MAGA Allies and VP Hopefuls Show Up to Score Points with Trump

( – Republican allies of former President Donald Trump have been seen attending his New York trial over alleged campaign finance violations as many of the attendees jockey for the position of Vice President or a spot in Trump’s cabinet should he win in November.

Previous Republican primary candidate and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy was in court on Tuesday, May 14th alongside House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA). Johnson told members of the press he was “disgusted” by the ongoing criminal proceedings. Trump and his defenders have qualified all the indictments against him as political lawfare, or legal hit jobs put out by Joe Biden’s campaign to thwart his 2024 election chances.

New York Judge Juan Merchan has been slammed as a “Democrat operative” along with New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Both have been accused of conspiring with Biden’s campaign to get a conviction ahead of the election which polling has suggested may harm Trump’s public support. Current polling has the race neck-and-neck between the two men, with Trump edging out in swing states.

Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) were both in court on Monday, May 13th to support Trump. Additionally, Republican state attorneys general Brenna Bird from Iowa and Steve Marshall from Alabama were also in attendance. New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R) was also spotted inside the courtroom on the same day. The week prior Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) came to show support.

Trump’s allies have used their presence to amplify sentiments Trump has been forbidden from speaking in public under a gag order issued by Merchan. The order specifically forbids Trump from disparaging witnesses, like convicted felon and admitted perjurer Michael Cohen, or highlighting that Merchan’s daughter worked for Joe Biden’s campaign.

Trump’s violated the gag order 10 times currently and has been threatened with jail over another violation.

Trump has teased he won’t announce his chosen potential successor and vice presidential candidate until sometime around the Republican National Convention this summer.

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