Listen, I get it, Steve Schmidt has made some questionable choices in life, not the least of which are becoming a Republican in the first place and helping to elevate an utter joke to the status of contender for a national office, and those boneheaded missteps should absolutely be taken into account whenever he offers an opinion on anything.
But like Liz Cheney, when Steve is right, he is right, even if only on the one imperative exigency of our time – the need to lock Donald Trump up in a federal jail cell and end his existential threat to American Democracy.
Writing on Substack Schmidt hones in, as good writers are wont to do, on the central premise of his essay, that not only is Trump’s criminality already proven beyond any reasonable doubt, it merits a long stay in federal prison:
“There were a million corrupt acts that occurred during the rancid Trump era, and probably thousands of offences that are indictable. The fact that the Saudis gave Jared Kushner $2 billion for his “investment fund” shortly after leaving the White House should have instigated a criminal investigation – one against the son of a felon, who strode the world like America’s dauphin with his plastic wife setting unbreakable records of crudity, nepotism, entitlement and arrogance that even the British Royal family couldn’t touch on their best day.
All of this was disgusting and awful. Much of it was criminal, but there is one great crime that stands alone. It is singular. There is no doubt whatsoever about what happened and how. There was intent, motive, a plan and co-conspirators. Donald Trump attacked the United States on January 6th, 2021, for the purposes of remaining in political power. He led a coup. The facts are clear.
He must be arrested and charged by the Government of the United States. He must face criminal trial. The era of special treatment for the Queens hustler must come to an end. His appalling dispensations have helped shatter trust and confidence in the American justice system at a moment in which the collapse of faith, trust and belief in American institutions has reached such a dangerous low that extremism has been embraced as an answer. The extremism led to the greatest crime against democracy since the firing on Fort Sumter.“
Steve is not only one hundred percent correct in the title of his piece, but also in his unspoken but strongly implied contention that the DOJ must act with all due alacrity and dispatch to make it happen soon.
For Trump is, as we speak, breathe, and try to live our lives in some kind of peace, taking, as is his method, a wrecking ball to The Overton Window of accountability for criminal behavior, and seeking to sell the proposition – like it is one of his shoe-leather steaks or vinegar and sugar wines – that by standing once again for the office of the President he is somehow granted immunity from prosecution.
And the longer he flogs this ridiculous idea, the more his supporters in the Congress and State Legislatures will magpie his words, to the point that many in the press will hear this misbegotten clangor and mistake it for an idea that merits serious debate. At which point we will no doubt be whisked away to rural diners in red pockets of our fractious union to hear the opinion of those whose one true pole star is only to bring fascism and religious oppression to our shores.
And what of the fear that prosecuting Trump will lead to political violence from Trump’s mob?
Well, Mr. Schmidt has something to say about that also…
“The American people must not live at the point of the militia’s gun. We won’t.”