How Donald Trump Will Use Impeachment To Raise Support For His 2024 Campaign
Donald Trump will try to reverse his accusation To their advantage by stoking anger among core supporters over what they see as the weaponization of the justice system, though it could also push more Republicans weary of the drama to seek another presidential candidate. .
Trump has been accused after an investigation by the Manhattan Grand Jury Porn star Stormy Daniels paid in secret During the 2016 campaign, he became the first former US president to face criminal charges despite making another run for the White House.
The prosecution of a former president is unprecedented in US history. But his supporters see it as politically motivated, and it will be the only 2024 Republican primary, rank-and-file Republican voters, party officials and political analysts told the news agency reuters,
“They’ve done nothing but harass this man,” said Greg Hough, chairman of the Republican Party in Belknap County, New Hampshire, predicting prosecutors would boost Trump’s support “to the moon” if it leads to a conviction. fails to deliver.
Trump earlier this month flagged the possibility of charges and said about his impending arrest that he raised about $2 million. In a statement on Thursday, Trump called the indictment “political harassment and election interference at the highest level in history,” without providing evidence.
John Fehery, a Republican strategist, described the Manhattan case as “silly” compared to other investigations hanging over Trump’s campaign. These include a special counsel probing allegations of overturning the 2020 election results, and prosecutors in Georgia probing his efforts to reverse his losses in battleground states.
To win the party’s nomination, Trump will likely need to broaden his support beyond the 25%–30% of Republican voters generally believed to be on his side no matter what, especially if Republicans win in the coming months. The field of candidates narrows. An impeachment could make it difficult for him to broaden his appeal.
Fehery said, “For all the things for Trump to impeach, this is not on the top 20 list.” “But it is a little red flag for Trump that his opponents can use against him. Such an argument may be persuasive to independent voters.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said some Republicans may be swayed by allegations of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or another potential candidate without Trump’s legal baggage to back him, who has been on the sidelines since leaving the White House. has increased significantly. 2021.
“It’s not good for Trump, the question is how bad is it for Trump,” Sabato said. “There could be multiple indictments … It starts to add up to a bigger problem.”
Trump’s campaign has accused the Manhattan District Attorney, Democrat Alvin Bragg, of doing the Democratic Party’s bidding in an effort to prevent him from running for the White House. At a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, Trump compared the criminal investigation against him to a “Stalinist Russia horror show.”
Those close to Trump have said his campaign will try to frame the indictment as evidence that all impeachments — including his two impeachments in Congress — are unwarranted attempts by the “Deep State” to undermine him and his supporters.
Sam DeMarco, chairman of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, said Republicans would view the Manhattan indictment as political, noting that federal prosecutors reviewed the Daniels case in 2018 and decided not to charge Trump, although it The Justice Department’s policy is not to impeach the sitting President.
Trump has defied predictions of his demise several times since launching his bid for the White House in 2015. Sometimes called the “Teflon Don” for his record of avoiding accountability, Trump once said he could shoot someone with a gun in the middle of Manhattan and not face the consequences.
Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite the emergence of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tapes in which he made lewd comments about women. And in 2018, when he was president, he paid no apparent political price for the Stormy Daniels case, even as her lawyer went to jail for arranging the payment and pointed the finger at Trump.
Trump is leading the 2024 Republican field with 44% support from Republicans in a March Reuters/Ipsos poll, ahead of DeSantis’ 30% support.