He’s always there! Right? And you know exactly who I mean. I just Googled him and the latest news at this very second, though undoubtedly not 30 seconds from now, is that he’s asked the New York judge in the civil fraud trial he recently lost — a mere $355 million judgment for inflating the value of his properties (full cost $454 million), a sum rising by $87,502 a day until he pays — to delay the enforcement of that judgment for a month. Oh, and while he was at it, he started comparing himself to the dead Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. “It is a form of Navalny,” he insisted, speaking about his situation. And then, focusing on himself, of course, not the Russian dissident, he added: “And it’s a horrible thing. But it’s happening in our country too. We are turning into a communist country in many ways. And if you look at it, I’m the leading candidate, I got indicted… I got indicted four times, I have eight or nine trials… all because of the facts that I’m in politics.”
You undoubtedly didn’t know that Joe Biden and crew were commies (and they probably didn’t either), but now you do (even if they don’t). And perhaps you know, too, that a group of 154 American historians and presidential experts recently ranked The Donald as the worst president in American history, a singular honor when you think about it. No middle of the pack like Biden (#14) for him! And imagine this: the worst president in our history, the man who, on December 19, 2020, tweeted “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election,” and then announced a “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th” and invited his fans to Washington (“Be there! Will be wild!), is today leading in numerous polls for the 2024 presidential election.
Honestly, you couldn’t make this stuff up. It would be too absurd. And yet perhaps all of this would be different if, unlike his civil cases in New York, the American criminal justice system, state and national, worked just a tad better. As TomDispatch regular Karen Greenberg points out today, when it comes to criminal justice, delay is the name of the game and not just in regard to our former president. All too sadly, it could add a distinct “in” to justice, American-style. Tom
Justice Delayed Is Democracy Denied
In 1868, British Prime Minister William Gladstone famously said, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” The phrase has often been repeated here in the United States, most famously by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who echoed it in his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Sadly enough, justice delayed (and possibly denied) is once again front and center in America as we face the specter of Donald Trump and his insistence on eternally evading the reach of the law. What's at stake isn't just the fate of the former president, but an essential aspect of democracy.Read More