The first thing to understand about the indictment of Donald Trump by the Manhattan Grand Jury convened by the George Soros-funded District Attorney Alvin Bragg is that it is only incidentally a legal proceeding. Don’t be distracted by the avalanche of analyses that are poised to descend on the public. All the legal mumbo-jumbo is beside the point.
At its core, the indictment of Donald Trump is a political exercise, not a legal proceeding. That is to say, it involves the deployment of state power against an individual, not the impartial application of the law.
Indeed, what is happening to Donald Trump is about the deliberate abrogation of the law in the service of power. Nancy Pelosi inadvertently got to the nub of the issue when, barely able to contain her glee, she tweeted, “The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.”
The Twitterverse instantly, and rightly, descended like a ton of bricks on the stuttering former speaker of the House, pointing out that she got things exactly backward.
In the American system of justice, it is not the duty of the accused to prove his innocence. On the contrary, the burden of proof falls upon the state, which, in criminal cases, must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that someone is guilty of a specified crime or crimes.
But in a larger sense, Pelosi spoke the truth. Why? Because the rule of law as traditionally understood no longer exists in large areas of American society. Sure, if you run a red light or rob a bodega, the police are likely to call you to account. But even there, it depends. It you are a Black Lives Matter “protester” and you smash in a storefront window and walk off with the contents of said store, you are just as likely to get off with a slap on the wrist or, if you are in New York, you might get a check for $21,500 to compensate you for your run-in with the police. Three hundred such protestors were the lucky recipients of that windfall.
The sad truth is this: in America, the law has been suspended for people the regime dislikes. Justice no longer stands erect holding out scales and wearing a blindfold to demonstrate her impartiality. She is scouring the landscape with a microscope looking for crimes of which her enemies may be plausibly accused.
Other societies have experimented with this expedient. Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s chief of the secret police, gave pithy expression to the essential operating principle. “Show me the man,” Beria said, “and I’ll show you the crime.”
Florida governor Ron DeSantis may be Donald Trump’s political rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, but that did not prevent him from weighing in perceptively on what just happened. “The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head,” DeSantis tweeted. “It is un-American. The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent.”
That is exactly right, and I for one am pleased at his further declaration that “Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda.”
It is too soon to know what the Manhattan’s Grand Jury’s indictment portends. As I write, the indictment is still under seal. But Alvin Bragg has made it clear that, when it comes to Donald Trump, the full force of the law will be on display. “This evening,” Bragg’s office said in an official statement, “we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.”
Donald Trump is not a BLM protester. He is not Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, James Comey, Peter Strzok or Hunter Biden. He does not inhabit, as those agents of the regime do, their magic circle of exemption.
How far the Deep State will be allowed to proceed down this path of lawlessness is unknown. They control virtually all the levers of power and it is a long time until November 2024.
But I am not alone in feeling that a bridge has been crossed, a turning point reached and left behind. Will the public stand for the consolidation of a two-tier system of justice? I do not know. But Texas senator Ted Cruz got it exactly right. “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds,” he tweeted. “The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage. This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.”