Former US President Donald Trump is indicted for a fourth criminal charge from a Georgia court in charges of attempting to overturn the 2020 elections, but experts claim that this indictment will not immediately affect Trump’s support for the 2024 elections nomination. This is the first time in United States history that a former president has been charged with many criminal offenses, and it has raised questions about American politics but experts and analytics are still confident that the Republican party nomination would remain unaffected by these charges.
Donald Trump and his legal team have repeatedly claimed that the partisan political elite is systematically targeting him and his colleagues. The indictment in Georgia, which declares Trump and 18 associates responsible for attempting to alter the 2020 election results in the state, solidifies the former president’s claims. Geoffrey Kabaservice, vice president of the Niskanen Center think tank expressed the views most of Trump’s supporters believe in and said this is very unlikely that this current indictment and others like it would damage Trump’s support. He added that these indictments would only solidify and strengthen Trump’s prominence among Republicans.
Even before the end of Trump’s presidency, his followers declared him as their champion, Kabaservice added. He expressed that Trump once claimed that he could go to Fifth Avenue in New York City and shoot someone, and people would still support him, and the current scenario proves him right. The former president has denied all the charges against him, and he is the clear frontrunner in the Republican nomination race and a big competitor of his opponent Ron DeSantis. Trump is leading him by 38 points, according to the average of the recent polls data maintained by the FiveThirtyEight website.
The 3rd Indictment Raised His Popularity
Several polls are conducted to find the actual popularity of the leaders among people. The poll aggregator found that support for Donald Trump increased after the first indictment in New York earlier this year on the charges related to hush money payment to an adult film star. According to the website, Republican support somewhat decreased after Trump’s second indictment in June related to his handling of classified documents. All of those charges and accusations are well highlighted as these are for the first time in American history against a former President.
Republican and public support got bigger again after the third indictment on the charges related to efforts made to overturn the 2020 elections, the website claims. Several observers have said that almost all the charges have failed in degrading favor of Donald Trump, and all those would play a role in the US 2024 Presidential elections. It will likely be a tough competition between Trump and sitting President Biden, who won the 2020 election.
Trump is facing several charges and indictments, but he is still a prominent name in United States Politics and got a big favor among the public. He is facing severe charges. However, American Constitution doesn’t forbid a person facing charges and indictments from running or winning the presidential elections. Trump, Meadows, Giuliani, and 18 others are accused of plotting to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. According to the indictment, the Prosecutors said the group lied to state officials, interfered in the election mechanism, and tried to cover up the criminal actions.
Georgian Indictment Is Most Significant
Unlike from the other cases and indictments, Georgian law on dishonesty and fraud carries a minimum of five years sentence, which means that if Trump is declared guilty, th would be required to serve prison time. But it still needs to be determined how that sentence will be executed if Trump becomes the president again.
Ric Ham, a political commentator, and author, told a news agency that if Donald Trump is found guilty and at the same time he is elected as US president, there would be a constitutional crisis as there had never been this scenario before. No one has seen a sitting president imprisoned while in office. US supreme court has also yet to clarify whether a sitting president will be prosecuted while in office.