Key Point: Republicans’ reactions to Donald Trump’s 4th indictment are all over the place.
Donald Trump Is a Problem for the GOP
Former President Donald Trump was recently slapped with his fourth indictment, courtesy of the State of Georgia.
The former commander-in-chief faces 13 felonies, all related to attempts to allegedly influence or tamper with the state’s 2020 presidential election results.
While Democrats generally – and expectedly – welcomed the news, reactions from fellow Republicans has been a mixed bag, ranging from outright support to outright condemnation.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who is running against Trump in the GOP presidential primary, voiced his support on Twitter, and even offered legal services to his rival.
“Here we go again: another disastrous Trump indictment. It’s downright pathetic,” Ramaswamy tweeted. “As someone who’s running for President against Trump, I’d volunteer to write the amicus brief to the court myself: prosecutors should not be deciding U.S. presidential elections,” he added.
Another competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, said in a statement that the indictment was proof that Trump was unfit to hold office again.
“I said that Donald Trump’s actions disqualified him from ever serving as President again. Those words are more true today than ever before,” Hutchinson stated.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a presidential hopeful, admitted that he had not taken the time to read the indictment yet, but criticized the legal action, calling it a “criminalization of politics.” “I don’t think this is something that’s good for the country,” DeSantis said.
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Trump’s biggest supporters and a possible running mate for next year, blasted the indictment on Truth Social, the social media platform Trump owns and where he has been most active since being booted out of Twitter following the aftermath of the 2020 presidential elections. Greene recounted a personal incident as proof that there were abnormalities in Georgia’s 2020 elections.
“PROOF of election fraud in GA 2020 election: When my former husband, Perry Greene, went to vote he was told the SOS website showed he already voted by absentee ballot. Perry never requested an absentee ballot, never turned one in, and was forced to stand IN LINE (w/ people saying the same thing) to sign an affidavit to “surrender” an absentee ballot he never had and did not have in his possession so he could vote in person on another ballot. Who turned in an absentee ballot in his name?”
“Rather than releasing the Report on the Rigged & Stolen Georgia 2020 Presidential Election on Monday, my lawyers would prefer putting this, I believe, Irrefutable & Overwhelming evidence of Election Fraud & Irregularities in formal Legal Filings as we fight to dismiss this disgraceful Indictment by a publicity & campaign finance seeking D.A., who sadly presides over a record breaking Murder & Violent Crime area, Atlanta. Therefore, the News Conference is no longer necessary!” the post read.
Trump initially announced that he would be holding a news conference where he would present comprehensive and irrefutable proof supporting his claims of election fraud. \
Still, his legal team thought the better of it and advised their client to present any proof he has solely to the court instead.
In a separate post Trump also said, “I hope Republican D.A.’s and A.G.’s throughout the Country are closely watching the tremendous Weaponization of “Justice” that is being utilized against me!
The 41-count indictment also names 18 other Trump associates as defendants. These include Rudy Juliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, and Sidney Powell, who were on Trump’s legal team, as well as Mark Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff from 2020 to 2021.
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.
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