Sunday, May 19, 2024

Editorial: Trump faces legal repercussions

Donald Trump is one of the most intriguing presidents of our lifetime. Trump is the third president to ever be impeached. Trump has, on several occasions, been threatened with legal action. That may finally now come to fruition, three years after his presidency.

Despite the Mueller report, concluding Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections, and the Jan. 6 insurrection, Trump is facing charges for his mistress Stormy Daniels. Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg is the one to bring these charges against Trump.

If Trump is to truly be challenged, this will be a first for the nation. No president has ever been charged with a crime. 

Many Americans, especially those opposed to Trump, lost hope in ever seeing Trump brought to justice and held accountable for his misdeeds against the American people. This can respark that hope.

Allegedly, the charge is related to the hush money Trump paid Daniels to keep their affair a secret. However, there is also suspicion it is related to falsifying business records.

Trump is facing at least four years in prison, if convicted, and more if Briggs throws the book at him.

It’s uncertain how Trump would be arrested, whether he would be handcuffed or whether it would even be public. Trump has stated he wishes for it to be a public debacle and ordeal as he believes it will better his chances of winning the 2024 presidential election, as reported by The New York Times. That is if he beats Ron DeSantis.

Trump may also hide in Florida, which would only complicate this ordeal further, as he would be required to appear in New York for court.

Trump has not taken the news of his possible indictment well with his reaction on social media.

“THEY’RE KILLING OUR NATION AS WE SIT BACK & WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA! PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!” Trump posted to Truth Social, a social media he owns.

Even if charged and convicted, Trump could run for presidency behind bars.

His arrest could raise tensions again in the country akin to the 2016 election or worse. More families may be torn apart for political differences. Some families have gone radio silent with each other, simply because they may or may not like Trump. Americans became hostile to one another and will belittle and ridicule one another, in-person and online, for whom they voted for in 2016 and 2020.

Trump may finally receive justice for one of the hundreds of crimes he has committed in and out of office, even if it is not the most serious crime. His collusion, inciting the riot, trying to “find” votes to win the 2020 presidential election or having classified documents when he was not cleared to have are some crimes that come to mind. It will set a precedent and allow for Trump to face even more charges. The corruption in our nation may finally face the consequences, as it is not just Trump who has taken advantage of our political system and the power he wields.

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