Headline RoundupApril 3rd, 2023

How Will Trump’s Indictment Impact the 2024 Presidential Race?

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Will the Manhattan District Attorney’s indictment of former President Donald Trump help or hurt Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign? Following news of the indictment, outlets across the spectrum are speculating what the development means for the race.

Damaging: A writer in Vox determined there is “no doubt” the indictment will provide a surge of support for Trump within the Republican Party and boost his chances of securing the Republican nomination, but they predict the drama from the indictment will damage Trump’s appeal among independent voters, hurting his chances in the general election, writing, “while Republican voters think Trump was a good president who delivered a strong economy and steady foreign policy, there is a majority that is tired of the drama.” A piece in Newsweek echoed this, citing polling data to determine, “while Trump has broad Republican support, fewer independent voters are on his side when it comes to the investigations into the former president.”

Beneficial: Washington Examiner (Lean Right Bias) reported that “MAGA-linked political advisers” believe the indictment could have the opposite effect on independent voters, determining it could “attract independent voters upset over the weaponization of liberal law enforcement.” A writer in Reason determined the indictment could be “just the jolt [Trump’s] so-far-lackluster 2024 presidential campaign needs.” The writer doubts the charges against Trump will hold and predicts the case will reaffirm Trump’s hold on the party, writing, “conservatives are rallying around Trump like they haven't in quite some while.”

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