The indictment, the third as of now, has been revealed, and legal issues of intent and evidence aside, not to mention the fact that the evidence comes not out of thin air but the mouths and writings of Republicans, co-conspirators and witnesses on the White House payroll, should be sufficient for even his most ardent sycophants to take a step back and mutter, “he’s innocent until proven guilty, so let’s see what the trial brings.”
But that’s not how this works when it comes to the oddity of Donald Trump. So far, it appears that his defenders in the past remain his defenders in the present, and likely his defenders in perpetuity. The defense isn’t that he didn’t do it, really. There is no doubt some will believe this is all a lie and that the man whom their deity deigned to save our national soul would do no wrong. But most are more practical about it.
What about Hunter Biden, eh? Curious that Trump’s latest indictment comes just at the moment the national attention needs to be distracted from Hunter Biden and the Biden crime family.
What about the First Amendment, that right you love so dearly and which even the prosecutor admits protects lies (if lies they be) about who won the election?
Why didn’t this happen two years ago, since almost all of this was known back then, long before Trump announced he was running again for 2024, and yet there was no indictment to be tried and acquitted before he threatened Biden’s re-election?
Why are there two tiers of justice, one for Democrats and another for Republicans, especially when that Republican is Donald Trump against whom the weaponized justice system has aimed all its guns?
How is it possible that Trump can get a fair trial in the District of Columbia, that swamp of Trump haters and deep staters, and before a federal judge who has already proven how much she despises the patriots who fought in vain to save Democracy on January 6th?
Yet again, it’s the play of questions designed to raise doubts about the integrity of the system. Just as there was never any evidence to show that the Big Lie wasn’t a big lie, but only doubts sown by the toxic combination of lies, ignorance and undue passion, the challenges to Trump’s guilt aren’t grounded in affirmative or provable defenses, but in trying to raise more doubts based upon cynicism at the periphery.
Hunter Biden wasn’t the President of the United States, but the wayward son of a president. Did the DoJ go easy on him, giving him a gift no other wayward son would receive? Perhaps, and if so, it would be wrong and reflect a failure of integrity on the part of the government. But if so, then the solution is that Hunter Biden should be treated no differently than any other defendant rather than get the fortunate son treatment. This doesn’t make Trump any less guilty, and unlike Hunter Biden, Trump was the President of the United States.
This all should have been hashed out a year ago, at least, but the Attorney General who might have been a Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland, decided not to pursue it and cost a nation two years. But here we are, awkwardly facing a presidential campaign that was designed to make prosecution as awkward as possible and build in a ready-made excuse of political prosecution, even though the existence of evidence is undeniable. Whether that evidence will suffice for a conviction is another matter, but unlike the cries that Biden stole the election, there is evidence.
David French argues that we need a trial to flush this cancer from the body politic.
Smith has brought a difficult case. But it’s a necessary case. Foot soldiers of the Trump movement are in prison. Its allied militia leaders are facing justice. And now the architect of our national chaos will face his day in court. This is the trial America needs.
Whether a trial or three will be the answer or just another brick in the wall remains to be seen. But at some point, Trump’s adoring fans need to face the reality that despite the myriad excuses, all of this came about at Trump’s small hand. Contrary to his pretense, he’s not the biggest victim ever, perpetually getting sand kicked in his face by all his enemies, even when he was the most powerful (but helpless) man in the world. Trump is no victim of circumstance, but a loser who would do anything to avoid the humiliation of being a loser.
If you’re so inclined, have your say and get it out of your system.