On Monday, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis fourth indictment issued former President Donald Trump this year, this time in Georgia for activities related to the efforts of Trump and allies to overturn the 2020 election result. Anyone of Trump’s presidential primary opponents could be Real Chance to Win the GOP Nomination Took this opportunity to attack Trump?
not really no. Trump Leads Five Thirteen’s National Polling Average nearly 40 percentage points ahead of the second-place candidate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Yet as with the first three impeachments, it is the clearly anti-Trump candidates with little chance of victory who have angered Trump primarily over the Georgia indictment. By comparison, the candidates who might have even a remote chance of defeating Trump — who has high favorable numbers among Republicans — have largely given up attacking the front-runner and instead followed the legal system. .
Potentially competing claimants have focused much of their anger against Trump over the alleged weaponization of the legal system. “I think this is an example of the criminalization of politics,” DeSantis said, who also expressed skepticism about the use of Georgia’s anti-racketeering statute to pursue alleged crimes related to political activity. following a federal indictment of trump Earlier this month, DeSantis raised some eyebrows after being accused of plotting to overturn the 2020 election publicly stating that Trump has lost the 2020 election – something he had been avoiding doing for a long time. And after the Georgia news, DeSantis He reiterated that he would be a stronger alternative than Trump Achieving victory in 2024 and implementing “America First” policies. But DeSantis’ initial reaction to the Georgia indictment, which largely addresses Trump’s behavior over the 2020 election result, suggests he doesn’t want to make any dramatic changes to his rhetoric.
Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who have sometimes voted in double digits, also reiterated earlier comments about further politicization of the legal system. Monday night at a town hall, Ramaswamy Georgia’s charges described Earlier in the day as “politicization of harassment through prosecution” He said that he would be willing to write an amicus brief In support of Trump. Ramaswamy Said earlier that he would forgive TrumpAnd filed a Freedom of Information Act request Documents sought from the Justice Department related to the decision to indict Trump in June. at the Iowa State Fair, Scott The latest indictment is called “un-American,” arguing that the law was being “weaponized against political opponents.” Scott in June had described The indictment of Trump by the Justice Department over the alleged mishandling of classified documents is a “serious matter with serious allegations”, but also that the legal system was targeting Republicans. For his part, low-polling North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum introduced a lighter version of the same rhetoricArguing that the fact “people are concerned about a two-tier system of justice” is “a bigger issue than any indictment.”
Of course, it’s completely understandable why these candidates is once again Trump refrained from telling her about his legal troubles. Winning the GOP primary will require threading the needle of attracting support from the mostly pro-Trump party without alienating pro-Trump voters by criticizing Trump. While attacking Trump brings some positives, proximity to Trump in a world where he is not running would be an asset. June 1st survey YouGov/CBS News found that, if Trump could not be the nominee, 74 percent of Republican primary voters would prefer a candidate “like Trump,” while only 26 percent said they wanted someone “different than Trump.” moreover, two third Of republicans don’t think Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election was legal, so the specifics of the federal and Georgia indictments regarding his actions to overturn the election may not have much impact on primary voters.
Furthermore, while there are some indications that Trump’s Favorability Has Diminished In the wake of his indictments, he remains quite popular across party lines. His net favorability among Republicans In recent polls it is around +50, Only DeSantis is closer to him in this matter. Granted, candidates like Scott and Ramaswamy are not as well-known as Trump or DeSantis, which may allow for a higher range of potential support.
turning to More Anti-Trump or Trump-Sceptical ContendersFormer Vice President Mike Pence has been more critical recently, and his initial comments following the Georgia indictment had a similar tone. on Wednesday, Pence dismissed the notion The 2020 result was stolen in Georgia, but they employed a line he is used in the past Note that Trump still has the “presumption of innocence”. Nonetheless, Pence’s response follows his tough comments earlier this month following a federal indictment regarding Trump’s 2020 actions. Pence said Trump pressured him “essentially to overturn the election” and argued that anyone who placed himself “above the Constitution” should not be president.
In addition to Pence, vocal anti-Trump candidates in the race also reiterated their previous condemnations of Trump. Asa Hutchinson, former governor of Arkansas latest indictment said It was further evidence that Trump had “disqualified himself” to hold the presidency again, while former Texas Representative Will Hurd where was it “This is another example of how the burden of the former president will help re-elect Joe Biden if Trump is the Republican nominee.” However, in a departure from his response to the earlier indictments, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s opening remarks on the Georgia indictment mostly focused on how he sees it It has been described as “unnecessary” in view of the federal charges against Trump (which christie said At the time he didn’t think he was “political”). Still, it was very different from the weaponizing language used by other Republicans who have not taken an anti-Trump stance.
As for the two leading candidates we have yet to discuss, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez have both tried to find a middle ground. Haley has yet to make any public comments about the Georgia indictment, but ahead of the expected charges, she tried to avoid harsh criticism Trump’s mostly sticking to one line that Trump’s legal troubles distract from the many important issues facing the country. Somewhat similarly, Suarez said on Wednesday that the latest indictment is “a victory for Washington” that dominates the news, even though he felt voters were not interested in it.
Overall, Trump’s latest indictment hasn’t prompted any of his rivals to reflect on how they think about Trump’s dominant position in both the news and the Republican primary. However, none of this is going away. For the foreseeable future, the rest of the GOP field must continue to decide how to address Trump’s legal issues in the context of their own presidential aspirations.