Allegations against Trump are mounting

B. Jay Cooper
3 min readAug 15, 2023

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…



B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: