The Trump Raid – We’re Missing the Point

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Posted: Sep 17, 2022 12:01 AM

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“The documents were declassified!” 

“Trump had every right keep them!”

“They posed no risk to national security!”

Conservatives have been defending Trump with these kinds of arguments ever since the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago last month.  They’re missing the point, though.  Seeking to prove that Trump did nothing wrong in possessing these documents is like trying to establish that the victims of Stalin’s show trials weren’t in fact Trotskyites.  Well, of course they weren’t. 

But Stalin didn’t care if his enemies – perceived or real – were Trotskyites or “counter-revolutionaries.”  What mattered to him was that they were his enemies.  And that’s why we call their legal proceedings “show trials.”  They weren’t exercises in justice; they were facades for political suppression.  

Did Trump commit a crime?  I doubt it.  Democrats have spent six years and tens of millions of dollars investigating virtually every step he’s taken in his life.  So far, they’ve come up with nothing.  Which means that although Trump seems impetuous, he evidently hires

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