Former President Donald Trump is facing dozens of criminal indictments, but he hopes to reclaim the White House in 2024. In 2016, however, Trump said that candidates under those circumstances should be disqualified from serving as commander-in-chief.
CNN’s KFile found several instances in which Trump insisted that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be barred from seeking the presidency due to the FBI’s investigation into her use of a personal email server.
For example, Trump said at a November 3, 2016, event in Concord, North Carolina, that if Clinton were to win, it would “create an unprecedented constitutional crisis that would cripple the operations of our government.”
He continued, “Clinton is likely to be under investigation for many years, and also it will probably end up – in my opinion – in a criminal trial. I mean, you take a look. Who knows? But it certainly looks that way.”
Two days later at a November 5, 2016, rally in Reno, Nevada, Trump said that “we could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment and ultimately a criminal trial” and that “it would grind government to a halt.”
Several hours later in Denver, Colorado, Trump called Clinton — whom the FBI eventually exonerated — “the prime suspect in a far-reaching criminal investigation” which would make it “virtually impossible for her to govern.”
CNN noted that Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, will not be disqualified from the presidency even if convicted, and he told Politico in June that he won’t leave the presidential race if he is convicted of the charges.
In conclusion, Trump has a history of saying that candidates under criminal investigation should be disqualified from serving as president. However, he himself is facing dozens of criminal indictments, and he has said that he will not leave the presidential race if he is convicted. This raises the question of whether Trump’s own words should disqualify him from running for president.
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