Putting Trump's trial the day before Super Tuesday is 'irresponsible' and will distract voters from other candidates, says NYT columnist

September 3, 2023

On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks called out the strategic timing of former President Donald Trump's trial, as Breitbart News reported

The columnist stated that scheduling for 2024 Republican presidential candidate Trump’s federal trial over the 2020 election is “irresponsible” and will make it difficult for other Republicans to rally support.

Brooks said, “I have a real problem with the way they have scheduled the pre-Super Tuesday. I understand that the people in the judicial system don’t want to be political, but to be completely oblivious to politics and the effects of their actions, seems to me, somewhat irresponsible."

Brooks Predictions

The columnist went on to say that if the trial is successfully scheduled as it is planned now, "Trump will be under attack from the establishment the day before Super Tuesday."

"It will be impossible for any other Republican candidate to get some traction in that circumstance ... all these indictments have helped Trump. And so, you’ve got to think, okay, you do the indictments, I get it. He deserves to be indicted," he added.

"But are you aware of what’s about to happen because of those indictments? And that’s one thing. It’s even worse to do it — scheduling. A lot of Americans are going to say, he allegedly did these things a bunch of years ago, they’ve politicized it, and then they schedule it right at Super Tuesday? They’re trying to destroy our man. We’ll rally around," Brooks went on.

Another GOP Candidate's Opinion

On ABC's This Week on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy agreed that there were problems with the indictments, arguing that the indictments of Trump were turning the United States into a "banana republic."

Anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “Your hand shot up pretty fast at the debate when you were asked whether you would vote for Donald Trump in the general election, even if he was a convicted felon. Can you just explain why you would vote for a convicted felon for president?”

Ramaswamy said, “If the Constitution permits somebody to run, and that’s the person that people of this country want to elect, then that’s the way our system works, and I stand by it.”

Stephanopoulos said, “Why do you think it’s okay for a convicted felon to be president?”

Ramaswamy said, “So look. I think that many of these prosecutions against Donald Trump are outright, downright politicized persecutions through prosecution that set an awful precedent for our country.

The current GOP candidate went on to say that the current administration is exploiting their power over the Justice Department, and it will cause problems for the rule of law.

"I do not want to see us become a banana republic where the administrative police state uses police force to eliminate opponents from competition," Ramaswamy said.

"That is not the way it works. I will pick who I believe the best next president should be," he added.

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