Editorial: Wow, what a week!

Column By Mike Bibb

Wow, what a week!  Especially, for former President Donald J. Trump.

Being a casual observer of the often-silly antics of Washington politics, and the equally hilarious group-think mentality of the mainstream press, the week of June 4-10 provided some of the most mind-numbing, legal contorting, uncamouflaged gotcha political shenanigans devised by Joe Biden’s team of puppeteers and dancing performers. 

They actually had the gonads to put on a play never performed before in the United States – a current U.S. president has a former U.S. president indicted for some kind of bogus document violations, while at the same time, the current U.S. president is doing the very same document thing.

And, has been doing it for decades!

Realistically, Trump’s 37-count indictment is designed for two purposes:  Hinder Trump from running for president again in 2024, and divert attention from Biden’s financially lucrative influence-peddling intrigues.                 

Wow!  Double wow!  Why not make it a 137, 237, or 1,337-count indictment? 

This whole clown caper is beyond ridiculous, and a bold-face display of Dems’ intentions of bringing down Trump by hook or crook. 

“Wait a minute, Mike, Joe didn’t indict Trump,” some may argue.

True.  Joe’s Department of Justice did, in cahoots with a grand jury.

Same thing. 

It appears, under Joe’s guidance, we’ve entered the realm of Banana Republic politics, where a sitting president routinely has the previous president arrested and incarcerated for an alleged crime — real or imagined.

Equally obvious, the Department of Justice has devolved into the Department of InJustice, specializing in seeking and removing individuals it deems a threat to its ideology and administrative agenda.

In essence, a two- or three-tiered system of law, each designed to deal with its own particular class of citizens and alleged infractions.

Of course, as we learned from George Orwell’s 1945 political fable “Animal Farm,” everyone is equal in the farm yard — only, some are more equal than others.

In going after Trump – for the umpteenth time – it appears Joe’s handlers are simply creating another twisted diversion to draw the public’s attention from the real corruption and criminal activities of the Biden family.

These nefarious schemes are currently being revealed by government agents, whistleblowers, and Congressional investigations exposing Biden’s intimate associations with foreign governments and individuals.

Apparently, Joe has been on the take for millions of dollars of laundered money for many, many years.  Way before he became president.

Which might explain his extravagant lifestyle on a public employee’s wage.

Also, since Joe and his family are not successful entrepreneurs, inventors, or engaged in legal activities conducive to making large sums of money, the obvious question is, what did they do to earn this impressive wealth?

Equally perplexing, why is it so difficult to track its sources?  The money came from somewhere, but where?

Presently, about 150 suspicious banking activity reports – SARS – have been reported by several banks involving Biden’s banking transactions.  Son Hunter, brother James, and other Biden children have been mentioned as receiving money from foreign sources, transferred through multiple entities, banks, and shell organizations. 

China, Russia, and Ukraine were identified as likely contributors, while a few other countries and foreigners are suspect.

A tangled web, intentionally designed to be confusing and frustrating to examine when being investigated by authorities.

Or, as Joe recently quipped to a reporter’s question on the subject “Where is the money?”  Then quickly added, “The story is just a bunch of malarkey.”  His usual response to a lot of things.

Yet, the media remains nearly mute in reporting the situation.  Perhaps, indicative of their complicity in ignoring one of the biggest news stories of the century.  

Instead, the DOJ and CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc., stay laser-focused on Trump.  He can’t get up in the morning without being accused of violating something or another. 

With a general election about a year and a half away, Democrats are getting nervous.  They know Joe is losing support, even within his own party.

His declining mental awareness is apparent.  He has difficulties holding press conferences without a teleprompter, cue cards, or scripted questions.  Even then, he frequently rambles and wanders off-topic.

Joe’s physical mishaps are equally troubling – falling upstairs, tripping while going downstairs, tumbling over on his bicycle, bumping his head on Marine One helicopter, and stumbling and falling down on stage at a U.S. Air Force graduation ceremony are a few of the more noticeable incidents. 

Yet, a Biden-Harris rerun remains a no-brainer for 2024, in spite of at least two additional Democrat contenders who’ve already garnered significant support.   

Trump, on the other hand, continues to increase in popularity.  No matter how many barriers, obstructions, and courtroom theatrics the Dems concoct, their foolish pranks inevitability blow up in their faces.

This latest stunt will probably be their biggest snafu yet.  They just never seem to learn.

In the meantime, Trump continues to hold campaign rallies — even while indicted.  Several 2024 Republican primary presential opponents have not had a detrimental effect.

By the way, I’m not sure Democrats are aware of the fact a convicted former president can run for president again.

There is no Constitutional provision prohibiting it.

Actually, it’s been done before.  Smithsonian Magazine, May 2020, reports “Eugene V. Debs was in an Atlanta penitentiary, serving a ten-year sentence, when he lost the 1920 presidential election. Two years earlier, Debs, a labor leader, had spoken out against America’s involvement in World War I. He was convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 after the prosecution argued that his antiwar speech obstructed military enrollment. The 1920 loss didn’t come as a surprise to Debs, who had run four times before. His fifth and final run, promoted with a campaign button that read “For President Convict No. 9653,” brought him nearly one million votes, says Claire Jerry, curator of political history at the National Museum of American History. President Harding commuted his sentence in December 1921.”

Harding probably recognized verbally protesting did not actually prevent anyone from entering the military, and was an apparent violation of Debs’ 1st Amendment right of free speech.

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author. 

Editor’s Note: Former President Trump was indicted after more than 100 documents with classified markings were found at his Mar-a-Lago resort in August 2022.

Trump was charged with 37 counts: 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information; one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice; one count of withholding a document or record; one count of corruptly concealing a document or record; one count of concealing a document in a federal investigation; one count of scheme to conceal; and one count of false statements and representations.