Three indictments deeper and Trump's most egregious crimes still sit in the shadows, never to be disinfected in the shining light of justice. The president is above the law. Not in theory, but in practice. Where he sits right now is a feat of Trump's dedication to unlawful self-interest. So far he has been hit with four indictments. Let's explore them from their most benign to their most egregious and then compare them to Trump's most egregious acts while in office. Although crime is prosecutable fascism is not. But it should be.
Trump's first indictment is barely even a crime compared to his standard repertoire. Trump was indicted on March 30, 2023 for falsifying business records for the purposes of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels for an alleged sexual tryst the two shared while the president was still married. The falsification of business records in the first degree has resulted in 34 felony counts in the State of New York. The payoff was done in a manner that constituted an illegal contribution to Trump's campaign raising the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony count. This was the first indictment Trump received and seems almost comical in its microscopic size. This is a president who was indicted twice and never had a week without a scandal Yet in an Al Capone-esque manner is being caught for tax-evasion or in this case a porn star payoff.
Moving up the ladder is the theft of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. Going from a hush money scandal involving a porn star to potentially light treason is a canyon of difference. Trump's inane stupidity and endless arrogance allowed him the mental freedom to steal 102 documents with classified markings in his post-presidency clarity. The former president was charged with 32 felony counts of willful retention of national defense information in violation of the Espionage Act, 6 felony counts of obstruction-related crimes under 18 U.S.C. § 1512 and 18 U.S.C. § 1519 and 2 felony counts of false statements under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. It is inherently and obviously a crime to steal classified information linked to national security. These specific stolen documents contained information on foreign military capabilities, military activities, and nuclear weapons. The question that remains unsolved yet can be very heavily hinted at is why? For what purpose would you steal these highly military related classified documents. If it was a member of the military or intelligence community, the speculation could only veer two ways. Either personal profit by colluding with a foreign power or a secret ideological collusion followed by a defection to a foreign power. The odds of Trump holding a secret anything let alone an ideological set of principles is laughable. This leaves the glaringly obvious reason of personal financial profit. But only allegedly.
Finally, we have the cherry on top of the Trump administration. The event that has overshadowed his past crimes as the most openly fascist political demonstration in American history. The insurrection on January 6th was born, bred, and shepherded by the former president. He gave a riveting speech to incite the incident ending it with:
"And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans, for our movement, for our children, and for our beloved country. And I say this despite all that's happened. The best is yet to come. So we're going to, we're going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we're going to the Capitol, and we're going to try and give. The Democrats are hopeless — they never vote for anything. Not even one vote. But we're going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help. We're going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let's walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God Bless America. Thank you all for being here. This is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you." -- Donald Trump
Directly stating to his supporters to walk to the Capitol to fight like hell against the Democrats who he accused of stealing the election. This has landed Trump 2 felony counts of obstructing an official proceeding under 18 U.S.C. § 1512, 1 felony count of conspiracy to defraud the United States under 18 U.S.C. § 1512, 1 felony count of conspiracy rights under 18 U.S.C. § 241, and shockingly 0 felony charges for sedition. This was the most brazen attempt in American history to overturn an election using force. A move done only by autocrats with the intent to destroy democracies. Had January 6th gone as he'd imagined, he would be dictator. In the US, this equates to 4 felony counts.
Despite these three indictments, Trump has committed crimes that should have gotten him kicked out of office and locked in prison far before the 2020 election. Let's grimly remember some of the Trump highlights of the most chaotic four years in recent history.
Donald Trump Withholding COVID aid to blue states during the COVID peak:
Reminiscing back to a CNBC report from May 5, 2020, you may be violently reminded that Donald Trump made saving Americans a partisan issue.
“You look at Illinois, you look at New York, look at California, you know, those three, there’s tremendous debt there, and many others, Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt, I don’t think the Republicans want to be in a position where they bail out states that are, that have been mismanaged over a long period of time,” the president said. "Well run States should not be bailing out poorly run States, using Coronavirus as the excuse! The elimination of Sanctuary Cities, Payroll Taxes, and perhaps Capital Gains Taxes, must be put on the table. Also lawsuit indemnification & business deductions for restaurants & entertainment.” --Donald Trump
This is during an election year in which it was later confirmed that Trump had told reporter Bob Woodward back in February that the coronavirus was "deadly stuff" transmitted by air and far more deadly than the flu. He had been informed by National security advisor Robert O'Brien that this would be the "largest national security crisis of your presidency." Trump knew the virus was bad yet downplayed it anyways. In the pursuit of personal gain he attempted to kill any Democratic voters by withdrawing aid from blue states with large populations. His intentional downplaying and mismanaging of the virus has resulted in over 1 million American deaths. There is no legal mechanism to prosecute the president for crimes against humanity.
Donald Trump Throwing Protestors Into Unmarked Vans:
The word fascism shouldn't be thrown around lightly. Trump's rhetorical style of race baiting, xenophobia, and LGBTQ scapegoating was taken to another level during the George Floyd protests of 2020. During this time, an authoritarian measure was imposed on the public. Unmarked vans with people dressed in camouflage were deployed and abducting people without explanation. The right complains about lockdowns and vaccine's as a "means to control people" yet are silent when the government greenlights outright state violence without procedure. True authoritarianism requires a law enforcement with no oversight. it isn't done through an underhanded vaccine mandate, its done through intimidation and force. Conspiratorial experiments about microchips or a coordinated shadowy deep state are less effective than throwing your enemies directly into prison without explanation or justification. Just ask Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, or Joseph Stalin. These tactics were deployed across Portland and the officers doing the operation were either one of three branches: U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, U.S. Customs, and Border Protection's Border Patrol Tactical Unit. If any act during the presidency was a fascist expansion of government power, this was it. The empowerment of law enforcement to impose your will on an oppressed minority group is fascism 101 and has only been seen in modern American history under one president.
The Breaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal:
In Trump's quest to make the Obama Administration irrelevant, he has ruined US-Iranian relations and committed a crime on the world stage. The Iran-Nuclear Deal was proposed to incentivize Iran against developing nuclear weapons by curving US and European aggression in the region. Iran had agreed to the terms of the deal and had placed their nuclear ambitions on the backburner when Trump began to threaten France, Germany, and Britain with sanctions if they do business with Iran. Trump formally withdrew from the deal and has reinstated banking and oil sanctions on Iran. Naturally in response, Iran has upped its stockpile of uranium has has accelerated its uranium enrichment program allowing them to take a great leap forward in their production of nuclear weapons. Who could blame them? There's clearly no point in working with a country that doesn't honor its own treatise. Trump's pulling out of the deal has earned him great points with Saudi Arabia and Israel begging the question: Was he "incentivized" to do it by two of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East? Either way, the president intentionally made the world and his voters less safe, either to satisfy his own ego by slapping his predecessor or by serving the interests of foreign powers.
Demanding Votes From Georgia:
Hot off the presses of his electoral loss to Joe Biden, a phone call came to Georgia's Republican Secretary of State from the lame-duck president. In this recorded phone call, President Donald Trump demanded that the Secretary of State find him enough votes to overturn the presidential election.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have." He stated during the call. “You know what they did and you’re not reporting it, You know, that’s a criminal — that’s a criminal offense. And you know, you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer. That’s a big risk."
Calling up and threatening the Georgia Secretary of State to fabricate new votes for you during a federal election has got to be a crime. The potential for a fourth indictment would add dessert to his already overflowing plate. However, as of this time it has not reared its ugly head at him. This blatant attempt at thwarting democracy pales in comparison to his January 6th temper tantrum but continues to demonstrate his disposition as the most outright fascist and corrupt president to grace the halls of the White House.
Literally All of The Bribery:
Trump has outdone everyone else in the area of corruption. Past presidents have most certainly profited from their presidency and often get various gifts from businesses they helped out after their terms are through. This distasteful whoring of political power to massive corporations is a disgusting element to our democracy. However, Trump has taken this a massive step forward by taking extremely blatant bribes from foreign powers while still in office. He did this through businesses interests he "divested" by giving them to his children, almost certainly maintaining control behind the scenes. Not only did he break the rule of divestment, he took in more than $750,000 from six foreign governments during moments of diplomatic relations with the US. He did this by having foreign diplomats and heads of state purchase rooms in the Trump Hotel in Washington and charging his guests up to $10,000 per night. The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak left the Trump Hotel with a $259,724 surplus over his visit. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates spent $164,929 in 2018 for their hotel stays. Qatar spent $300,000. Two days after Saudi Arabia's stay Trump approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to the country. This calls into question every foreign policy decision the president has ever made. Who says he couldn't be bought into ending the Iran-Nuclear deal? Or, if re-elected, giving Ukraine over to Russia? He clearly holds no morals and will make a deal with anyone. A patriot with no national loyalties. This act alone should be grounds for permanent removal from office but the Democrats refused to pull the trigger, waiting for his Ukraine phone call before making any form of decision. This behavior makes the likelihood of his sales of classified documents to foreign powers far higher. Trump, and the Republicans who continue to back him will be the cause of our extinction, from their climate policies to their fascism.