On Thursday afternoon, prior to Donald Trump’s federal indictment, Republican Senators remained tight-lipped when asked about the possibility of Trump being charged, most commented that all of it was still hypothetical and touted the need to adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
Wait and see has turned into reality, and Republicans from all sides are coming out in condemnation of the charges leveled at the former president in the name of fighting against the so-called deep state entrenched in the Biden administration and the bureaucracy in general.
They Can Come for Any Conservative
Pete Hegseth, former Army National Guard officer, and current Fox News host, commented that if “they can get Trump, it means they can get you, they can get me, they can get all of us.”
“As it pertains to the Republican primary, Republicans will rally around Donald Trump. I think every single Republican nominee should be down in Miami on Tuesday night, standing for justice in the country. Saying ‘Hey I may be running for president, but this is injustice, this should not stand.”
Are Republicans Secretly Cheering?
Jack Posobiec, a popular but very controversial alt-right activist and host of the Human Events Daily podcast, posted that many Republican campaigns “view the Trump indictment as a positive for them. In fact, they’ve been telling donors this was the plan all along. And why so many names just entered the race. It is coordinated.”
I would like to believe that Hegseth is right, rather than Posobiec; that even Trump’s fiercest opponents in the Republican race will agree the ends don’t justify the means. I hope they will stand up to this kind of corruption and one-sided treatment of a potential president-elect.
Trump Opponents React
Ron DeSantis blasted the weaponization of federal law enforcement, tweeting it “represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending on political affiliation.”
He continued by promising to “bring accountability to the DOJ, excise political bias and end weaponization once and for all.”
Tim Scott declared on Fox News, “The one thing that makes America the city on the hill is confidence in our justice system. And today, what we see is a justice system where the scales are weighted.”
Like DeSantis, Scott continued with how he would deal with the problem.
“As president of the United States I would purge all of the injustices and impurities in our system so that every American can have confidence that they will be seen by the lady of justice with a blindfold on.”
Vivek Ramaswamy mimicked Scott, posting, “We can’t have two tiers of justice: one for Trump, another for Biden. One for Assange, another for Manning. One for BLM/Antifa, another for peaceful protestors on Jan 6.”
But unlike his Republican primary opponents, he admitted about what Trump’s indictment meant for him. “It would be much easier for me to win this election if Trump weren’t in the race, but I stand for principles over politics.”
And Ramaswarmy went a step further, declaring “I commit to pardon Trump promptly on January 20, 2025, and to restore the rule of law in our country.”
Smart move. If Trump does have to bow out of the presidential race, Ramaswarmy just won himself the support of the entire MAGA base.
Does Any Republican Have a Shot?
The issue seems to be that any candidate, no matter who they are, will face the full intensity of the Democrat party’s resolve to subvert true justice.
Not surprisingly, Steve Bannon is fully supporting Trump, and came out with some unique commentary on his Rumble podcast, “The War Room.” He claimed the liberal media, particularly Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, who he called “the brains of the left,” is completely transparent in the left’s guileless desire to take Trump down.
“They tell you to your face what they’re trying to do. This is all about having Donald Trump stand down. If Donald Trump had never announced he was going to run for president and started coming back early on, this thing would never have occurred.”
Indeed, in an interview with Rachel Maddow back in January of 2017, Chuck Schumer, in response to Maddow’s comment that Trump was antagonizing and taunting the intelligence community, stated, “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back atchya.”
When Maddow asked Schumer what he thought they would do, he replied, “I don’t know but from what I am told, they are very upset with how he has treated them and talked about them.”
Schumer exclaimed, “We need the intelligence community. Look at the Russian hacking! Without the intelligence community we wouldn’t have discovered it.”
Exactly. Because it was never there in the first place.
No matter your opinion on Trump or any of the players in the Republican party, you’d have to be blind not to see the shenanigans of the deep state over the past seven years constitute little more than a personal vendetta – a way to remove Trump from the 2024 presidential race and to protect themselves from exposure of the most unfathomable corruption in their own party.
A Trump victory looked to be a longshot against one of the weakest candidates the country has ever known, but Democrats aren’t going to take a chance. They know the only sure-fire way to ensure another four years of Biden, despite the disastrous path the country has been on since the day he took over the Oval Office, was to knock Trump out completely. And they won’t stop until they succeed.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19Fortyfive and an opinion writer for this publication. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics, and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.