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Fri Apr 19, 2024, 06:52 AM Apr 19

Trump's Trial Is Already Wreaking Havoc on His Campaign [View all]

Trump’s Trial Is Already Wreaking Havoc on His Campaign
The hush money trial was never going to be good for Trump, but the first week in court proved just how disruptive and damaging it will be for his 2024 bid.
Jake Lahut
Politics Reporter
Updated Apr. 19, 2024 6:35AM EDT / Published Apr. 19, 2024 4:48AM EDT


Even before Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York began, it was clear that the lengthy and demanding proceedings would fundamentally change his 2024 campaign.

But it only took a few days to show that Trump’s hush money trial will be even more damaging, more constraining, and more significant than anyone expected.


Taken together, Republicans are left with little more than stopgap solutions and, in some cases, a humbling realization of what’s to come—given that the embarrassing details of his alleged plot to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels are yet to emerge.

“I had sort of underestimated just the giant time-suck this is going to be for him as a candidate,” Alex Conant, a GOP strategist and a top aide on Marco Rubio’s 2016 campaign told The Daily Beast.

Crucially, it’s not just time, but money, being left on the table as the hush money case drags on.


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So mote it be. ariadne0614 Apr 19 #1
So mote it be ArkansasDemocrat1 Apr 19 #22
Alvin Bragg may finish off his candidacy before Jack Smith even gets a shot at him. Buns_of_Fire Apr 19 #2
Parking his posterior on a court bench Old Crank Apr 19 #3
Alas, he gets Wednesdays off. niyad Apr 19 #16
My hope, after a few contempt rulings --- he spends the case in a closed circuit room, away from jurors. 3Hotdogs Apr 19 #4
THIS malaise Apr 19 #10
Makes him the perfect Republican candidate... littlemissmartypants Apr 19 #5
I have to bet those MAGAt down ballot candidates will not invoke his name or likeness... ProudMNDemocrat Apr 19 #6
still for the life of me et tu Apr 19 #8
The media has already moved the goalpost to require conviction for it to be a problem unblock Apr 19 #14
How much of this is on the local news? Not much. LiberalFighter Apr 19 #32
right, zero et tu Apr 19 #39
Lardass might make more money by threatening to endorse them Buns_of_Fire Apr 19 #11
In Indiana just before the primary...they are clinging to tfg JT45242 Apr 19 #15
Let's hope so..... LiberalFighter Apr 19 #33
And it comes with the territory PatSeg Apr 19 #19
Yes, and they are getting what they deserve!! TSExile Apr 19 #31
Yes they are PatSeg Apr 19 #36
Forget not... Island Deac Apr 19 #7
Listen to the bell, Grossbard. It tolls for thee JoseBalow Apr 19 #40
Good malaise Apr 19 #9
No, it's not. bigmonk Apr 19 #12
Election Interference case. niyad Apr 19 #13
People are more interested in the sex part of the trial Kaleva Apr 19 #23
And he did it while Mr. Graduation Day was a newborn. Such was his love. GreenWave Apr 19 #28
That will be highlighted Kaleva Apr 19 #29
Vote, no matter how much Biden is in the lead. Make it the greatest loss ever for a candidate. twodogsbarking Apr 19 #17
He's got my vote and the few Ds on my ballot will also n/t ArkansasDemocrat1 Apr 19 #24
Eat it, MAGAts! LuvLoogie Apr 19 #18
POS needs to be resting dalton99a Apr 19 #20
I've always believed his time as a defendant will cost many votes, even if he's acquitted. lindysalsagal Apr 19 #21
I agree. Too many think he has to be convicted. LiberalFighter Apr 19 #34
It's just heartening to see him in court Johnny2X2X Apr 19 #25
The paign, the paign... Blue Owl Apr 19 #26
They wanted him, they got him. pandr32 Apr 19 #27
They (and they probably already have) should demostrated how small his privates are, and the difficulty SWBTATTReg Apr 19 #30
He always gets free coverage by being outrageous. SleeplessinSoCal Apr 19 #35
GOOD orangecrush Apr 19 #37
I really don't think it matters much. BlueTsunami2018 Apr 19 #38
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