GOP senators haven't ruled out supporting another Trump run despite the looming possibility of indictments: report

GOP senators haven't ruled out supporting another Trump run despite the looming possibility of indictments: report
President Donald Trump pauses during the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2017. During the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon. To the left is first lady Melania Trump, and to the right are Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Former President Donald Trump is at the center of multiple controversies due to his flurry of actions in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. But despite the looming possibility of multiple indictments, Republican senators are still refusing to rule out supporting Trump.

HuffPost's Jonathan Nicholson is detailing the power struggle many Republican lawmakers are facing amid the looming possibility of Trump pursuing another presidential run. If Trump does announce a third presidential run, Republicans will be tasked with "all sorts of things they had hoped were gone forever — constantly having to answer for his tweets, worrying about being the target of his tweets and a return to the chaos parade that characterized his administration."

He also highlighted the "plot twist" that could derive from another Trump run. Republicans may also have to answer for their decisions if Trump is hit with an insurrection-related indictment after announcing his presidential run.

READ MORE: How Senate Republican candidates' embrace of Trump's election conspiracy is dimming GOP takeover hopes

According to Nicholson, "that would give the nation a modern political first — a major party candidate with a realistic chance of winning the nomination while facing a felony criminal charge."

But despite the looming possibilities, many Republican lawmakers insist they haven't given much thought to what could transpire over the next couple of months. Speaking to HuffPost, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, “You’re talking about supposition. Wait till things happen and then we’ll talk, OK?”

Another Republican senator also weighed in with similar remarks. “Wow, I don’t know. I don’t know what the rules are,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio.) “I just haven’t thought about it.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also waved off the severity of the possible indictments suggesting that it would be nothing more than a way to penalize an opponent for a difference in opinion.

READ MORE: Donald Trump attempts to convince his apprehensive supporters to back Dr. Oz's GOP Senate campaign

“I think prosecuting someone for their political beliefs or stances is not appropriate in a democracy,” he said. “Whether or not you think the governor should approve the electors or the Secretary of State or the state legislature sounds like a political point of view.”

Despite Republicans' refusal to speak on the matter, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) believes the former president should not be allowed to have the opportunity to run again. “Trump should be disqualified by the American voters who, by this point, should be appalled by all that has come out,” she said.

“If the Republicans want to embrace a person under indictment for treasonous acts against the United States of America, then no one can stop them,” Warren added. “The Republicans have gone so far out that the American people — and that includes Democrats, Republicans, and independents — have said, ‘No, we’re not going there with you.’”

READ MORE: GOP Senator introduces dark right-wing blueprint for the future

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by