Some Democrats Reportedly Taking Cautious Approach Following Trump’s Conviction

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( – Some vulnerable Democrats are reportedly avoiding making comments about the recent jury conviction of former President Donald Trump on 34 felony charges amid concerns about losing support in their districts and states. 

Democrats in battleground races where trust in the judicial system runs low are holding back when it comes to addressing the legal issues of the former President. Some are reportedly indicating that talking too much about the guilty verdicts in the New York hush money trial could have negative effects on them politically. 

Rep. Mary Peltola (Alaska), a front-line Democrat, said that she attempts to stay far away from any topic that could cause division rather than unity. This was her response when she was asked if she believed discussing the conviction might alienate some voters in her district. 

The Hill reported that the “responses” following the Trump case verdict “highlight” how the former president has handled the scandal, along with how Democrats are tiptoeing carefully around the issue. Another deeply controversial element to the case is whether or not Trump should be sentenced to prison time.

The Democrats have largely been united throughout Trump’s legal woes in stating that they have trust in the justice system and that they would respect the trial’s outcome. They have also repeatedly stated that no one is above the law, not even someone who has served in the Oval Office before. 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) avoided answering whether Trump should be imprisoned, arguing instead that the choice is in someone else’s hands. However, some Democrats also reportedly see the conviction, along with GOP members’ support of Trump, as an opportunity to paint a moral distinction between Trump and President Joe Biden.

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