump took the post down, according to Mediaite. The image was reportedly seen as violent and encouraging violence which opened the former president up to criticism.  

Speaking to Sean Hannity earlier this week about the incident, Trump was asked why he would share it at all. Trump explained that the accompanying story was exculpatory and absolved him of the accusations currently being made against him by the D.A., who is investigating him for alleged hush money payments made a month before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels.  

He said that the story did not have any images but when he posted it on his Truth Social platform, the image just came up and so he deleted it shortly after.   

News outlets jumped on the story with headlines accusing the president of encouraging violence. A headline from the New York Post read, “Trump posts disturbing baseball bat photo with Alvin Bragg, threatens ‘death and destruction.’” Another headline from the New York Times read, “Trump, Escalating Attacks, Raises Specter of Violence if He Is Charged.” 

A CNN analyst also hopped on the bandwagon to say that threatening a prosecutor is a crime in New York, including harassment, stalking, and menacing.  

Trump claimed that he was going to get arrested and indicted in New York as a result of Bragg’s investigation, but the arrest has not yet been made. Republicans have railed against Bragg’s priorities as the city is experiencing rising crime as most New Yorkers say that crime is a serious issue, according to American Pigeon 

Most Democrats in the state, around 76%, support the governor’s proposal giving judges more discretion in setting bail for criminals, despite progressive opposition to the measure.