Donald Trump Relishes in His Indictments at S.D. Rally – Indictments would destroy an ordinary man, but Donald Trump seemed to relish in his outlaw status during a campaign stop in South Dakota. His campaign turned his Georgia mugshot into a T-shirt that says, “Wanted … For President.”
“I’m being indicted for you,” Donald Trump told the audience. “That’s not part of the job description,” he added, “but I’m being indicted for you.”
American culture has loved its antiheroes, from Jesse James to Al Capone, and has subjected those later considered heroic, such as Martin Luther King Jr., to mugshots. Trump wants to join them.
“The mug shot did good for him,” said Lydia Lozano of Summerset, S.D., who wore Mr. Trump’s mug shot on a blue T-shirt with the outline of an American flag, told The New York Times, noting she did not take the indictments seriously.
Lozano continued, “They’re just grasping at straws to try and get him to stop running …And he’s running anyway.”
Trump seems to see himself in that category. His status as an American outlaw has exploded his popularity in the GOP primary race. Prior to his indictments, RealClearPolitics shows that Trump hit a low of around 43% in early March. After his indictment in the Stormy Daniels case, Trump’s popularity skyrocketed by 10 points and has been above 50% ever since.
“They’re just destroying our country,” Trump told a crowd of roughly 7,000 at a hockey arena in Rapid City, S.D. “And if we don’t take it back — if we don’t take it back in ’24, I really believe we’re not going to have a country left.”
Could Kristi Noem Be Donald Trump’s Running Mate?
Pundits questioned why South Dakota considering that it has not voted for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964; however, its governor could be the reason. Gov. Kristi Noem, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate, endorsed the former president at the rally.
“He has my full and complete endorsement. I will do everything in my power to help him win to save this great country,” Noem wrote on X.
The Washington Examiner Politics Editor W. James Antle III called Noem’s speech thanking the former president for visiting her sparsely populated state “an audition to be his running mate.”
Noem told Newsmax last week when asked if she would be Trump’s running mate, “I would in a heartbeat.”
Trump’s speech touched on familiar themes such as the left’s desire to whitewash American history and remove monuments such as Mount Rushmore and how his rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was an “unskilled politician” who “sided with the communists.”
Trump On a Roll Against Biden
A Suffolk University/USA Today poll found that Biden trails Donald Trump among unlikely voters who are not registered to vote 28% – 15%. That same group swung toward Biden in 2020. Biden also suffers from low enthusiasm for his re-election, which could tip things toward his predecessor.
“Every day, it seems, there’s new fodder for Democrats looking to freak out about President Joe Biden’s reelection prospects: Sagging public views of the economy. Persistent voter concerns about Biden’s age. And erosion in the president’s standing among key minority groups, to name a few,” Jim Messina, Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2012, said. “Historically, we’re ******* bedwetters.”
“We grew up in the ’80s and ’90s when Republicans won elections all the time. Democrats had their hearts deeply broken when Hillary [Clinton] lost, and people didn’t see that coming. And so, you know, we continually believe every bad thing people say,”
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.