Trump’s indictment will be a test for American democracy

The drama surrounding the indictment of ex-President Donald Trump under 34 criminal articles, in which he declares his “innocence”, has shown that democratic processes continue to work and that no one in the United States is above the law. But at the same time, he captures the danger this democracy faces when the accused, his followers, and the Republican Party itself to which they belong, continue to undermine democracy by attacking the judicial process, just as they attacked the election when the results were not in their favor.

Those who support Trump show through their ideological blindness that they are less concerned with preserving American democracy as we know it and are more likely to force some businessman who tried to use any defense available in the constitutional realm to avoid having been convicted of all the crimes of which he is accused, and there are many, to become an executor of the values ​​and principles of political pluralism on which this nation is founded.

For example, last week, even before the indictment was released, the top leadership of the Republican Party, both inside and outside Congress, had already sided with Lieutenant Trump, accusing the Manhattan prosecutor’s office of “political harassment” and “abuse of power.” From Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy to former Vice President Mike Pence, the very man the Trump mob wanted to hang in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, for not giving in to Trump’s pressure to refuse to certify the results of the vote. The 2020 presidential election won by Joe Biden echoed the same line that Manhattan Attorney Alvin Bragg is “abusing his power” to pursue Trump politically.

It’s the same Republican song and dance they’ve been using to set the stage to continue opening up space for the extremism that comes from Trump since he announced his candidacy for president in 2015, blaming immigrants for all the country’s ills. and malicious minorities. through his rhetoric – to the point where he even classified them as “bad people”. But the only thing that remains clear today, with 34 charges against him, is that the real “bad man” appears to be Donald Trump, who will be tried by a Colombian-born immigrant. Judge Juan Manuel Mercan.

This Tuesday, Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders known for spreading white nationalist conspiracy theories, attended a pro-Trump rally in Manhattan but ended up leaving amid whistles and hoots at the ex- president. According to press reports, it was drowned out by the president. It was further reported that in an interview with Right Side Broadcasting, Taylor Green compared Trump to “Nelson Mandela” and “Jesus Christ.” According to reports, Taylor Green said that “Jesus was arrested and killed by the Roman government.”

Can there be a more brazen and despicable criticism than Greene’s attempt to draw a historical comparison with figures who walked in diametrically opposed paths to the cynicism, bravado, misogyny, lies, cowardice and racism of a character like Donald Trump who will be remembered as the worst in the history of the United States ?

While Senate Republican leaders have so far kept aloof from blaming Trump, the fact that senior House and party leaders continue to defend the ex-president indicates the level of power that figure wields, right up to the process of choosing the next presidential candidate. from the Republicans.

In fact, his approval ratings have improved in the midst of this lawsuit, with his campaign showing that when the allegations were announced last Thursday, the Trump campaign raised $7,000,000. This amount of money, which has undoubtedly increased over time, says a lot about this segment of the US population that still follows this ideological scam, whose anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric has been taken up by other Republican figures and led to massacres in El Paso and Buffalo. .

All of this is important because the Republican figures who continue to defend Trump are the same ones who continue to claim that the 2020 general election was “rigged,” that the election was “stolen” from Trump. And these are the same people who continue to downplay the January 6, 2021, Trump fanatic attack on the US Capitol that ended in death and destruction.

These are the same people who were not intimidated by this attack on democracy, a deliberate attempt coup d’état based on lies; and those who now call the criminals who participated in the assault and brutally attacked police officers “political prisoners.” These are the same people who continue to minimize the evidence against Trump and attack the lawsuits; the ones who have dedicated themselves to spreading conspiracy theories of all kinds, from electoral fraud to claims that we are being “invaded” on the border with Mexico.

These are the same people who wanted to turn the former president, who was effectively a victim of the country’s democratic history that shed blood, sweat and tears to make the United States the most complete democracy in the world, into a “victim”, knowing that extremism runs parallel to history. country and this very democracy.

This is just another litmus test for this democracy, which in 2024 will once again decide who will lead the nation, while Trump, the first former president to face criminal charges in the history of the United States, is trying to return to office by methods far removed. from law and democracy itself.

* Maribel Hastings and David Torres / Voice of America in Spanish

Author: Maribel Hastings and David Torres
Source: La Opinion

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