Rachel Maddow said the US judicial system would be under attack like never before if Donald Trump was indicted.
The first grand jury we’ll hear from is in Georgia and we’ll hear from them this week. If he believes our American version of one of these men is attacking the press for defying him and attacking the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate him, then what is around the corner for our democracy is he accused of? What is around the corner is that if he is charged it is an assault on a particular system, the specific system that has the power to charge him and possibly arrest him, bring him to court and prosecute him. (inaudible) one thing with the people who investigate you, but what do you do with the courts, and do you attack this system with the same willingness to burn one of the pillars of our democracy?
All over the world, we know what it’s like when far-right leaders try to dismantle this kind of system to assert and keep full power for themselves. We’ve never had to deal with that here. We’ve got a lot to quickly learn about how to make sure of these things, so they stay tuned for what’s coming very soon.
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Maddow was right. American democracy has never faced an attack on the court system like Trump and his allies would launch if the former president was indicted. It is very likely that almost all of the Republican Party will defend Trump by attacking the rule of law and the judicial branch of government.
Trump has attacked the courts since they stopped him from overturning the 2020 election, but if he is charged, something far more serious could be unleashed. Trump and the Republicans can attack the pillar of our law-supporting system. It will be a great test that will only pass if Donald Trump is condemned and held accountable.
Jason is the Managing Editor. He is also the White House press reporter and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association