trump indicted

No sooner had Trump been indicted by a grand jury in New York than activist Nadine Seiler was outside the White House with her large homemade banner announcing it to the world. This morning she stationed herself in front of the building expressing her joy with many other enthusiastic visitors and tourists enjoying the moment.

Seiler may be remembered for her curating, collecting and preserving the many Black Lives Matter (BLM) posters and signs that were attached to the White House fence at Lafayette Park in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in 2020. She, along with New Yorker Karen Irwin, managed to save around 700 examples which have been stored while Seiler seeks a permanent home for them.

Seiler told Nuzeink that only two detractors out of the large crowds at the White House made any derogatory comments to her while many expressed their joy and excitement while stopping to take selfies with her and share their gratification that the former president is now in more legal hot water than he could ever imagine.

The New York prosecutor’s office rope-a-dope move took everyone off guard when word of the indictment was announced last evening. The hubristic former president, who in 2016 while campaigning, declared: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters” is now on the receiving end of one of his many allegedly illegal acts.

In a nation filled with guns, gun violence and mass shootings, his depiction of “shooting somebody,” while it may have played well to his backers, was an insensitive and outrageous comment like so many others that have defined both his character and style.

When the indictment is unsealed, the exact charges will be available for the world to see, and history will forever record that Trump was taken down by a porno star along with his financial improprieties.

Trump for his predictable part as usual is playing the role of a martyr in his defense in the media through his usual ad nauseum statements of being forever prosecuted due to conspiracies against him and his followers by a system that is loath to “Make America Great Again.” Blaming everyone but himself, many GOP politicians too weak to stand up on their own are lining up behind him to show their disdain for a system that has singled him out for what some have characterized as an “illegal” prosecution and abuse.

Detractors of Trump are now anxiously waiting for next Tuesday when Trump will head to court to be arrested, booked, finger-printed and photographed before being released. It is unclear at this moment if Trump will be handcuffed, or not. As we wait, security in New York has been mobilized and heightened while here in Washington, the Capitol grounds have had a new street barricade erected around its perimeter in anticipation of controlling any unrest.

While the country in its entire history has never had a president indicted on criminal charges, our democracy enters a new era of accountability from the top down. And for a guy who is such a vexatious litigant and claims to have never lost a lawsuit, he should easily be able to “beat the rap.”

Never missing an opportunity to profit from anything, Trump has already begun seeking money from his supporters for his legal defense fund. That begs the question of who would send money to a billionaire for anything?

When put in an historical perspective, the Nixon Watergate fiasco of the early 1970s looks like one of an innocent and naive era that has long ago faded into the past.

Photo: Phil Pasquini

(This article has previously appeared in Nuzeink.)

Phil Pasquini is a freelance journalist and photographer. His reports and photographs appear in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Pakistan Link and He is the author of Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America.

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