Trump’s a convicted felon. Now what?

B. Jay Cooper
2 min readJun 3, 2024

As much as many who oppose former President Donald Trump would like to see him behind bars, he should not be sent to prison in the hush money trial.

His crimes aren’t violent, he is old, much as he doesn’t like to admit it (who does?) and most who commit the crime he did, don’t go to jail.

Notwithstanding that two who were charged associated with his crimes did and are doing time — Michael Cohen and Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s CFO.

And, much as Trump also does not want to go to prison — despite his bravado saying he would go — it likely only solidifies more (if that’s possible) the love his core supporters have for him.

That’s the legal and political analysis.

Well, most of it,

First, it’s way too early to know what’s going to happen on November 5. There are wars going on, our borders leak, there are debates to be held and there are weeks of ups and downs coming for both Trump and President Joe Biden.

There’s Biden’s son’s trial, but that should have no impact on the election. It’s Hunter on trial, not his dad.

And, whatever the outcome in that trial, whatever the jury says goes — just as it was in Trump’s trial. That’s our system. And it’s worked far more than it’s failed in our history.

Should Trump have been charged in this case? Well, others were, so I guess he should have been too. You can call it flimsy, call it shaky, but…



B. Jay Cooper

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