Bill Palmer has made it clear that Donald Jezebel Trump is going to prison. Naysayers deride the idea that anyone so powerful would be subject to the intractable mechanics of our justice system.
Matt Taibbi has written about the ‘two-tiered American Justice system’ at length in ‘The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap’. Consequently, the argument from the naysayers pooh-poohing Trump’s incarceration does have teeth. One must hold fast to the conviction that justice will, at long last, prevail in the over-long criminal career of Donald Trump.
To play devil’s advocate for a moment, The Donald could easily weasel out of jail-time if he were to follow the playbook of Vincent Gigante. Gigante – AKA “the Chin” – was head of the Genovese crime family. He avoided jail for decades by wandering the streets in a ratty bathrobe and slippers, feigning mental illness. He infamously appeared in court in a wheelchair with a tank of oxygen and a ‘nurse.’ His ruse worked when the judge ruled that Gigante was ‘mentally incompetent.’ ‘The Chin’ played out his feigned insanity for decades.
Trump could do the same. He could follow Gigante’s playbook by playing sick or asking to be ruled ‘non compos mentis’. He could certainly get enough mental health experts to swear under oath to his being mentally incompetent. That would be the easy part, undeniably.
However, Trump is a malignant narcissist. He’d never submit himself to such humiliation. His fragile ego would never deign to feign weakness of any kind. He, most assuredly, would never roam the streets in a dirty bathrobe like ‘the Chin’ did. Perish the thought!
Imagine, for a moment, ‘The Donald’ pleading in court that he was mentally unhinged. You can’t. Donald would never do that because it would violate the first law of the Trump Clan; Never show weakness. In the end, it is hoped that his narcissistic ego – the ancient Greeks called it ‘Hubris’- will be the engine of his demise.