Republicans rally around Trump after latest indictment: 'President Trump did nothing wrong'

"President Trump defended our democracy, and we have an obligation to defend him against the Deep State’s crusade to destroy our movement," Gaetz said.

Published: August 1, 2023 7:25pm

Republicans have leapt to the defense of former President Donald Trump after special counsel Jack Smith on Tuesday unveiled a four-count indictment of him in relation to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Smith's indictment included counts of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of, and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

Republican reactions were widely negative, with many lamenting the perceived political nature of the case and characterizing the U.S. as a "banana republic."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan contended that the charges were the product of Trump's own efforts to challenge D.C. norms, saying "When you drain The Swamp, The Swamp fights back. President Trump did nothing wrong!"

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, meanwhile, took aim at the prosecution, saying "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," he added.

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took a similar approach, saying "Jack Smith is a terrible attorney with a lot of failures in his career. Now, he’s abusing his power, the power of the special counsel, and the power of the Department of Injustice."

She further vowed to defund his office.

CEO of the Federalist Sean Davis opined that the prosecution would have a strong advantage in Washington, D.C., asserting that "Joe Biden’s personal Stasi — the U.S. DOJ — just used a D.C. kangaroo court to get an indictment of his chief political rival. And it won’t stop there, because a kangaroo court conviction in city that went 95% for Biden is all but guaranteed. Banana republic insanity."

One of Trump's primary rivals, tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy, contended that the indictment was part of a Biden administration effort to remove Trump from the contest and committed to pardoning him should be become president.

"The corrupt federal police just won’t stop until they’ve achieved their mission: eliminate Trump. This is un-American & I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment," he said. "Donald Trump isn’t the cause of what happened on Jan 6. The real cause was systematic & pervasive censorship of citizens in the year leading up to it."

"If you tell people they can’t speak, that’s when they scream. If you tell people they can’t scream, that’s when they tear things down. If we fail to admit the truth, Jan 6 will just be a preview of far worse to come & I don’t want to see us get there," he continued.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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