You can tell why President Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination through a simple glance at the RealClearPolitics 2024 Republican presidential nomination poll average chart. It shows Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) steadily gaining support right up until the end of March. At that point, DeSantis was in striking distance of Trump, 30% to 45%.
But then something happened in April that sent Trump up 10 percentage points and DeSantis down 8. It wasn’t DeSantis’s disastrous Twitter/X rollout with Elon Musk. That wouldn’t come for another month.
No, the event that secured the nomination for Trump was Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unprecedented and flimsy indictment of Trump for “falsifying business records.” This was followed by more legal attacks by Democrats against Trump from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special counsel Jack Smith.
All these blatantly political attacks using far-fetched legal theories come