According to reports that emerged on Thursday and Friday, Jack Smith, a close ally of President Joe Biden, is preparing to bring about 45 new charges against former President Donald J. Trump. These charges are believed to be related to the events of January 6th when a mob stormed the Capitol Building. Trump, on the other hand, confidently predicted on Friday that he would not face charges in Georgia.
Taking to his social media platform, TruthSocial, Trump posted a message expressing his belief that the charges against him in Atlanta, Georgia will be dropped due to lack of evidence. He criticized Fani Willis, the District Attorney, referring to her as a “Racist District Attorney” and highlighting the high crime rate in the city. Trump maintained that his phone call, on which he had discussed what he believed to be election rigging, was perfectly legal and within his rights as the President of the United States. Trump claimed that none of the lawyers on the call objected to his words or suggested any wrongdoing.
It is worth noting that the new charges brought by Jack Smith against Trump may extend beyond Florida. Should this be the case, it is highly likely that Trump would face charges related to the events of January 6th in Washington D.C.
Recent national polls indicate that Trump has gained a lead of 2 to 7 points over Biden since the latter’s Department of Justice arrested him. This rise in popularity is likely to be of concern to the current Biden administration.
Furthermore, Trump’s arrest seems to have sparked an increase in fundraising for him. Democrats running the Biden White House may have made a significant political miscalculation in their decision to arrest Trump.
Many Democrats believe that charging Trump in Washington D.C. is one of the only ways to ensure his imprisonment before the 2024 election. However, some argue that this would set a dangerous precedent, as previous Democratic candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore also faced challenges to their election victories in Congress on January 6th. If Trump were to be charged for exercising his constitutional right in the same manner as Clinton and Gore, it would take the term “banana republic” to a whole new level.
Interestingly, Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6th Committee who has recommended charging Trump, himself objected to Trump’s election victory in 2016. Raskin proudly displays his floor speech objecting to Trump’s victory on his official Congressional YouTube page. This raises questions about the fairness and consistency of the charges being brought against Trump.
Charging a former President for giving a speech and questioning the outcome of an election sets a concerning precedent for the future of American democracy. It is crucial for the justice system to ensure that political motivations do not override the principles of fair and just legal proceedings.
Meanwhile, in international news, a Brazilian court has barred Jair Bolsonaro from running for president in a decision that bears similarities to the current situation faced by Trump in the United States. Both cases highlight the potential dangers to democracy when political figures are prevented from participating in elections based on controversial legal actions.
In conclusion, as the Biden White House prepares to bring about new charges against Donald J. Trump, concerns arise about the fairness and consistency of the legal proceedings. Trump’s rise in popularity since his arrest, as well as his increased fundraising, indicate that Democrats may have underestimated the potential political repercussions of their actions. The decision to charge a former President for exercising his constitutional rights sets a concerning precedent for the future of American democracy.