Mary Trump believes televising Donald Trump’s criminal trials could help deprogram some of his supporters – and predicts the former president will regret it.
Trump is expected to appear in a Fulton County courtroom next month for his formal arraignment after racketeering charges over alleged conspiracy to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.
Unlike federal or Manhattan courts, where Trump appeared on his first three indictments, cameras in Georgia courtrooms are allowed with a judge’s approval.
“I think it’s going to have a huge impact because even for people who are his supporters and think this is a miscarriage of justice, this is going to be a must-watch on TV,” said the former president’s niece, a clinical psychologist and author. told MSNBC’s Katie Phang on Sunday.
“And Donald always told them not to trust their lying eyes – just believe him,” she added. “However, if he’s who they’re looking at, it’s going to be very difficult for him to break away from what’s actually happening before our eyes.”
One of Trump’s attorneys, John Lauro, did it urged cameras in the courtroom in the federal case over Trump’s attempted coup, telling CNN earlier this month, “Personally, I want the public to see what’s going on in this country right now.”
Democratic lawmakers have called for the same thing, arguing it’s important for the public to see the strength of the evidence and how the trial is being conducted
“I think it’s going to be hugely important that there are cameras, at least in the Fulton County courtroom,” Mary Trump said, noting that Trump’s legal team had requested cameras in federal court.
“I also think it’s going to be something Donald himself will regret,” she added. “And I think they’re going to find out pretty quickly that that’s actually not what they wanted.”
Watch the interview below.