Donald Trump's 2024 GOP primary opponents have come out in response to the former president reportedly being indicted on federal charges.
Trump's super PAC, MAGA Inc., blasted the reported indictment.
"The Biden regime, which is realizing they can’t beat or cheat their way to another victory, has taken the unprecedented step to indict President Trump amid reports that the Biden family accepted $10 million in illegal bribes from foreign nationals," said MAGA Inc. spokesperson Karoline Leavitt. "America is a nation that has become plagued by a two-tier system of justice that must be confronted and destroyed. This will only be done when we reelect President Donald J. Trump."
Trump's GOP opponents expressed outrage over the reported indictment.
"The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
"We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation. Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary or Hunter?"
Meanwhile, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy wrote in a Twitter post that: "I never thought we’d see the day when the U.S. President deputizes the DOJ to arrest his lead rival in the middle of an election."
"This is an affront to every citizen: we cannot devolve into a banana republic where the party in power uses police force to arrest its political opponents," he added. "It’s hypocritical for the DOJ to selectively prosecute Trump but not Biden."
Ramaswamy explained that "it would be much easier for me to win this election if Trump weren’t in the race, but I stand for principles over politics" and, if elected, he would "pardon Trump promptly on January 20, 2025, and restore the rule of law in our country."
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson reiterated his call for Trump to end his comeback bid for the White House.
"With the news that Donald Trump has been indicted for the second time, our country finds itself in a position that weakens our democracy," he said in a statement.
"Donald Trump's actions—from his willful disregard for the Constitution to his disrespect for the rule of law—should not define our nation or the Republican Party," continued Hutchinson. "This is a sad day for our country. While Donald Trump is entitled to the presumption of innocence, the ongoing criminal proceedings will be a major distraction. This reaffirms the need for Donald Trump to respect the office and end his campaign."
A long-shot, Steve Laffey, former mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, said in a statement that Trump would lose the 2024 election if he becomes the GOP nominee.
"The former President continues to make a mockery of the electoral process,” he said in a statement.
"After being convicted in federal court for sexual harassment, indicted by Manhattan prosecutors for falsifying business records, and now facing a federal indictment, enough is enough,” continued Cranston. "President Trump will have more court appearances than campaign stops at this rate. It’s time the RNC and voters take a closer look at the candidates and realize that Donald Trump cannot win the 2024 Presidential election."
Businessman Perry Johnson said he would pardon Trump.
Conservative commentator Larry Elder decried America's justice system.
On June 9, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blasted the reported indictment.
"The American people are exhausted by the prosecutorial overreach, double standards, and vendetta politics,” she continued. "It’s time to move beyond the endless drama and distractions."