Punditry will shortly observe that the indictments make Trump virtually unelectable. Already anathema to independents, he becomes doubly anathema. If Biden adopts a tough immigration policy, he may even peel off a few liberal Republicans.
New York is one of the few remaining states that use grand juries to return indictments. This makes it hard to blame the event on prosecutorial whimsy.
Republican messaging will be difficult:
- Trump is not a disgrace to the party; he’s a credit.
- Thank you for your service. We have to choose an electable candidate.
- DeSantis is the ideal Trump Mini-Me.