Mar 26, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump revives "Stop the Steal" slogan ahead of New York criminal trial

Up-close image of former President Trump

Former President Trump appears for a pre-trial hearing on March 25 in New York City. Photo: Mary Altaffer-Pool/Getty Images

Former President Trump revived his controversial "Stop the Steal" slogan in a social media post Tuesday surrounding his New York criminal case.

Why it matters: Despite multiple probes and recounts of 2020 election votes that disproved claims of widespread election fraud, the presumptive GOP nominee is redeploying a slogan that claims electoral fraud infiltrated the 2020 race to deny him the presidency.

Zoom in: "STOP THE STEAL!" Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

  • Trump claimed that President Biden's "Thugs" had pushed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg "to go forward" and "pushed him hard" even though Bragg "fought everyone about trying this 'no crime' case."

Catch up quick: Jury selection is set to begin April 15 in Trump's New York hush money case — the first of his four criminal cases to go to trial.

  • Trump, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has denied any wrongdoing, faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.

Flashback: The "Stop the Steal" movement featured rallies popping up throughout the country, with protestors spreading false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 race.

  • A "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021, also preceded the insurrection at the Capitol.
  • During his speech on Jan. 6, Trump told his supporters that "we will stop the steal," per NPR.
  • Trump said he would "lay out just some of the evidence proving that we won this election and we won it by a landslide," adding that "this was not a close election."

Zoom out: The former president and his campaign are framing this year's election in a similar tune — now claiming that his criminal indictments are part of a broader effort from Democrats to defeat him in this year's race, per the Wall Street Journal.

Go deeper: Trump hush money trial will begin April 15

Go deeper