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Congressional Republicans gobsmacked by Trump arraignment fear America is now ruined: ‘This is what banana republics do’

Embattled former US President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom with his attorneys Joe Tacopina and Boris Epshteyn (R) during his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court April 4, 2023 in New York City.Embattled former US President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom with his attorneys Joe Tacopina and Boris Epshteyn (R) during his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court April 4, 2023 in New York City.

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  • Former President Donald Trump was charged with 34 felony counts Tuesday in Manhattan.
  • Congressional Republicans outraged by the court appearance likened it to “what banana republics do.”
  • “We are all going to regret it for a very long time,” Sen. Marco Rubio said of today’s proceedings. 

Congressional Republicans floored by Donald Trump facing 34 felony charges in a Manhattan courtroom declared that America is doomed if the embattled former president is forced to stand trial. 

The collective doom-and-gloom kicked up by Trump pleading not guilty to falsifying business records relating to his alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels overtook both chambers. 

Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday shared some thoughts about the merits of the case brought against the twice-impeached former president that included talk of misdemeanors and expired statutes of limitations.  

After sleeping on it, the Florida Republican and former 2016 presidential candidate got back on Twitter with a more dire assessment. 

—Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 4, 2023

 

“Today is a bad day for all of us & we are all going to regret it for a very long time,” Rubio captioned a 98-second video in which he warned that federal prosecutors now have carte blanche to go after political opponents. 

Rep. Harriet Hageman, the Wyoming Republican who unseated Trump impeachment supporter Liz Cheney with the GOP’s blessing, wrote that Democrats were attacking the former president the same way political opponents are dealt with in “Russia, China, Cuba, or other dictatorships.” 

“They hate him so much they don’t care how much they harm our country & our justice system,” Hageman wrote online. 

Rep. August Pfluger told Fox News that prosecuting polarizing political leaders is typical in “banana republics” and “failed states.” But not in America. 

“We cannot let our justice system be politicized,” he warned. 

Rep. Eli Crane skipped any legal analysis and went straight for the GOP base’s jugular. 

“They’re coming for President Trump because he stands in the way of what they want to do to you,” the Arizona Republican wrote online. “Don’t forget that.” 

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