The First Of Many

The big story of the week just passed is without a doubt Thursday’s indictment of Donald Trump. That day was also opening day of the 2023 MLB season and my Tampa Bay Rays won 4-0. Strange juxtaposition? I’ll tie them together one more time in the last paragraph.

One of the few good things about the Trump era is that most Americans are learning about civics. The indictment was issued and, as is common practice, is sealed until it is opened at Trump’s arraignment. As of this writing it appears he will surrender to authorities on Tuesday. He will be arraigned at which point it is expected he will plead not guilty. The surrender will include, among other procedures, the taking of a DNA sample. Stick a pin in that one with relation to other cases and possible potential ones.

All the outcries from the right-wing nutcases make me laugh. At this point none of them know the specifics of the indictment. I expect several counts (rumors are above 30). Specifically, what they are and what, if any, interdependence they have is huge. The smart people – that excludes almost all talking head Trump defenders – will be looking for those facts. It reminds me of the old legal adage ending in “pound the table”.

As an aside, am I the only one who sees irony in the fact that the self-proclaimed law and order candidate for the presidency is now the only ex-president to be criminally indicted? Keep in mind that the likely charges this indictment will bring are child’s play compared to the potential charges pending investigations could (and in my opinion will) bring.

Trump defenders, including at least one prominent Fox News host, are threatening and/or advocating for a violent response to the as yet unknown charges claiming they are part of a left-wing witch hunt paid for by George Soros. Their response has largely to threaten another civil war. (Where have we heard that before?)

It may be a shortcoming in my background, but am I the only one having a problem reconciling defending those who shouted, “Hang Mike Pence,” at the Capital on January 6th as not overreaching; but portraying those indicting Trump as overreaching? Peaceful protest is reprehensible but threatening or participating in an armed insurrection is patriotic? I can’t quite get my head around that!

I will make a not so bold prediction: this will neither be the last criminal indictment of Trump nor the last win for the Rays.

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