Since announcing his candidacy for the White House in 2024, former President Donald Trump has repelled attempts to accuse him in any way imaginable.
Trump’s arraignment in Manhattan earlier this month on multiple allegations that appear to be repeated has not diminished his standing with the conservative public; he is actually gaining in the polls.
And, his evident legal troubles have not deterred Republican donors, as his 2024 campaign has raised $34 million since 2023.
A group of Republicans, led by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, are suing New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg to have the case dismissed.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan, has also filed suit to halt Manhattan DA Bragg’s ‘hush money’ prosecution.
Since his first presidential bid in 2016 and even before, Trump has advocated dismantling the “deep state” of American politics and exposing the highest levels of corruption. Trump has resisted repeated attempts to muzzle him and remove him from office, and the accusations against him continue to disintegrate as he is repeatedly vindicated.
Continuing attempts include Trump-hater Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is investigating his handling of classified documents seized in the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, and Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, even as Trump and other conservatives maintain that the election was stolen in various ways by the Biden campaign.
During his presidency, Trump frequently confronted high-ranking officials, such as former FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he believed they were not performing their duties or making mistakes. In March of last year, Trump expressed his desire for a new law that would permit the president to dismiss any executive branch employee.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, the former president is making a campaign vow regarding government employees. Trump has pledged to dismiss federal workers who fail a proposed civil service exam.
The real estate mogul made the pledge in a campaign video released over the weekend that hit out at last year’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.”I will require every federal employee to pass a new civil service test, demonstrating an understanding our constitutional limited government,” he said.
The 76-year-old stated that federal employees would be required to answer questions on “due process rights, equal protection, free speech, and religious liberty” to ensure that they are familiar with and comprehend the laws governing the country’s administration.
In a thinly concealed reference to the removal of documents from his opulent Florida residence, Trump stated that officials will be expected to review “the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable seizure and search.” He continued, “We will put unelected bureaucrats back in their place.”
Trump’s civil service exam would be a method of front-loading laws in an effort to prevent laws from being distorted and to keep fraudulent actions out of the courts.
Five Thirty Eight’s poll for the 2024 Republican primary revealed this week that Trump is leading with 49.3 percent of the national vote, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (who has not yet formally entered the race but is still being considered by many) received 26.2 percent.
Former vice-president Mike Pence, with 5.8 percent, and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, with 4.3 percent, are the least popular candidates.
Five Thirty Eight reports that since Trump’s indictment, his popularity has increased by 19 points in the polls.
President Joe Biden, on the other hand, is performing poorly, with a disapproval rating 9 points lower than his 52 percent disapproval rating. According to five Thirty Eight, Biden’s average approval rating is 43%. The publication observes that Biden is unpopular among independents, the group that helped him win the 2020 presidential election.
According to polls conducted by Fox News and Quinnipiac University, Biden is now trailing Trump among independents by roughly a 2:1 margin.
Meanwhile, attempts to bind Trump in court continue. Now that Trump is re-running for the presidency, situations from the distant past seem to resurface almost daily.
Earlier on Monday, a New York judge authorized a defamation and assault case brought by Elle columnist E Jean Carroll against the former reality television personality to proceed the following week. Trump’s attorneys had attempted to delay the defamation and battery case.
In November, Carroll filed a lawsuit against Trump, alleging that he defamed her by labeling her a liar when he denied her claim that he assaulted her in the 1990s. She added a charge of battery pursuant to a recently enacted New York statute that permits adult survivors of sexual abuse to prosecute their alleged aggressor regardless of the statute of limitations.
Trump has denied Carroll’s allegations repeatedly, both then and now.