Handful of high-profile Republicans silent on Donald Trump's indictment

 April 2, 2023

In the wake of the news of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's indictment of former President Donald Trump, many Republicans and Democrats slammed the case, but the Republicans who haven't spoken out against such a travesty are getting a lot of presumably unwanted attention.

According to The Hill, some of those Republicans include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), and former Rep. Liz Cheney -- no surprise there.

Somewhat surprising is that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem hasn't said much, especially given that she was a longtime supporter of Trump and even floated as a likely VP pick.

The names of the Republicans who have remained silent so far are missing a chance to help unify a party that sorely needed it.

What's happening?

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is another Republican and former Trump supporter who hasn't said much on the matter, aside from a quip last month in which he questioned Bragg's priorities. 

"I don’t think this is the crime of the century, and it’s certainly not a case that is going to improve, as I said, the everyday lives of the citizens of Manhattan," Christie said in a Fox News interview.

While not as prominent of a Republican player, former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has also kept mum on the matter.

While one might expect Trump's Republican critics to keep quiet, at the end of the day, every politician on both sides of the aisle should be speaking out against Bragg's political witch hunt, which is really all it is.

A growing number of prominent Democrats have made statements against Bragg's case. However, that doesn't include President Joe Biden, or 2016 Trump challenger, Hillary Clinton.

"I have no comment on Trump," Biden said recently when asked about the situation by reporters. "I’m not going to talk about the Trump indictment."

Social media reaction

A number of high-profile conservative influencers and journalists slammed the Republicans who haven't voiced their concerns about the weaponization of the justice system against Trump.

"Pathetic. 'McConnell silent on Trump's indictment as House GOP leaders slam 'weaponized' justice system,'" Fox News host Tammy Bruce tweeted.

Fox News contributor Leo "2.0" Terrell tweeted about McConnell, "He is a happy Democrat!"

The Republicans keeping quiet are clearly taking a major risk among GOP voters, who will undoubtedly remember their actions in one of the biggest -- and most frightening -- turning points in American history.


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