As Damon Linker writes, there is always some degree of taint when a politician of one side is proscuted by the other. As David French writes, no politician, no matter how high or mighty, should be treated better than or worse than any other citizen. What’s Trump got to say? Send money!!!.
His political advisers had been preparing for weeks to exploit the federal indictment for full effect. His team has come to view federal law enforcement actions against him as a core part of its fund-raising strategy. Online fund-raising — which has long been the lifeblood of Mr. Trump’s political operation because high-end Republican donors largely shun him — has dried up for all Republican candidates over the past several years, including Mr. Trump.
G.O.P. donors are exhausted by constant hysterical appeals to give money to Mr. Trump to stop Democrats from destroying the nation. It takes a lot these days to grab the attention of such contributors; indictments are among the few events that enliven the grass roots enough to dip into their pockets.
For a “rich” guy, he begs for money a lot. Surrounded by some of his political advisors (Curley could not be found in time), proclaiming his innocence, Trump issued his carefully parsed statement in defense of his honor and integrity.
The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional Boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more Boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is “secured” by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time.
Putting aside the three constants of Trump’s expression, the inanity of his effort to deflect attention from his own malfeasance by pointing elsewhere, the shamelessness of his baseless accusations and his inability to say anything that doesn’t smack of an admission of guilt, the legitimacy of this indictment and prosecution are beyond question, not because of anything the government has alleged but because of Trump’s inability to remain silent. Even when Hannity tried to gloss over his conduct and steer him away from the rocky shoals of lunacy, Trump could not stop himself from insisting he was guilty.
No, the Presidential Records Act does not allow him to take and do any damn thing he pleases. No, you can’t secretly declassify documents by thinking it, and you surely can’t claim after you got caught that you magically did it back when you were president. But mostly, what the Presidential Records Act does is state that all those top secret documents that you insist you knew about and tried hard to conceal from the National Archives and the FBI, time and time again, were the property of the United States and you couldn’t keep them no matter how cool you thought it would be to flash them to impress potential donors.
The only serious question is whether Trump was so fundamentally ignorant as to not realize, or at least grasp the seriousness of, what he did, or he was so arrogant as to believe that he could do anything he wanted to do because he was the king. Sure, he ran the White House like a mom and pop shop, clueless as to the law and basics of governance, surrounding himself with sycophants and greedy nuts when the few competent people he managed to engage fled his administration with the parting explanation of “he’s a moron.” Did he learn nothing from his four years of being a loser?
This isn’t about what anyone else did or didn’t do The logical fallacy of tu quoque is irrelevant. Forget Biden. Forget Hillary. This is about one thing only, what Trump did, and unlike the New York County indictment, this prosecution is no stretch.
The last time Mr. Trump was charged, in New York, his campaign said it had raised more than $12 million in the week after the indictment — a huge bump in his previously anemic fund-raising. Since then, Mr. Trump’s fund-raising has fallen back to a disappointing level, according to people briefed on the situation.
It would be a shame for Trump to waste his second indictment. At least he can milk the poor fools for some cash for the commissary as he cries about how he’s innocent and this isn’t the obvious product of his actions, but a witch hunt. Trump is no martyr to the working folks. He doesn’t love you. He never did. Hell, he didn’t even love junior enough to take his texts on January 6th. He just wanted to be adored and for random fools to send him money. That’s all he ever wanted. Indictments are a small price to pay if it gets him more loot.