fear and bravado inside trumps reaction to the indictment

After Donald J. Trump was indicted over his role in paying hush money to a porn star during the 2016 presidential campaign, he called the move an act of political persecution.

But his impending arrest could actually make Mr. Trump a stronger candidate for 2024, the Times correspondent Maggie Haberman explains.

Maggie Haberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times.

Donald Trump is addressing a crowd at dusk. He is wearing a dark suit. Behind him, a crowd is waving American flags.
Former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in Texas on Tuesday. Over more than four decades, Mr. Trump has sued and been sued in civil court again and again. But he’s never been charged with a crime before.Christopher Lee for The New York Times
  • Many of Mr. Trump’s potential opponents snapped into line behind him, showing just how hard it may be to persuade Republican voters to choose an alternative.

  • Mr. Trump reacted to his indictment by returning to his time-tested legal strategy: attack and delay.

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Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.

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