To highlight how spurious he believes the indictment against former President Donald Trump is, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) plans to hand out ham sandwiches at his office, a reference to the old saying that a grand jury would even "indict a ham sandwich."
Moore also welcomed Trump "to the club," having successfully fought off indictments of his own and plans to let the former president know he's got his back.
"Welcome to the club, [Donald Trump]. In honor of the fact that the Manhattan DA could indict a ham sandwich next, I will be handing them out tomorrow in Longworth 1504 at noon. All are welcome!"
.@RepBarryMoore says he will let fmr. President Trump know tomorrow that he's behind him. He says he'll be handing out ham sandwiches at his office because 'you can indict a ham sandwich' #TrumpIndictment #TrumpIndictment #TrumpIndicted @GrayDCnews https://t.co/Ht6FVLtYwj pic.twitter.com/gDzgvYgoJO— Jamie Bittner (@JamieReports) March 31, 2023
Moore was indicted in 2014 for perjury but was acquitted of all charges.
"The Lord did a great work in my heart through my process," Moore told 1819 News. "The Word will tell you, if you humble yourself before him, he'll make you great before men. I hope the president is prayerful about the process. I think it'll strengthen him."
Moore said he's spoken with many constituents concerned with the weaponization of the judicial system and being targeted for their conservative beliefs. Trump's indictment adds validation to those fears, but it may not be completely negative for his candidacy in 2024.
"That sends a huge red flag to the American people, but I think in some ways it strengthens Trump's position," Moore said. "It mobilizes the base… It just seems like it's the continued punishment of a man who tried to defend the American people."
Moore said as weak as the case is, it may be thrown out of court. But no matter how it plays out, he said this case has revealed how deeply corrupt the justice system can be in parts of America.
"I'm not an attorney, but it is such a weak case … I think they'll probably dismiss it, but I think it does more to help Trump than it will ever do to hurt him," Moore said. "With Trump, I think we've seen the veil pulled back. I think this shows how corrupt the system is."
On Thursday, a Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump on charges related to alleged "hush money" payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the indictment "Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history,"
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