Criminal defendants make terrible candidates — the GOP must free itself from Trump

August 17, 2023

The New York case, which amounts to accusing Trump of lying to his own checkbook, is the weakest of the bunch. In fact, nominating Trump just to get “retribution” (as he says) for these indictments still means letting the indictments decide the nomination. In 2022, Democrats spent more than $53 million boosting Republican candidates who ran on Trump’s claims the 2020 election was stolen. Most of those candidates won their nominations, as Republican primary voters fell for the trap. Republican voters shouldn’t fall for it again.