News analysis

Trump’s federal charges will test the resilience of his popularity and that of America

Polls show Trump comfortably in the lead as Republican voters’ top choice to represent their party in the 2024 election. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

WASHINGTON — Former United States president Donald Trump is facing his toughest legal troubles yet, with multiple analysts saying he will find the federal charges levelled against him hard to defend against.

Yet in the court of public opinion, these difficulties are barely apparent so far, a testament to the resilience of the popularity of Trump, who has been nicknamed “Teflon Don” for his apparent invincibility to political scandals and legal problems.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.