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The through line

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Larry Tribe makes a really good and under-appreciated point:

Copying here for those who don’t want to click through to Elon Musk’s favorite toy:

1. The criminal trial that begins April 15 has a theme almost nobody has yet fully appreciated. It’s the through line of illegally manipulating elections by distorting the information on the basis of which those elections are decided.

2. Now, for instance, with his nonstop efforts to delay the trial’s opening, Trump is doubling down on that strategy by trying to keep voters from seeing, before they cast their ballots in November 2024, how a jury of twelve ordinary citizens would evaluate the Manhattan DA’s charge that Trump tried, on the eve of the 2016 election, to keep the voters from learning that the Access Hollywood Tape was just the tiny tip of a sordid iceberg, one he feared would melt down all over his then teetering presidential campaign with the facts about his sex affair with Stormy Daniels, an affair that seems trivial in hindsight but that loomed large at the time in that cliffhanger-close election.

3. Think about it: Using the legal system — or, more accurately, abusing it — to cover up, in order to win in 2024, how he covered up the truth in order to win in 2016! 

4. That double-layered coverup, if successful, would more than make a mockery of our constitutional system. It would shred it, all the more so because the one thing Trump hasn’t even tried to cover up is his dictatorial plan to wield unlimited power over us all.

Trump illegally covering up the financial shenanigans he pulled off with his crooked lawyer to cover up the fact that he had sex with a porn star immediately after his wife had given birth to his son in order to maximize his chances of winning a presidential election that he couldn’t have won if the Stormy Daniels story — and most especially the illegal coverup of the coverup! — had been known to the public at large would count as nearly the biggest scandal in presidential history, except for the fact that it’s not even one of the top three scandals Trump is embroiled in at this moment.

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