Trump’s Team Celebrates His Indictment

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( – One Week, after former President Trump took over the news cycle with his arraignment in Manhattan criminal court on 34 felony counts over a hush-money scheme, Trump and his allies, appear to be determined to keep the case in the forefront.

Trump sat for the first exclusive interview since his indictment with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. During the interview, they discussed a wide range of topics including his indictment. Trump has repeatedly accused and criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for the probe brought forth against him calling it a “witch hunt.” Trump’s allies in the House are also trying to bring Bragg in for testimony in relation to the charges he has brought forth against Trump.

Following Trump’s indictment and court appearance, Trump’s fundraising efforts have also shot up, with the former President managing to raise millions within hours of his indictment. So far all of this points to Trump and his team considering the charges a political tool in their campaigning efforts at least in the short run.

Strategists have pointed out that if Trump manages to continue to dominate the news cycle, then any of his potential rivals in the 2024 primary race are going to have a hard time raising the momentum for their campaign. Alex Conant, who worked on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign argued that this is exactly what Trump did during the 2016 presidential campaign. As he pointed out back then cable networks would often show the podium where Trump was expected to appear for his speech soon instead of featuring any of the speeches from his opponents. As he argued this was “frustrating” as it is impossible for his competitors to continue to “move up in the polls without media attention.”

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