In an unprecedented event, former US President Donald Trump has been indicted by a New York grand jury over charges related to hush money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs.

Despite this, the Republican party has rallied around Trump, using a political playbook to maintain his support base. However, this has resulted in a noticeable split, with Trump’s brand becoming increasingly unpopular with many Americans outside of the Republican party.

“This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history,” Trump said in a statement Thursday night. He added that it was “an act of blatant Election Interference” that would “backfire” on Democrats, and he attacked the New York district attorney, Alvin Bragg, a Democrat who brought the charges.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy called the indictment an “unprecedented abuse of power.”

The indictment against Trump was not simply imposed by a prosecutor or judge, but rather a grand jury was presented with evidence by the prosecutor and determined there was enough to file charges against him. If there is indeed a conspiracy involved, then a jury of Trump’s peers will also be involved in the legal proceedings.

Trump, a wealthy New Yorker, has successfully used his narrative of grievance to boost his political career. He has convinced his supporters that the left is targeting him and his base, the system is biased against him, and the recent indictment and investigation in New York are politically motivated attempts to sabotage his presidential campaign. This rhetoric has resonated with his supporters and helped to maintain their loyalty despite the legal challenges he faces.