Given all the investigations surrounding former “president” Donald Trump, one would think he’s going down at any time. Yes, his company was found guilty in New York, but Trump’s company going down is neither here nor there. We want to see Trump in an outfit matching his spray tan. Of course, if he can be ruined financially, that’s a nice second place finish. He’s going to have to hire lawyers to defend him if and when the DOJ or Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charge him, and that itself could pose a conundrum for Trump. He’s likely running out of them, and one more case may be more than he can handle financially.
The DOJ has made clear that Trump’s claims of immunity in civil suits stemming from the January 6 insurrection are nonexistent. According to NBC News, the DOJ’s filing in the Court of Appeals stated that Trump “does not have absolute immunity” from the multiple lawsuits filed against him by Capitol police and members of Congress. He should be held liable. Without him, January 6 would never have happened; Brian Sicknick would not have died, four other officers would not have committed suicide, and members of Congress and their staff would not have had to run for their lives. Yet, Kevin McCarthy’s office and the House Oversight chair James Comer had the nerve to meet with Ashli Babbitt’s mother. Ashli Babbitt was a criminal. She made the choice to trespass into the Capitol and as police often do, they shoot criminals on sight. Her mother needs to blame Donald Trump and sue him as Capitol police officers and members of Congress have done.
The DOJ’s brief included a description of the function of the presidency as it relates to public speaking, and presidents have an absolute right to speak publicly on matters of concern. “But that traditional function is one of public communication. It does not include incitement of imminent private violence of the sort the district court found that plaintiffs’ complaints have plausibly alleged here,” the DOJ wrote in its brief. The meaning cannot be clearer: Trump caused the violence on January 6, and he did so with malevolence because he lost the election. He wanted what happened to happen. He sat by and watched on television as those people injured police officers and vandalized the Capitol. Indeed, some have reported that he did so with glee.
Donald Trump’s narcissism is legendary. He was convinced he would win reelection, and when he didn’t, he did what he does best: lie. He made everything about him, and he continues to do so. He claimed immunity from civil lawsuits, and that claim has been flatly denied and debunked by the DOJ. Even though what the DOJ wrote won’t dictate where these cases go, it makes a clear statement that the plaintiffs can use in prosecuting their cases. Donald Trump is a sick man. He needs to pay for all he has done to harm this country, and he needs to be put in a position where he can do no further harm.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years