Donald Trump is more likely than ever to go to prison – this is a defining moment in US history

 Donald Trump is more likely than ever to go to prison – this is a defining moment in US history

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It was anticipated, yet, it is necessary to comprehend the gravity of the recent development. An ex-US president, who is a leading contender for the 2024 election, is now indicted for an alleged plot to subvert his 2020 election defeat, effectively an assault on American democracy. This is being described as the most consequential indictment in US history.

Donald Trump faces four charges, including conspiracy to defraud the US, witness tampering, and conspiracy against citizens’ rights. Although this marks Trump’s third and most serious indictment, following the silent payments conspiracy and mishandling of confidential documents, it doesn’t reveal anything new about Trump. However, it might significantly alter the trajectory of the next election.

Trump’s political journey is buttressed by an ecosystem of opportunistic supporters, a massive cult of followers who believe he can do no wrong, and a Republican Party with leadership that seemingly prioritizes immediate political benefits over the looming threat of their nation sliding into turmoil.

With this revelation, the onus is on Trump’s Republican counterparts to act. Prominent Republicans like Nikki Haley, Scott Thomas, and even Mike Pence, cannot continue to shift the blame onto a politicized Justice Department for Trump’s legal predicaments.

The charges against Trump are written in stark black and white. A neutral prosecutor is set to prosecute a former president and potential 2024 Republican candidate for allegedly attempting to dismantle democracy and reduce America to a giant banana republic.

While Trump is innocent until proven guilty, the evidence suggesting his attempt to subvert the 2020 election outcome and interrupt the voluntary transition of presidential power initiated by George Washington in 1796, places a historical burden on Haley, Thomas, and others to prevent a potential culprit from wielding presidential power again.

The trial of Trump and his six supposed co-conspirators will be presided over by Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee who has been known to deliver severe sentences to those involved in the Capitol insurrection. Special Counsel, Jack Smith, argues that Trump and his associates played a part in the orchestration of this event. If found guilty, they can expect little leniency.

The possibility of Trump facing a lengthy sentence appears increasingly likely, given the substantial evidence compiled by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack. It’s uncertain whether the trial will conclude before the November 2024 election. This introduces the potential scenario of a US president serving his term in prison. A shocking possibility, indeed.

Trump, with his history of draft evasion, sexual misconduct, and multiple business bankruptcies, seems far from an ideal candidate. Yet, the fact that his only remaining job prospect might be the presidency, as noted by commentator Tom Nichols, raises grave questions.

Joe Biden, a capable and pragmatic president who has bolstered the economy, initiated the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, reestablished ties with allies, and effectively handled domestic challenges, has indeed stood against these forces. But now, it’s time for the Republicans, Trump’s own party, to address this issue and redefine their party’s identity.

The reactions to this situation will be telling, particularly as Trump’s leading GOP contender, Ron DeSantis of Florida, has already insinuated a lack of fair trial due to the Democrat-leaning capital.

The only remedy for the specter of Trump, or Trumpism, is not only in the courtroom but also at the ballot box. How the GOP responds to this outcome, and their ability to rehabilitate their image, is a matter to be addressed later. The immediate concern is to ensure the preservation of democracy.

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