DeSantis: “And so, I think it’s an example of this criminalization of politics. I don’t think that this is something that’s good for the country.”
A few GOP presidential candidates have responded to the Georgia indictment against President Donald Trump.
I wonder if we’ll hear anything from Nikki Haley and Mike Pence.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:
“So, I haven’t had a chance to read it all. But I will tell you, Atlanta has huge problems with crime right now. And there has been an approach to crime which has been less than exacting. I think there have been criminals that have been let out that shouldn’t have been let out. And so they’re now doing an inordinate amount of resources to try to shoehorn this contest over the 2020 election into a RICO statute, which was really designed to be able to go after organized crime, not necessarily to go after political activity. And so, I think it’s an example of this criminalization of politics. I don’t think that this is something that’s good for the country. But I think a lot of Republican voters are looking at some of the things that have happened, whether it’s the Department of Justice, whether it is some of the things that have happened locally, and I think the question is, okay, ‘what are we going to do about it?’ And I’ve already said, as president, we are going to end the weaponization of federal agencies like the DOJ and FBI. We’ll have a new director. We will have new leadership in the DOJ. We’re going to make sure that there’s a single standard of justice in this country. Now, in terms of some of these local DAs: in Florida, we’ve actually suspended two — one in Tampa and one in Orlando — over the last year for failure to follow their duties and responsibilities. And as President, we will lean in against some of these local prosecutors if they are not following the law or if they are abandoning their duty to enforce the law evenly. So I think that — I don’t know how it’s going to affect anything politically. For me, at the end of the day, it’s about ‘let’s get this country in a good direction.’ We need to have confidence in our justice system again, but before we get there, we need major, major accountability.”
DeSantis reacts to Trump's indictment in Georgia in response to questions from New Hampshire media:
"So, I haven't had a chance to read it all. But I will tell you, Atlanta has huge problems with crime right now. And there has been an approach to crime which has been less than… pic.twitter.com/9d8kNaeh33
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) August 15, 2023
Sen. Tim Scott:
“We’ve seen the legal system being weaponized against political opponents, that is un-American and unacceptable.”
Tim Scott responds to the latest Trump indictment: “we’ve seen the legal system being weaponized against political opponents, that is un-American and unacceptable.”
— Dylan Wells (@dylanewells) August 15, 2023
Here we go again: another disastrous Trump indictment. It’s downright pathetic that Fulton County publicly posted the indictment on its website even before the grand jury had finished convening. Since the four prosecutions against Trump are using novel & untested legal theories, it’s fair game for him to do the same in defense: immediately file a motion to dismiss for a constitutional due process violation for publicly issuing an indictment before the grand jury had actually signed one. He should make a strong argument on these grounds & it would send a powerful message to the ever-expansive prosecutorial police state. As someone who’s running for President against Trump, I’d volunteer to write the amicus brief to the court myself: prosecutors should not be deciding U.S. presidential elections, and if they’re so overzealous that they commit constitutional violations, then the cases should be thrown out & they should be held accountable.
Here we go again: another disastrous Trump indictment. It’s downright pathetic that Fulton County publicly posted the indictment on its website even before the grand jury had finished convening. Since the four prosecutions against Trump are using novel & untested legal theories,… pic.twitter.com/LOYkGcCgm5
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 14, 2023
Some establishment Republicans are actually *cheering on* the latest Trump indictment as their solution to “take back” the party. If you want to “take back” the party, do it by convincing voters of your vision, not by celebrating the arrest of someone who led the party in a different direction.
Some establishment Republicans are actually *cheering on* the latest Trump indictment as their solution to “take back” the party. If you want to “take back” the party, do it by convincing voters of your vision, not by celebrating the arrest of someone who led the party in a… https://t.co/9kYDamlh50
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 15, 2023
Gov. Chris Christie:
Christie called it unnecessary:
He explained that local prosecutors would typically defer to the Department of Justice (DOJ) when their investigations overlap, questioning why Georgia prosecutors did not do so in this case, given that Trump was indicted federally this month regarding Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probe into the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
“I think that this conflict is essentially covered by the federal indictment, not with the level of detail that they covered in this, but that’s just a stylistic thing,” he said. “Election interference is election interference. It’s been charged by Jack Smith, and most of the time what you’d see here would be a state court deferring to a federal prosecution. Especially if that federal indictment had already been issued. So I think this was unnecessary, as to Donald Trump.”
His tone regarding to Trump’s latest indictment is notably different from his stance on the DOJ indictments. Christie has cast himself as a leading Trump critic in the Republican primary and has been critical of Trump’s actions surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
He also said:
Chris Christie on the latest Donald Trump Georgia indictment: "I didn't think it was a necessary thing to do once you saw that Jack Smith was charging him federally for the very same conduct." The indictments both deal with Trump's alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/TS53JaDOPd
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) August 15, 2023
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Asa thinks Trump should go away.
Read my statement on the fourth indictment of #DonaldTrump.
Donald Trump has disqualified himself from ever holding our nation’s highest office again.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) August 15, 2023
Larry Elder called the indictment unfair:
2024 Watch-New: #GOP presidential candidate @larryelder tells @FoxNews the latest #DonaldTrump criminal indictment's "incredibly unfair. All Donald Trump did is to suggest that maybe about 11,700 votes might be out there that weren’t counted" #2024Election #FITN #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/mWL3ZlVbh0
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) August 15, 2023
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