Trump is a cancer in American politics


Richard Nixon’s presidency was a cancer in our “body politic”, which thanks to his Oval Office tapes and John Dean’s willingness to testify – regarding the Watergate burglary – has not metastasized. Donald Trump’s body politic cancer has metastasized. Although we have the equivalent of the Watergate tapes, unless prosecutors step in and indict Trump soon, there doesn’t seem to be any John Dean behind the scenes or treatment, other than indictments , which can stop the spread of the disease. .

The equivalent of the Watergate Tapes includes its checked in call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his published written statement stating that then-Vice President Mike Pence had the power to void the 2020 election. On Raffensperger’s call, he said, “Guys, give me a break. I just want you to find 11,780 votes. In his recent written statement, he said former Veep Pence could have “cancelled the election.” These two obviously false are the equivalent of the Nixon Tapes. Trump knew he had lost Georgia, a fact stated by Raffensperger on the call. As a former President of the United States, he knew or should have known that under the Constitution, the role of the electoral college of the vice-president is purely ministerial.

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s recent statement that “President Trump is wrong…I had no right to void the election” was the truth, a year late. However, neither Pence nor any other member of Trump’s inner circle will become the equivalent of John Dean.

If you doubt the disease has metastasized, consider that the Republican National Committee censured Republican Senator Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger for serving on the Jan. 6 Committee investigating the insurgency, while calling the attack on the Capitol of “legitimate political speech”. If you doubt the folly, Trump says that if Pence had the power to void the 2020 election, Vice President Harris has the same power to void the 2024 election.

While I expect the January 6 Committee to piece together the pieces of Trump’s coup attempt for the public, it cannot treat the disease that has infected our politics. The Committee can only recommend indictments. (Remember, Trump survived the Mueller report and two impeachments thanks to unwavering Republican support.)

Indicting Trump for his crimes would be curative. This can be done in Georgia, New York, the District of Columbia, and by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Trump violated three Georgia criminal laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, prohibition on solicitation to commit fraud, and interference with the duties of an election official. The first two are misdemeanors. In Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis can file the indictment.

In New York, Attorney General Letitia James is investigating Trump and his family business for financial crimes. In Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine is investigating the criminal implications of Trump’s role in the January 6 uprising.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is key to removing Trumpism from our body politic. The insurrection and coup attempt were, and continue to be, against our democracy. Federal law 18 U.S.C. section 2383 states: “Anyone who incites, aids, or engages in an insurrection against the authority of the United States or its laws, or aids or abets therein, shall be liable to fine and be liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, and will be unable to hold office in the United States. The nation’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, shouldn’t wait to bring that indictment and prosecute Trump. Nor should he wait to sue him for violating the Presidential Records Act.

The law makes it a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison, for the removal of public documents from the White House. Trump took 15 boxes of presidential records with him to Mar-a-Lago, some of which were marked “top secret.” Of course, it’s the same thing he accused Hillary Clinton of doing through his “emails” in 2016, which led to chants of “locking him up” at his rallies.

I realize that the legal process takes time. However, given what exists in in plain sight, prosecutors awaiting the results of the January 6 commission are making a huge mistake. Trump is a sick and deceived man. In Houston, he blew the racist ‘dog whistle’ as he called state and DC prosecutors, who are all Black, “racist”. He then called on his crowd of virtually all-white supporters to lead the “biggest protests we’ve ever had in Atlanta, New York and DC,” if they dared to charge him. Sound familiar?

He also granted pardons (for witness tampering and obstruction of justice) to those under investigation for the January 6 insurrection, which is exactly what he did with Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.

We have two antidotes to this political disease: vote for the Democrats anyway and sue Trump. Even assuming Democrats could retain control of Congress in 2022, we really can’t afford to wait to respond to Trumpism. Cancer without treatment spreads. We live in unprecedented times where a former President of the United States and his supporters seek to overthrow our democracy. Without charges for the foreseeable future, Trumpism will continue to permeate American politics.


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