President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he intends to remain a candidate in the 2024 election despite the four indictments against him, signifying his unwillingness to withdraw from the race.
Former President Trump is presently facing indictments from Special Counsel Jack Smith, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. A number of Republicans view these legal proceedings as politically motivated attacks against the former president.
During an interview with radio presenter Hugh Hewitt, the president was asked if he would be prepared to temporarily suspend his reelection campaign if all three prosecutors offered to drop the charges against him.
Hewitt inquired of the former president: “If Jack Smith and Fani Willis and Alvin Bragg all get together and they come see you at Bedminster or Mar-A-Lago and they say to you, ‘We will drop everything, it will all go away if you withdraw from the race and politics.’ Will you take that deal?”
Trump responded definitely, saying, “I have no interest. You know me well enough. No interest. Absolutely no interest. I think they’d make that deal right now. That’s what it’s all about — this is interfering with an election. And all those fools that write, that ‘oh, they really want Trump to win,’ they changed it, actually. So now, they say they did it in order to keep me strong. They thought this was going to take me down, this was not going to keep me strong.”
“This has never happened before where somebody got indicted and ended up the polls went up by 20% or 25% or something. No, no, if they came to me and they would do that, they would make that deal in two seconds,” Trump continued.
According to the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average, which is based on polls conducted between August 24 and August 31, Donald Trump is presently leading a competitive group of candidates in the 2024 national Republican primary by a significant margin of about 40 points.
Since Trump’s initial indictment in late March, there has been a consistent widening of the gap between him and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to polling data.
On March 30, Bragg charged Trump with allegedly falsifying business documents during the reimbursement process for a hush money payment made to his former attorney, Michael Cohen. This payment was made to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress, to ensure her silence regarding an alleged extramarital relationship.
Early in June, Smith filed charges against the former president, alleging him of improperly handling classified information. Subsequently, at the beginning of August, Smith also filed charges against Trump, alleging his involvement in the January 6 events and his alleged interference in the 2020 election.
Willis issued an indictment against the former president on August 14, accusing him of interfering with Georgia’s 2020 election.
Even if Trump accepts a deal, his supporters intend to cast write-in votes for the former president in the upcoming 2024 presidential election if he is deemed ineligible to run based on the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Those who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, but then participated in acts of insurrection or rebellion, are prohibited from assuming any position, whether in the civil or military sectors.
Several prominent Democratic Party members have speculated that the 14th Amendment could potentially function as a legal barrier prohibiting Donald Trump from running for president in 2024.
Those in favor of Trump have expressed their commitment to continue supporting him as a write-in candidate on X, previously referred to as Twitter, even in the event of his disqualification. In a publication affiliated with Alex Jones, namely National File, writer Charles Downs expressed the view that “A lot of Americans will write in Trump if he is illegally removed off the ballot. That being said, it’s more likely than not SCOTUS [Supreme Court of the United States] will block efforts to kick Trump off the ballot. In America the people, not the Deep State, choose the president.”
A lot of Americans will write in Trump if he is illegally removed off the ballot. That being said, it’s more likely than not SCOTUS will block efforts to kick Trump off the ballot. In America the people, not the Deep State, choose the president.
— Charles R Downs (@TheCharlesDowns) September 2, 2023
Amy Kremer, one of the co-founders of Women for Trump, shared an image depicting the mugshot of the former president in Georgia, along with a statement expressing, “If Trump is removed from the ballot, I will write him in.”
If Trump is removed from the ballot, I will write him in… pic.twitter.com/PZsM3Lu61d
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) September 4, 2023
Kremer was the principal organizer of the March for Trump cross-country bus tour, which culminated on January 6 with Trump’s speech at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. She and her organization, Women for America First, condemned the violence committed that day by a small number of individuals.
Kandiss Taylor, the individual who initiated an unsuccessful primary contest against Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp in the year 2022, conveyed concurrence by stating, “Same!”
— Kandiss Taylor (@KandissTaylor) September 5, 2023
An X user who goes by the handle of the Patriot Hammer posted:
“#𝐌𝐀𝐆𝐀 Voters are not playing the game. It’s 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐌𝐏 no matter what. It’s write-in 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐌𝐏 or stay home. No other Republican can win without #𝐌𝐀𝐆𝐀”
📢 TOLD YA! 📢
⭐MUST WATCH⭐ #𝐌𝐀𝐆𝐀 Voters are not playing the game. It's 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐌𝐏 no matter what. It's write-in 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐌𝐏 or stay home.
— The Patriot Hammer (@patriot_hammer) August 29, 2023