The attorney general of West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey, hammered the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump, calling it "political persecution" and said it "resembles what Banana Republics do."
The statement came from Morrisey shortly after his gubernatorial campaign announcement.
"I believe that whenever you have abusive practices, and whenever you have political prosecutions that tend to resemble what banana republics do, that should get everyone up and motivated," Morrisey said last week.
Morrisey's comments were in reference to a Manhattan grand jury voting to indict Trump for an alleged role he played in "hush money" payments to porn star, Stormy Daniels.
The felony indictment was unsealed Tuesday during Trump's arraignment, revealing charges for 34 felonies.
Trump pleaded not guilty before Judge Juan M. Merchan.
"This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history," Trump wrote in a Truth Social post.
"You remember it just like I do: Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller Hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Impeachment Hoax 1; Impeachment Hoax 2; the illegal and unconstitutional Mar-a-Lago raid; and now this," Trump added.
"I’m the only proven conservative in this race with a deep record of fighting and defeating the swamp and the political elites, successfully defending our West Virginia values, and accomplishing the big things West Virginians care about.” — @MorriseyWV https://t.co/L9WczEp27h
— Patrick Morrisey Press (@MorriseyPress) April 4, 2023
Morrisey said, "I’ve been the only one in this race that’s been speaking out strongly against the political persecution of Donald Trump, and the silence is deafening. But people shouldn’t be surprised about that."
"I’ve been talking about this because I want to make sure that our criminal justice system works the same way for everyone," Morrisey added. "It shouldn’t be a two-tiered system. And everyone agrees that this is a political prosecution. And it’s just wrong."