Is Trump 30% Softer Now? Yes!

By Donald A. Collins | 25 March 2023
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As time passes and Trump’s rhetoric repeats his usual pattern including his “victimization” claims or lately in saying in effect he’s the savior of America, we await Manhattan DA Bragg’s expected indictment.

The NY Times sees his indictment as likely. Read here.

Meantime we wonder how Trump’s fundraising on this likely charge is going.

We don’t know how well that fund raising is going, but this story “NYT reporter Maggie Haberman says Trump is ‘very anxious’ about a possible indictment because he doesn’t ‘want to face getting arrested’.

It says in part,

“Former President Donald Trump is “very anxious” about a potential indictment in one of several investigations against him, New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman said.

Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Haberman said Trump remains unnerved by the potential indictment, even as he begins fundraising off of it.

“He’s very anxious about the prospect of being indicted for a couple of reasons,” Haberman said after Tapper asked about what’s happening the behind scenes in Trump’s world. “He is aware that there are reasons to believe this could help him politically. We have heard a lot about this morning already. But he does not want to face getting arrested, which is what happens when you get indicted. You get fingerprinted. You get brought in. You have to ask for bail. None of that is something that he is excited about.”

Read it in full here.

His MAGA supporters are deemed by many political mavens as living in a fantasy world, incapable of hearing any news that would awaken them to the fact Trump tried to stop the transfer of power to Biden, a first in our history.

Could be no change, but good old self interest in climbing back to an electable GOP with some credibility intact definitely does not include Trump or his current leading clone Governor Ron DeSantis. The Governor has retracted his opinion that Putin’s war with Ukraine is a territorial dispute, but the damage is done.

That many GOP leaders are grappling with what to do about Trump can be read here.

Nearly a thousand January 6th rioters have been charged and many are going to jail.

It is one thing to peacefully protest, quite another to dangerously attack others.

One article in the 3/24 Washington Post which typifies what a convicted 1/6/21 rioter often says.

A Pennsylvania woman who was accused — but not convicted — of aiding in the theft of a computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for a half-dozen other crimes after a prosecutor described her as “among the worst” of the rioters that day.

Riley J. Williams, 24, who was found guilty of six offenses Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court in Washington, apologized at her sentencing for being “disrespectful, hateful and angry at innocent people” during the Jan. 6 mayhem. Back then, she said, she was “a young and stupid girl” who “was addicted to the internet” and believed false claims by President Donald Trump and his supporters about Trump being denied reelection because of massive fraud.

“There’s no justification or excuse for my behavior,” she told Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Echoing a defense attorney, who said Williams had been “manipulated” by Trump and others into storming the Capitol, Williams said in court, “I stand before you as a responsible woman who admits she made a mistake.”

On Thursday, in arguing that Williams and others like her are being forced to take the fall for Trump and his closest election-denying allies, Ulrich called up an image of Voltaire on a courtroom video screen along with a quote from the 18th-century French philosopher:

“Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Read the full article here.

Getting convicted changes your life in many ways, not the least of which may be losing your self-respect. The wreckage such convictions cause goes beyond the sentences. Trump has no such regrets and is clad to have his MAGA losers continuing to send their hard earned money to fund his continuing lies.

Do those Trump fantasy victims ever get the message? Will they continue to stick with Trump to cause his nomination? I don’t think the rest of GOP will allow it, but of course the Democrats would be delighted.

Again the preamble to the 2024 election is obviously the most critical in determining the answer to that question, but does this felon ever get convicted of the crimes he has committed? The NYC indictment is inconsequential, but a preamble to the Georgia election tampering, the secret document husbanding at Mar-a-Lago, and the main prosecution by the Justice Department. Many Americans wonder why that latter indictment has not yet occurred.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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