Moments after news broke that disgraced former president Donald Trump had been indicted, conservatives were quick to blame anyone but Trump himself.
On Thursday, Trump was indicted on seven criminal charges in connection with his withholding of more than 100 classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He is facing one charge under the Espionage Act, as well as charges of obstruction of justice, destruction or falsification of records, conspiracy, and false statements.
After the indictments were handed down, Trump immediately blamed Biden on his Truth Social account, saying, “The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax.”
Conservative pundits were quick to parrot his sentiment.
On Fox News, hosts accused President Joe Biden of orchestrating the indictments through the Justice Department, claiming he was targeting his political opponent. A banner on-screen read: “BIDEN ADMIN INDICTS A PRESIDENTIAL RIVAL."
The network invited several guests on throughout the night who all disparaged the justice system, attacking the rule of law itself. Host Sean Hannity told viewers that the “system of justice” in the United States has “been weaponized beyond belief” and that the nation is “in serious trouble.”
“Yes, it is a dark day in America,” he said. “We have said it often. There is no equal justice, there is no equal application of our laws. There is one set of rules for Democrats and another set of rules for Donald Trump and conservatives and anybody especially in his orbit.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted that it was “a dark day for the United States of America," adding: “It is unconscionable for a President to indict the leading candidate opposing him. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades."
Many were quick to point out that Biden had no control over the indictments. In fact, the White House has said they were not made aware of the indictments until they were handed down — the same moment as the public.
It was not Justice Department officials that handed down the charges, but rather a Florida grand jury. A group of Americans — a group of Trump's peers — determined that he had violated the law. And they will be the ones to determine his fate when he's brought to trial.
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