Trump Indictment Shows MAGA Republicans’ Only Focus Is Staying in Power

As MAGA Leaders Loudly Defend Trump, Some Republicans Stay Silent in A Tacit Show of Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ever since news broke of former President Trump’s indictment for his role in attempting a coup on January 6th, 2021, Republican Members of Congress are quickly falling into line in their response – either offering a full throated defense of the criminal activity or avoiding making any meaningful comment whatsoever. After a flurry of support yesterday, some MAGA Republicans are choosing the latter – suddenly going silent on the historic turn of events while happily letting their colleagues defend Trump at all costs. But make no mistake, both approaches deliver the same result: an absolute failure to stand up for our democracy in favor of supporting an extreme, dangerous MAGA agenda.

“MAGA Republicans have proved time and again that they would put their own power over their country,” said José Morales, Jr., spokesperson for Courage for America. “House Republicans’ responses – ranging from defense to deafening silence – demonstrate how little American democracy means to them and the degree to which they’ll put their extreme, anti-voter agenda above all else.”

The following are statements that MAGA Republicans released:

“Jack Smith and his indictment will forever go down in history as a total disgrace to the United States of America. President Trump defended our democracy, and we have an obligation to defend him against the Deep State’s crusade to destroy our movement.” – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

“He [Trump] said it best. ‘In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you — and I’m just standing in their way.’ – @realDonaldTrump” – Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ)

“Trump will have his day in court to present his defense. I trust our judicial system to sift through both sides of the case and find a just verdict.” – Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)

“There really is a challenge in this country right now. A lot of people do feel there are two tiers of justice […] And obviously the former president getting indicted multiple times. So people feel there are two tiers of justice, that the Justice Department has been weaponized, and I think that is a real challenge in our country.” – Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY)

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