When will the Manhattan District Attorney and the grand jury issue a criminal indictment against Donald Trump? Will it happen at the end of Wednesday after Michael Cohen finishes his testimony? Will it happen on Thursday or Friday? We don’t have any way yet to know for sure – and neither does Donald Trump.
Whatever minor annoyance you may be feeling over having to wait for the indictment to come down, keep in mind that you’re not the one being criminally indicted. This is a serious blow to Trump’s future, his ambitions, and his ability to avoid spending the rest of his days in a prison cell. To that end, Trump appears to be already fully crumbling while waiting for the hammer to drop.
Over the past half a day, Donald Trump has gone nuclear on his failed social network, lashing out at everyone from Ron DeSantis to Oprah to Jay Leno. In the old days Trump would attack public figures in the hope of starting feuds with them that would take up so much headline space, it would drown out the news of his latest corrupt scandals. But these days the few people who are even paying attention to Trump’s antics are mostly just laughing at him.
It was one thing when the “President of the United States” was attacking popular public figures. It was an automatic controversy for them, whether they responded or not. But at this point no one really cares. Everyone knows that Trump is merely attacking public figures out of a desperate attempt at relevance, which in turn is a sign that he’s not particularly relevant these days – at least not as a leading political figure.
Donald Trump now finds himself stuck in a different arena, meaning his antics are going to be viewed differently. He’s just going to be seen as an obviously guilty public figure who’s going on criminal trial and is looking at prison. Trump can lash out all he wants, but no one sees his attempted feuds as being of any consequence. Instead his feuds are merely going to be seen as desperation on the part of a criminal defendant who doesn’t have the sense to shut up.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report