Friday, May 31, 2024

Donald Trump is Now a Convicted Felon

Yesterday, Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 criminal counts he was facing for a hush-money trial. It was a historical day. No matter what his loyalists say or the members of his cult of personality claim, he is now a convicted felon. I doubt he'll face any sort of jail time as even with 34 felonies it is the first time he's been found guilty of criminal offenses (he's faced plenty of civil suits over the years, however). The presumptive Republican nominee for President is a convicted felon in a nation where some states won't allow felons to vote or hold certain jobs. 

Trump is the only American President to ever be a convicted felon. Make all the excuses you want, but when a jury was provided ample evidence of Trump's crime as well as counter-arguments from Trump's defense team, it was decided Trump was a criminal. He will always have been a convicted felon, even if he somehow weasels his way into the Presidency again and pardons himself or gets a future President to offer up a pardon. Say it was rigged, say the jury wasn't impartial, blame the judge, do whatever you want. Trump committed a crime and finally faced some sort of consequences for his actions. Our founding Fathers never made it against the rules for someone who has been impeached (twice, in Trump's case) or convicted of a felony to be President as they probably didn't think our nation could be foolish enough to let such a person run for the highest office in the land. 

Here we are in 2024 with a solid chunk of the Nation under the spell of a madman, however. I'm not especially religious, but I genuinely pray for our Country lest it be further irreparably harmed by a second Trump Presidency. It isn't just prayer that will save us, though. We need to be sure to vote this November as if the survival of the United States as we know it depends upon such an action because it seems like it really does.

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