In January of 2016, Donald Trump remarked, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.” The comments were meant to be a bit of a joke, but the last five years have shown that Trump was probably right.
The quality of Republican candidates has certainly gone down since Trump was elected. This was clear in a recent Indiana primary. Despite sitting in jail, charged with killing his wife, Andrew Wilhoite just won a Republican primary.
Nikki Wilhoite, stricken with cancer, had just recently had her last chemotherapy treatment. Andrew Wilhoite is accused of hitting her in the head with a flowerpot and dumping her body in a creek.
The accused murderer will appear on the ballot for the Clinton Township Board. A state election official explained, “There is no legal reason he can’t be a candidate. Under our system you are innocent until you are proven guilty. If a person is convicted of a felony, then they are no longer eligible to be a candidate and are ineligible to hold office.”
Get this! A man just won a Republican primary for town board in Indiana after being arrested for the MURDER of his wife, who had just finished her last round of chemotherapy. Police say he confessed to striking his wife with a concrete flower pot and throwing her body in a creek.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 6, 2022
The trial date for Wilhoite’s case has yet to be set.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.