Trump’s legal problems are putting the GOP in a vise

Trump’s legal problems are putting the GOP in a vise

Ronald Brownstein writes:

The dilemma for the Republican Party is that Donald Trump’s mounting legal troubles may be simultaneously strengthening him as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and weakening him as a potential general-election nominee.

In the days leading up to the indictment of the former president, which Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced two days ago, a succession of polls showed that Trump has significantly increased his lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, his closest competitor in the race for the Republican nomination.

Yet recent surveys have also signaled that this criminal charge—and other potential indictments from ongoing investigations—could deepen the doubts about Trump among the suburban swing voters who decisively rejected him in the 2020 presidential race, and powered surprisingly strong performances by Democrats in the 2018 and 2022 midterms. [Continue reading…]

Insider reports:

Trump raised more than $4 million within 24 hours after news broke that a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him, his campaign said on Friday.

The campaign made the revelation in a press release and email to subscribers, which described the case as the “Alvin Bragg witch hunt.”

The statement hailed the influx of donations and said that over 25% came from first-time donors and that the average contribution was $34. [Continue reading…]

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