(As originally published with bells and whistles, Thu, March 30th 2023, 6:40 PM EDT)
NEW YORK (TND) — Republicans are coming to Donald Trump’s defense as news of his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York spreads.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy tweeted that D.A.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election.”
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., called the indictment a “sham” and
“one of the clearest examples of extremist Democrats weaponizing government to attack their political opponents.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and chair of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted one word: “Outrageous.”
There was similar reaction from other Republicans.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted about the former president, who is also a candidate for the 2024 GOP nomination,
The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The “substance” of this political persecution is utter garbage. This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered a possible rival for the 2024 presidential nomination, tweeted his support. DeSantis again alluded to “The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the district attorney of “undermining America’s confidence in the judicial system.”
GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called the indictment “a blatant abuse of power.”
Donald Trump, Jr., accused Democrats of “weaponizing the government to interfere in the 2024 election.”
But his niece Mary Trump, who has been critical of the former president for years, had a different message.
Republicans in Congress have been tweeting out their support.
On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden has been tweeting about abortion, banking and guns. Neither he nor Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted about Trump’s indictment at this point.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the former president “is subject to the same laws as every American.”
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted about Trump,
Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted,
The indictment of a former president is unprecedented.
But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, formerly the state’s longtime attorney general, tweeted “No person is above the law” and “violations should be pursued no matter how powerful the person is.”
Other Democrats posted similar sentiments.
Early Thursday evening, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed the New York Times report, writing Trump’s surrender to be arraigned on the still-unknown criminal charge is being coordinated with his lawyer.
Donald Trump posted on his Truth Social account.
These Thugs and Radical Left Monsters have just INDICATED the 45th President of the United States of America, and the leading Republican Candidate, by far, for the 2024 Nomination for President. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY THE LIKES OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE. IT IS LIKEWISE A CONTINUING ATTACK ON OUR ONCE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. THE USA IS NOW A THIRD WORLD NATION, A NATION IN SERIOUS DECLINE. SO SAD!
Later, Trump followed up with these posts at 8:05 and 8:42 p.m. ET: