John Heilemann’s Sober Prediction About Trump

Kent Anderson
The Left Is Right
Published in
11 min readMay 20, 2024

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John Hielemann’s Sunday night column from Puck News.

The Donald in the Dock

Sure, Trump’s New York criminal trial has been more riveting and revealing than expected. But outside the Acela corridor, where Trump’s tawdriness was fully priced in a long time ago, the hush-money case feels like very old news — and almost no one is paying attention. The only question is whether a guilty verdict would be enough to change all that.

Ever since The People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump got underway on April 15 in Lower Manhattan, you just knew that at some point this first-ever criminal trial of an American ex-president — which started out as a sober legal proceeding but grew increasingly lurid with each passing day — would be overrun by the operatic, often squalid brand of political performance art that has been a hallmark of the Trump era. So I watched and waited and waited and watched until this past Thursday afternoon, when, et voila, the sign we’d arrived at that fateful juncture suddenly appeared: a squadron of pink, penis-shaped balloons festooned with the faces of Trump’s legal foes (Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg, Special Counsel Jack Smith, etcetera) swirling above the courthouse.

This airborne pro-Trump agitprop — entitled “Dicks of Hazard” by its creator — wasn’t the first time phallic imagery or intimations loomed over the hush-money case. There was the sublime accident of fate that the surname of the trial’s first key witness

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Kent Anderson
The Left Is Right

Purveyor of Truth and Facts. Lifelong Detroiter. Journalist. Loves good TV, sports, friends and family. Mostly. Also: https://rollingwheelie.substack.com/