Democrats could not contain their giddiness over the indictment of former President Trump, turning the law on its head and officially entering banana republic territory as they continue their witch hunt over a bogus charge, kicking political persecution into high gear.
(Video Credit: FOX 11 Los Angeles)
The indictment was handed down on Thursday by a Manhattan grand jury that was led by Soros-backed District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Democrats were ecstatic over the indictment while Republicans blasted it as a political witch hunt. This announcement makes Trump the first president, current or former, to be indicted. The specific charges are unknown.
“The indictment of a former president is unprecedented. But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) gleefully tweeted, barely able to contain himself. “A nation of laws must hold the rich and powerful accountable, even when they hold high office. Especially when they do. To do otherwise is not democracy.”
Schiff is now outraged that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intends to step in to defend Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has vowed that Florida will not extradite the former president. He is in essence stomping his foot in a tantrum and declaring that Trump is not above the Left’s version of the law.
“Trump’s indictment is an affirmation of the principle that no one is above the law. McCarthy’s threat to interfere with the case and DeSantis’ pledge not to extradite Trump would make him a kind of king. If we are a democracy, no one can violate the law with impunity. No one,” he tweeted.
The indictment of a former president is unprecedented.
But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged.
A nation of laws must hold the rich and powerful accountable, even when they hold high office.
Especially when they do.
To do otherwise is not democracy.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 30, 2023
Trump’s indictment is an affirmation of the principle that no one is above the law.
McCarthy’s threat to interfere with the case and DeSantis’ pledge not to extradite Trump would make him a kind of king.
If we are a democracy, no one can violate the law with impunity.
No one. pic.twitter.com/dRAj3cWj6G
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 31, 2023
House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was excited over the prospect of Trump in handcuffs.
“SO Trump finally got indicted! I predicted he would and I predicted that Stormy Daniels would get him! Sometimes justice works!” Waters crowed in a perceived virtual “I told you so,” moment.
SO Trump finally got indicted! I predicted he would and I predicted that Stormy Daniels would get him! Sometimes justice works! #TrumpIndictment
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 30, 2023
Other Democrats attempted to look solemn, repressing their joy over the moment, by parroting that “no one is above the law.”
“There should be no outside political influence, intimidation or interference in the case,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement. “I encourage both Mr. Trump’s critics and supporters to let the process proceed peacefully and according to the law.”
Donald Trump is subject to the same laws as every American. He will be able to avail himself of the legal system and a jury, not politics, to determine his fate according to the facts and the law. pic.twitter.com/1DeThHDSS6
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 31, 2023
And, of course, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to put her two cents in as well, tweeting, “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”
She ignored the fact that he’s innocent until proven guilty, and was roundly slammed on social media for it.
The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law.
No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.
Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 31, 2023
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) promised on Twitter that the New York indictment “is only the beginning of being held accountable for his crimes.”
“Trump attempted to illegally overturn election results in Georgia and worked to incite the insurrection at the Capitol, both in an effort to overthrow our government to advance his fascist cause,” Bowman claimed and then predictably called for Trump to be banned from running for public office again.
Trump attempted to illegally overturn election results in Georgia and worked to incite the insurrection at the Capitol, both in an effort to overthrow our government to advance his fascist cause.
— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) March 30, 2023
It’s time that we ensure Trump is banned from running for any public office again and from there, finally take action to fix our democracy.
— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) March 30, 2023
Republicans were incensed over the political persecution of Trump which many see as a brazen move to prevent him from running for the presidency in 2024.
Conservative talk radio host Bo Snerdley astutely labeled the move as entering banana republic territory, “You see the way liberals/progressives act. If they don’t get their way they disrupt. If they hate your winning – they will use their political power like a cheap third world- bannana-republic dictator. Remember THIS day when democrats lose the next election.”
You see the way liberals/progressives act. If they don't get their way they disrupt. If they hate your winning – they will use their political power like a cheap third world- bannana-republic dictator.
Remember THIS day when democrats lose the next election
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 30, 2023
McCarthy pledged to “hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account” for “this injustice.”
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election,” he tweeted. “As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump.”
Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election.
As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump.
The American people will not…
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 30, 2023
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, simply tweeted, “Outrageous.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 30, 2023
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who is the chair of the Senate GOP campaign arm, called the indictment “a political prosecution.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is the chair of the Senate GOP Conference, also branded the indictment a “politically-motivated prosecution by a far-left activist.”
“If it was anyone other than President Trump, a case like this would never be brought. Instead of ordering political hit jobs, New York prosecutors should focus on getting violent criminals off the streets,” Barrasso commented in a statement.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) slammed the indictment as a “sham” and accused Democrats of “weaponizing government to attack their political opponents.”
The sham New York indictment of President Donald Trump is one of the clearest examples of extremist Democrats weaponizing government to attack their political opponents.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 30, 2023
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who is the chair of the House Republican Conference, called it “unprecedented election interference” and “a dark day for America,” pointing out that it would fuel support for Trump in 2024.
Stefanik, the House GOP Conference chair and one of Trump’s top Hill allies: indictment is “election interference,” “a political witch hunt” and marks “a dark day for America” https://t.co/QDOZVsUg8s
— Max Cohen (@maxpcohen) March 30, 2023
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) called for Republicans to fight back, “Our side chants ‘lock her up’ and their side is going to get a mug shot based on a witch hunt. It’s time to change that. Gloves are off.”
She also called for Biden to be impeached.
“It’s Trump derangement,” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said Thursday evening, according to The Hill. “It’s an illness of hatred that just — it shouldn’t be in American politics. I don’t feel that way toward anybody.”
Democrats celebrated what they believe is some kind of victory when, instead, it further marks the fall of a once great nation:
Happy Trump Indictment Day for all who celebrate it#TrumpIndictment pic.twitter.com/WwuAE9qbIa
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) March 30, 2023
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 30, 2023
March 30, 2023. Mark this day in history. #TrumpIndictment pic.twitter.com/oyWyofiI21
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 30, 2023
It is a new season in NYC.
The skating rink is gone and the Trump INDICTMENT is here. pic.twitter.com/E1WIPX4bLw
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) March 30, 2023
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) March 30, 2023
But Republicans are now motivated more than ever to see Trump reelected and they are decrying the death of the rule of law in the US:
I spoke with President Donald Trump moments ago. He is resolute and focused.
He is also concerned about what this politically-motivated indictment will do to America's brand around the world.
We will wake up in a very different America tomorrow because we can no longer have… pic.twitter.com/XBXTNpW3TE
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 31, 2023
My official statement regarding the deranged indictment of President Donald J. Trump.
I will use every leverage I have to defund
every single federal dollar from this prosecuting office. pic.twitter.com/FGX2r3fKIt
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) March 31, 2023
.@glennbeck goes NUCLEAR in response to Trump's indictment:
"The bill of rights is gone. Nobody is paying attention…Donald Trump is not even a person anymore. He’s a symbol. He’s a symbol of the average everyday guy that keeps getting screwed every single time." pic.twitter.com/EUD0Exph93
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 31, 2023
Today marks a turning point in our country.
The indictment of Trump is a moment in the death of the rule of law.
Our Founders are weeping – law is supposed to be fair, regardless of political party.
It is not meant to be used as a weapon to attack your political enemies. pic.twitter.com/4mcv5H9lMo
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 31, 2023
Former President Trump’s indictment is a disgrace and I don’t think the Left understands what they’re getting themselves into. This, of all things to do, on a charge that no other prosecutor was even considering bringing, really lights a fire under this country. pic.twitter.com/95TGDpCwFH
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) March 30, 2023
Donald Trump Jr. Slams Manhattan DA indictment — “This is, like, communist-level shit!”..pic.twitter.com/0zj4zRDMMa
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) March 30, 2023
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