After Atlanta surrender, Trump calls indictments ‘election interference’

Shortly after turning himself in to Fulton County authorities on racketeering charges, former President Donald continued to deny wrongdoing in his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Trump called his indictments in Georgia, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C., “election interference,” referring to what he says are efforts to thwart his 2024 campaign for president.

“It’s a sad day,” he said from the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after being booked into the Fulton County Jail and before boarding his plane back to New Jersey. “We did nothing wrong at all. And we have every right — every single right — to challenge an election that we think is dishonest. And we think it’s very dishonest.”

Trump is accused of orchestrating a sweeping criminal enterprise and committing 13 felonies, including violation of the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as he tried and failed to overturn his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 election.

About 90 minutes after he voluntarily surrendered himself to Fulton County officials, Trump returned to X — the social media site formerly known as Twitter — for the first time in over two years and shared a picture of his mugshot with the words “ELECTION INTERFERENCE. NEVER SURRENDER. DONALDJTRUMP.COM.”

In a post-arrest interview he conducted by phone from his plane with Greg Kelly on Newsmax, Trump said his experience at the Fulton County Jail was “terrible” but that the people there “treated me very nicely.”

“I went through an experience today that I never thought I’d have to go through,” he said. “My whole life I never knew an indictment, now I’ve been there four times.”

He also reiterated that he believed the charges against him were a form of “election interference.”

“They cheated like nobody can believe on the last one and they want to do it again,” Trump said. “This is going to be a difficult cheating. This is a cheating that’s going to be election interference.”

Over the years, Trump and his supporters have made many allegations of voting fraud in Georgia. Investigators determined there was no evidence to support them.