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August 17, 2023

The following opinions reflect two very distinct fates of former President of the US, Donald J. Trump. Petronella Wyatt, British Journalist claims that based on her understanding of American People, that Trump will be moving back to the White House in January of 2025. With a condescend British nobility sense, she blamed the poor grassroot Americans are still in bed with the “American Dream.” But in her reality the US is now dominated by the riches! So, Trump will be re-elected because he has the money to buy votes.

On the other hand, Brian Karem decaled that the wait is over: Trump and his gangs will be convicted: they are going to jail. The falling of Trump is attributable to his money and how he abused the privileges of being rich. Trump is the godfather; he and his gangs are all being charged. They will be locked up and the US will return to normal again.

But the US is a model nation of “law and order:” the next president will be elected by voters in November 2024, whether anyone goes to jail or not will be decided by the US courts (all the way up to the Supreme Court.)

The real challenges to the foundation of the US nation are three folds:

  1. The date for general election by public votes is fixed by the Constitution. Currently, leading candidates from both major parties are unpopular. There is no chance for any third party or independent candidate.
  2. The legal cases at courts have no specific time limits for a final judgement. How the voters will be impacted by the courts’ initial judgments before the vote? How the court final judgment will be impacted by the voters’ decision?
  3. Taking notes of the 2021 January 6th violent protesting the 2020 election, how the government can assure the public that the election in 2024 will be legitimate?

I know how Americans think – and they’ll make Trump president again

Petronella Wyatt Opinion

Thu, August 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM PDT

I have awaited Donald Trump’s return with mixed feelings. As I complained in a previous column, he still owes me the £20 I lent him for a taxi when he was in London pre his White House sojourn. The man’s a thief and he should be in jail.

Actually, there is nothing in the Constitution to stop a convicted felon from becoming president. In 1920, Eugene V Deb ran for the White House while imprisoned in the Atlanta State Penitentiary for sedition. It was an unsuccessful campaign, largely because Deb was a socialist, which is more of a crime in America than encouraging your supporters to run amok in government buildings. There are surprisingly few barriers to becoming president, as Mr Trump’s career continues to illustrate.

In fact he’s a walking lesson on the Constitution and how ridiculous it has become. A candidate need only be over 35, a “natural born” citizen, and have lived in the US for 14 years.

But the Founding Fathers never foresaw anyone like Donald Trump. I’m weary at the thought of having to think of new names to call him. The Mango Mussolini? The Tangerine Tantrum Thrower? I will bet you all the money he owes me that Trump will become president again.

I’ve lived in America and I know how they think. Where the grass grows high and horned cattle roam the pastures, his words are regarded as occult wisdom.

These sorts of people, who once wore overalls and hickory shirts, loathe conventional career politicians because they think they’re laughing at them. In their presence, the average American feels uneasy. But Trump makes John and Jane Doe feel enfranchised, powerful even.

The Democrats, and many Republicans, have only themselves to blame. They’ve trampled all over the American Dream. You probably think the American Dream is about the nuclear family, a bi-annual Elk Lodge dinner and a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn. Think again. It’s about being an ageing, skanky tycoon who gets to marry a hottie and feel up pneumatic 27-year-olds at the same time. Just ask any biographer of Louis B Mayer.

Of course, a bunch of Americans, primarily from California, will keep reminding us how sacred the Constitution is and how their country is the moral utopia of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, when it’s really the most sex-obsessed, plutocratic nation in history. For every Jimmy Stewart, there are seven Donald Trumps.

Folks, the wait was worth it: Donald Trump is going to prison

Brian Karem

Thu, August 17, 2023 at 6:33 AM PDT

Finally. Donald Trump’s depravities are laid bare for all to see in a court of law.

With the latest felony indictments handed down by a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury, former president Donald John Trump is accused of leading the “Fulton 19” — a loose assemblage of accused criminals also known as “The Enterprise” who face charges of trying to rig the 2020 election in Georgia.

Specifically, the “Enterprise” is accused of forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, filing false documents, influencing witnesses, conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to defraud the state, impersonating a public officer and a host of other charges.

Buried deep in the 96-page indictment are some of the most disturbing accusations ever leveled at a president.

How low did Don the Con go? Pay attention, all you Christians: Trump is accused of using a pastor to intimidate witnesses.

Stephen Cliffgard Lee is accused of knocking on Ruby Freeman’s door, frightening her and causing her to call 911 three times. Lee appeared at the election worker’s door roughly two weeks after Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, were falsely accused by Trump of pulling fake ballots from suitcases in Georgia, with Trump suggesting they committed election fraud. Lee is on videotape (from a police officer body cam) saying that he wanted to speak with Freeman because he had some “pro-bono” services to offer her and he was “also working with some folks who are trying to help Ruby out — and also get to the truth of what’s going on.”

Lee is a former police chaplain and pastor from Chicago within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod denomination. He is specifically charged with “attempting to influence witnesses and conspiring to solicit false statements and writings.” He is also accused of traveling from outside of the state to “intimidate [Freeman], and solicit her to falsely confess to election crimes that she did not commit.”

While you try to wrap your head around a pastor bearing false witness against his neighbor (a violation of the Ninth Commandment, remember?) here’s a question: What do you call a hundred lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

A good start? Trump’s latest legal team? What?

The shocking thing about Trump’s latest indictment is not how depraved he is, but how easily he manipulated others into helping him — those who had little or nothing to gain and everything to lose.

His debauchery can be summed up in a statement Trump made himself, referenced on Page 18, section five of the Fulton County grand jury indictment: “In one instance, Donald Trump stated to the Acting United States Attorney General, ‘Just say that the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.'”

It’s not just Republican congressmen who are accused of helping him out, or your stray pastor. According to the indictment, Trump corrupted quite a few attorneys. Lawyers are usually bound by ethics, but about half a dozen of them who served Trump will probably be bound over for trial.

One person who knows well what can happen to lawyers serving Trump is his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. He says every single one of the “Fulton 19” should beware of the Donald. “Trump is setting up all of the co-indicted individuals for the bigly fall, including Rudy,” Cohen said. “Donald will not help out any of them financially, claiming that it might be considered improper for him or his PAC to pay their legal fees, as he too is a named defendant.”

Jenna Ellis is apparently the first to fall. She has said nice things about Ron DeSantis, which earned her a quick trip under the bus. She appeared with Rudy Giuliani at a Dec. 3, 2020, hearing hosted by state Republican lawmakers at the Georgia Capitol, during which false allegations of election fraud were made. She also wrote at least two legal memos to Trump and his attorneys advising that Pence should “disregard certified electoral college votes from Georgia and other purportedly ‘contested’ states” when Congress met to certify the election results on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors have said.

And what does she get for that effort? No loyalty from Trump. Ellis’ attorney, Mike Melito, has apparently set up an online donations account to pay her legal expenses.

Rudy Giuliani is in trouble. Not only will he likely never practice law again, but he’s facing ever-increasing legal expenses that could ultimately cleave him from the Trump fold. How long will it be until he flips on his “good friend” Donald Trump?

Another ethically challenged attorney wrapped up in this is John Eastman, literally the former dean of Chapman University law school in Southern California. Eastman retired from the Chapman faculty after he created worldwide controversy by speaking at the Trump rally that directly preceded the violent Jan. 6 insurrection. 

Sidney Powell, also named in the indictment, is not just an ethically challenged attorney, but someone who even members of Trump’s administration thought was a “nut” untethered to reality.

Then there’s attorney Kenneth Chesebro. He apparently worked on the coordination and execution of a plan to have 16 Georgia Republicans sign a certificate declaring falsely that Trump had won and declaring themselves the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors.

And let’s not forget Jeffrey Clark, the man pulled from his house in his underwear. A Justice Department official who championed Trump’s false claims of election fraud, Clark tried to get Trump to appoint him as acting attorney general, and presented colleagues with a draft letter pushing Georgia officials to convene a special legislative session that could flip the state’s electors to Trump.

Pulling up the rear is Ray Smith, a Georgia-based lawyer involved in multiple lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election. He’s right there with Robert Cheeley, also a Georgia lawyer, who presented video clips to legislators that falsely alleged election workers at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta had counted votes two or three times. 

So we have the former dean of a law school and a bunch of highly qualified attorneys, some of them high-ranking officials with decades of experience. Now they all face prison time, in addition to never being able to practice law again. What happened to ethics in that profession?

Finally, there’s the already disgraced former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Elected to Congress as a Tea Partier, Meadows was  a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and was one of Trump’s closest allies. On Dec. 14, 2021, he was held in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 select committee.

Remember, Donnie only hires “the best” people. 

Trump also told us in a tweet (remember those?) back on Nov. 8, 2013: “Leadership: whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.” Of course, in answering one of my questions in the Rose Garden as president, Trump  infamously said, “I take no responsibility.” He’s about to be forced to accept responsibility for his actions as president — living up to his own words, and likely eating them. 

The indictment in Georgia is a sledgehammer blow to Donald Trump’s solipsistic and fictional reality, where he’s the good guy and the rest of the political world is out to get him by conducting a mythical witch hunt complete with ogres, monsters from the underworld, vampires and lycanthropes. Turns out the only beast in the woods is Donald — and he corrupted at least 18 named co-conspirators.

The Fulton County case brought by Fani Willis also fits hand in glove with the recent Jan. 6 case brought by special counsel Jack “Coach Beard” Smith. That case is streamlined and ready to go to trial quickly, and will probably be the first of Trump’s four criminal cases to do so. But remember, that one will be in a courtroom without cameras. The Georgia case, if it really goes to trial next March (as Willis has proposed), is far more comprehensive and complex — and will be seen in living color on television screens across the globe. 

For everyone who complained the investigation was taking too long — and for the record, I wasn’t one of them — I can only say the wait was worth it. Donald Trump has now been charged in four different jurisdictions and faces 91 felony counts, with more to come.

That is his future. 

According to Trump, without him we’re all going to hell. Marjorie Taylor Greene calls us a “banana republic” for holding Trump accountable for his crimes. The mean-girl clique in Congress, which features the likes of Jim Jordan, Josh Hawley and Lauren Boebert, paint us as a nation in decline — heading toward hellfire without the trusty Trump to guide us to safety. The Don himself talks endlessly about how sick we are, how stupid we are, how corrupt we are, how hopeless we’ve become.

But Donald Trump is the one who faces 91 felony charges. Donald Trump is the one now facing trial for violating Georgia’s racketeering laws, hoarding classified documents, leading an insurrection and making questionable business deals. 

The future is clear for those who can see.

Donald Trump will never be president again. He will likely be in prison this time next year — and the future after that is wide open. 

The stage is set. Let the dance commence. 

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