Sat. Dec 9th, 2023

Trump says “I WILL NEVER DROP OUT” of 2024 race, even if convicted

Former President Trump made clear Tuesday evening he won’t drop out of the 2024 presidential race if convicted of charges related to a 2016 illegal hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Driving the news: Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Trump if there’s anything legal that could make the 2024 Republican presidential candidate drop out of the race. “No, I’d never drop out,” Trump said.

  • “That’s not my thing. I wouldn’t do it,” he added.

The big picture: Trump is facing multiple criminal probes and is the first president in U.S. history — sitting or former — to face criminal charges after being indicted in Manhattan earlier this month.

  • Carlson asked Trump during their interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” how he would respond in the middle of a presidential campaign if that criminal case goes to trial and he’s convicted.
  • Trump responded, “It is so off. Statute of limitations are years off. It’s hard to believe. … They say there’s no crime. There’s no, there’s no anything. Think of it. I’ve been through seven years of bulls–t investigations.”
  • He then railed against various cases against him and his interests, including a tax fraud case for which the Trump Organization was convicted last year, but added: “The rallies are bigger now that the enthusiasm is more now than I’ve ever seen, than I’ve ever seen.”

Between the lines: There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that specifies that a candidate who’s been charged or convicted cannot seek or take office.

  • James Sampler, a constitutional law professor at Hofstra University, noted to ABC News after Trump was indicted that many states have laws prohibiting people convicted of felonies from voting, “but a president convicted of a felony is still allowed.”

Flashback: Socialist Party candidate Eugene Debs was incarcerated when he ran for president in 1920 and garnered nearly 1 million votes.

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Trump pledges to stay in 2024 presidential race even if he is criminally charged

  • Former president Donald Trump said at CPAC that he would not quit the 2024 presidential race even if he is indicted with criminal charges.
  • Trump launched his third bid for the White House in November.
  • The DOJ is investigating the possibility that the former president removed as many as 3,000 documents from the White House and potentially tampered with 2020 election results.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the recent derailment of a train carrying hazardous waste, during an event at a fire station in East Palestine, Ohio, U.S., February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the recent derailment of a train carrying hazardous waste, during an event at a fire station in East Palestine, Ohio, February 22, 2023.

Former president Donald Trump said on Saturday he will remain in the 2024 presidential race even if he faces criminal charges in the ongoing nonsense investigations into aids handling of White House documents and fake Braggs Charges in supposed 2020 election tampering.

Trump made the pledge in response to Newsmax’s James Rosen, a former Fox News reporter, at a press conference at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, Rosen tweeted on Saturday.

Trump launched his 2024 White House bid in November, a week after Republicans lost a number of important midterm races.

federal court to block his former vice president, Mike Pence, from speaking to a grand jury concerning alleged efforts to overturn the former president’s 2020 election loss, claiming executive privilege, several media outlets reported.

The new filing was submitted in a sealed proceeding on Friday, according to CNN. It is not the first time Trump’s legal team has asserted executive privilege to prevent Pence from testifying.

The investigation came after Trump was impeached twice with fake charges of high crimes and misdemeanors, once for allegedly using U.S. foreign aid to extort Ukraine and a second time for allegedly encouraging a peaceful protest on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. source