A judge appointed by former Republican President George H.W. Bush has branded Donald Trump an “embarrassment” for being indicted for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.
A ‘Tragic Day’
Former judge J. Michael Luttig said on X, formerly Twitter, that the trial in which Trump will stand would be a “spectacle.”
“This day is all the more tragic and regrettable because the former president has cynically chosen to inflict this embarrassing spectacle on the Nation — and a spectacle it will be,” he said.
Judge Luttig continued: “For the first time in history, an American president will be on criminal trial in multiple venues — federal and state — during a presidential campaign in which he will be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for the Presidency of the United States of America.”
‘Harmful to America’
The judge also said that Trump had harmed American democracy in the eyes of the world.
“Never again will the world be inspired by America’s democracy in the way that it has been inspired since America’s founding almost 250 years ago,” he said.
The indictment against Trump relates to rioting at the US Capitol in Washington after Trump urged his supporters to march there and voice their views of an election he has called “rigged” and “stolen” from him.
The former president was charged with “conspiracy to defraud the United States,” “conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding,” “obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding,” and a “conspiracy against rights.”
Luttig spoke last year at a House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the heart of American democracy. At one time, the judge was an advisor to Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence.
Avalanche of Trials
The indictment against Trump is not his only legal headache as the 77-year-old seeks the Republican Party’s nomination to be its candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
He is also facing a slew of other federal and civil court cases, including alleged mishandling of classified information and fraud committed by the Trump Organization in New York, for which a judge has already determined wrongdoing.Trump faces losing control of his property empire along with the possibility of a fine amounting to at least $250 million.
‘Infamous US Events’
Judge Luttig lamented that Trump’s trials would go down in history for all the wrong reasons.
“January 6 and the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, together with the first criminal trials of an American president, will now become singularly infamous events in American history,” he said.
Republican Party May Be ‘Beyond Saving’
Writing in The New York Times, Judge Luttig said the Republican Party needed to come to its senses regarding Trump’s behavior.
“If the indictment of Mr. Trump on Espionage Act charges – not to mention his now almost certain indictment for conspiring to obstruct Congress from certifying Mr. Biden as the president on Jan. 6 – fails to shake the Republican Party from its moribund political senses, then it is beyond saving itself. Nor ought it be saved,” he wrote.
Trump ‘Not the Right Man’
The judge also said in The Times opinion article that Trump had been a “colossal political miscalculation” by the Republican Party.
“No assemblage of politicians except the Republicans would ever conceive of running for the American presidency by running against the Constitution and the rule of law. But that’s exactly what they’re planning,” he said.
Trump Ruling from Jail?
The prospect of Trump being convicted, winning the 2024 election and then ruling from prison have not been ruled out by anyone, noted the judge. And he blasted such a scenario as “their party’s best hope for the future.”
Trump the Leading Republican Candidate
Despite the many legal problems Trump is facing, his popularity remains firm among voters, and may even be growing. He has consistently polled around at around 60% of those who say they would vote for the former president and his Make America Great Again campaign slogan.
That compares to his nearest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has fallen in the polls as his campaign falters and is now running about 10%.
Trump and Biden Race?
If Trump gets the Republican nomination for the presidential contest, he may be up against President Biden, who is seeking re-election. Both men are polling at around the same level — nearly 50%.
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