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Why Trump Should Go Free
A former liberal explains that regardless of what leftist haters may think, The Donald really is above the rule of law. [Satire]
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Come on, Y’all. Let’s face it
Donald Trump has made more money for the media than any other president in history. The media breathed life into his candidacy before he was even elected. CNN alone raked in $100 million more than forecast during the 2016 presidential election. The media also made money by covering every sneeze, belch, and pimple of his presidency, including his two impeachments. And they’re making even more money now that a grand jury in New York has indicted him.
Since his arraignment for the alleged falsification of business records, legal scholars have joined the pundits and clowns of late night TV to float theories on whether the charges brought by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg will stand up in court.
The more people talk about Donald Trump, the more money the media makes from him. He is the cash cow par excellence of the 24/7 news cycle, the sine qua non of ratings-driven wealth. And because of that, he has acquired a Teflon coating that surpasses even Ronald Reagan’s.
In Reagan’s case, Teflon referred to the ability to avoid blame. Trump, on the other hand, gets blamed for everything from mocking the disabled to inciting insurrection. But no effort to hold him accountable for the things he’s blamed for has ever succeeded. Nor should it.
Here are 4 key reasons why any and all criminal charges against the former president should be dropped.
1. Presidents should be immune
Legal scholars are quick to point out that Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution makes it clear that Presidents can be arrested, tried, and convicted for violations of the law. They mention that Vice Presidents Aaron Burr and Spiro Agnew were indicted and even President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage.
What these people forget is that President Gerald Ford changed all that in 1974 when he pardoned Richard Nixon before he could be indicted and stand trial for crimes committed during Watergate. In doing so, Ford set a precedent based on his belief that putting a former president on trial would tear the country apart.
That precedent has stood for nearly 50 years. This is similar to the legal concept of stare decisis, a Latin term that means “stand by things decided.” It is now an established precedent that the president should be immune from prosecution. Not because he hasn’t done anything wrong—but because it would be bad for the country.
2. The judge hates him
How is it fair that Judge Juan Merchan will preside over Trump’s hush-money trial? It was Merchan who oversaw two other recent trials that found Trump’s real estate firm and his former CFO guilty of tax fraud. Judge Merchan will also preside over the criminal money-laundering trial of Trump’s associate Steve Bannon set for November of this year.
Steve Lubert, co-author of Judicial Conduct and Ethics, has suggested that Administrative Judge Eileen Biben should preside over Trump’s hush-money trial for two reasons. 1) To show proper respect for Trump as former president, and 2) because the optics of Merchan as judge in yet another Trump case look bad and risk further inflaming his supporters.
3. All prosecutions led by Democrats are inherently political
It don’t take no genius to know that half of America hates Trump—and most of them are Democrats. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is a Democrat. So is Fani Willis, the Fulton County DA investigating Trump for trying to influence the 2020 election results in Georgia. Another Democrat prosecuting Trump is New York Attorney General Letitia James, who heads up a $250 million civil fraud case against Trump, his three eldest children, and the Trump Organization.
Two remaining criminal investigations concern Trump’s handling of classified documents and his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Jack Smith, who heads both, is registered as an Independent. Does it matter that he was appointed by the Biden administration? It shouldn’t. But once again, those darned optics tell a different story.
What comes across in all these investigations is a sense that the Democrats are hellbent on getting Trump no matter what. They’re really angry that he defeated Hilary Clinton in 2016, depriving them of an Obama 2.0 administration with the potential to appoint three left-leaning Supreme Court justices.
And they believe Trump wouldn’t have won without Russia’s help. Dems don’t like his plain-speaking style, the way he connects with regular God-fearing Americans who love the country as much as he does.
As long as that historic Democratic disdain is present, it’s hard to convince a disinterested party like me that they’re not trying to keep him from regaining the Oval Office—by weaponizing the judicial system. And that ain’t right. It just ain’t right.
4. The Clintons are free
Bill Clinton could have been indicted in 2001 for making misleading statements about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. But he wasn’t. That’s because he finally admitted to lying under oath, paid a $25,000 fine and had his law license suspended for five years. But he wasn’t indicted.
Ask anyone who knows the truth if Hilary Clinton should be in jail, and they will give you a list of everything she’s done wrong. From the 33,000 deleted emails, to the Uranium One conspiracy theory, to using her position as Secretary of State to peddle influence and illegally enrich the coffers of the Clinton Foundation.
What they may not tell you is that two special prosecutors appointed during the Trump administration investigated all of these allegations and found nothing of substance. That is why both John Huber and Michael Horowitz failed to indict her after more than two years of investigations.
There’s a good chance that half the country either does not know this or does not remember it. But that don’t change a thing. Cause everybody knows deep down inside that Slick Willie and his wife are guilty.
Perception is reality
When it comes to a court of law, you need evidence. And there’s a very good chance at least one of the Trump investigations will provide it. But even if he is found guilty, he should not go to prison. Because it would destroy the country. Half the nation would never accept it.
Gerald Ford was right. It would be wrong to put the country through an ordeal from which it might never recover. Incarcerating a presidential candidate supported by 8 out of 10 Republicans would harm the nation.
If he does go to trial and is found guilty, the jury should consider his service to the nation as Commander-in-Chief. They should also recall how he created Operation Warp Speed to fast-track the Covid-19 vaccine, saving millions of lives in the process.
And in light of these things, they should sentence him to time already served in the nation’s highest office. Which, when you stop to think about it, is really a kind of prison of its own.
©2023 Andrew ‘Jazprose’ Hill
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