Donald Trump may be facing mounting legal troubles. But for his political advisers, it amounts to electoral gold.
The former president and his team of trusted confidants are planning to use a familiar tactic as authorities in New York ramp up their legal investigations into his private business dealings. They will cast doubt on the investigators, deflect to other issues and claim it is all a partisan “witch hunt.”
The script is familiar. Trump’s team believes the outcome will be, too: conservative voters rallying to his side as he assumes the victim’s role.
“They are using their power to destroy their number one political enemy. They are trying to crush him,” said Matt Schlapp, a Trump-world confidant and chair of the American Conservative Union, who warned of an era of overly-political prosecutions targeting prominent politicians. “And will there be reverberations from that that will benefit Trump from that, absolutely.”