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Week in politics: Trump surrenders in Georgia, Ramaswamy’s close up – USA TODAY
August 26, 2023
The first Republican presidential debate gave eight candidates not named Donald Trump a chance to introduce themselves to the country, and give conservatives an alternative to challenging Democrat Joe Biden in 2024.
But that’s easier to say given how Trump is running away with the nomination, according to the polls, despite being indicted four times during the early stages of the primary.
Even though Trump’s absence overshadowed much of the discussion, the other contenders were able to touch on abortion, Ukraine and climate change among other policy views.
Trump stole the show again this week, however, when he became the first former president to have his booking photo taken , which is creating another earthquake in the primary and beyond. The Georgia case represents the fourth court case against Trump, who is being accused of trying to steal the state’s 16 Electoral College votes.
Americans who love and loathe the former president waited for hours outside the Fulton County jail before his surrender carrying signs and wearing costumes either applauding or mocking his arrest.
In the coming weeks, Trump and his 18 co-defendants will return for arraignments and other proceedings as the the threat of jail time becomes a reality for those charged, arrested and booked in the Georgia election fraud case.
None who attended the debate received more attention than biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, an Ohio Republican whose brash conservatism and eyebrow raising positions have become the one non-Trump story shaking up the primary.
Ramaswamy drew fire from multiple rivals on a number of fronts during the two-hour debate, from foreign policy to defending Trump and even comparisons to Barack Obama, who he appeared to borrow a line from during his opening statement.
“First, let me just address a question that is on everybody’s mind at home tonight,” Ramaswamy said. “Who the heck is this skinny guy with a funny last name?”
Trump booking photo makes history, now what?
Wearing a blue suit and red tie, Trump’s booking photo is a piece of American history that will have implications beyond the 2024 GOP primary.
Trump and his co-defendants, who include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, are being charged under the state’s RICO Act, a law that is historically used to take down illegal drug organizations and street gangs.