There's a great furor online -- celebration among many of the people who are critical of former President Donald Trump, anguish and outrage among his supporters.
Me, I never liked the guy and never voted for him; the real-estate promoter and reality TV figure always reminded me of every bad boss I ever had, most of whom were remarkable screw-ups, untrustworthy, overbearing and in love with their own greatness. Not all of them were crooked, not all of them were incompetent, but every one of them left a mess wherever they went, creating unhappy employees, badly disrupted workplaces and always doing more harm than good. Mr. Trump seemed to me to be cut from that same cloth in 2016 and his subsequent actions have only confirmed my opinion. I started out thinking he was a bad choice and in the fourth year of his Presidency, he managed to convince me he was a disastrous one instead.
There certainly appears to be sufficient basis to charge him with skullduggery with classified or sensitive government documents. Is he guilty? Well, that, you see, is why we have trials. He'll get his day(s) in court and he has no shortage of money and skilled lawyers to apply to the case.
Dancing in the streets or shrieking and pounding on the table (boy-howdy, I'd sure hate to be the set-building carpenter at Fox News!) are hardly appropriate actions at this point.
In my personal opinion, the man is a slug who had no business being in the White House in the first place and shouldn't be returned to it. His primary opponents range from "slightly less bad" to "not entirely awful," but so far the entire pack of them is nowhere near to baying at his heels and I doubt his current legal woes will make much difference in the Republican primary.
As for the general election, I don't think the Democrats could ask for a better motivation to get their voters to the polling places. The GOP has abandoned the political center in favor of a set of grievances and pet issues, and I don't think it's a winning strategy. In 2016, a narrow electoral college majority was willing let a bombastic outsider have a go at the job. 2020 demonstrated that a majority of voters were not happy with the results. Rerunning the same play is going to have the same outcome.
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