Gary Cohn, former economic adviser to President Trump, has spoken out against protests in response to Trump’s recent call for his supporters to demonstrate in the event of his arrest.
In an interview with CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Cohn expressed his opposition to protests, saying, “I’m anti-protest, so I don’t think we should be protesting anything.
I hope that America has learned from what has happened in the past, and I hope whatever happens next week, we have a very peaceful set of events.”
Cohn’s remarks came after Trump claimed he would be arrested this week in connection with the Manhattan probe into hush payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
Trump and other Republicans have criticized the investigation as corrupt and politically motivated.
Some claimed that an arrest would be an attempt to interfere with the former president’s potential 2024 White House bid, while others argued that the possible arrest is a reminder that no one is above the law.
Cohn, who also formerly served as the head of Goldman Sachs, acknowledged that both perspectives may have some validity, stating, “When it comes to this, no one is above the law, but there also may be some politics involved, so both of those things may be true.”
Trump’s call for supporters to protest his possible arrest has sparked concerns about potential violence, particularly in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol riot on January 6th.
Other Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, have joined Cohn in calling for peace in the event of an indictment, with Pence stating that “violence will not be tolerated.”
The possibility of protests and violence in response to Trump’s call for demonstrations is concerning, especially given the events of January 6th.
Cohn’s opposition to protests and calls for peaceful events is a step in the right direction towards avoiding any potential violence.
It is important to remember that no one is above the law, and any legal proceedings should be carried out peacefully and without incident.