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The Trump Trail: Draws Supporters, Detractors, Celebrities, The Nation, And The World

June 17, 2024

It was amusing and at the same time repulsive to watch the celebrating and hysterical jubilation, listen to the hyperbolic and frenzied reaction, and read the vindictive and petty comments on the guilty verdict of former President Trump in the infamous “hush money trial.” It brings to mind the words of Anton Chekhov in his Book of Notes - “Love, friendship, respect will never unite people as much as a common hatred for something” (or someone). 

On April 15 (2024) New York City was the scene of a gathering of opposing factions, Americans drawn there by what some might consider an irresistible force in the form of former President Trump. It could be considered as the trial of the century, and although there are 75 years remaining, I believe it will at the least be up there in the top five.

The District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who campaigned for the office on bringing Trump to justice, and associate DAs prosecuted the case against the former president. It took less than a week to seat the jury and six alternates. The prosecution called numerous witnesses, the two most notable being Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, and Stormy Daniels, A/K/A Stephanie Clifford, the porn star who was at the center of the allegations. 

Legal experts on both sides of the political aisle have commented on the case, and agree it was nonsensical, a travesty, and a constitutional “due process” anomaly. Law Professor and attorney Jonathan Turley wrote, “There is still a debate among legal experts as to the specific crime being alleged.” This sentiment was expressed over the course of the trial, that most could not understand how a misdemeanor was transformed into a felony, while the statute of limitations had expired.

Since the trial began, the former president complained of it being a “witch hunt, political persecution,” and “Mother Teresa couldn’t beat these charges.” At the end of each trial session, as he left the courtroom, Mr. Trump engaged the media. His comments on this particular day went something like this, “This was a rigged, disgraceful trial, and the real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people. They know what happened, and everyone knows what happened here.” 

Mr. Trump also accused the presiding judge Juan Merchan of being seriously conflicted and biased, and a Democrat donor, and whose daughter is a consultant for Democrats campaigning for political office. Midway through the trial, because of Mr. Trump’s constant berating of the judge, prosecutors, and the jury, Merchan imposed on the former president a gag order, which forbade him from any further criticism.

Through all the trial and tribulation, the former president didn’t lose a beat. Following a day in court, you found him holding a smaller-than-usual rally in Crotona Park in the south Bronx. The 3500 capacity grew to over 10,000. There was a gathering at a fire station, where Mr. Trump treated the firefighters to pizza, and an early morning, before court time, meeting with construction workers at a worksite. Neighborhood People came out in droves in Spanish Harlem to greet Mr. Trump. In all of these venues, he was well-received and cheered. 

The trial attracted both the supporters and detractors of the former president. They gathered, rain and shine, at the courthouse each day with their signs, slogans, and megaphones. They pointed fingers and accused the other side of treason, anti-patriotism, leftist extremism, and MAGA extremism; accusations aplenty filled the city streets.

On May 29, as the trial neared its conclusion, an event outside the courtroom created a good deal of ruckus and controversy. At a press conference, a Biden surrogate was sent to the courthouse to voice the administration’s position on the trial, that no one is above the law, including the former president. The representative they chose was Robert De Niro, a major motion picture star of note, and one of the most insulting and vulgar detractors of Mr. Trump. De Niro is unhinged and suffers greatly from "Trump derangement syndrome."

The celebrity was surrounded by bodyguards and the media, and read from a teleprompter. The speech was delivered in a gruff manner; it was embarrassing and typical boilerplate filled with anti-Trump vindictive. It was a meandering rhetorical mess. Mr. Biden, with all his infirmity, could probably have delivered it himself and done a better job. 

From his arrival, Di Nero was heckled and called a “has been, bum, and over-the-hill second-rate actor.” He eventually became exasperated, angry, and responded to his detractors with vulgar X-rated expletives, which is typical. Realizing the unsettling and negative effect he was having on the crowds, De Niro ended the speech and left in a huff with much commotion and fanfare. The angry and insulting exchanges with demonstrators continued unabated.

On May 30, after six weeks of hearing evidence and listening to witnesses for the prosecution, the jury reached a verdict and found former President Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony counts for what was in effect a bookkeeping error. The former president will be sentenced on July 11th by Judge Merchan. Most agree this was a travesty, and what makes it an even greater injustice is that it took place in a city that releases hardcore violent felons with a slap on the wrist.

It took Democrats, their supporters, the Left, and the media 8 years of unrelenting ruthless harassment of the former president to get their pound of flesh; their hopes and dreams came to fruition. But they should be careful; sometimes dreams can turn into nightmares. They may be ringing the bells of satisfaction now, but hopefully, on November 6 (2024) they will be wringing their hands.

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