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Trump—number 45, yet first US president on trial

Despite the crimes every modern US president has taken part in
Issue 2901
Former President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the 2022 Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Picture: Gage Skidmore)

Former President of the United States and 2024 candidate Donald Trump (Picture: Gage Skidmore)

The most shocking thing about Donald Trump’s “hush money” trial is not what went down in the courtroom.

It’s that Trump is the first serving or former United States president to appear before a court on a criminal charge.
This seems extraordinary considering that every modern US president has taken part in war crimes, corruption, interventions against democracy, sanctioning of torture, environmental destruction and more.
But of course, to the US ruling class, none of these things are considered off limits. Instead, the willingness to front imperialist slaughter and defend the US’s rule are regarded as key requirements of the job.
Regrettably the present case won’t raise such issues—or bury Trump.
Instead he will seek to manipulate the trial to boost his fake claims of opposing the elites.

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