Trump supporters vow to surround Mar a Lago resort to prevent former president from being arrested
Donald Trump supporters have vowed to surround Mar-A-Lago and protect him from being arrested.
Fans of the former president discussed ways they could prevent his arrest in a thread entitled "Trump to be arrested on Tuesday. Our government is lost" on the patriots.win website.
One user suggested that they “surround Mar-A-Lago or wherever he currently is and prevent ‘law enforcement’ from entering."
"Nation Wide Strike. ALL PATRIOTS stop what you are doing and bring Society to a Halt," wrote another supporter.
Another said: "We need to organize and take over wherever they try to hold him. make them surrender."
On Saturday, the former president said he expected to be “arrested” on Tuesday in connection with a grand jury inquiry into a 2016 payment to a porn star, allegedly to keep her from revealing a past affair with Trump.
In a post on his Truth Social site, the former president called the Manhattan District Attorney's Office "corrupt", as a grand jury weighed whether he should be indicted and face charges over the allegations.
"Leading Republican candidate & former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Protest, take our nation back!" he wrote in capital letters.
Mr Trump’s remarks have fuelled fears of a re-run of the Jan 6 protests in which a mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election.
Five people died during the violence or in its immediate aftermath.
It comes as Michael Cohen, the man who paid hush money to a porn star, which triggered an investigation into the former president, said he believes Mr Trump had issued a “battle cry” to his supporters at the weekend.
Mr Cohen, who testified to a New York grand jury last week, said Mr Trump's remarks were “eerily similar to the battle cry that he put out just prior to the Jan 6 insurrection”.
He told US media: “It would have been smart for Donald to write ‘peaceful protest’, but he doesn’t want a peaceful protest.”
On Sunday, senior Republicans echoed Mr Trump’s claim that a looming indictment would amount to political “persecution”, while Democrats warned his call for protests could trigger a repeat of chaos his supporters unleashed at the US Capitol.