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Trump’s indictment could dominate 2024 GOP presidential nomination race: ‘It will be inevitable’

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In a race for the Republican presidential nomination dominated by former President Donald Trump, the former president’s indictment and impeachment this week for trying to overturn his 2020 election loss will likely only increasingly eclipse rivals’ efforts to stand out and further cement its leadership position.

“In the short term, it helps Trump because it’s going to galvanize his base, and it’s going to take all the oxygen out of the race for all the other candidates and rather than talking about themselves,” said Republican consultant Jim Merrill. longtime New Hampshire-based. told Fox News. “It will be unavoidable.”

Merrill, a veteran of many GOP presidential campaigns, pointed out that the blockbuster developments “are going to force them to talk about Donald Trump. And the longer it goes on, the harder it is for other candidates to make their own case. campaigns.”

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Former President Trump arrives at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Arlington, Va., as he travels to Washington to face a judge on federal conspiracy charges alleging that Trump conspired to overturn the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump is wasting no time getting back to the campaign trail.

The former president Friday night headlines the Alabama GOP summer meeting. And on Saturday, he’s in South Carolina – which is hosting the third contest in the Republican presidential nominating calendar – as he speaks at the state party’s annual Silver Elephant fundraising gala. Both appearances were scheduled before the former president was indicted on Tuesday. Next week Trump will travel to New Hampshire, which is holding the first primary and voting second in the GOP nominations calendar.

Trump, who is making his third straight run for the White House, earlier this year became the first sitting president or former president in US history to be charged with a crime.

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The former president pleaded not guilty in early April in New York to charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He was charged with allegedly paying money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016 to keep her quiet ahead of that year’s presidential election over her claims that he had sex with Trump years earlier. He denies having slept with Daniels and denies falsifying business documents to keep the payment hidden.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at his Mar-a-Lago estate, April 4, 2023, in Palm Beach, Florida, after being arraigned earlier in the day in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump was indicted and arraigned in early June for his alleged improper preservation of classified documents. He has pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court to criminal charges that he unlawfully kept national security records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., after his term as president ended. and that he would have hindered federal efforts to recover the documents.

On Thursday, the former president pleaded not guilty to four counts: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct official process, obstruction of official process and conspiracy against rights.

Trump was told two weeks ago that he was a target in the investigation into his actions and state of mind on January 6, 2021, and ahead of that infamous day – when hundreds of people stormed the US Capitol. The attack temporarily halted Congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.

The indictment alleges that Trump pursued unlawful means to reduce legitimate votes and subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election and that he corruptly obstructed and obstructed the certification of the electoral vote.

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Trump’s world is confident that the latest indictment will further energize his supporters.

“It’s absolutely true that, politically speaking, these indictments served as fuel for his campaign,” an adviser from Trump’s political orbit told Fox News.

The adviser, who requested anonymity to speak more freely, argued that “too many insiders in Washington don’t appreciate how Republican voters don’t believe in the system. Republican voters think our system of government is completely corrupt and corrupt against the Republicans”. So when Trump is charged and charged multiple times, all he is doing is sending a signal to Republican voters that Trump is the biggest threat to the highly corrupt establishment they hate and don’t believe.

Another source in Trump’s world has suggested the latest indictment fuels a potential general election rematch with Biden.

“They sped up the general election, which has already started. While there are a lot of Republican candidates marching across the country, the adults in the room and the candidates from the respective parties have already started their election campaigns,” he said. stated the intended source.

Former President Donald Trump is shown during a campaign event July 1, 2023 in Pickens, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Ryan Williams, a Republican strategist, broadcaster and veteran of multiple presidential campaigns, told Fox News that the latest indictment “does not politically affect Donald Trump’s support for Republican primary voters at all. On the contrary, it rallies the support around him”.

And pointing to Trump’s rivals, Williams said “there’s no more oxygen in the room. The whole race is about Donald Trump, and as we’ve seen so far, the more people talk Donald Trump, the bigger his polls are in the Republican primary.The focus on Trump and his circus has diminished the other candidates.

But there are still five-and-a-half months before Iowa and New Hampshire kick off the ballot in the GOP nomination race. Merrill noted that while Trump’s indictments “create challenges for opposing campaigns, there’s time…I think one thing we’ve learned over the past eight years is that anything can happen.” happen in these things”.

And he stressed that for Trump’s rivals, the mission ahead is “to make these indictments difficult, if not impossible, for Trump to beat Joe Biden.”

Ryan pointed to another factor – money.

This week’s indictment came amid headlines that Trump’s political committees were spending more money so far this year than they were raising, with millions in spending going to his legal bills.

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“Mounting legal fees that will drain his campaign bank account,” Williams noted. “Preparing for trial and going to trial will result in larger legal bills that will essentially turn his campaign into a legal defense fund.”

And he suggested that “at a time when Joe Biden and the Democrats hoard resources to run hundreds of millions of dollars worth of ads against Trump, he will be forced to take his resources to pay for lawyers.”

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