Microphones caught journalists waiting for Donald Trump to arrive at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington D.C. joking about the former president being assassinated on Tuesday.
Trump is attending the D.C. Court of Appeals to hear the opening oral arguments in his appeal against Jack Smith’s efforts to prosecute him over January 6th, and journalists gathered outside the courthouse in substantial numbers ahead of his arrival.
Two of them could be heard in live feeds joking about having a “good shot” at the America First leader when he arrived, particularly if he showed up driving a convertible like the one the late President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was shot in the head in 1963:
First Journalist: You know what the worst part is? Even if he has his window open and he’s hanging out of it, he will be on the other side of the street.
Second Journalist: I mean, if he’s driving, we’ve got a good shot!
First Journalist: Yeah, if he’s driving with the front window open?
Second Journalist: Yeah, or if it’s a convertible?
First Journalist: Yeah. I wasn’t thinking about that.
Second Journalist: Yeah. Like if he just pulls up–
First Journalist: Like JFK?
Second Journalist: (laughs)
First Journalist: Maybe someone, just like they told JFK. You know what you should do? You should take a convertible! It’s so nice out!
Trump’s hearing is being overseen by a panel of two Joe Biden-appointed judges and one George H. W. Bush-appointed judge.
His lawyers argue the Smith prosecution amounts to double jeopardy, as Trump was already tried and acquitted over January 6th by the U.S. Senate, and that Smith is also violating the principle of presidential immunity for official acts.
“Like JFK.” Two journalists caught on hot mic laughing and joking about Trump being assassinated as they wait for him outside appeals court. (Video: AP) pic.twitter.com/zxov8UKkdV
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 9, 2024