Yesterday I wrote that we were having a “stupid news day.” That was because the headlines and conversations were being dominated by the ill fated legal effort to remove Donald Trump from the ballot, and the fake scandal involving Joe Biden and classified documents. Neither of these stories was ever going anywhere, and in spite of yesterday’s hoopla, they’re now both pretty much put to bed. But two other stories quietly happened yesterday that help put the dismantling of Donald Trump into much more clear focus.
The first such story came when a judge ordered that Peter Navarro must report to prison while appealing his guilty verdict in his criminal case. It was a good reminder that this is how things usually work. When Steve Bannon was allowed to remain out of prison while appealing his verdict, the judge made that judgment call because it was such a short sentence to begin with. When Donald Trump is convicted on serious charges that come with several-year prison sentences, Trump will be put in prison while he appeals the verdict.
The other important story from yesterday was when a judge formally posted the $83.3 million verdict against Donald Trump, which started the clock on his thirty day window for appeal. If Trump can’t post the massive bond required to file such an appeal, the legal process will begin by which his assets are forcibly taken and transferred to E. Jean Carroll. That’s a complex process that won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. And now the clock has been set in motion. We’ll see the same thing play out on an even larger dollar scale when Trump’s New York civil fraud verdict comes down next week.
So it’s all starting to come together more clearly now. Donald Trump is indeed going to prison once he’s convicted. And he’s indeed in the process of losing all his assets. These are processes that Trump can’t stop, or at this point even slow down. The dismantling of Donald Trump is firmly underway.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report