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It was another fun day over at Truth Social, where noted legal scholar Donald Trump made the case to be granted COMPLETE IMMUNITY for anything he did while in office.

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A glimpse into Donald Trump’s mind (aka his posts on Truth Social) always reveals what is occupying the former president at any point in time, and today, that was apparently whether the Supreme Court would grant him immunity for all of the things he did as president. 

Even though he appointed three of the judges, and conservative justices currently hold a decisive 6-3 edge, that seems unlikely because it would create a precedent that would, as various legal scholars have pointed out, allow presidents to commit any crime or authorize any unconstitutional act while in office. 

However, Trump is clearly still clinging to the hope that the high court will grant him such a blanket immunity, which would allow him to escape accountability in a couple of his criminal trials, i.e., the ones related to his coup attempt. 

Because, obviously, according to the brilliant legal mind of Donald J. Trump, Esq., staging coups would somehow be legal in that case. 

He may not have thought this all the way through since that would allow current incumbent Joe Biden to do whatever he wants in the next nine months… including illegal acts such as ordering the military to arrest or shoot anybody wearing MAGA attire on or before Election Day. 

In any case, on Friday morning, Trump fired off five posts (three of them in ALL CAPS) on his social media site dealing with the subject. 

Needless to say, none of them made a whole lot of sense. 

For example, Trump argued that anything short of full presidential immunity (or “IMMUNITY,” as it was frequently referred to in his posts), would somehow open an incumbent president to blackmail from the opposition party, which would threaten to indict him (or, in the far future, her) once out of office “even if everything done was totally Legal and Appropriate” (Editor’s Note: Staging coups is neither “totally legal” nor “appropriate”).

In his funniest post, Trump suggested:

IF IMMUNITY IS NOT GRANTED TO A PRESIDENT, EVERY PRESIDENT THAT LEAVES OFFICE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED BY THE OPPOSING PARTY. WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMUNITY, A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY FUNCTION!

There is just one problem with that “logic.” The only former president who has ever been indicted (in four different jurisdictions for a variety of alleged crimes) is Trump himself (Another Editor’s Note: It wasn’t “the opposition party” that indicted Trump but rather grand juries).

All 44 of his predecessors have somehow escaped this fate (Final Editor’s Note: And none of them ever had to claim that they deserved TOTAL IMMUNITY because, as mentioned before, none of them has ever faced criminal charges). 

In any case, something to look forward to will be Trump’s Truth Social posts on the day when the Supreme Court rules against him.

Of course, if the justices vote in his favor, that would be a lot less funny… because then it would be the day on which the Supreme Court completely abdicated its responsibility to the Constitution. 

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  • Klaus Marre

    Klaus Marre is a writer, editor, former congressional reporter, and director of the WhoWhatWhy Mentor Apprentice Program. Follow him on Twitter @KlausMarre.

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