Trump Criticized Clinton for Under Investigation-Now He's Running as a Convict

Exploring the unique legal challenges of political figures.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Criticized Clinton for Under Investigation-Now He's Running as a Convict
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Before Donald Trump made history as the first former president and presumptive major party nominee to be convicted, he argued against candidates running for president if under investigation. Back in 2016, Trump, the Republican nominee, leveraged a DOJ investigation into his rival, Hillary Clinton, emphasizing that her potential criminal charges would paralyze the U.S.

government. During a speech in Reno, Nevada, Trump emphatically stated that Clinton should not be allowed to run, resonating this sentiment across several rallies. Fast-forward to today. Despite a recent conviction and facing three other legal battles, Trump continues his presidential campaign.

Last Thursday, a Manhattan jury found him guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a $130,000 hush money payment. Despite the conviction, Trump remains defiant, claiming a spike in fundraising and showing no signs of exiting the race.

Trump's stance 2016 highlighted the perils of electing a president who might be indicted. He warned that Clinton's election would precipitate a constitutional crisis and obstruct governmental operations. His rhetoric was potent, often pausing to absorb the crowd's disapproval before arguing that ongoing scandals would hamper a Clinton presidency.

Trump vs. Clinton Contrast

Contrasting with Clinton, who was never formally charged, Trump's legal troubles are more severe, with one conviction already on record. Trump's campaign argues that his situation differs from Clinton's, denouncing the charges as politically motivated attacks orchestrated by adversaries.

Despite no evidence of Biden's involvement, the campaign insists that the prosecutions are attempts by Biden and his administration to influence the upcoming election. Trump's legal battles do not end here. He faces sentencing on July 11, between a pivotal debate and the Republican National Convention, where he is anticipated to secure the nomination.

In addition to the Manhattan case, Trump confronts additional charges, including attempts to undermine the 2020 election results. Altogether, Trump faces 88 criminal counts, with significant legal challenges ahead. Trump's resilience is notable.

Despite potential convictions, he has vowed to continue his campaign, dismissing his opponents as "thugs" and claiming mistreatment. His historical "Lock her up!" chant against Clinton during the 2016 campaign underscored his attack on her eligibility due to the email investigation—a tactic he now faces under similar scrutiny.

Trump's political journey reflects a complex landscape where legal entanglements intersect with political ambitions, illustrating a saga of controversy and resilience in American politics. As the legal and political drama unfolds, how these elements will influence his campaign and the broader political environment remains to be seen.