Finally, Trump is getting close to justice

Blue Crab

Outer Banks
If Trump had used his own money, big whoop. At minimum, noting it was for legal fees was an illegal move. And, of course, the near certainty that the buck-30 were campaign funds.

I'm getting a sense that Truth Social will be Trump's petard. I think he'll burn himself out or finally be jailed to shut him up.

billy backstay

Backstay, never bought a suit, never went to Vegas
March 29, 2023, 6:00 AM EDT
By Asha Rangappa, MSNBC Columnist

One thing we’ve learned from Donald Trump’s false assertion this month that he would be arrested last week is that he still has the ability, even as a former president, to hijack the news cycle and shape it around his chosen narrative. It’s a pattern we’ve seen play out several times before with Trump and one we should prepare for in the coming days as we wait to see whether Trump will be indicted by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
As someone who studies and teaches about information warfare, I have analyzed the many ways Trump exploits journalistic and institutional norms to shape narratives in his favor. Trump is a master of exploiting what I refer to as information asymmetry — the space in which events are anticipated but can’t yet be officially confirmed, such as what we’re experiencing in the current moment.
And that’s when he strikes. When Trump knows there is an information vacuum, he gets his story out first, whether it’s true or not, giving him “first mover advantage.” In particular, we should keep in mind that the time between when the DA’s office negotiates a surrender with Trump’s lawyers and when charges are unsealed — which might take a couple of days — is when Trump would have the most latitude to shape the perceptions and reactions of his supporters....................(continued)..........



Super Anarchist
Jax, FL
The circle may be unbroken, but it goes round, and round. Republicans have become the radical anarchists, and the democrats are the stodgy party of old conformity.....
Thank the gods that there's another option.... I am a proud card carrying member of the unaffiliated with any party.
And in Florida, that means you can't do squat with picking candidates in primaries.


Super Anarchist

NY grand jury investigating Trump will break for most of April, court source says​

Source: CNN Politics

New York CNN — The Manhattan grand jury hearing the hush money case involving former President Donald Trump is currently scheduled to break after April 5 and restart later in the month, a court administration source told CNN.

It is not immediately clear whether the grand jury will hear the Trump case again before April 5.

Grand jury proceedings are secret and subject to change.

A spokeswoman for the New York district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Bull City

A fine fellow
North Carolina
This Gropenfurher gets arrested shit resembles the Savior will be coming soon line upon which preachers have padded their wallets for hundreds snd hundreds of years.
Gouv, you make an excellent point. I read this piece in the Washington Post which lines up with yours. Since there is a pay wall, I have copied and pasted for all. It's worth reading.

Opinion Donald Trump is promising the apocalypse

By Karen Tumulty

If there is one thing that is becoming increasingly clear about Donald Trump’s 2024 bid for the presidency, it is that this campaign is going to be a far darker endeavor than even the two that came before it.

In his public appearances and fundraising appeals, the former president lately employs language familiar to his evangelical Christian base through biblical prophecies of the apocalypse. One such phrase, “final battle,” evokes the epic clash foretold to take place on the plains of Armageddon and heralding the second coming of Jesus Christ.

“This is the final battle,” Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference this month. “They know it, I know it, you know it, everybody knows it. This is it.” And at his first campaign rally on Saturday, in Waco, Tex.: “2024 is the final battle. It’s going to be the big one.”

True, dystopian imagery is not exactly new to Trump, given that his inaugural address is most remembered for its reference to “American carnage.” But when he ran in 2016, Trump promised to be the miracle worker who “alone can fix it.” This time around, he asks voters to think of him as “your retribution.”

As Yale University sociologist Philip Gorski, co-author of the 2022 book “The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy,” told me: “He’s positing himself as the long arm of the Lord, the long arm of divine vengeance.”

Nor is Trump’s rhetoric necessarily landing only with a religious audience. It meshes well with QAnon conspiracy theories. And apocalyptic story lines are having something of a secular, post-pandemic cultural moment as well — including in hit shows such as HBO’s “The Last of Us.”

Even so, that a leading presidential contender is framing a campaign around end-of-the-world scenarios is not only weird, but more than a little dangerous, given that, for those who take Trump seriously, it has the potential to create a permission structure for violence. The presumption fostered by apocalyptic pronouncements is that “everything is permitted if those are the stakes,” Gorski said.

Last week, Trump directly stoked that fire, along with what turned out to be false rumors of his imminent indictment by a New York grand jury.

In a posting on his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump called Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) a “degenerate psychopath,” and posted an image of himself with a baseball bat next to Bragg — something his own lawyer called, in an understatement, “ill-advised.”

Taking aim at Bragg in another social media missive, Trump wrote: “What kind of person can charge another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and leading candidate (by far!) for the Republican Party nomination, with a Crime, when it is known by all that NO Crime has been committed, & also known that potential death & destruction in such a false charge could be catastrophic for our Country?”

Trump’s campaign says that he picked Waco for his first campaign rally because it is a relatively easy drive from several metropolitan centers in a state that is solidly in his camp. But he also chose to hold the event during the 30th anniversary of a weeks-long siege of the Branch Davidian compound near there by federal law enforcement agents. The cult was led by David Koresh, who promised his followers that he would break the “seventh seal” and bring about the end of the world.

Nearly 80 Branch Davidians died at the compound outside Waco as it was consumed by fire during a standoff with federal agents, in what many on the far right have come to regard as a touchstone, one that has reverberations in Trump’s own claims of being victimized by an overreaching government.

Charles Pace, pastor at a chapel which stands where the Branch Davidian compound once did, told the New York Times that Trump is “the anointed of God” and “the battering ram that God is using to bring down the Deep State of Babylon.” It is not unusual to hear Trump described in similarly messianic terms by his most devoted followers.

Yet, beyond rallying Trump’s own core of supporters, doomsday is not a political message that is likely to have much appeal. Americans — with Trump’s own election being a notable exception — tend to go with the candidate who offers the more optimistic vision of the future. Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America.” Bill Clinton’s place called Hope. Barack Obama’s “hope and change.”

But what’s also true is that, as early as it is in the election season, Trump stands at the forefront of the Republican field. And alas, the end — at least as the presidential season goes — is nowhere near.

Alan H

Super Anarchist
SF Bay Area
And now the Grand Jury is going to take a month off.

Yeah. Right. it's all so fucked up that it's laughable, except that it isn't at all funny.

....And we're supposed to believe in the "Law of the Land" and the integrity of the US judicial system? Let's ask Brionna Taylors mom about that.

Sol Rosenberg

Girthy Member
Magadonia Oblast
I believe someone recently pondered if DA Bragg was asked to hold off, as another case may go forward.
We really know very little about the grand jury at this point, nor should we unless they deliver charges. We know that some witnesses have testified, but that’s about it. Most of the rest of it is just the acts of a bullshitter getting free publicity for grifting his supporters.

Bull City

A fine fellow
North Carolina


Super Anarchist
New Orleans
Has there ever been an outcry from any actual donors to whatever pocket he eventually paid Ms. Stormy from, i.e., this outrageous, I'm shocked and want my money back, right now??
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