🇺🇸 Trump's Triple

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Trump’s Triple

On Tuesday, Donald Trump was indicted for his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election. This is the third time in four months that he has been criminally charged. His campaign to retake the presidency remains underway.

Reporting from the Right: Trump indicted on charges out of Special Counsel probe into Jan. 6 (FOX News)

Reporting from the Left: Why Trump’s latest indictment will reverberate for years to come (CNN)

From The Flag: The 45-page indictment charges Trump with four counts of conspiring to defraud the US by preventing Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory and deprive voters of their right to a fair election. Here’s how both sides are responding.


This Is Political

  • This indictment is a preemptive strike and a warning shot to any Republican who may challenge the outcome of the 2024 election.

  • Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6 was disgraceful, but there is no evidence tying Trump to the actions of those who planned the attack.

  • The indictment seeks to criminalize political dissent and is punishing the millions who voted for Trump, warning them not to do it again.

The Trump Indictment Criminalizes Political Dissent Daniel Greenfield, Front Page Magazine: “The Jan 6 indictment contends that Trump’s election challenges were a crime. What does this latest indictment offer that the previous indictments did not? This one is designed to intimidate any Republicans who might seek to challenge the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. Unsatisfied with indicting the leading GOP primary candidate in order to rig the election, Democrats are criminalizing political opposition before and after the upcoming election. The indictment reads more like a Washington Post editorial with its contention that Trump was ‘determined to remain in power’ and so ‘spread lies’ that there had been fraud to ‘create an intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the election.’ If contending that a presidential election was stolen is illegal, where is Al Gore’s indictment? No Democrats have ever been charged for claiming that Bush was elected by hanging chads, for challenging his election both times in Congress…”

Another Troubling Trump Indictment The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal: “There is no evidence tying Mr. Trump to the Oath Keepers or Proud Boys who planned to, and did, breach the U.S. Capitol that day. That was the worst offense against democracy, and more than 1,000 people have been prosecuted in connection with it. Yet the indictment offers no new evidence to establish a connection between the riot and Mr. Trump beyond his well-known tweets and public statements. Surely Mr. Smith would have added this to his conspiracy charges if he had found such evidence. Mr. Trump is also not charged with encouraging an ‘insurrection,’ which is the word and charge leveled by the press corps and Democrats. Instead the indictment charges one obstruction and three conspiracy counts related to what it claims was a broad effort to overturn the 2020 election based on ‘dishonesty, fraud, and deceit.’”

One more opinion piece from the Right: DOJ Indictment Of Trump Is A Declaration Of War Against American Voters John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist


This Is Not Political, It’s About Accountability

  • Of all the cases against Trump, this is the case. Special Counsel Jack Smith has sounded the call, but voters must answer it if they wish to preserve American democracy.

  • Jack Smith has put together a well-structured and thorough framework that will allow prosecutors to put forth a compelling case.

  • The consequences of this case cannot be understated, and the stakes are much higher compared to the other indictments Trump is facing.

This Is the Case Tom Nichols, The Atlantic: “The charges, from Manhattan to Mar-a-Lago, include business fraud, the illegal retention of classified material, and the destruction of evidence. All of these accusations, however, pale in importance next to the indictment handed down today. Trump is accused of multiple conspiracies against the United States, all designed to keep him in power against the will of the voters and in violation of the Constitution. … Trump’s record of ‘lawlessness and depravity’ means nothing to Republicans. But other Republicans now, more than ever, face a moment of truth. They must decide if they are partisans or patriots. They can no longer claim to be both. every American citizen who cares about the Constitution should affirm, without hesitation, that any form of association with Trump is reprehensible, that each of us will draw moral conclusions about anyone who continues to support him, and that these conclusions will guide both our political and our personal choices.”

What Makes Jack Smith’s New Trump Indictment So Smart Randall D. Eliason, The New York Times: “This is the indictment that those who were horrified by the events of Jan. 6, 2021, have been waiting for. The catalog of misdeeds that Donald Trump is accused of is extensive… But this case — a sitting U.S. president’s assault on democracy — is by far the most consequential. And from the looks of this indictment, the prosecution’s case is going to be thorough and relentless. The charging decisions in the indictment reflect smart lawyering by the special counsel Jack Smith and his team. The beauty of this indictment is that it provides three legal frameworks that prosecutors can use to tell the same fulsome story. It will allow prosecutors to put on a compelling case that will hold Mr. Trump fully accountable for the multipronged effort to overturn the election. At the same time, it avoids legal and political pitfalls that could have delayed or derailed the prosecution.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: The enormous stakes of Trump’s third indictment Michael Gerhardt, CNN


America Says Trump Shouldn’t Serve if Convicted

While the charges have just been released, various surveys and polling from earlier this year reveal how the American public views the circumstances surrounding Trump’s actions.

An AP-NORC poll in April asked about Trump's role in the events of Jan. 6. 49% of respondents said Trump did something illegal, 19% said his conduct was unethical but not illegal, and 20% said he didn't do anything illegal.

A Yahoo-YouGov online poll conducted in late May found that 62% of American adults believe Trump should not be allowed to serve if convicted of a serious crime, while 23% said he should be (NBC News).

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