Understand, I don’t have a grain of sympathy for Kevin McCarthy. He is a lying, hypocritical, opportunistic, transactional skunk of the first order, a man who appears to be devoid of any redeeming qualities. He got exactly what he deserved. He made a Faustian deal with the devil(s) that briefly gained him a gavel, but lost him his soul and dignity.
It’s the classic storyline. The Greek playwrights had this one down, as did Billy Shake. A man sows the seeds of his own destruction. I have not an ounce of pity for Kevin McCarthy, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
But I weep for our country. We’re not even us anymore, as we descend further into Third World Country status. Our government is paralyzed by dysfunctional incompetence, fueled by nothing other than blind and bitter tribalism.
All of this as we have already started a new countdown to a government shutdown.
“Gag” order, indeed. “With a spoon,” as Valley Girls used to say. Trump’s reckless and unfounded words and behavior would choke a buzzard. His speech and social media posts reflect what and who he is—an organized crime boss. Judge Engoran finally ran out of patience and told Donnie to don a muzzle. That’s appropriate attire for a yapping mutt.
And while we’re on the subject of annoying chihuahuas, The Cultists apparently have received their weekly talking points. They are now parroting Trump’s absurd argument that he should not have been charged with business fraud because nothing was harmed and there were no victims. That then, they say, proves that the charges are politically motivated and that the trial is a “witch hunt.”
That broom won’t fly. By definition, fraud involves deceitful and illegal harm inflicted on people and institutions. Our financial system was damaged. Our legal system was damaged.
By grossly inflating his assets, Trump was able to jack up his credit and loan limits, while reducing the interest rates he paid on those loans. That’s fraud, and yes, it harms institutions, people, and competing businesses and companies that comply with the law when submitting financial statements. Duh.
That’s not harmless. That’s not “victimless.”
It’s also not legal. That’s why these laws are on the books.
And by summary judgment, Judge Engoran has already found Trump guilty of breaking those laws. This trial is about nothing other than how much money Trump and His Spawn will have to fork over.
This ain’t about “witches.” It’s about gangster sons of bitches.