Monday, February 26, 2024

Opinion | A ‘Rubicon Second’ for Donald Trump


To the Editor:

Re “Trump Thrives in a Damaged System. He’ll Get Us There Quickly,” by Thomas L. Friedman (column, June 14):

Mr. Friedman is precisely proper. We’re approaching a most harmful second. Donald Trump will lastly be tried in a federal court docket of regulation after being indicted. His lifetime of avoiding comeuppance for outrageous habits is over.

We now have to imagine that no person — no person that means even an ex-president and attainable future president — is above the regulation.

Though we are going to belief within the courts to hold out the authorized course of, a really critical monkey wrench has been thrown into the combo. Nearly past perception, Decide Aileen M. Cannon has been randomly chosen to preside over the court docket proceedings.

Primarily based on her unusual and “artistic” rulings in his favor a number of months in the past associated to the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump has lastly discovered a choose he dare not slander and demean, as he has constantly accomplished in instances wherein he has misplaced.

We should hope that Decide Cannon will rise to a degree that doesn’t favor anybody on this case, and that maybe she has discovered from being overturned and severely chastised by a better court docket.

Mr. Trump has arrived at his Rubicon second, and maybe it may very well be his Waterloo as effectively.

Harvey Glassman
Boynton Seashore, Fla.

To the Editor:

I’m in robust settlement with Thomas L. Friedman’s conclusion that Donald Trump’s thirst for absolute energy represents “a harmful second” for our nation. And sure, many Republican lawmakers who might have stopped him failed to take action.

However Mr. Friedman didn’t point out the truth that 30 to 40 % of our nation’s residents have been fully brainwashed by Mr. Trump’s and his ardent supporters’ lies and propaganda. And it’s this sizable a part of America that continues to supply the oxygen for Mr. Trump’s burn-it-all-down method to acquiring energy.

So long as these People proceed to blindly assist Mr. Trump, he’ll proceed his egocentric path to destruction of America’s democracy. Thus, the query is: How do the remainder of us attempt to persuade Trumpers of the peril that their assist of Mr. Trump poses for our nation? And I’m afraid that that is the crux of the Trump downside.

Michael Hadjiargyrou
Centerport, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Momentous Scene in Miami as Trump Pleads Not Responsible” (entrance web page, June 14):

Former President Donald Trump acquired a bizarrely heat welcome at a Cuban sandwich shop he popped into after pleading not responsible in response to the 37-count indictment. Embraces throughout. “Meals for everybody!”

What struck me about Mr. Trump amid this sea of worshiping followers, in addition to in his earlier court docket look in New York Metropolis on hush cash expenses: Not one member of the family accompanied him. No spouse placing on a courageous entrance, clutching her husband’s hand, nevertheless mortifying the circumstances, as they entered the courtroom. No daughter and son-in-law, all the time heart stage in White Home images and his shut aides for 4 years, standing by his aspect.

In contrast to so many Republican politicians who proceed to supply assist to a person whose legal expenses develop by the day, his household appears to have had little problem in abandoning him.

Cathy Bernard
New York

To the Editor:

Charging the previous president with espionage is absurd. Decrease the political temperature a bit of, please. Our nation is sick sufficient. Simply think about Mar-a-Lago Mr. Trump’s presidential library.

Antonia Tamplin
Bronx

To the Editor:

Re “Lock Him Up,” by Bret Stephens (column, June 14):

OMG! I by no means agree with Mr. Stephens, although I take pleasure in his columns. Immediately I agree with him fully and unequivocally.

I too have learn the indictment (I’m a lawyer and a former federal prosecutor). It’s fairly damning. Donald Trump admits that he has secret paperwork and that he has taken many steps to not return these paperwork.

Do we have now the rule of regulation in the US? In that case, Mr. Trump have to be held accountable, and if discovered responsible, go to jail. That’s the way it works.

Sure, lock him up.

Marc Chafetz
Washington

To the Editor:

Re “The G.O.P. Area Faces a Selection: Regulation and Order or Loyalty” (Political Memo, June 12):

It isn’t simply Republican candidates who should select. The character of the costs in Donald Trump’s indictment and the detailed information set on the market, coupled with the previous president’s assaults on the particular prosecutor and the Division of Justice, confront all of us with a alternative.

The nation is now divided into two camps: those that imagine within the rule of regulation, and people who oppose it. There isn’t any third different.

Jonathan J. Margolis
Brookline, Mass.

To the Editor:

To Perceive Affirmative Motion Debates, Look to the Previous,” by Randall Kennedy (Opinion visitor essay, June 11), is unfair to many people who oppose the present state of affirmative motion as a result of we imagine that it harms the very individuals it intends to assist.

The Heart for Equal Alternative has studied the consequences of preferential remedy in admission of Black and Hispanic college students at some 80 faculties, regulation colleges and medical colleges. These college students have been, in too many instances, set as much as fail.

Black and Hispanic college students admitted with considerably decrease check scores than their white and Asian friends graduated at decrease charges and, in medical colleges, did not cross qualifying exams that will permit them to proceed their medical research.

For instance, analysis by Richard Sander, a U.C.L.A. regulation professor, has proven that there would possible be extra Black attorneys if race-neutral admissions utilized in any respect regulation colleges.

In his most up-to-date evaluation, Mr. Sander has proven that Black college students who attended regulation colleges the place their incoming LSAT scores matched these of their white friends have been way more more likely to cross the bar once they graduated — even when the colleges they attended have been much less selective.

Artificially inflating school admissions charges for Black and brown college students who’re sick ready to compete on an equal footing with their white and Asian friends might make school directors really feel good, nevertheless it doesn’t remedy the issues wrought by years of academic neglect and malpractice.

Linda Chavez
Washington
The author is the chair of the Heart for Equal Alternative.

To the Editor:

Re “McCartney Says ‘Final’ Beatles Tune Makes use of A.I.” (Enterprise, June 14):

You report that Paul McCartney “didn’t give the title of the track or supply any clues about its lyrics.”

Doable titles:

“I Wanna Maintain Your Bandwidth.”

“Don’t Let Me Obtain.”

“Get Backup.”

“All people’s Obtained One thing to Cover Besides Me and My Delete Key.”

“A Arduous Drive’s Night time.”

“I Am the Paywall.”

David Jelinek
New York

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