Latest Donald Trump indictment draws scorn, defiance from Republicans
Donald Trump. Image via AP.

Democrats say the indictment proves no one is above the law.

Republicans are responding with defiance and outrage to the news of former President Donald Trump’s fourth indictment.

Gov. Ron DeSantis leveled a charge at Atlanta’s District Attorney similar to his reason for suspending an Orlando-area State Attorney last week.

On a press call on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire, DeSantis said it’s another example of politics being criminalized in a way “that’s not good for the country” — while the real menaces to society are being allowed to run rampant in Atlanta.

“Atlanta has huge problems with crime right now and there has been an approach to crime that is less than exacting,” DeSantis said, echoing the same sentiments that led him to suspend of Orlando-area State Attorney Monique Worrell last week. He contended last week Worrell was dismissing too many charges and not seeking the minimum sentence often enough.

DeSantis said he hasn’t read the indictment, but that it sounds to him that resources are being misused.

“They are doing an inordinate amount of resources to try to shoehorn this content over the 2020 election into a RICO statute, which was really designed to be able to go after organized crime, not necessarily to go after a political activity,” he said. “And so I think it’s an example of this criminalization of politics.”

Claims that the prosecution was turning the country into a banana republic abounded from other Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, posted an animation on X showing President Joe Biden morphing into Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s President for the last 16 years.

“In 2021, Nicaragua’s dictator Daniel Ortega jailed leading opposition presidential candidates,” Gimenez wrote on social media. “In 2023, Joe Biden is attempting to jail the opposition’s candidate Donald Trump.”

“We cannot let America become the next Nicaragua,” the Miami-area Republican added.

It also prompted a spirited defense of Trump.

“Donald Trump is NOT fading under pressure from these legal fights,’ Republican U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, captioning a clip from a live appearance on San Diego TV news. “It’s going to take Republicans to stand up against this.”

But the action won praise from Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She noted the roles members of both parties undertook to stop the former President’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s vote tally in the 2020 Presidential Election, as detailed in the latest indictment.

“Georgians from both sides of the political aisle bravely defended our democracy from a massive and corrupt scheme to subvert our democracy,” Wasserman Schultz posted on social media with a screen grab of the Atlanta paper’s front page. “The latest indictment paints a massive and damning picture of brazen and insidious efforts to overturn an election.”

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said the premature posting of the indictment early Monday, combined with the late-night news conference with the actual indictment announcement, reflects a prosecutor run amok.

“A Third World spectacle carried out by a local prosecutor with political ambitions that far exceed her professionalism,” Rubio said of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, however, said the latest indictment is proof that the country is fulfilling its promise of equal treatment under the law for all.

“Once again, we are reminded that no American is above the law,” read Cherfilus-McCormick’s statement. “Donald Trump is entitled to his day in court, but these latest charges are alarming and should by no means be considered part of a larger ‘witch hunt.’ Deeming them as such is not only inaccurate, but it threatens the very rule of law upon which our nation was founded.

Rep. Mike Waltz referred to the latest Trump indictment only elliptically, offering some counterprogramming, given Tuesday’s anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan..

“The most important story today should be that Biden handed Afghanistan to terrorists and nobody has been fired or resigned two years later,” Waltz posted on social media.  “No accountability. None.”

The routine of it all came through in Rep. Darren Soto’s reaction:  “Pres Trump now faces his 4th indictment.”

Soto also hit on the evidence: “Trump was caught on tape allegedly spreading lies about voter fraud and attempting to overturn the election in Georgia.”

To turn away from the evidence would be anti-American, Soto argued.

“Our democracy is sacred, and we must protect it. No one is above the law,” he added.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


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  • TJC

    August 15, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    “A 3rd world spectacle carried out by a local prosecutor with political ambitions that far exceed her professionalism,” Rubio said.
    In third world countries, local prosecutors don’t go after presidential candidates, the dictators or top generals do that. Local prosecutors in the United States go after criminals who have committed crimes in their jurisdictions.
    As for calling another person “someone with political ambitions that far exceed…” look who’s talking. Why, it’s ‘Little Marco’ Rubio, the man who ran for President of the United States and was smashed down so thoroughly by Trump that he now defends Trump, and does so with the fealty of a a man stripped of any dignity or fight. ‘Little Marco,’ indeed. Trump named him that because he saw Rubio for what he was and still is.

  • PeterH

    August 15, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Note for Marco Rubio:
    Dear Marco, instead of formulating strict southern border immigration policies, which IS YOUR JOB! …. you’ve decided to once again equate our working democracy with a two bit dictatorship. Enough is enough!

    News Alert:

    As a result of ongoing political tensions and violence …. the Republican Crying Room is now designated a segregated space. MAGA Trumpsters are to report to the Crying Room on the 4th floor and all other Republicans shall join the Toddler Crying Room next to the pamper storage facility on the ground floor. For your safety and the safety of others ‘open’ and ‘concealed’ carry is allowed and encouraged in both Crying Rooms! Enjoy your tearful stay Marco.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 15, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    There’s no question of the chicken or the egg here.

    The J6 and electoral fraud prosecutions of Trump began two and half years ago.

    Trump declared very early, unusually so, but still more than 1.5 years after the different prosecutors in different jurisdictions started their work independently from each other.

    Trump’s prosecutions aren’t politically motivated.

    Trump’s campaign is prison motivated.

  • Defelonius Javina Trump

    August 15, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    A Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia is almost complete.

    Just as soon as Mike Lindell finishes his report, I will release it.

    Release is definitely, tentatively scheduled for Monday at noon

    LOL @ Tip Dick y Dip Stick Trump

    • Wacky Hair

      August 15, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      You’re crazy!

    • My Take

      August 15, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      Shabby is going to be more like it.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    Helpless howling and the gnashing of GOPer teeth make the angels smile.

  • Shoot the Messenger

    August 15, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Listen even just halfway and it’s crystal clear.

    All the GOP has is shooting the messenger.

    Because they all know Trump did it.

    If you ask me, Trump did all of it.

    • My Take

      August 15, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Do the crime, do the time.
      As GOPers like to say . . . of black defendents.

      • Knock Knock

        August 15, 2023 at 5:06 pm

        Who’s there?
        Orange who?
        Orange is the new black.

  • My Take

    August 15, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    Now for their reading displeasure, there should be much discussion on PRISON TÈRMS.
    How long.

    Big Mouth, Big Shot to the Big House.
    Same with a few of the higher henchmen.
    Most MAGA to medium security.
    Flipped useful informers, probation.*
    *Trump to be aware of this, to add to his punishment.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

      I like Atlanta Fulton County’s bed bug jail cell for Trump and Rudy to share and to fight over who gets the top “bunk”

  • WhatNow

    August 15, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Would SOMEBODY please tell these a-hole pea-brained Republican misfits that in the USA NOBODY is to be above the law, neither Trump *NOR ANY OF THEM*.

  • Mitch McConnell

    August 16, 2023 at 9:08 am

    What is everybody complaining about?

    When I said in early 2021 during the Senate’s J6 impeachment hearing that yes, Trump did it, but then claimed we could not impeach Trump as a private citizen, I said to leave it to the judicial system.

    I said leave it to the judicial system, and that is exactly what’s been happening ever since I said that’s what should happen. Why are GOP representatives complaining about all the indictments? Trump did it. We all saw him do it. I said impeachment was improper because Trump was not the President anymore, and leave it to The Law.

    This is what I said needed to happen. This is exactly it.

    Those in today’s GOP who are supporting Trump need to watch the commercials on Fox News and order some of those “man up” pills they’re always selling. Maybe those pills will work.

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