Donald Trump’s true crime.

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Paul GleiserDonald Trump's true crime.

Former president and current candidate Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges that are to be revealed upon his arraignment next week. It appears that he is being charged in New York state on what could only be classified as a violation of federal campaign finance laws.

If we are to believe the leaks and innuendoes, Trump had an affair some time ago with a porn star who goes by the stage name of Stormy Daniels. To keep that affair from becoming an issue during the 2016 presidential campaign, Michael Cohen, who was then Trump’s attorney, paid Ms. Daniels $130,000 in what the media is calling “hush money,” but what lawyers call a non-disclosure agreement. Trump is then alleged to have reimbursed Cohen and characterized that payment as a legal expense. From there you now have a first in American history felony indictment of a former president.

We don’t have space to enumerate the orders of magnitude worse behaviors of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s 2016 opponent. We don’t have time or space to fully flesh out the myriad ways the federal law enforcement establishment contorted itself beyond recognizability to avoid prosecuting Mrs. Clinton for what were clearly serious crimes.

Today we limit our discussion to Donald Trump’s real crime.

Winning the 2016 election.

Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton was nothing short of a cataclysm to the Washington, D.C. establishment. Trump summed it up in the opening stanzas of his inaugural address.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

Former president George W. Bush, whom I at one time vigorously defended in this space, left the inauguration saying, “That was some weird s##t.” Plain and simple, the convenient uniparty D.C. arrangement that has solidified over decades was threatened by Donald Trump, and the establishment wasn’t having it.

From that day forward, Trump has been under unrelenting siege. To defeat Trump – and by extension you for daring to believe that government serves at the pleasure of the citizens who pay for it – American law enforcement has been openly and unapologetically weaponized.

I’ll acknowledge that in many ways, Donald Trump has been his own worst enemy. Too often his behavior creates pointless and damaging distractions.

But give him credit. He called out for all to see that the powers that be in Washington have no vision of themselves as the servants our Constitution says they are. They clearly believe themselves to be overlords.

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7 Responses

  1. Linda M says:

    For far too long, WE, THE PEOPLE have had no real clear choice in who we elected as our President. For far too long, we have had to hold our noses and vote for the devil we knew. Neither were they who they claimed to be and they never kept their promises, just kicked the can on down the road until someone else came along. You heard jokes about politicians never keeping their promises, but somehow I never laughed because I never found it funny.
    Then along came Donald J. Trump!!! Someone who made promises to America and her citizens that sounded too good to be true. BUT, he was NOT a politician who had spent his life in office gnawing on that same wore out bone! He actually OFFERED us something that would help ALL Americans and not just a select few. I admit had my reservations about DJT but the more he spoke, the more I was willing to take a chance in voting for him. Long story short…he kept his promises despite the flack given him by Congress. Despite the back stabbing by those who should have helped him but instead betrayed him. DJT was able to SHOW the PEOPLE he really meant what he promised which is MORE than I can say for past Presidents!
    President Trump put America first and put the American people first! And I loved the fact that he put the fear in every democrat in Congress! This is why President Trump has been vilified by the left. He showed their flaws for the world to see. He showed those flaws for US to see. I voted for him twice and will again because in this point in time, we NEED someone who is for America and Americans FIRST!

    • Tammy Blair says:

      The choices are in the Primary. Too few people actually bother to vote in them. As a result, we get the same old incumbents and nothing changes.

      • Mike says:

        A huge part of “nothing changes” is no one like us can afford to mount a serious challenge to the same ole incumbents. Money rules the day on all fronts. It would take a vast number of resources just build a solid base of support such as offices, office machines, internet, phone, advertising, office supplies (paper, pens, ink, etc.), and people who have the time and dedication to put the work just to get one introduced to the electorate. I ran for office once and it blew my mind at how much effort it is to gain a local office never mind a State or National office.

  2. C M Solomon says:

    “I’ll acknowledge that in many ways, Donald Trump has been his own worst enemy. Too often his behavior creates pointless and damaging distractions.”

    Mr. Gleiser, this is possible ONLY if someone is mistakenly influenced by the self-corrupting, criminal agents of the Hate America First and Hate Trump Always Marxist Propaganda machine that spews their LIES constantly to the media airwaves. Those members of the informed Patriotic American population wisely recognize and totally dismiss these attacks as “Political Garbage” characterized as making a “mountain out of an inconsequential molehill”. Unfortunately, a large number of HOPELESSLY servile Americans can be deliberately misled by these attacks that can’t or won’t discern the “Wiles of the Devil”.

    “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

    Trump is NOT the target! Those of us who support and revere an American Nation founded on the Constitution and its principles as granted by our Creator ARE the targets! Trump simply stands between us and the jackals that will devour every scrap of Freedom and Liberty that stands in their way. Welcome to the embryonic founding of the new Banana Republic that the Communist Democrat Party and its Deep State collaborators have unleashed upon the Nation at large with impunity as orchestrated for over a decade. Do the States have any Sovereignty remaining at their disposal? God help us all!

  3. Richard Anderson says:

    Every CITIZEN who loves THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as Founded in 1776, must pause from their routine and call upon our federal elected officials in The U.S. House of Representatives and The U.S. Senate to DEMAND the immediate removal from office and disbarment of the rogue prosecutor Alvin Bragg.

    Mr. Bragg campaigned on and bragged about his mission before he became DA for Manhattan,NY, was to get Trump. That’s not just wrong, that’s EVIL. If this can happen to an innocent man.. President Donald J. Trump.. it can happen to YOU.

    What’s going on here is GESTAPO | KGB Stalinist behavior and simply cannot be allowed by We The People if our Constitutional Republic is to survive this “whole cloth” attack upon the RULE of LAW. The RULE of LAW since our founding 247 years ago, has been inextricably linked to President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, “Of, By, and For The People.” These words have, do, and must ALWAYS apply.

    Thus, any and all charges by this “politically weaponized” DA office in Manhattan, against the Forty-Fifth President — Donald J. Trump must be quashed and summarily dismissed.

    Make the phone, fax, email, and internet lines “figuratively melt down” to stop this ABOMINATION of justice against a former President and the leading candidate for President in 2024.

    God Bless The U.S.A. and President Trump. Pray for our Country, our 45th President, and our People.

  4. Tammy Blair says:

    Weaponized law isn’t new. I have witnessed it too often at the County level, where a properly elected judge had to take legal remedy to be seated, thereby denying the voters the candidate they chose. There are too many examples to give here, but trust me when I tell you that it’s common.

    This is what liberals do. They look for any reason to slow the process or thwart the will of the people. They then use/abuse the law to push their agenda. Add biased/activist judges to the mix and we have a royal mess on our hands.

    I truly believe that a large measure of election issues result from ignorance. Ignorance of the Primary process where the candidates for the general are chosen. Then there is ignorance of the election law and the election code used to administer it. It’s not that hard.

    If you want change, then volunteer to work elections, then go read the code and make sure it’s followed. You might be surprised at how many rules are ignored and/or broken.

  5. Buddy Saunders says:

    While it may be true that in some instances Pres. Donald Trump has been his own worst enemy, it is equally true that he has NEVER been OUR enemy–we the people who elected him and watched as he delivered on his countless promises. We, together with Pres. Donald Trump, face a common enemy– the elites in both political parties, the legacy media, academia, and deep pocket corporate donors. In the coming presidential election, the elites know they have much to lose, and so, too, do we.

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