Donald Trump heads into the 2024 US election in a typically unusual position. Some pollsters have him as the likely winner next November when he is expected to be the Republican nominee taking on President Joe Biden. But Trump also faces legal challenges that are unprecedented for a candidate running for the highest office in the US.
As the Guardian’s Washington reporter, Hugo Lowell, tells Nosheen Iqbal, Trump faces 91 charges sprawling across numerous civil and criminal trials in various jurisdictions, many of which will require Trump’s presence and attention across next year. Many of the charges are extremely serious, be they related to his behaviour on the day of the Capitol riots, attempts to interfere with the 2020 election result, retaining classified documents, obstructing justice, as well as civil claims including defamation.
However, none of these appear to have dampened the enthusiasm of his supporters for a return to the White House. In fact, it appears Trump is hoping to use his legal troubles to his advantage: utilising court appearances to turn the tables on an establishment he believes is out to get him.
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