Trump is a character from a similar mold, with an even tighter grip on his followers that verges at times on the quasi-mystical. At another point in his political life, perhaps Trump might have turned this case into rich fodder for a comeback. His determination to look inward and backward has been a problem for his campaign even without the indictment. My colleagues David Siders and Adam Wren reported that Republicans expect Trump to get a short-term boost from the indictment because it will energize his core supporters. Trump needs to grow his support, not merely rev up people who already care deeply about his every utterance and obsession.