Amid the fourth indictment of former president Donald Trump this year, MAGA loyalist Kari Lake compared the efforts made to prosecute the former president to a lack of action against the late New York financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s clients.
On Monday, Trump was among a total of 19 defendants indicted by an Atlanta grand jury in Georgia with a slew of crimes—including racketeering, perjury, forgery, false statements, violating the oath of a public officer, and other offenses—aimed at overturning the result of the 2020 presidential election in the state.
The former president and current favorite in polling for the Republican primary for 2024 has been charged with a total of 4 indictments this year. These include a federal indictment linked to his efforts to retain power in 2020 and his involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a federal indictment linked to the mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House, and a criminal indictment related to the payment of hush-money to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election
Trump has denied all allegations against him in the four cases.
Despite the series of indictments facing the former president, he remains far ahead of any other Republican candidates in the 2024 presidential election, according to the latest polling. FiveThirtyEight reports that as of August 14, Trump had 52.7 percent of the vote, while rival Ron DeSantis trailed him with 14.0 percent of the vote.
Lake, who is currently considering joining the 2024 Arizona Senate race after losing the state’s latest gubernatorial election to Democrat Katie Hobbs, complained that the efforts made to prosecute Trump were too great compared to those made to punish Epstein for his crimes.
“It’s been 3 years, almost to the day since Jeffrey Epstein ‘killed himself.’ Not a single one of his clients has been indicted for heinous crimes against children,” she wrote Tuesday on X, . “Yet, President Trump was just indicted for the 4th time. Justice is dead in America.”