There is a lot of speculation about how badly a conviction will hurt Donald Trump in a general election.
Polling shows that Trump will lose about half his support with a felony conviction.
Even so, Home Depot Billionaire and GOP mega-donor Bernie Marcus says he will donate to Trump’s campaign.
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The two cases that present the biggest challenges for Trump are the cases brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Smith presented these cases in a way that if he gets convictions during these trials, he should be able to keep at least one charge in each of the cases from being overturned on appeal.
Marcus says he will stick by Trump regardless because he believes the charges are “trumped up.”
When Marcus was asked if he would continue to donate to Trump post-conviction, he responded, “Of course, I’m going to support him to some extent, but I’m not one of his big givers, that’s for sure.”
Marcus just endorsed Trump in early November, stating, “I understand the frustration of some of my Republican friends who do not like or are offended by things Donald Trump does and says.
“I, too, have been frustrated at times, but we cannot let his brash style be the reason we walk away from his otherwise excellent stewardship of the United States during his first term in office.”
He continued, “Part of our legacy must be passing on to future generations of Americans our founding freedoms and values, including The American Dream. We must change the current trajectory of the nation and solve the problems created in the last three years.
“Many, including myself, believe that Hamas would not have unleashed its barbarism and cruelty on Israel if Donald Trump was our president today. The reason is America’s enemies respect and, more importantly, fear Donald Trump’s judgment, strength, decisiveness, and courage.”
My biggest issue regarding a Trump nomination is and always has been the legal baggage and what happens if he gets convicted.
Now, I also realize that even if Trump is convicted, these cases will truly not come to a conclusion until they wind up before the Supreme Court, and you better believe any guilty verdict is headed in that direction because of the nature of these cases.
We have never seen a former president indicted, let alone facing four federal indictments and numerous civil cases, after leaving office.
The Supreme Court is going to be Trump’s best defense, but it will also be curious if his three appointments are forced to recuse themselves from the case because they were appointed by Donald Trump.
This entire situation is a big hot mess, and one little thing could turn everything on its ear, with Trump justices recusing themselves possibly being the most concerning for the Trump legal camp now.