Another Call to Arms? I Hope NOT!

It seems there is only one major thing in the news this weekend, the anticipated indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.  The potential indictment is a result of the $130,000 in hush money that Trump paid to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election to ensure her silence about their earlier affair.  I had not intended to write about this prematurely, until it actually comes to pass, but there is so much smoke blowing – toxic smoke – that I thought it required a bit of dissection.

First, let me just say that while his affair with Ms. Daniels and then his attempt to pay more money than most of us will ever see in one place at one time to buy her silence are terrible.  The affair itself is an indicator of a person without morals or values, the hush money may be a violation of Federal Election Commission rules.  That is not for us to decide.  That said, it is interesting and disappointing that this is the first potential indictment Trump will face, for while it is terrible, there are numerous other crimes he has committed that are far more horrible on a far larger scale.  I would much rather see pending indictments for his role in plotting the attempted coup on January 6th 2021, and for his theft of classified documents upon leaving the White House, and for his recorded effort to coerce Georgia officials to change the vote count.  These are all definite crimes that there is no doubt he committed.  And those may yet come, however first there is this case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

The rhetoric surrounding the case is what’s keeping it in the headlines.  Here are a few examples:

  • “The idea of indicting a president of the United States is deeply troubling to me as it is to tens of millions of Americans – and particularly happening in what appears to be a politically charged environment in New York where the attorney general and other elected officials literally campaigned on a pledge to prosecute the former president.” – Former VP Mike Pence who was the main target of the January 6th insurrection
    • I would respond to Mr. Pence that as a citizen, it is ‘deeply troubling’ to have had a president who lied to us, cheated us, and conned us for four years!
  • “This is unAmerican and the radical Left has reached a dangerous new low of Third World countries. Knowing they cannot beat President Trump [sic] at the ballot box the Radical Left will now follow the lead of Socialist dictators and reportedly arrest President Trump [sic], the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States.” – Representative Elise Stefanik (New York)
  • “This is a personal sexual situation. What about Bill Clinton? That wasn’t worse? This guy allegedly – and I’m telling you it’s untrue. As his personal friend, I’m going to tell you categorically she’s lying. Categorically. And I know I say that all the time. I can tell you personally why I know that. She’s a damn liar! Manhattan has suffered unbelievable levels of crime under this incompetent and communist – this Soros paid for piece of I don’t know what.” – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • “If the Manhattan DA indicts President Trump, he will ultimately win even bigger than he is already going to win. And those Republicans that stand by and cheer for his persecution or do nothing to stop it will be exposed to the people and will be remembered, scorned, and punished by the base. President Trump did nothing wrong and has always fought for the American people, and we all know it, which is why we love him.” Representative Marge Greene (Georgia)

And then, as if the voices weren’t already causing our ears to ring and making us feel ill, Kevin McCarthy steps in and says …

“Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump. I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”

This from the man who is the leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, hired to represent the people of this nation, not to defend a lying criminal!  Thus far, all his ‘investigations’ have been a waste of taxpayer dollars, as this one will be also.  I guess he needs to do this to stay on the good side of Trump, though.

But the one thing that concerns me most over this is the potential for violence.  All the above voices are enough to bring out the die-hard trumpists, but to throw a can of fuel on the fire, Trump himself had to jump into the fray with one of his ALL CAPS rants that is eerily reminiscent of his “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” on December 19th, 2020 …


We saw the results on January 6th of his tweet, and my concern is that we will see similar results this week when and if he is indicted in Manhattan.  Mind you, that is NOT a reason for the prosecution to back off, not a reason for any of the cases against Trump to be halted or slowed, but it is a very real possibility that must be considered.

And it is being considered.  I understand that meetings have been going on throughout the week among city, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New York City about security preparations for a possible indictment of Trump.  Let us hope that lessons were learned by the events of January 6th and that law enforcement will be far better prepared this time.

While there may be an indictment, and there may be a fine, I do not operate under any illusions that Trump will be arrested or see the inside of a jail cell, so you can put that dream to bed right now.  Again, this is not even the most important case pending against him … I almost think this is something of a trial balloon, testing the waters for future cases on more important issues.

17 thoughts on “Another Call to Arms? I Hope NOT!

  1. Pingback: Another Call to Arms? I Hope NOT! | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

  2. Yah I read the troubling headlines yesterday of him calling for protests for his supposed arrest this Tuesday. Such an awful man – and dangerous man who knows what he’s doing. Let us hope there are no huge violence in your country this coming week. Stay safe and strong, Jill.

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    • I hope not, too. More than that, though, I hope he is indicted on this and the other charges that are pending against him … whatever it takes to ensure that his name is not on the ballot next year! That said, I really would take great pleasure seeing him shoved into the back of a police car in handcuffs!!! I know it won’t happen, but I can dream, yes?

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  3. Jill, part of me says this is another Trump distraction tactic as he does not like the news about a veterans’ group calling his sycophants at Fox News on the carpet for their gaslighting of the public about Trump’s Big Lie, when they know it is not true. This veteran groups is running commercials to have Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham removed from military broadcast of Fox. They say the trio are putting our country at risk. This makes Trump look bad as it should.

    Yet, with that said, Trump will use ANY opportunity to fan the flames of his zealous followers. I wish these charges came last year, as I fear they are getting in the way of the bigger, more serious charges that should be forthcoming and better get here soon. But, even with those, the former president will do EXACTLY what he is doing now and play the victim. “They just don’t like me” he tells his followers.

    As with his entire career of well-documented (by multiple sources) of lying, taking the blame has not been in his tool kit. It is always someone else’s fault even when his hand is in the cookie jar.


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    • Indeed, I’m sure he is not happy about the veterans group. But I also think that he is hoping that his call to “Protest, take our nation back” is a bullhorn to groups like the Proud Boys, Three Percenters, Oath Keepers and other right-wing groups, just as his remarks a month prior to January 6th were a dog whistle. Therein lies the danger, I think, for although some of those are now in prison, many are not and I understand their membership is increasing. That said, the DoJ, Manhattan’s D.A., and Georgia prosecutors MUST follow through, they cannot allow him to slide because of any threats of violence, real or imagined.


      • Agreed. This illicit acting person needs to be held accountable. He has already been found guilty in or settled court cases involving his tax fraud, one for his corporation and one for his foundation in the last few years. People need to be reminded of these. The last one was so egregious, his foundation was ordered to be terminated AFTER he repaid it for funds he used for personal use. He likes spending others’ money. Keith

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        • I typically don’t engage in conversations about him on Social Media, but someone I know posted a sickening post praising Trump and McCarthy, and I was just in the mood to respond, so I dashed off a quick one-liner saying something to the effect that only idiots and fools still thought highly of Trump. My jaw dropped when I saw the responses tonight … I’ve never seen so many people in such blind adoration of a criminal who damn near destroyed our nation! It spoke to me … made me realize that no matter what he does, no matter how many indictments there are against him, no matter how much evidence of his criminality, he still has a very dedicated (and not very intelligent) base.


  4. I always find it fascinating and terrifying how those who love to abuse power, built walls and make the rich richer do exactly what they blame those who oppose them supposedly do. Tyrants have long arms who often stretch through time as Germany knows very well. Hitlers heirs are still or again strong in Germany 😪


  5. Once again ne is trying to use fear to stop the progress of Justice. This itself is a crime in my books.
    As for an indictment of Trump being “deeply troubling to tens of millions of Americans,” it sounds overwhelming until you remember, there are 330 million Americans. Suddenly the number sounds like a drop in a bucket!
    But a dangerous number, nonetheless…

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    • Yes, trying to use fear is part of it, no doubt. And to an extent, that tactic has worked for him in the past, which I believe is why it is taking so long for justice to be served. The DoJ and other branches of law enforcement don’t want to set off a domino chain that leads to violence and the deaths of the innocent. But, we cannot be held hostage by one dangerous madman.


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