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The U.S. Legal System is the Latest Victim of the Elites’ Relentless Pursuit of Donald Trump

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024
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by Walter Samuel
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If you come for the king, you had best be careful not to miss. Donald Trump may not be a monarch, except in the eyes of his more venomous detractors, but his enemies have nonetheless ignored this sage wisdom. Sadly, the crusade to “get Trump” has also been to the misfortune of the country at large.

Ever since Donald Trump walked down the escalator, his enemies, whether they call themselves liberals, moderates or conservatives, have shown a remarkable unwillingness to meet him on the one battlefield that features most prominently in their discourse: that of democracy. Instead, they have sought to silence him through the media, censor him through digital platforms, remove him through a series of constitutional fantasies, disqualify him from running, and finally, to convict him of a conspiracy to defraud himself of money he did not actually owe the U.S. government.

The pattern is the same. A legion of “experts” will flood MSNBC and other liberal outlets promising that they have discovered “one neat trick” which will rid everyone of Donald Trump forever. Their glee upon the success of whatever scheme they have undertaken is manifest as they revel in the idea that this time Donald Trump is finished: This tape will do him in; this dossier by a foreign intelligence agent paid by the Clinton campaign will prove Russian collusion; this or that phone call will end him. Only to discover that after a few weeks no one can remember what they are supposed to be aggrieved against Donald Trump about. Instead, people are turned against the institution which was weaponized against Trump.

The Manhattan case in which Donald Trump was convicted follows this pattern. We still don’t know what exactly Trump was convicted of, as the judge prevented a former Federal Election Commissioner from being able to testify that what it was alleged he did was not in fact against the law. District Attorney Alvin Bragg threw concerns about due process to the wind, and adopted the motto of Stalin’s Secret Police head Lavrentiy Beria: “give me a man and I will find a crime.”

Trump-critical legal experts of all persuasions expressed the view that the case was weak, unprecedented, and clearly political. When MSNBC legal analysts are conceding those things, it means something. Most of those critics had taken to celebrating the verdict nonetheless, once more showing how, for those who claim a commitment to procedure and “institutions,” means are never as important as the end of getting Donald Trump.

The lesson Trump’s enemies have failed to learn is that they never actually manage to “get” Donald Trump. Polling over the week since the verdict has generally shown perhaps a one to two percent move toward Biden at best. Real, perhaps, but dwarfed by the polling shift following the big “stories” of the 2016 campaign, from the Access Hollywood tape to the debates where the media insisted Clinton dragged Trump.

In a matter of days, those who had cheered on the verdict as marking the end of Donald Trump were already blaming the Biden campaign and Democratic politicians for not running ads calling Donald Trump a convicted felon. This would seem borderline political malpractice when the Trump campaign has already leveraged Joe Biden’s decision to visibly smirk when asked whether Donald Trump was a political prisoner. But the only political practice in which many of Trump’s more voracious critics have demonstrated genuine skill is separating wealthy liberal donors from their savings, while the Biden campaign’s practice has been to resist all good advice, only to spitefully concede to pressure to adopt the worst ideas imaginable. This explains why the Biden campaign will now be calling Donald Trump a “convicted felon” in ads.

It is doubtful this will accomplish much. If there is a pattern emerging across polls, it is that a majority of the public seems to believe three things. First, and this is the point at which most Trump critics stop reading, the jury probably behaved as well as could be expected given the behavior of the judge and prosecutors and the very narrow (some might say rigged) questions posed to them. Second, that the charges, the judge, and the entire process were politically motivated. Third, that they do not believe the charges, even if true, are particularly important or bad.

The “Trump is a felon” line is therefore likely to highlight something voters do not care about, namely that a jury faced with questionable instructions and denied access to exculpatory evidence, decided to wash their hands of the case, while also reminding everyone else about how obsessed Democrats are with using the legal system to chase Donald Trump. Every time an ad plays, it will also remind voters of what ads are not talking about; namely, Biden’s plans, if they exist, to end the war in Ukraine, control the border, reduce crime, deal with Hamas, or contain China.

The actual victim of Trump’s conviction will not be Donald Trump but the legal system. This is also part of the pattern of the last decade. The campaign to take down Donald Trump has produced numerous casualties, but they are the institutions that have been weaponized against him. In 2016-2017 it was the FBI, which managed to alienate both right and left, first by daring to impugn Hillary Clinton in an election year, and then compounding that by overcompensating and going after Donald Trump on dubious Russian conspiracy allegations, ideally to ingratiate themselves with who they thought might be the winner.

The integrity of the media was an early casualty, but in 2020, the intelligence agencies and those tasked with fighting misinformation sacrificed themselves on the altar of trying to suppress coverage of the origins of COVID-19 or the veracity of the Hunter Biden laptop story. Universities and corporate America enlisted in the #resistance, resulting in Republicans, perhaps the most pro-free market force in the world, gaining a well-founded skepticism of corporate power.

Ever since the 2016 election cost them control of the Supreme Court, the Democrats have been engaged in a systematic effort to discredit the institution, a campaign that only accelerated after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in 2020. The decision to try to disqualify Donald Trump from the ballot on 14th Amendment grounds was a ruthless assault on the entire American constitutional system by creating a lose-lose scenario. If the Supreme Court agreed with Colorado and removed Trump, it would erode legitimacy on the right without reconciling it with the left, thus causing a constitutional crisis as states removed Trump. If the Court unanimously dismissed the effort, as it did, the presence of all three liberals in the majority did not prevent the left from declaring the decision political.

If the Colorado case represented an assault on the Supreme Court, the Manhattan case’s real victim is likely to be the American federal system of government. The case is predicated on the idea that a single-state, New York, with a partisan, elected judiciary and prosecutors, can seize property and imprison residents of other states. State Attorney General Latisha James already tried to seize half a billion dollars from Donald Trump for offenses which didn’t cost anyone any money in the hope of crippling his campaign, and now Alvin Bragg seems set to try to see if a local court in New York state can gag a candidate for president – and perhaps throw him in prison.

As with the Colorado case, a negative precedent is certain. Other states may choose not to honor New York’s power grab, in which case it will become possible for genuine criminals to dodge accountability by crossing state lines. Or the Supreme Court may intervene, giving liberals another excuse to accuse it of partisanship. They have already laid the groundwork by insisting the Court has no right to weigh in. Alternatively, conservative judges and prosecutors may issue arbitrary gag orders against Democratic politicians. In either case, the justice system will be ruined at a time when crime is out of control.

The one thing that is certain is that Donald Trump’s fate will not be determined by a Democratic judge in a Manhattan courtroom, but by the American people in November, as was always likely to be the case. All liberals have managed to do is to once more damage other institutions along the way.

Once again, they have come for the king, missed, and struck down what makes America great.

Walter Samuel is the pseudonym of a prolific international affairs writer and academic. He has worked in Washington as well as in London and Asia, and holds a Doctorate in International History.

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Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 month ago

Even if Trump was guilty of all of the crimes he allegedly did, they are not felonies, they are misdemeanors. The Marxist/Leftists “moved the goal posts” to fit their narrative to make political hay out of “Convicted Felon”
Truth be d@mned, rule of law be d@mned.
Many posters on this forum have already stated, this is what goes on in banana republics or the old style Soviet Union.
If you think that a vindictive Hillary Clinton or Michael/Michelle Obama won’t come after you if they seize power, I’ll sell you some beach front property in Arizona. You’d better wake up and smell the coffee. These people think our side (roughly half the country) are deplorable, irredeemable and sub-human.
History repeats itself.

Scottymom
Scottymom
1 month ago

This trial is a sham. There’s an article going around that a juror stated president Trump would be found guilty and even posted it on Facebook. It’s not a fair trial. And Biden says no one is above the law? Why isn’t he being prosecuted?

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Next they’ll designate anyone voting for Trump “domestic terrorists”. Officially, I mean.

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
1 month ago

“Trump is a convicted felon.” SO?! WHAT”S YOUR POINT? would be my reply. Also has it occurred to anyone that people are supporting Trump because they like his policies better than Biden’s and they know an unfair trial when they see one? I hope the democrats’ law fare campaign against Trump backfires spectacularly and they lose big time.

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago

The Dems liberals and left have screwed up hurting Trump the people will win!

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

Any business person in NYC and NY state who believes they couldn’t be next…Good Luck…

Mar
Mar
1 month ago

The Feds passed on charging Trump and so did Bragg, at first, in the this case because there was nothing to prosecute. Letita James prosecuted Trump where there were no victims or losses by any one. The judge even determined that Mar-a-Lago was only worth $18 million. In both cases, Trump was not allowed to call legal experts. Both Bragg and James spent millions looking for a crime. Bragg, James and Fani Willis also consulted with White House attorneys. We have become a banana republic where the Biden administration is trying to take out a political opponent. I can’t imagine what other countries are thinking of all this.

Carol
Carol
1 month ago

Leftists destroy everything they touch! I’m praying for a Trump landslide in Nov. Must teach the Marxist that we don’t want their crap!

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Desperation at it’s utmost True nature of the beast has shown itself We no longer have a legal system as such

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

One system to take Trump down & 2 cases ON Hold & One Mistrial.
Good Job Deep State

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

The courts run by these people that are for Biden are as corrupt as they come taking money from someone that has done nothing wrong then to try to bankrupt President Trump so it stops his run well there are more people that are for him and will vote for Trump he has raised more money for his campaign.every week.then ever before. People know that there is a lot going on to take Trump off the ballot it will never happen Dems are afraid of President Trump.

Joanne4justice
Joanne4justice
1 month ago

Info in article proves that Dem Comrades will doing ANYTHING to win and maintain their total power and control status!;;

Gloria
Gloria
1 month ago

The left has put Soros in charge of paying corrupt justices, judges and attorneys, In charge of anyone they (the Marxist lefties) don’t like. It seems to be backfiring. If God wants this nation to be taken by the communists because of the plethora of sin that is now taking place, then it will be. Can we just be patted on the head for allowing over 65 million babies to be slaughtered which doesn’t even include child sex trafficking, selling baby parts, the satanist using babies for adareno-chrome to “keep them young” . If God hears enough of we who are praying, and He has mercy on us, the commie Marxists will lose, but we will have lots of hard work to do, and sincere repentance, God has been kicked out and Satan released. It will not be returned to us on a silver platter. We will have to face a good spanking and fight our way back to a Christian nation – under GOD with liberty and justice FOR ALL.

DisgustedwithElitism
DisgustedwithElitism
1 month ago

It is not as though I needed another reason to never again visit New York and spend my money there.

durwood mcelroy
durwood mcelroy
1 month ago

The problem is, Bragg and Merchan can commit CRIMES against the US, CRIMES against America and CRIMES against the rule of law – and get away with it. Our founding fathers – liberal and conservative – would demand that we drag them out into the streets and beat, tar and feather them. At the very least.

Random Ami
Random Ami
1 month ago

Like in the “The boy who cried wolf” the day that Trump REALLY did something that disqualifies him, nobody would believe it.
The problem with TDS is that every time they “find something” which turns out bogus, they’ve presented it as “this is the last nail in the coffin”, “this will his undoing”, “the beginning of the end for DT”, etc: the Russiagate, the grabbing video, Covid, the George Floyd circus, the trial, the veteran rant, and so many other cases, that wolves can have a symphony of their own.

Andrew P
Andrew P
1 month ago

I’ve personally seen liberals with TDS. It isn’t pretty. They literally foam at the mouth. They go insane – and TDS is the absolute worst among the smartest people. If the Lawfare against Trump fails, or appears to be failing, they will do something existential.They will either provoke a nuclear exchange with Russia, or release a gain-of-function engineered Bird Flu to create an emergency and throw the election.

Donald Stracher
Donald Stracher
1 month ago

I firmly believe Donald Trump is an Outstanding Loyal American who already having been the President Of The United States has clearly shown his governing skill which needs to be continued to safeguard the future of our great but floundering country through continuation of his leadership. I have no faith, confidence or belief any other American I am aware of has the loyalty, attitude, fortitude, skill and destiny to serve this noble pursuit.

Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

SMH! The whole country knows these charges and this conviction is a scam! Even the leftist and liberals and the officials involved know it is BS. The sad part is, none of them will admit it. They don’t care about justice, they care about themselves and what they want. I hope they all remember that the cans of worms they have opened can and will be used to bite them in the ass.

Scott Christy
Scott Christy
1 month ago

Truthful article. God save America ???????? ! Trump 2024 !

Ensign Nemo
Ensign Nemo
1 month ago

There is a bill in the House that would remove Trump’s Secret Service protection if he is imprisoned. The Democrats in the House want Trump to die. It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s House Resolution 8081. For more details, go to ensign dot substack dot com and click on “The Democrats have made a plan for Trump to be killed in prison.”

Douglas Proudfoot
Douglas Proudfoot
1 month ago

It seems that key provisions of the Bill of Rights don’t apply to New York state courts. The 8th Amendment prohibits excessive fines, but $455 million seems a wee bit excessive to me. Almost the entire 6th Amendment doesn’t seem to apply either. The accused doesn’t need “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.” Merchan allowed Bragg to finesse the crime(s) Trump concealed with the alleged bookkeeping fraud. It was left as multiple choice for members of the jury, but their choices were secret. The 6th Amendment requires an impartial jury, but NY obviously doesn’t. Finally the 6th Amendment requires a public trial, but Trump’s lawyers say Merchan sealed some of their objections and gagged them so they couldn’t talk about the objections in public.
These things seem pretty basic to even a non-lawyer like me. Defendants should not have to appeal all the way to the US Supreme Court or spend yearss in lower New York courts asserting basig rights like these.
Democrats are domestic enemies of the Constitution.

Madashell
Madashell
1 month ago

Boycott New York

disapointedvet
disapointedvet
1 month ago

They don’t care if he’s guilty or not. Just as with the Hunter Biden laptop last time and the “Russian Disinformation”, by the time he’s acquitted they will have had their intended impact. They care zero that they’ve Trumped up some BS charges against him.

xboy
xboy
1 month ago

The point the article makes of the left going after Trump has damaged the fabric of America is the most egregious point.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

In their fervor to destroy Donald Trump, they are destroying this entire country and the legal system. What they don’t know apparently is it when have trashed the legal system is now open game on them. They are next. We need to get into their closet and find how many skeletons they have. I bet every one of them can be taken down through lawfare just like they are doing to Trump. They will be going down. And nobody will be there to save them

Allen M Nelson
Allen M Nelson
1 month ago

I find it interesting that MAGAs don’t seem to mind that Trump entered into acorrupt agreement with AMI to help Trump win the 2016 GOP nomination by having AMI run negative stories–often baseless–about his opponents, suppress negative stories about Trump, and run positive stories about Trump, that Trump’s campaign suggested and then edited.
I think Trump hit the nail on the head when he famously said that he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose the votes of his supporters. Their refusal to consider Trump guilty of any wrongdoing is clear proof of this.

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