How will independents react to ‘Trumped’ up charges?

Elections are not decided by Republicans or Democrats, and for good reason. The two parties generally see their candidates as a messiah-type person, and they overlook the flaws and believe more of what they say than what is actual truth. A prime example was the debate between Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican Florida Governor Ron Desantis. 

Elections are decided by the independents, and they tend to break one way or the other to swing elections. Yes, enthusiasm has a great deal of play in an election, but it truly is the middle that will make the difference. Put in another way, no matter how enthusiastic one party may be about its candidate, if the middle supports the opposition, the opposition will win.

So for the moment let’s say I am in the middle. I’m not. I’m a conservative, but the difference between me and the talking heads you see on television is I’ll tell you that. They won’t, and research says 90 percent of them are liberals.

But for a moment, I’ll view the race for the White House from the middle, and I’ll look at what is taking place to see if I could cast a vote for Donald Trump.

After all, Trump is 77 years old while Joe Biden is 81. Since Biden’s age and abilities have been brought into question, can a man only four years younger be much better?

The energy level of the two is obvious. Trump is very active, he is on the campaign trail, he is hosting rallies, and he seems to be making appearances daily.

Biden rarely makes an appearance, and when he does it is carefully choreographed.

Trump has made the case that he is battling against the establishment which seems to favor those in government. When Trump made this commitment, Democratic Senate Majority Leader said, “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

Trump was a very popular businessman prior to running for president. He even hosted a television show called “The Apprentice.”

It would seem he would have been scrutinized for his finances for decades prior to running for president, and many didn’t believe he had a real shot of winning in 2016.

And then he did.

As soon as he was no longer president, just as he predicted, he became a target for prosecution.

First, Trump was working with the Department of Justice and the National Archives on his documents he had at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Fla. And then there was an FBI raid to gather all the boxes of records with 40 felony charges of having classified documents in his possession.

As a middle-of-the-roader I was stunned, until boxes of classified records were also found next to Biden’s Corvette in the garage in Wilmington, Del., and there was absolutely no action taken.

The prosecutor, Jack Smith, was appointed by Democratic Attorney General Merrick Garland, but he was required to appoint someone outside of the government and appointed someone inside.


Then, a Democratic district attorney in New York, Alvin Bragg, filed 34 felony charges for how Trump kept his records.

The money in question was covered in the media, and we were all aware that Trump and Stormy Daniels reached a settlement. 

Ok, maybe Trump did something in his bookkeeping, but why were the statutes of limitations that expired waived?

Something seems a little off here.

Then another local Democratic prosecutor in Fulton County, Ga., filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charge against Trump for challenging the results in Atlanta. Her claims include 41 more charges against Trump for talking to election officials at the state level in Georgia and asking them to “find” votes that Trump believed had yet to be counted.

Now didn’t Democrat Stacey Abrams claim there were election irregularities in Georgia in 2018? Didn’t she say she won the election. And she was not charged at all.

Let’s see, three cases, all being prosecuted by Democrats, and two of them have similar actions by Democrats but no charges were filed.

Maybe Trump has a point that he is being targeted for political purposes.

But the charges didn’t stop there.

Democratic Attorney General Garland added to Jack Smith’s ability to add four more felony charges for events on Jan. 6, all of them conspiracy charges (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).

All of these because Trump believed he was cheated in the 2020 election. I don’t agree that Trump was cheated even though I, like a majority of Americans in a Rasmussen poll, believe cheating took place, but I can’t agree it was enough to overturn the election. 

But does that mean Trump cannot ask Congress to withhold their certification until they consider his claims? He can ask. It has been done before. As a matter of fact, according to Politifact, Democrats objected to the certification in 2001, 2005 and 2017.

Why is it only now that it is criminal to question the results when it has been customary for Democrats to do it? None of the objections were upheld, but why was the Republican objection the target of prosecution and not the others?

Could there be some truth to Trump’s assertions that because he is challenge to massive growth of the federal government that the government is indeed targeting him? It’s hard to deny when so many of these charges have a mirrored actions by the Democrats but no charges. 

And Trump is the first-ever former president to face any such charges.

Hillary Clinton had an illegal server in her house, and the FBI Director said it was such, and that it was reckless, and that he would file no charges.

And now I am asked to weigh these charges against Trump when deciding who should be the next president?

It’s no wonder Trump is leading in the polls when these partisan attacks are this obvious.

I may not like the way Trump talks or Tweets, but I also cannot deny when it comes to being the target of partisan prosecution, Trump has made his case.

Editor |

Earl Watt is the owner and publisher of the Leader & Times in Liberal, Kansas. Watt started his career in journalism in 1991 at the Southwest Daily Times. During his career, the newspaper has won a total of 17 Sweepstakes awards from the Kansas Press Association for editorial content and 18 Sweepstakes awards for advertising. Watt has been recognized with more than 70 first place awards for writing in categories from sports and column to best front pages, best sports pages and best opinion pages. Watt is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the descendant of several patriots who fought for America's freedom and independence.