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Swing-District House Republicans are mum on Trump’s conviction

More than half of the seventeen Republicans in the House of Representatives whose seats are at stake in districts President Joe Biden won in 2020 have so far remained silent on convicting Donald Trump, the Hill reports.

Trump on Thursday became the first former US president to be convicted of felony crimes when a New York jury found him guilty of all 34 charges in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to a porn actor who said the two had had sex.

“Everyone has to do what they think is wise,” Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., told the news station in an interview, acknowledging the difficulty swing district Republicans like him face.

“I don’t know if there is a right or wrong answer,” he added. “Everyone has to do it their own way and make their own judgment.”

Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Ore., issued a statement in response to the ruling but made no mention of it.

“It is disappointing that the national story continues to overshadow the kitchen table issues that Oregon families face every day,” she told KTVL News 10. “They are struggling with high prices, concerned about rampant violent crime and drug use, and want a secure border and common sense immigration policies. Sensationalizing the presidential race does not change the fact that Oregonians want relief from the failed policies of the extremes.”

Others who did not weigh in are Reps. Mike Garcia, Michelle Steel, David Valadao, John Duarte and Young Kim of California, Tom Kean Jr. of New Jersey, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and David Schweikert of Arizona.

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