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Still Crooked, Clueless and Complicit After All These Years

His mob. Getty Image. Front photo from DJ Trump Library's newly added "big, beautiful work release program, for only those with the tenacity and grit to pay someone to cheat on their SATs."

As the vile specter of Trump has returned to suck up oxygen again - lamentably, but in a righteous cause - enraging proof abounds that his crimes deserve whatever current retribution is meted out to him and then some. While his brazen incitement of the riot - "This is what happens" when you don't elect me -  is this week's focus, it seems he's also still whining - he quit the Screen Actors' Guild before they could eject him because "You have done nothing for me" - and dodging - he killed anti-Biden ads about women to not "open a can of worms" about his own abuses - and, as always, grifting - #TrumpGriftsYou Die. Having repeatedly charged us untold millions for golfing and hotel rooms and....water... for his entourage and taking his kids to hobnob with U.K. royalty, he's still tripling the rate of hotel rooms for rabid QAnon fans who think he'll be re-elected March 4, just like he did right before the coup when his cheapest room rate soared to $8,000. And the hawking goes on: This week you can get the new, authentic, colorized Melania Coin - a JFK half-dollar that sold for almost $40 - for just $19.99 to "keep this piece of history (as) a constant reminder of our amazing First Lady." Customers liked it, though some complained its "stunning" acrylic display was "to small." Here on Planet Earth, there are other complaints. In Palm Beach, residents are still trying to figure out how to eject him from Mar-A-Lago, and his neighbors have voted to dump his foul name from a $1 to $4 million condo complex across the water from him. In Georgia, the Secretary of State has launched an investigation into his bullying effort to overturn the election in phone calls that may have violated three state criminal election laws; others have said the probe could lead to criminal charges, including solicitation to commit election fraud, conspiracy and “international interference” with an official’s “performance of election duties.” And speaking of performance: Stormy Daniels told Michael Cohen in his Mea Culpa podcast that her sex with Trump was "the worst 90 seconds of my life."

This week will expose the biggest crime by the guy who said over 100 times the election was "rigged" or "stolen" and repeatedly urged a hungry mob to "fight like hell" even as his complicit, tinfoil party insists neither he nor they pushed the lies that incited a riot so really no malfeasance and all good. Not even their partners in crime buy the lie as rioters, once arrested, increasingly turn to the “Blame Trump” defense. Lawyers for several argue their clients were "egged on" by Trump or "merely following the directions of...the country’s chief law enforcement officer,” and one motion calls Trump “a de facto un-indicted co-conspirator in this case." Which in reality represents what Rep. Jamie Raskin calls “the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a president” whose actions were "both riveting and horrifying." In grim, wry tribute, a group of architects and other "trouble-makers" have created the astonishing D.J. Trump Library, the "foremost repository of records from the most criminal administration in American history." In detailed renderings, its exhibitions include a  Hall of Enablers, Wall of Criminals, Grift Shop, Autocrats' Gallery - "Who doesn't love a strongman?" - Trump Hotel - "criminal luxury" including a Felon's Lounge - Records Room - "Do research on how YOU would prosecute Trump's crimes against humanity" - Archives - Sharpie signings, alimony payments, ignored invoices, unread briefs, love letters from North Korea - COVID Memorial with Rooftop Garden and Reflecting Pool "to look on with shame," Alt Right Auditorium playing "Birth Of A Nation," and West Wing Replica where, from behind the Resolute Desk, "You can rest assured, no matter how low they go, no one in all eternity will ever be able to sink this once great office any lower." Donations go to charities - "We get the hate mail. They get the money" - and additions are ongoing; the newest is a Prison Work Release program. Given his "non-stop drumbeat of lies and fiery rhetoric intended to incite (the mob) to the doorstep of violence," the impeachment trial is step one, writes Dean Obeidallah.  "Accountability can only come if Trump is criminally charged and fully prosecuted. In fact, today would be a great day to arrest Trump."

"You know what would help this country “heal and move on”? The impeachment, conviction, and criminal prosecution of Donald J. Trump." - Robert Reich

Trump Hotel rooms include golden showers and "criminal luxury"
Grifters playing royalty. Getty Image.
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Abby Zimet

Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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