Republicans privately acknowledge Trump's legal woes are serious this time

July 31, 2023

That sort of comment is further than where many of Trump’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination will go publicly. Still, even out in the open, there are indications that they believe this federal indictment is far more serious than the last one. The concern was widespread: Trump’s latest indictment could cause further pain for Republicans at the ballot box. But the Trump indictment took over, with participants expressing deep concern about backlash and the party’s fracturing beyond repair. On Monday, Scott described the case as “serious … with serious allegations,” according to The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina.