Four indictments in four months. Enough, Donald John Trump says, to win him the presidential election.
Interestingly, so far the indictments have only helped him in the race to be the 2024 Republican candidate. There seems nothing that affects adversely his standing with his base.
If you read the indictments, it boggles your mind that anyone can believe he should be the Republican candidate let alone be elected or serve again as president.
The latest and broadest indictment, in Georgia, presents some differences from the others:
- It’s a state indictment so if convicted and if elected, Trump cannot pardon himself. Presidents have no authority over such a state action.
- It charges Trump and 18 others, accusing them of racketeering and conspiracy to commit a crime.
- It will be televised, thus, among other things, interesting to see how Trump handles himself in front of a judge when his freedom is at stake. Can he resist his seemingly uncontrollable urges in a court of law?
- It opens the door for a multitude of people — those charged and those, so far, not charged — to “flip” on him with the prosecutors.
- It may just offer Trump the opportunity to achieve what seemed a lifelong goal: to be a mob boss.
I say that last point only partly in jest. Trump has performed as a mob boss on many levels — publicly calling anyone who doesn’t support him 100 percent a bum, liar and worse. Even cabinet members and a vice president that he chose and praised when he did.
Indeed, the mafia’s motto is “omerta” an extreme form of loyalty in the face of authority.
No matter what he is charged with there seems a chunk of voters who back him without hesitation and with great enthusiasm (less than a majority of the Republican Party but enough to win him the nomination especially with too many candidates against him who can split up the anti-Trump vote).
One also should note that from the Congressional investigation into Jan. 6 through Georgia’s indictment yesterday, all of the damaging testimony is from Republicans. This is not a Democratic plot, despite what Trump supporters have been brainwashed to believe.
On top of that, show me an elected Republican at almost any level in law enforcement who would take on Trump.