Teflon Don Warns Democrats “Can Do This To Anyone,” Party Strategies Evolve

In a defiant speech at Trump Tower on Friday, former President Donald Trump warned that Democrats “can do this to anyone” following his conviction on 34 felony charges in New York. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, criticized the trial as a “scam” and accused Democrats of being “sick people” who are destroying the country.

“When you look at our country, what’s happening where millions and millions of people are flowing in from all parts of the world, not just South America, from Africa, from Asia, from the Middle East. And they’re coming in from jails and prisons, and they’re coming in from mental institutions and insane asylums,” Trump claimed, blaming President Joe Biden for the situation.

Trump also took aim at Democratic policies, claiming they want to raise taxes by four times and stop people from having cars with “ridiculous mandates.” He accused Democrats of making it possible for China to build all of America’s cars.

While Trump remained vocal about his conviction, the impact of the verdict on battleground races remains uncertain. As reported by POLITICO, the diffuse impact was evident in swing-seat races that could determine House control, with some vulnerable Republican incumbents defending Trump and others staying quiet.

Democrats, however, may not make them pay a high price for their handling of the situation. On the Hill, the party is still unsure about how heavily they want to lean into the conviction on the campaign trail and how much it will sway voters. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s silence following the verdict suggests that an anti-Trump message may not resonate with the red- and purple-state voters needed to maintain control of the Senate.

Despite the conviction, the Republican base appears energized, with GOP campaign committees reporting record-high fundraising hauls in the hours following the verdict. This suggests that while the presence of a convicted felon atop the ballot might prove a liability for congressional Republicans, much depends on how strongly their opponents choose to emphasize it.