In their final meeting, the January 6th committee decided to recommend that the Justice Department take over and bring criminal charges against Trump. Republicans either quickly rallied behind the former President or stayed silent on the matter.
After the criminal referral was announced, Republicans either came out in support of Trump, offered weak defenses, or didn’t say anything at all.
The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, suggested that Trump was, in part, responsible for the January 6th riot. “No man is above the law,” he said.
Trump, however, seems optimistic that the referral will help him instead of hurting him.
“These folks don’t get it that when they come after me, people who love freedom rally around me. It strengthens me. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger,” he said. He also added that the referral is “a partisan attempt to sideline me and the Republican Party.”
A Leg Up
Trump seemed to be hoping that by announcing his intention to run in 2024, he would give himself some leverage in the criminal proceedings he has been involved in lately.
He is also having to prepare for the possibility of his tax returns being made public, which the House Ways and Means Committee confirmed last week would be happening.
Trump’s competency as a candidate was called into question after the Republicans’ failure in the midterm elections.
Trump personally endorsed many of the candidates who were running, and almost all of them lost their races. Republicans have begun to lose their faith in Trump as a powerful candidate.
Trump also has yet to apologize for his dinner with Kanye West and known white supremacist Nick Fuentes.