Donald Trump concluded a long day in court for his hush money trial today by telling the press that he would willingly go to jail to defend “the Constitution.” He was fined $1,000 for violating his gag order, the tenth such violation, with the judge warning him once again that he could serve jail time in the future for speaking publicly about the case.

“I have to watch every word I tell you people … because this judge has given me a gag order and said you’ll go to jail if you violate it. And frankly, you know what? Our Constitution is much more important than jail. It’s not even close. I’ll do that sacrifice any day,” Trump said.

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He also complained about the chance for the trial to last another two to three weeks, characterizing it as “election interference.” “This case should be over. This case should have never been brought,” he said. “I thought they were finished today,” he said, charging “they all want to keep me off the campaign trail.”

This latest gag order violation actually occurred on April 22nd; Justice Juan Merchan had not ruled it a violation until today. “You know he’s rushing the trial like crazy. Nobody’s ever seen a thing go like this. The jury was picked so fast — 95 percent Democrats,” Trump had said during an interview with Real America’s Voice about the jury. “The area’s mostly all Democrat. You think of it as a — just a purely Democrat area. It’s a very unfair situation, that I can tell you.”

As Valuetainment previously reported, Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in attempt to cover up his hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign. It is the first criminal trial a US president has ever had to face.

Trump was fined $9,000, or one $1,000 fine for nine counts of violating his gag order, which included simple reposts of a The New York Post on his Truth Social account. He was told to delete the posts, which they described as posts “about known witnesses pertaining to their participation in this criminal proceeding and by making public statements about jurors in this criminal proceeding.”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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