As Trump testifies today in his New York civil fraud trial, he reminds us that an innocent defendant acts differently than a corrupt and arrogant man who believes the law does not apply to him
A photo says a thousand words. I see DJT's reckless intention to incite his MAGA-CULT and to over-throw the government as we know it - all so he can stay in the lime-light, defraud the American people, have charges against him dropped, and regain the most powerful position on the globe; his aim is to seek retribution on anyone who has defied him. He aims to topple our Democracy by destroying our institutions and by controlling the narrative that the American people hear, as happens in North Korea.
We no longer have a two-party system. We have the Democrats and an ongoing Republican coup. DJT depends on superficial and sensationalized social media algorithms to amplify his lies; Russian cyber warfare is all over this.
Thank you, Steven, for your commitment to preserving our Democracy. May our justice system prevail. May DJT be exposed and found guilty. He must be held accountable for his crimes against America. We need to pick up the flag and move on as a nation.
I don't think I'll ever understand how people look to this immoral man, with obvious violent tendencies, who holds grudges against everyone who doesn't pledge complete fealty to him, and think he's going to do anything at all positive for them or the country. If the authoritarian MAGA party ever gets power, many of these people who just "love" trump are going to be unpleasantly surprised by just how much he "cares."
Morning Steven, our 501c3, called Ci4Mission, a conservative education platform has published a survey asking the electorate their hopes for the outcome of Trumps indictments. Link to survey : https://cis4mission.org/trump-legal-woes : it's anon, although uses can register to get updates. WE provide a personalized result on submission (how do you compare to others like you) and a link to all the results. which are updated daily. The (D) side of the electorate's hopes are as you would expect. Interesting that progressives want him in jail more than independents who want a (D) landslide if he runs. MAGA are convinced its a witch hunt. Independent, lean (R) and Conservatives have surprised us in their results. We have a lot to do, especially to triage the data into the swing states where the swing vote has so much more impact. I do not agree with yesterdays poll by the NY Times. I suspect they have a skewed sample and are missing the two groups we have identified, Republicans against Trump. We will be following the felony cases closely, and trending the voter sentiment as the facts come out, media published judges and juries decisions, and fewer pundit's speculations and cries of a Biden effort witch hunt etc. etc.
Steven, your final sentence made me pause and wonder what repairing the damages he has inflicted on our Democracy would look like, or if it is even possible. So much of the damage he has inflicted on our country, has not been laws, but the values, morals, and norms that have bound us together as Americans. It seems that every day he continues his campaign of chaos, we become more broken and the path forward to save our Democracy is less clear.
Yes, I would like to see him held accountable under the law, but most importantly for me, is that our Democracy withstands the chaos and becomes stronger. I will not believe I'm alone in feeling this way. As you say, "even if the repair of damages inflicted on our justice and democratic systems still require decades of work."
Every accusation is projection of his own actions. Every rant is an admission of guilt. Every personal attack a revelation of his underlying insecurity. Every diatribe a purposeful distraction and cover up. Every excuse is a bold faced lie. Malignant narcissistic bullies like Trump need to be smacked in the face twice as hard as they give. It is the only message they might understand.
Yet, the media and others treat him with deference. Why? They have no courage of conviction and are afraid to speak and report the truth. Why no courage? Fear of losing their jobs or money or being harassed and intimidated.
In the swamp of TrumpMind, the frogs don't go "ribbit, ribbit, ribbit." They go "rig-ged, rig-ged, rig-ged."
Remember, the Russian investigation was not a hoax and the Mueller report did not exonerate Trump despite the dishonest pronouncements of Bill Barr.
I am not at all alarmed that Trump is acting like a cornered coward - I am beyond disturbed that he is LEADING in the swing states. Who cares that Biden is old? I care that Trump and the GQP are insane. Obama is not helping the democrats by his stance on Israel and although Biden was strong, it isn't enough to move American Jews to switch parties. They still believe that the GQP will support Israel more than the Dems will. The is a HUGE problem. But that Trump is still considered a viable candidate given his obvious criminality beggars belief. The conservative news won't stop with Biden's age - Trump is only 3 years younger and 100% less competent than Biden is. Make it make sense!
We need a director, a producer and an independent film crew. Because maybe we’d get through to some of his less depraved supporters that he’s even stupider than we know he is.
He could use a good ridiculing. I don’t know if that’s even grammatically correct but my goodness Colbert, Kimmel and Seth Meyers shouldn’t have to do all the heavy lifting.
And ridicule some of his interviewers while they’re at it.
Yes, Steven, Trump's nonsensical, non-existent, exonerating "report" is laughable. Except, I can't find much to laugh at in light of recent polls showing Trump leading Biden. (I know, I know...polls. But still, absolutely horrifying in this land of the Electoral College, etc. These numbers beggar belief.)
Steven, I appreciate your succinct summary of the current state of affairs in the relentless turmoil surrounding Trump.
The article you’ve provided paints a vivid and unsettling tableau of a tumultuous legal saga, orbiting a former President who appears as defiant as he is besieged. Your description captures not just the narrative of legal battles, but the deeper fabric of societal and political theatrics that these battles are enmeshed within.
It is a poignant reflection on the interplay between law, power, and public persona, where the courtroom becomes an extension of the political battleground, and the stakes are as much about the safeguarding of democratic principles as they are about individual accountability. The article is a reminder that the health of a democracy can often be gauged by the actions of its leaders, the integrity of its institutions, and the vigilance of its citizens.
In moments such as these, where proceedings are cast under the public eye, there is an opportunity for the citizenry to engage in a collective moment of learning, to understand the mechanisms of justice, and to reflect on the values that underpin their society. While the spectacle may captivate and, at times, entertain, it is the pursuit of truth and the application of law without favor that will leave a lasting imprint on the canvas of history.
Your call for transparency and the hope for a ‘collective understanding’ is a powerful invocation for a more informed and conscientious public discourse. Whether in the courtroom or the court of public opinion, the ultimate verdict rendered by history will hinge on our collective commitment to justice and the tireless quest for truth.
"As former prosecutor and legal analyst Andrew Weissmann wryly put it, the canceled presser was no 'shocker.' Rather, 'The only shock is he listened to his lawyers this time.'” Love Andrew Weissmann! Interesting that the orange sadist used these words at all, let alone in one sentence: "moral", "ethics", and "decency". I didn't know that he knew those words.
“…Judge Engoron: Trump should be admonished before he testifies that “this is not a political campaign…This is a judicial proceeding.””
I am SO Hopeful that Engoron will continue to keep these proceedings away from anything that would validate “Phlegms” persistent “I’m the victim here” agenda.
Trump siphons all the good oxygen out of every living moment. In a not-so-abstract way, Trump is getting exactly what he craves: undivided attention. He hogs a huge amount of media space, both in print and in broadcast. Those who persist in following and supporting Trump are blind to his tyranny and his terror. That Trump has promised to attack his detractors and enemies and incarcerate them if elected should be sending chills down the spine of our nation. Those who may think "not possible" should take another look. Then another. And, then, another.
Unfortunatly 50% of the country has no idea what you are talking about. That is the challenge. How to get your message to his followers? Ads on Fox and NewsMax? Until they hear you nothing will help expose the bombastic crook
Alas we all know where this is headed. He will appeal and appeal up to the Supreme Court.