The attempted murder of a political opponent’s family member moves us into extremely dangerous territory. The First Amendment does not enable Trump or his villainous acolytes to inflame their followers to commit violent acts. This behavior is nowhere close to protected speech.
The time is past for allowing Trump to get away with incendiary rhetoric. His encouraging of a march on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 resulted in multiple deaths and many serious injuries, mostly inflicted on the law enforcement officers that he claims to love so much. What happened then has not deterred him from continuing to encourage violence against his enemies.
The longer Trump is free to spout rabble-rousing rhetoric, the more his appalling behavior metastasizes throughout the MAGA-sphere and prompts Trump-fearing politicians to mouth similar over-the-top calls for violence against their opponents. The disgusting statements right-wing fever swamp residents like Kari Lake and Glenn Youngkin made regarding the Pelosi assault are ominous indicators that Trump’s malevolent rhetoric has spread. These spineless sycophants say terrible things only to curry favor with the Mar-a- Lago monster and his followers.
It is long past time to bring the full force of the law down upon Trump’s head and put him out of commission. There is plenty of evidence available to bring this about:
- The Mueller Report contemplated indicting Trump for obstruction of justice (ten incidents of obstruction are detailed in Vol. 2 of the Report), saying how important it was to preserve and document the evidence. The only reason for wording it this way was because, although the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel said that a sitting president cannot be indicted; an ex-president certainly can be.
- The multiple criminal investigations of the horrible things this man has done have gone on long enough. The investigators have accumulated a virtual Everest of evidence of his criminality, whether it be his treasonous attempt to steal an election, his illegal effort to subvert the free and fair vote in Georgia and elsewhere, or his theft of highly classified documents when he grudgingly left office and his subsequent refusal to obey the law and return them to federal custody.
If it were true that “no man is above the law,” then Trump would be wallowing in a prison cell and denied bail just like what would have happened to any other person accused of his major crimes.
Regardless of how we get there, it is imperative that Trump’s festering evil be stamped out now. The longer it is allowed to spread, the more possibly irreparable damage it will do to the country. The glacial pace of bringing the chief perpetrator of our ills to justice is doing this country in. The law provides the only vaccine available to eradicate this sickness. Invoke it now.
November 4, 2022