Former governor jokes that Alvin Bragg has become Trump's 'campaign manager'

 May 8, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is continuing his efforts to prosecute former President Donald Trump on charges stemming from an alleged payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

However, one Republican recently joked that instead of hurting Trump, Bragg is acting as his campaign manager. 

Former Arkansas governor believes prosecution have created sympathy for Trump

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is challenging Trump for the Republican nomination, and he made the remark on Sunday during an interview with NBC News host Chuck Todd.

"He was responsible for a lot of the failure and growth that we expected and wins in a number of different states. And so his numbers were down," Hutchinson said as he appeared on "Meet the Press."

"Since then, his numbers have gone up because he's played the victim. People believe he's been picked on because of some prosecutions," the former governor explained.

Hutchinson thinks Trump will decide to participate in GOP primary debates

"I joke, in some ways, that his campaign manager is Alvin Bragg of New York City," Hutchinson said of the man who is trying to put Trump in jail.

"That indictment caused those numbers to go up because they don't believe they're fair. This will settle out over time," he predicted.

Hutchinson also addressed Trump's recent declaration that he will skip either one or both of the Republican party's early primary debates.

"I’m … not sure whether Donald Trump’s going to be there or not. I hope that he will be. I think it’s important, but let’s see how that develops," the Republican presidential hopeful told Todd.

Trump leads Biden by seven points in new poll

"It’s important for the American public to hear – particularly the Republican voters – to hear what the candidates say about the future, their ideas for it, and to engage in that debate and defend their position. So that’s what the expectation is, and I think everybody has an obligation to participate in that," Hutchinson insisted.

While he suggested that Trump "will ultimately be there" once he experiences a "drop in the polls," the former president's survey numbers have actually been improving even as President Joe Biden's figures have gotten worse.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released this weekend showed Trump beating Biden by seven points. It also found that just one-third of Americans believe Biden has the mental ability to serve out another term in the Oval Office.

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