The Scarlet Letter

And other options if Trump won’t do time

David Martin
The Left Is Right

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It’s official; Donald Trump is a convicted felon, 34 times over. His supporters are outraged and his critics are overjoyed.

However, the real test is yet to come on July 11th when the judge, Juan Merchan, hands down a sentence. The anti-Trump crowd is hoping for a jail term but that seems unlikely. After all, Trump is a rich, white male convicted of a white collar crime and he has no previous criminal record.

So if we won’t get to see Donald Trump behind bars, what are the options?

In white collar crime cases, judges frequently impose significant fines and some type of community service. In Trump’s case, that might mean an eight or nine-figure fine and working at a soup kitchen, picking up trash on the highway or helping in a Democratic voter registration campaign.

Some say he could face house arrest with a possible ankle bracelet. Imagine Trump stuck at Mar-a-Lago with no campaign rallies and no golf. Actually, this would seem to be more punishment for Melania Trump than her husband.

What could hurt Trump the most might be a six-month ongoing gag order prohibiting him from campaigning. Political rallies are like oxygen for the former president and divorcing him from his rabid fan base would be pure agony.

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David Martin
The Left Is Right

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