Does Trump Actually Want to Be Arrested and Jailed?

It certainly seems like it. Why would that be?

Gippolito Ndp
3 min readAug 6


Photo by Grant Durr on Unsplash

It’s Sunday, and this will be a short article.

I’m focusing on the latest doubling down by Donald Trump — at a time when such action could result in serious action by the U.S. District Court in D.C.

Last Thursday, Trump was arrested, released (on conditions) and arraigned for a series of federal felonies related to the 2020 election and his attempt to remain in office despite having lost the election (by a lot).

Now, since 2016 or so, we have learned that Trump — when in trouble or when told not to do something — often doubles down. But this time the dynamics seem different. Tell me what you think about this:

On Thursday, the Magistrate Judge (usually an MJ handles preliminary pre-trial matters) had this to say to Trump as part of the recitation of conditions for release:

It is a crime to try to influence a juror or to threaten or attempt to bribe a witness or any other person who may have information about your case, or to retaliate against anyone for providing information about your case to the prosecution, or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice.

Trump, when asked, replied that he understood that condition.

Apart from being a warning and condition typically seen in cases involving organized crime where such conduct is often part of the culture, it seems pretty clear to me that this was the result of Trump’s prior use of social media to bring the bad to various people.

Remember when he posted Obama’s home address on Truth Social and one of his crazies went there with lots of guns?

So, what does Trump do within a day of his arraignment? He doubles down, of course, as reported in multiple outlets:

Screenshot by author from The Post Millenial article, accessed 8/6/23

Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that this time Trump is doubling down with a purpose?

I think he is purposely trying to a) show he remains too high and mighty to really toe anyone’s line, and b)…



Gippolito Ndp

Dad, G-dad, veteran, semi-retired lawyer, archaeologist, writer