I don’t want Donald Trump to go to jail.
I just want him to go away.
I want him discredited. I want him disgraced. I want him destroyed.
But Trump in jail is a martyr, an inspirational rally cry to lies, deceit, dissension and hate.
Trump in jail is a country club prisoner, still pulling political strings through one of his puppet progeny.
Trump in jail is everything Nelson Mandela was not. He’s not righteous. He’s not regal.
He’s not even respected.
Even when he was in prison for 27 years, 27 years, Mandela had power.
I don’t even want Donald Trump to have my pity.
He’s nothing to me. He’s even less than that.
So, when FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida compound last week looking for God knows what, I didn’t celebrate like the vengeful Democrats who want to get Trump at any cost.
I didn’t high five like I might if Pete Alonso crushed one over the left field wall, or if Zach Wilson scored on a quarterback sneak.
There was none of that.
I was saddened.
I was saddened that it has come to this, that the Justice Department is so desperate to find a criminal charge worth pursuing that it would authorize a noisy raid on the home of a man who was President of the United States.
It’s enough to make you think Andrew Cuomo has a point.
“DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations,” the former New York governor tweeted.
I also didn’t believe even for a quarter of a second that President Biden knew nothing of the raid until he read about it on Twitter.
If the agents found the smoking gun they were looking for, I guess it was worth it.
If they found that Trump had removed classified documents or destroyed them, and if prosecutors can convince a jury that the former president violated the Presidential Records Act, it may be enough to keep him from running again.
Otherwise, the Justice Department has just fired up Trump’s base, which already believes he did nothing worse than hold on to some overdue library books.
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It was a smoking gun that did in Richard Nixon. That former president was caught on tape — his own — conspiring early on with his chief of staff to cover up the Watergate break-in.
Nixon lost congressional support over the tapes, and resigned in disgrace on Aug. 9, 1974.
Trump’s alleged crimes before and since he left office are every bit as bad as what Nixon was accused of.
They’re probably even worse.
The difference is that Nixon was forced out of office before he could…