when the whirlwind donald trump turned social networks upside down announcing his “imminent arrest” on the platform TruthSocial, it was not clear how the announcement could affect the electoral campaign for his re-election in 2024. The gamble was dangerous. Above all, in a country that is tremendously polarized and in search of a leader who will connect citizens and recover a true “united states”. Trump, who is an old dog in this marketing thing and a great expert when it comes to making social noise, he did not doubt the impact of his ad, but he was wrong, just a little. Perhaps the response of his followers on the street was not as expected, but in the digital world the support that has been given to him after his accusation has far exceeded expectations and in the political sphere the momentum has been great.
The ex-president has gotten the Republicans to close ranks around him and defend it without hesitation. Even the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis, who, although he has not yet announced his presidential candidacy, is beginning to gain strength as a favorite within the Republican party, has defended the former president despite their tense relationship. The popularity of the Floridian leader has always bothered Trump and he has been criticizing him ad nauseam.
The “diplomats” darts between the two during their rallies are well known, but at the moment of truth, DeSantis has sided with his fellow Republican. And although on Wednesday he accused him of lack of sophistication and “recklessness” in foreign policy, on Thursday after the indictment he said through his Twitter account that “Florida will not assist in an extradition request” (Donald Trump has his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida), “given the questionable circumstances with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda.” His generous move has hurt him in the polls and he has already lost enough support to Trump.
DeSantis isn’t the only one who has shot himself. the former vice president Mike Pencewho had tried to distance himself from his former running mate and is rumored to be another Republican candidate in next year’s election, has called the accusation against Donald Trump an “outrage” and asks citizens “not to worry » by the judicial investigations of Trump, which by the way In total, it has close to 30 open cases of different ranks.
For his part, the leader of the House of Representatives, Republican kevin mccarthygoes further and ensures that “the American population will not tolerate this injustice, and the Chamber will hold (the prosecutor) accountable Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power”, because, as added by the Republican congressman George Santos«instrumentalizing the judicial system to go against a dangerous rival is a clear danger for our country and our democracy. Alvin Bragg (Manhattan DA) should focus on going after crime in New York, not running a political witch hunt.”
As if that were not enough, the ultra-conservative Republican congresswoman Margorie Taylor Greene He has promised that he will travel to New York this Tuesday to protest against the accusation of his friend and fellow officer.
“This is what they do in communist countries to destroy their political opponents,” Green said when the news broke. Yesterday he encouraged his supporters to join the «pro trump rally» which will start at 12:00 noon (local time) in Collect Pond Park, located right in front of the Manhattan courthouse, shortly before the time the ex-president is scheduled to appear before the judge.
Trump seems to have done it again. He has turned the tables, and his accusation has propelled him into his party and has become an interesting source of income from the digital world, from the famous NFTs (non-expendable property). The minimum price of the Trump Digital Trading Cards (collectible Trump cards) has increased by 21.5%, reaching 0.59 Etherum and surpassing the sales record: 45,000 cards sold in less than 12 hours. With an initial price of 99 dollars, now its resale reaches 974 dollars. In addition, his campaign team ensures that they have raised more than 4 million dollars in donations, just 24 hours after the accusation against Donald Trump was known.
However, it is surprising that this time we have seen a change in behavior in their digital and face-to-face followers. Eric Curwin, director of the technology company Pyrra Technology, assured in the NPR media that on social networks “there is not so much talk about ‘we have to stop this’ or ‘we must do something'” as on previous occasions. You no longer breathe that digital anger and frustration that clouded the platforms the day the Capitol was attacked, for example, on January 6, 2021.
The now once again Republican leader has not received the expected support on the street either. We did not see him when he himself called the rebellion for his “imminent arrest”, and we have not seen it now either. This time the Trumpists have turned a deaf ear to the words of their guru, who assured that if the grand jury accused him there would be a “risk of death and destruction” and something like that would be “catastrophic for the country.” But in fact, Even the New York Police wanted to show a profile that was as discreet as possible so as not to feed the ex-president’s ego.
The theories for this change in attitude among Trump supporters are various. Some people speak of exhaustion, they say that it is exhausting to be in a continuous fight all day. And there are those who point out that the tycoon would have crossed a dangerous line, because in this country the misuse of Donated campaign money is socially inexcusable harm, even if you’re Donald Trump.