Trump Says He’ll Do ‘Sacrifice’ Of Jail Time Over Gag Order

After a judge threatened to punish him with a jail sentence if he violates his gag order again, former President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that he is willing to face jail time.

While speaking to reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse where his hush money trial is being held, Trump said that getting put in jail for violating the gag order that prohibits him from publicly speaking about jurors, witnesses, attorneys, court officials and the judge’s family would be worth it.

According to him, “our Constitution is much more important than jail.”

Pointing at the reporters who surrounded him, Trump stated, “I have to watch every word I tell you people. You ask me a question, a simple question, I’d like to give [an answer], but I can’t talk about it. Because this judge is giving 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,” he added.

The judge’s jail threat comes as he issued Trump a $1000 fine for violating the gag order in a recent interview in which he commented on the jury composition.

While announcing the fine, Judge Juan Merchan said, “The last thing I want to consider is jail. You are [the] former president and possibly the next president. The magnitude of that decision is not lost on me.”

“Your continued willful violation of the court’s order … constitutes a direct attack … and will not be allowed to continue,” he added.

Merchan already fined Trump $9000 last week for multiple violations of the gag order, as the judge determined that Trump made public statements about people involved in the trial nine different times.

Trump was already warned by Merchan last week that “incarceratory punishment” could be next if he carried out “continued willful violations” of the gag order.