The Hits Keep Coming: Trump’s Indictments – Former President Donald J. Trump is currently the center of multiple investigations into allegations of criminal behavior. Trump himself has already alerted the world via his social media app, Truth Social, that he is set to be arrested on Tuesday of this week for his alleged misuse of Trump Organization funds to pay $130,000 to the pornographic star, Stormy Daniels, in 2016.
Should Trump be indicted, as he has said he is about to be, then it might only be the first of many. The charges Trump faces in Manhattan are minor compared to what he’s dealing with in Washington, D.C., and Georgia.
Donald Trump Is Heading Into Uncharted Waters
Trump may quickly go from being the first indicted former president in history to the most indicted former president in history.
Perversely, this status empowers the former president as he claws his way forward in what will likely be a bruising Republican primary in 2024.
Trump’s big pitch is that he is a tribune of the people—and many Republican voters love that message. Just as he challenged the corrupt Clinton machine and the swamp creatures of the Deep State in 2016, Trump can cast himself as the (anti) hero of a great drama in which he represents the good guys and his opponent represent the bad guys.
And Trump’s enemies are playing right into this narrative. They are happy to oblige him because, as I’ve written previously, the Democrats believe that having Trump as their great enemy in 2024 will bring out a larger vote against Trump and for President Joe Biden. What the Democrats don’t understand is that, in their zeal to get their archenemy, Donald Trump, they are the ones tearing apart our institutions and constitutional order far more than anything Trump has done.
When Trump Does It, It’s Almost Always Considered Illegal
Presidents are not above the law. The fact that the presidency is inherently a political office implies that there must be a degree of care employed when handling criminal investigations of the presidency (or even past presidents). Presidents, past and present, have political followers who will be looking to undermine and impugn any possible investigation as nothing more than a political witch hunt.
In the case of Trump, he has the added benefit of being able to convince many people of the fact that the yearslong Democrat-led investigation into claims that Trump was a Russian spy was a complete falsehood. Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself refused to recommend criminal charges for the forty-fifth president because the charges were so thin. When nothing happened to Trump from a legal level, the American people were annoyed and believed Trump when he said the whole thing was a witch hunt. The same was true of the first impeachment of Donald Trump over his “perfect” phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy—and whatever you may think about that call, the fact remains that nothing happened to him (because Democrats could not prove illegality or impropriety).
He has survived every revved up legal scandal of his presidency, so many Americans do now believe that he is being targeted unfairly by corrupt elements of the permanent bureaucracy and their allies in media and the Democratic Party. The Democrats kept pushing because every little ding against the Trump presidency weakened him and it generated massive turnout from the Democratic Party’s base. Each investigation shored up Trump’s base and encouraged the Democrats to come out against Trump in every election since 2016.
Now, the Democrats prepare for the motherlode of not just investigations into Trump (which are a dime a dozen) but instead for the possibility of multiple indictments for multiple crimes.
Imagine if, by the time the General Election is underway in 2024, Trump (if he is the Republican nominee) ends up being a thrice-indicted individual. For Trump, he’d be fighting for his freedom and for Biden, he’d be fighting for one more chance at the presidency; his final campaign.
The Greatest (Scariest?) Show on Earth
It’d make for an epic struggle. Trump is reported “very anxious” about the legal ramifications of the Stormy Daniels trial. Yet, he is trying to goad the Republican base into flipping out about his potential indictment.
This will serve, he thinks, to goose his numbers in the coming election and to possibly make those judging him for his conduct be less harsh, for fear of the social unrest that may follow.
But two more possible indictments?
Let’s Just Shred the Constitution A Bit More for Sport, Shall We?!
Things are about to get very crazy over the next six months as the presidential election heats up. Trump began his political career as an unconventional candidate in 2016. He then governed an unpredictable president. In defeat in 2020, he was totally unhinged.
Now, going into the 2024 election, Trump is out for blood—and to save himself from whatever legal ramifications he may have to face for his actions over the last several years (whether those charges are accurate or exaggerated for political impact, the fact remains Trump will be fighting with a ferocity and desperation we’ve likely not seen before).
As the Democrats seek to politically annihilate Trump and the forty-fifth president yearns to avenge himself upon those he believed wronged him, the constitution and our once respected institutions continue being shredded in this interplay. George Washington was correct: political parties will be the death of our once great republic.
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Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who serves as a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive.com. Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower(Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.