In a recent turn of events, the Supreme Court has decided not to immediately consider whether Donald Trump is immune from prosecution for his efforts to subvert the 2020 election. This decision may be a short-term legal victory, but its implications for the 2024 presidential contest could be far-reaching.
The decision underscores how the courts may be more pivotal to the campaign than debates and diners. The Justices, who find themselves with a jammed docket full of Trump-related cases, seem poised to affect the trajectory of the campaign as much as the candidates themselves.
Already this week, both Trump and the Colorado Republican Party have said they would appeal to the Supreme Court the state high court’s decision disqualifying Trump from the ballot because he incited an insurrection on Jan. 6. In Michigan, a bombshell report revealed both Trump and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel privately offered to provide legal defense to two GOP canvassers in exchange for not certifying the state’s 2020 presidential vote.
The Supreme Court’s roster of Trump matters may end up even more crowded than it already is. In addition to the Colorado case and immunity question, the high court plans to rule on the scope of a federal obstruction law that could upend two of Smith’s charges against Trump. Trump’s ongoing challenge of a gag order in his Washington case is likely to end up in the Supreme Court next year as well.
The seriousness of the legal cases against Trump could undermine him in a general election. Voters rejected him in 2020, after all. But they do not appear to be damaging him in the primary. And even Trump’s rivals admit that his legal challenges have bolstered his bid.
The constant legal developments are also lending shape to Trump’s campaign narrative — a slow drip of grievance politics in which Trump casts himself as a victim of the establishment, including the justice system, despite controlling many of its levers for four years as president.
In Colorado, where the Trump eligibility case exploded this week, it makes you wonder what is the tolerance level of Republicans for this chaos. So far it’s been pretty high, but there’s a breaking point. It just makes you wonder when Republicans are going to start thinking maybe we don’t want to go through an entire general election campaign with this guy.
As we navigate through this complex legal labyrinth, it’s crucial to remember the importance of fair and honest elections in maintaining our Constitutional Republic. The unfolding legal drama serves as a stark reminder of the role we as voters play in our Republic and the need to battle propaganda, quash political corruption, and unite for the prosperity of all.