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Fox News Panelist Mocked After Claiming Nobody Will Run For Office After Trump's Indictment

Fox News' Gerri Willis was instantly dragged for her suggestion that people won't want to run for higher office if they can't get away with committing crimes.

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Former Republican President Donald Trump's indictment on Tuesday has caused quite a stir. While some people believe this is a necessary step towards ensuring justice is served, others have voiced their concerns over the unintended consequences of such an action.

One such person is Gerri Willis, a Fox News contributor, who recently warned Trump's indictment could discourage people from running for higher office.

During a panel discussion on Fox News, Willis suggested indicting Trump could set a bad precedent and discourage potential candidates from running for higher office. She argued the negative consequences of running for office, such as the scrutiny and criticism, far outweighed the possible benefits, such as money and power.

You can hear what she said in the video below.

Willis' comments were indicative of a larger problem in American politics, where politicians are more concerned with personal gain than public service.

It also parrots a common refrain from Trump's supporters that indicting him is not necessary to uphold the rule of law.

Willis' comments were met with ridicule on Twitter, with many people questioning her reasoning.

Despite the criticism, Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges of falsifying business records.

The charges are related to hush money payments made to two women—including adult film actress Stormy Daniels—during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Legal experts have suggested that even if Trump is convicted of the 34 felony charges related to hush money payments, he is unlikely to face a harsh sentence of up to four years in prison because he is a first-time offender and the charges are non-violent.

Trump's indictment has triggered a legal battle with his team aiming to derail the case, which could potentially impact his 2024 bid for the White House.

While prosecutors have suggested a January 2024 trial date, Trump's attorney believes a more reasonable timeframe would be a spring 2024 trial date. The legal battle is expected to be frenzied and could have significant political implications.