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Trump Indicted for January 6th Insurrection
Well, it has finally happened. I’m not sure I really thought this day was going to come. Donald Trump has been indicted on four federal counts.

We were upset that US Attorney General Merrick Garland was moving too slowly. We belly-ached that he did not have the stomach for this. That may have been true, but the House investigation of January 6th made it easier for Merrick Garland to do his job. (Thank you, Nancy Pelosi, for pushing for this Commission: when the indictment was handed down on August 1 we, the American people, knew most of the facts already.)

When Garland appointed Jack Smith last November as an independent counsel, it was looked at with a side-eye: progressives were not sure it was a good thing. Now, it looks like a stroke of genius, as Trump drones on about the Department of Justice being biased against him. (What does the GOP always say? “If you do not want to be arrested, stop breaking the law.”)

Please understand that along with Trump, we are on trial. America is on trial. This trial should be televised so that we can all see … everything. We have to believe that Justice is being done (with a capital J) because this is about the rule of law. It almost does not matter if Trump goes to jail or is found guilty. I hope that he will be found guilty, but what really matters is that we, the American people, believe that the whole thing is fair and that everyone follows the law.

There are tons of questions that remain. When will the trial be? How will the trial affect the election? Will there be others indicted and convicted for conspiracy?

All these questions will be answered in due time. The lady with the scales, Lady Justice, will move slower than we would like. We are going to have to defeat Donald Trump again. We are going to have to use logic, wit, and passion to beat him. In this election, there is no way that progressives aren’t motivated. We will turn out in force to defeat Trump once again. The one thing that Trump is really good at is losing. He lost decisively in 2020, and we can make him a loser again in 2024!

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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