Trump & allies, supporters ‘undermining’ criminal justice system & ‘our ability to govern ourselves’


After every new indictment, Donald Trump has boasted that his standing among Republicans only improves — and he has a point. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans — 63% — now say they want the former president to run again, according to new polling from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That’s up slightly from the 55% who said the same in April when Trump began facing a series of criminal charges. Seven in 10 Republicans now have a favorable opinion of Trump, an uptick from the 60% who said so two months ago. But in a crucial warning sign for the former president and his supporters, Trump faces glaring vulnerabilities heading into a general election, with a slight majority of Americans strongly dug in against his 2024 presidential run. For in-depth analysis and a deeper perspective of Trump’s unprecedented one state and three federal indictments, FRANCE 24’s Mark Owen is joined by Frederick T. Davis, Lecturer in Law at Columbia University, retired Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, based in New York and Paris. He is a former U.S. federal prosecutor and member of the Paris Bar. Part of the global Litigation Group, his practice focuses on criminal, regulatory and civil litigation and investigations involving U.S. and French laws. Mr. Davis warns that Trump and numerous Republican allies are “systematically undermining respect for the criminal justice system. Apparently a large number of his supporters believe the notion that every single allegation against him is a weaponization of the criminal justice system. And if that becomes the widespread understanding of the electorate, that is scary. That undermines our ability to govern ourselves.”

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