Monday, June 24, 2024

Finally: Donald Trump Arraigned, Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty, Faces 55 Years in Jail for Fomenting January 6th Insurrection


Donald Trump has finally been brought to his knees. So to speak.

In federal Court today in Washington DC, Trump has been arraigned, arrested, and released on four counts in the fomenting of the January 6th capitol insurrection: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights.

Trump was advised as he pleaded not guilty that he faces 55 years in jail.

This is third indictment so far, and the worst.

That his followers, and Republicans, would still vote for him is inexplicable. There’s either mass stupidity or they’ve all had a brain infection brought by space aliens.

This is the Donald Trump we New Yorkers have known all along since the 1980s: corrupt, lying,, full of hubris. and an unreal reading on public life. For decades he was puffed up in the New York tabloids and came to believe his own publicity — which he planted — as the King of the World.

In the end, he was just a petty thief who conspired to undermine our country and overthrow the government. It doesn’t seem possible that he could run a presidential campaign with three trials pending and a fourth indictment coming in Georgia. Trump may at last be finished.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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