Trump Unites, Then Divides

There are several ways of looking at the events that occurred this week inside a Manhattan courtroom and later at Donald Trump’s home in Florida.

First, the indictment of the former president for illegally “conspiring” to win the White House in the 2016 election by paying “hush money” to two women and a doorman to keep secret behavior that could have adversely swayed voters at the ballot box. Even former Attorney General Bill Barr has said it is a “pathetically weak case.” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley called the indictment “A legal Slurpee, instantly satisfying, but there’s nothing there.” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said there is also an “underlying crime,” which he said he didn’t have to mention. How is that fair to Trump?

Second, Trump managed to do something no one else has accomplished. He united (most) Republicans behind him, at least for now. Statements by former rivals and targets of his rhetorical attacks have come out in support of him and against Bragg. These include former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, Alan Dershowitz, who said he would still vote against Trump given the chance, but deplores the 34 count felony indictment,

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