Interest in Trump indictments is in decline

As 2024 political campaigns and Donald Trump’s legal troubles ramp up, both Republican presidential hopefuls and the average Internet user seem to be losing interest in the former president’s criminal charges.

Since the first federal indictment against Trump was revealed on April 4, Google searches about his subsequent charges related to classified documents and the Jan. 6 riot have more than halved. And at this past Sunday’s fundraising event in Iowa, his name was scarcely mentioned among the seven GOP candidates present – including his critics within the party.

At most, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson floated his promise to “get a new attorney general that would enforce the rule of law in a way that is fair for our country,” and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis simply added, “The time for excuses is over.”

Only two candidates – Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Michigan entrepreneur Perry Johnson – mentioned Trump by name, and only tangentially.

According to a New York Times/Siena College poll of Iowa Republicans, Trump still remains far ahead of his prospective opponents in the state. Besides Trump, only DeSantis has support above the single digits.

Experts have also suggested the lull in search interest is temporary. According to Jay Rosen of New York University, per an Axios report, “The bombast and howling accusations after each charge, the lurid threats and endless victimologies, the mind numbing repetition of it all… is supposed to do just that: numb the mind so that sense making feels impossible and paying attention seems pointless. There’s a name for it: flooding the zone with crap.”

“The audience will come roaring back, I would predict, as soon as major trials are underway and verdicts are close to being rendered,” added NYU professor Rodney Benson.

(Photo by AFP)


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