Following the anticipated indictment of former President Donald Trump by a New York district attorney, Republican elected officials in Texas are sounding off on what many are calling a political prosecution.
Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter to say the “weaponization of our courts for political grievances is an abhorrent abuse of power.”
Weaponization of our courts for political grievances is an abhorrent abuse of power.
The George Soros-supported NYC DA is only furthering the radical liberal agenda to have elections determined at the jury box rather than the ballot box.
America deserves better.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 31, 2023
Abbott did not, however, name Trump in his post.
But U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz did, saying, “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage.”
The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The “substance” of this political persecution is utter garbage.
This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 30, 2023
His colleague, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, did not comment on the indictment.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick predicted that political would prosecutions would be the undoing the left.
Political prosecutions, the Left’s new favorite weapon, will be their own undoing. Americans of every stripe understand that this perversion of our system of justice will further divide our nation and destroy our Republic. pic.twitter.com/wE2ooHOkBn
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) March 31, 2023
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has endorsed Trump for his re-election bid, noted, “The radical left has consistently weaponized our courts to silence conservative voices,” while also reaffirming his commitment to stand with Trump.
The radical left has consistently weaponized our courts to silence conservative voices. The actions by the Soros-backed Democrat DA in NYC is the latest example of this abuse of power. I stand with President Trump! 🇺🇸 #Trump
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 30, 2023
In a statement, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller—who has also been an avid supporter of Trump—said, “The American people see this for what it is and I have no doubt that President Donald Trump will be totally vindicated and, once again, emerge on top.”
My statement on the Democrat's political targeting of President Trump. pic.twitter.com/1hTbjdJdT8
— Sid Miller (@MillerForTexas) March 31, 2023
Several members of Texas’ Republican congressional delegation also rallied around the former president on Thursday evening after the news broke.
A Manhattan Grand Jury at the behest of a weaponized prosecutor; who received a million dollars from Soros, has indicted a former U.S. President. This unprecedented attack against Trump is an assault on everything we hold sacred about our Republic.
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) March 30, 2023
🚨 BREAKING: The Manhattan Grand Jury just indicted President Trump.
Real America knows this is all a sham.
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) March 30, 2023
This is a dark day in American history. President Trump’s only “crime” was MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! These cowardly Democrats HATE Trump and HATE his voters even more. When Trump wins, THESE PEOPLE WILL PAY!!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) March 30, 2023
Strike “impending.” DA lets New York City turn into a crime hellhole and then abuses authority for political prosecution. #PoliticizedJustice https://t.co/RORxGulWxx
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) March 31, 2023
Notably, Roy has endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president.
Some Republicans in the Texas Legislature have also voiced their opinions on Trump’s indictment.
Trump’s indictment reflect methods Stalin and his Communist Party used to destroy their political opponents.
"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime"
Stalin’s Secret Police Chief
— Dustin Burrows (@Burrows4TX) March 30, 2023
Today’s indictment of former President Trump – led by a hyper-partisan, progressive radical District Attorney – is a chilling example of the justice system being politically weaponized against Americans. Those of us who care about the rule of law should & must push back. #txlege
— Jeff Leach (@leachfortexas) March 30, 2023
“I strongly denounce the New York District Attorney for his outrageous indictment of President Donald J. Trump. Our nation’s judicial system should never be weaponized to silence political candidates. This prosecutorial abuse of President Trump is wrong and must not stand.” – State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R–Brenham)
“Justice is supposed to be blind, but the Trump indictment shows the left see only political retribution. Very dangerous for our country.” – State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler)
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