Prosecute Trump

I just heard a CNN correspondent say — while discussing the bombshell new recording of Donald Trump trying to force Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to help Trump get the presidency by changing the already-certified vote count in that state — that Trump likely won’t be prosecuted because the country is so divided.

The country is so divided because Donald Trump keeps committing crimes with impunity.

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If Trump isn’t held accountable for his crimes, including this latest attempt at what appears to be extortion in the commission of a second crime, voter fraud — Trump, who oversees the chief law enforcement officer in the country, dangled the threat of criminal action over Secretary of State Raffensperger, in the same phone call in which Trump told Raffensperger, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” — how long until a future candidate (even Trump himself, if he runs again) succeeds at stealing a presidential election because the lesson of the Trump era is that crime does in fact pay?

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Another reason to investigate this potential crime is that it likely extends beyond this one phone call. It’s difficult to believe that Raffensperger is the only state official, and Georgia the only state, strong-armed by Trump. In order to win the election, stealing Georgia’s 16 electoral votes wouldn’t be enough. In order to reach the necessary 270 electoral votes from Trump’s actual count of 232, Trump needs an additional 38 electoral votes. Georgia’s 16 would only put Trump at 248, still 22 shy of the presidency. It’s not unreasonable to ask who else Trump called in order to get the other 22 electoral votes he would need. And, did the others agree to Trump’s demand?

(A quick aside. The fact that only yesterday Trump tried to strong-arm Raffensperger to change the officially-certified vote tally means that Trump is actually trying to win. This whole song-and-dance about how the election was stolen isn’t simply some grift permitting Trump to save face while raking in millions in donations from his gullible base. Trump is actually trying to win the election. That goes to motive. And it suggests that there was more to Trump’s plan than just Georgia, as Trump would need more than Georgia to win. So what else did Trump do that we don’t yet know about?)

Read the rest of my article over at my new Substack newsletter, CyberDisobedience. Thanks.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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