How Dangerous is Georgia v. Trump?
Plus: the MAGA civility police
Europe may be on the brink of war, the pandemic continues to spread, markets are roiled by inflation fears and interest rate hikes, and we have more evidence about the former president’s attempted coup.
By all means, let’s engage in the required pearl clutching over Joe Biden’s open mic incivility. Or, maybe let’s not, except to note the effulgent irony of the “Let’s Go Brandon” crowd’s performative indignation over a president who calls anyone a “stupid SOB.”
I know that you are expecting deep thoughts about all of this, but I bring you only snark:
GOP congressman Jim Banks:
Jim Banks @RepJimBanksHave we ever seen a President attack and malign the free press like Joe Biden has??
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
The time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory
But, he fights! Amirite?
Apparently, Biden apologized, just like… oh, FFS.
The Daily Beast @thedailybeastUPDATE: Peter Doocy says Biden called him to apologize, adding that he “appreciated” that Biden had “cleared the air” despite “all this stuff going on” in the world, calling it a “nice call” https://t.co/1YfwoKIwHg
Exit take: A reminder that there are no fixed standards in our politics — only cudgels.
Georgia on our minds
Meanwhile, there was some actual news: “Georgia prosecutor granted special grand jury in probe of Trump’s efforts to overturn state’s election results.”
As you know, my default setting these days is to regard any suggestion that “the walls are closing in on Trump” with skepticism. I share Max Boot’s agnosticism about all of this:
And so, as much as I would love to see Trump held legally accountable for his misconduct, I remain pessimistic that he will ever be indicted, much less convicted. Even in the unlikely event that he is ultimately found guilty of a felony, that alone won’t stop him from running for president.
But, nevertheless, it’s worth asking the question: how much real legal danger does Trump face in the Georgia case?
The answer: quite a bit, actually.