(DailyVantage.com) – Former representative and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Will Hurd criticized former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2023 Lincoln dinner. Hurd slammed Trump’s campaign as an effort to stay out of jail, signaling his view that the prosecution of Trump by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is justified.
The legal problems for the Trump campaign have escalated recently after a grand jury indicted him for his role amid the January 6th protests. A fourth indictment could happen against Trump for his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about Georgia’s election results. With 78 felony charges against him in three criminal cases, the maximum sentencing against Trump would be 641 years in prison.
Hurd continued his comments on CNN, where he asserted that the case is not about the first amendment of Trump’s comments about the election but rather a conspiracy where Trump attempted to overturn the election. Fellow candidate and Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has also attacked Trump, believing that the indictment is due to Trump’s conduct. Former Vice President Mike Pence also condemned Trump, asserting that Trump attempted to make him abandon his oath to the Constitution by refusing to certify electoral votes on January 6th.
However, while there are Republican critics of Trump, there are those who think that the DOJ’s actions are political. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy attacked the third indictment as un-American and a form of political persecution against Trump by the Biden administration. Additionally, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis described the justice system as weaponized.
Despite the legal trouble or assertions that Trump is running to stay out of prison, Trump remains the frontrunner. FiveThirtyEight’s aggregate polling shows Trump ahead with about 52.6%, DeSantis with 14.0%, Ramaswamy with 7.2%, Pence with 6.0%, and all other candidates below 5.0%. With a 40-point lead over DeSantis, Trump could win the Republican delegates in a landslide ahead of the 2024 convention, especially with a 15% threshold or winner-take-all allocation rules in certain states.
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