Two of his potential opponents within the GOP main — who haven’t but formally introduced candidacies — took completely different tacks when discussing Trump’s historic indictment this weekend.
Here’s what they needed to say:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg for indicting “a former president on misdemeanor offenses” for “purely political functions” in a speech Saturday on the Pennsylvania Management Convention.
“That’s when you understand that the regulation has been weaponized for political functions; that’s when you understand that the left is utilizing that to focus on their political opponent,” DeSantis stated.
DeSantis additional attacked Bragg at a rally Saturday in Backyard Metropolis, New York.
“This man is all about politics. He is available in, his entire factor is he does not need individuals to be in jail. He desires to downgrade felonies to misdemeanors,” the governor stated “Actually, actually harmful stuff. After which what does he do? He turns round, does a flimsy indictment towards a former president of america.”
DeSantis stated whereas Bragg is seeking to reduce penalties on different offenders, he is seeking to cost Trump with a felony for business-related crimes that must be thought-about misdemeanors.
“This man is doing politics. He has an agenda. That’s not the rule of regulation,” DeSantis continued, as the group broke into applause that was a standing ovation.
Context on Bragg’s marketing campaign: Bragg ran for district attorney as a reformer. He has aggressively pursued Trump and different progressive priorities since getting elected, together with not prosecuting some low-level crimes and discovering options to incarceration for sure offenders.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, one of many few Republican 2024 hopefuls who didn’t immediately criticize Donald Trump’s indictment, stated late Friday that the previous president “shouldn’t be the nominee” and “can’t win” the 2024 election.
Sununu stated on HBO’s “Actual Time with Invoice Maher” that the historic indictment has created a “circus.”
Requested if he thought Trump was responsible, the governor stated: “You recognize what the indictments are? Like, I am assuming he’s, proper?”
Sununu stated the indictment “solely helps” Trump along with his supporters, however he does not imagine the previous president must be the GOP’s nominee within the 2024 presidential election.
“I do not suppose he will be the nominee. He should not be the nominee. He cannot win in ’24,” the governor stated. “However this builds lots of empathy, sympathy, if you’ll. It solidifies his base.”
Extra from the potential 2024 GOP discipline: You’ll be able to learn remarks on the indictment from former Vice President Mike Pence, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and different Republicans to observe here.