April 24, 2024

Trump 2024 Contestants Say He Should Pass For Attack On January 6th

The new litmus test in the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination is over the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s unprecedented efforts to overturn his lost election.

Federal prosecutors may bring charges against Trump in relation to the rebellion any day nowmany of the top candidates trying to stop him from becoming their party’s presidential nominee argued that he should pass, prompting hundreds of his supporters to crush and trash one of the world’s most recognizable symbols of democratic government.

Florida Gov. said. Ron DeSantis, Trump’s main rival, said last week that the former president should have reacted more “calmly” when the supporters he said broke the march on the Capitol inside the building. But he said that did not rise to the level of a criminal indictment.

“I hope he doesn’t get charged. I don’t think it’s going to be good for the country,” DeSantis said of Trump, who has ignored pleas from his advisers and even had his own daughter tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.

Former Vice President Mike Pence blamed Trump for putting his own life and that of his family at risk during the attack, reflecting the sentiment.

“While his words were reckless, based on what I know, I’m still not convinced they were criminal,” Pence said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump has repeatedly criticized the former vice president for refusing to try to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Trump supporters built a makeshift gallows outside the Capitol during the riot and chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

Meanwhile former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the United Nations said about Trump on Monday. CNBC she would support Trump if he were nominated by the GOP in 2024. Haley has called for “interference” with Trump’s legal woes, arguing that it would hurt his chances in the general election campaign, but she, too, has sided with Trump and other Republicans against the Justice Department.

Senator Tim Scott, the other South Carolinian in the race, who was also present in the Capitol during the January 6 attack, said last week that he would “only hold responsible the people who threatened my life, and the former president did not threaten my life.”

But Trump played a role in the attack. Nearly 200 of the people who broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 claimed directly to be responding to calls from Trump to help keep him in the White House, according to one analysis by a government watchdog group.

If the Justice Department indicts Trump, it will be the third time this year he has been indicted. The former president also faces charges related to a hush-money case in New York and his handling of classified documents after leaving office. Prosecutors in Georgia – where Trump pressured local officials to overturn election results – are expecting their own charges against him, as he faces another defamation trial against writer E. Jean Carroll next year.

But none of those developments shook Trump’s grip on GOP primary voters. In fact, they seem to have increased his standing. The former president continues to dominate poll of the race of 2024, a dynamic reflected in the reluctance of his rivals to criticize him even for attempting to subvert democracy.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson are the only candidates in the race who sharply criticized Trump on January 6, 2021 and called for his disqualification. But both men are polling in low single figures near the bottom of the field.

“While Donald Trump would like the American people to believe he is the victim in this case, the truth is that the real victims on January 6th are our democracy, our rule of law, and those Capitol Police officers who have worked tirelessly to protect our Capitol,” Hutchinson said earlier this month.

Christie has repeatedly ripped Trump as well as other candidates like DeSantis and Scott for refusing to call the former president.

“When you say that the president is not responsible for January 6, I can’t say something about that, it’s ridiculous, and Tim is better than that,” Christie. said Scott on Monday in New Hampshire.

“It’s shameful what it is [Trump] did that day. And it’s disappointing that Tim Scott said what he said,” he said.

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