Trump claims that people he knows are being threatened to say 'bad things' about him or face jail

Trump claims that people he knows are being threatened to say 'bad things' about him or face jail
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America Rally to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices in the state at the Covelli Centre on September 17, 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio.Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
  • Donald Trump claimed people who know him are being threatened with jail time unless they denounce him.
  • He did not provide evidence for his claims and did not clarify who had been approached.

Former President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that the government is threatening people with prison sentences to force them to denounce him.

"They go in to people that know me, and they threaten them with jail time," Trump said while speaking at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday, billed as a Save America rally.

"They go in, and they take good people, and they say 'you're going to jail for ten years, you're going to jail for five years unless you say something bad about Trump, in which case you won't have to go to jail.'"

Trump claimed that these unnamed people are not succumbing to the threats because they are "legitimate" people.

The former president did not clarify who he was speaking about and whether these people are now, in fact, in prison.


During his speech, Trump hit several of his usual talking points, including complaining about the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago property and other investigations he has faced in the last six years.

Along with a Department of Justice investigation into his handling of federal records, culminating in the raid, Trump and his businesses are currently involved in at least a dozen significant investigations and lawsuits.

He also complained about the "political repression" of his supporters, likely a reference to those arrested for involvement in the Capitol riot, and claimed he has been "persecuted like no other president, probably like no one in American history."

In his speech, he also went on to repeat baseless allegations that his campaign was spied on and said that he believed the repercussions would be much worse if the allegations were being made about him.

"Can you imagine if I spied on the campaign? Forget Biden, how about Obama? 'Trump spied on Obama's campaign' – could you imagine what it would be? Maybe it would be death. They'd bring back the death penalty."


Trump has often made allegations about his campaign being spied on but has regularly changed details about who he believes spied on him and how.

Trump was speaking at the rally in support of Republican Senate candidate JD Vance.