Republicans Turn Their Backs On Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump was indicted a third time in connection to his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. However, following his recent indictment many Republican senators have opted to remain quiet over the four most recent charges against Trump which are perceived to be more serious than the previous charges he has faced.

Special Counsel Jack Smith unveiled the four charges against Trump which relate to Trump’s attempts to overturn the presidential election results and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Following the Capitol attack, seven Republican Senators had voted in favor of Trump being convicted on impeachment charges over inciting an insurrection.

Senate Republican strategists and aides have pointed to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) speech from the end of the impeachment trial when he had stated that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the events of Jan. 6 and that he might end up facing criminal prosecution over his actions.

However, some conservative legal experts have stated that charging Trump in connection to his claims brings forward concerns about possible violations of the First Amendment, freedom of speech rights. Following the 2020 presidential election, Trump had pushed the narrative that there was widespread voter fraud and had encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol.

Republican strategists have also pointed out that this indictment might be the most detrimental one for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign as all Americans know about the Capitol attack, and many had seen the events take place on television. Republican strategist Vin Weber further pointed out that while the classified documents case could also be serious it is not something that all Americans watched unfold.

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