Indictment unlikely to hurt Trump with Republicans, says strategist
ATLANTA - The indictment of former President Donald Trump by a Manhattan grand jury is not likely to hurt him with Republican voters, according to a political strategist.
"Republican voters, even those who don't want to see him run again--those who don't want him to be the Republican nominee, think that these charges are politically motivated and bogus," explained Brian Robinson, president of Robinson Republic.
The charges are related to hush money payments made years ago to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to Fox News Digital.
"I don't think that this hurts him in the primary, in fact, it puts attention on him," said Robinson. "It has created a scenario where his opponents are bashing the prosecutor. So, you can see he has a relative position of strength at this juncture."
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Robinson pointed to a FOX News poll released earlier this week that shows Trump with the support of 54% of Republican primary voters.
Though it is still very early in the 2024 election cycle and Robinson said voters may change their minds once they know all their choices in the race.
"The other candidates really haven't even started campaigning," said Robinson. "No one is really in the game throwing punches just yet."
In Georgia, Robinson said it will be interesting to see what Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis does next. A Special Purpose Grand Jury investigating allegations of interference in the 2020 election recommended indictments, though it is not yet clear against whom.
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"It's a much different case. It's easier to politicize what's being done in Manhattan. There are some problems with the prosecution. That D.A. had passed on prosecuting Trump before and faced political repercussions from his own voter base," said Robinson. "Fani Willis is perhaps in a box, in a corner, where if she doesn't indict Trump she may have political problems in Fulton County, a Democratic County."