4th Time Isn’t the Charm

Trump’s officially been criminally indicted by a grand jury in Fulton County for attempting to overturn President Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia. 

Here’s the takeaway: We knew Trump was guilty the moment we heard his phone call with Brad Raffensperger. So, when he acted like a mob boss and ordered Raffensperger to find 11,000 votes and overturn the results in Georgia, I wasn’t surprised. The man throws out democratic principles like he tosses McDonald’s wrappers.  

Now, we can’t normalize the damage he’s inflicted on our democracy. But we can’t hang our hats on these indictments. We’re on the fourth one now. The fourth! And I still hear the same chorus call from the pundits about how this one is different. 

By the way – do you know what happens when another indictment hits? Trump’s fundraising goes up. And believe it or not, most pro democracy groups actually see a fundraising hit – because too many people out there think, “Oh, this’ll be the one that gets Trump – you don’t need my help.” That’s a trap, and you know it. Fortunately, we never fall into this trap. We never quit. We know we have to be the ones to stop Trump. 

Here, the pundits’ logic is that because this case isn’t under federal jurisdiction, Trump can’t quash it when he’s President. They think that even if he takes back the White House, our legal system will hold him to account. 

Really. That’s where our mental gymnastics are taking us now. Here’s my question to them: do you really imagine that Trump will let himself be hauled out of the White House and into a Fulton County jail cell? 

The most lawless man in U.S. political history isn’t just going to follow the orders of a district attorney. He’ll fight like hell and he’ll have the power of the U.S. presidency behind him. 

If you care about these indictments and believe Trump needs to be held to account, there’s only one thing to do: keep him away from the presidency. 

It doesn’t matter how many separate indictments the man wracks up. Three, four, five – hundred, The only thing that stops him is the ballot box. And the only group that stops him there is us.



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