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August 15, 2023

Another — Yawn — Trump Indictment

A Georgia DA charges the former president and 18 associates with a whole slew of rather silly election crimes.

When the Georgia indictment of Donald Trump dropped and then disappeared and then dropped again Monday, our first thought was that the DA’s office found an extra box of charges under a table somewhere.

Kidding aside, we were reminded of that silly grand jury forewoman who joined the clown show for 15 minutes back in February. She teased: “There may be some names on that [indictment] list that you wouldn’t expect. But the big name that everyone keeps asking me about — I don’t think you will be shocked.” As we said back then, the case was junk from the beginning — an Ahab-like quest by a partisan Democrat DA to get the great whale Moby Trump.

Sure enough, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a highly partisan Democrat, didn’t disappoint, on Monday releasing a 41-count indictment of Trump and 18 associates because they “endeavored to conduct and participate in a criminal enterprise” after Trump’s defeat in Georgia in 2020. Some names on the list were indeed not surprising — Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Mark Meadows, and Sidney Powell, for starters. Many of the others are not exactly household names.

They each have until noon on August 25 to voluntarily surrender to authorities. Willis said she hopes to try them all together within six months — in Fulton County (Joe Biden 72%).

Specifically, Trump faces 13 felonies, including over that infamous post-election phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring the secretary to “find 11,780 votes” to ensure Trump actually won the state as he believed he had. Trump’s call was far from “perfect,” as he has repeatedly insisted, but neither did he say what Democrats want you to think he said. Trump did not cajole Raffensperger to rig the election by concocting 11,780 votes for him; he was convinced that Democrats had cheated to win with more than 11,780 illegal votes for Biden and that Raffensperger simply needed to ferret out those illegitimate votes to ensure that Trump, the rightful winner, prevailed.

According to the indictment: “Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states.”

The Washington Examiner sums up the indictment this way:

The former president also faces six counts for conspiring with several others around his campaign to use fake electors in Georgia and another charge stemming from alleged filings of false documents in a federal court case in Georgia involving Eastman that alleged thousands of people voted illegally.

Charges for the other defendants include but aren’t limited to false statements and solicitation of state legislators, high-ranking state officials, as well as the creation and distribution of false Electoral College documents, the harassment of election workers, solicitation of Justice Department officials, the solicitation of then-Vice President Mike Pence, the unlawful breach of election equipment, and acts of obstruction.

That sounds serious … until you see some of the other details. Several of the charges relate to — we’re not making this up — asking for phone numbers, urging citizens to call their members of Congress, tweeting at people to watch television, urging better ballot signature verification, and other rather mundane activities, all of which the indictment huffs were “overt act[s] in furtherance of the conspiracy.”

Representative Elise Stefanik of New York countered, “President Trump had every legal right to challenge the results of the election.” After all, Democrats have been challenging election results for decades — albeit without a riot at the Capitol.

“Why didn’t they Indict 2.5 years ago?” Trump wondered. “Because they wanted to do it right in the middle of my political campaign.” That’s true, but it’s also convenient for him to be able to use campaign funds to pay his mounting legal expenses.

In any case, this fourth lame indictment of Trump is, as we have asserted numerous times before, a key part of the Democrats’ strategy to ensure he’s the GOP nominee. Having beat him in 2018, 2020, and 2022 (and they still think in 2016), they’d love nothing more than another crack at him.

Will it work? Who knows, but even though this indictment is reprehensible garbage just like the others, Georgia increasingly looks like a heavy lift for the former president. Trump fatigue among suburban Atlanta Republicans along with the increasing influence of Hollywood in the state mean it’s not as red as it once was. Nevertheless, every statewide Republican prevailed in recent elections except Trump and the Senate candidates either handpicked by him or closely tied to him. The victors include Governor Brian Kemp, who Trump tried to beat in the GOP primary. Kemp won handily over Stacey “Stolen Election” Abrams, who Trump has been imitating to just as much success.

Speaking of Kemp, he responded to Trump’s indictment: “The 2020 election in Georgia was not stolen. For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud has failed to come forward — under oath — and prove anything in a court of law.”

Trump says that will change. “A Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia is almost complete & will be presented by me at a major News Conference at 11:00 A.M. on Monday of next week in Bedminster, New Jersey,” Trump posted on social media. “Based on the results of this CONCLUSIVE Report, all charges should be dropped against me & others — There will be a complete EXONERATION!”

Regardless, believe it or not, like it or not, Peach State voters just aren’t as peachy keen on Trump as are voters in other red states.

Speaking of polling, here’s a bizarre one for you: According to CBS, 18 million Americans think the “use of force” would be justified to restore Trump to the presidency. Meanwhile, 30 million Americans are okay with using force to prevent Trump from being president. Trump Derangement Syndrome is really quite something.

Finally, we’ll close with this howler from Hillary Clinton: “I don’t know that anybody should be satisfied. This is a terrible moment for our country to have a former president accused of these terribly important crimes. The only satisfaction may be that the system is working.”



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