The Trump Indictment

Caricature of Donald Trump
Credit: DonkeyHotey CC BY-SA 2.0

I do not have much to say about the indictment of former President Donald Trump, except that in a healthier political climate, the indictment, or even the affidavit in support of the search warrant earlier in the investigation, would spell the end of Trump’s political career. The fundamental problem is that Republican officeholders who know that Trump is poison are unwilling to risk losing their next elections, and they are afraid of the Republican base. So they refuse to repudiate him, they actively cheerlead for him, or they try to have it both ways. Or they participate in what appear to be cryptic calls for political violence, if not now then soon:

There are a lot of crazy people in the Republican Party. There are a lot of crazy people in the Democratic Party, and a lot of crazy people in America in neither party. The difference is that for a long time, the crazy people have been running the Republican Party, or at least scaring the political bejeezus out of the people who are running the Republican Party and bending them to their will. What we really need are brave Republicans like Liz Cheney, people who see what is going on and are willing to lose to prevent it. What we don’t need are people who are unwilling to take political risks and who still think, after four years of Senator Lindsay Graham’s self-abasement, that they can steer or control Trump.

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