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The NY Times agrees w me? That lamely try to prosecute Trump strengthens his brand?

I've been saying this sheet for months, but to read it in the NY Times is a little jarring!


BTW: They're even pissed at the FBI. This newspaper is totally selling out. Before long, they may start peddling non fiction! I'm outraged.


Does It Matter That Investigators Are Closing in on Trump?

Sept. 26, 2022, 5:00 a.m. ET

The former president famously said his voters wouldn’t care if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot someone. He may have a point.


By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens, NY Times


Ms. Collins and Mr. Stephens are opinion columnists. They converse every week.


Gail Collins: Bret, which do you think is more of a threat to Trump’s political future, the classified document drama at Mar-a-Lago or the legal challenge to his businesses in New York?


Bret Stephens: Gail, I suspect the most serious threats to Trump’s future, political or otherwise, are Big Macs and KFC buckets. Otherwise, I fear the various efforts to put the 45th president out of business or in prison make it considerably more likely that he’ll wind up in the White House as the 47th president. How about you?


Gail: Sigh. You’re probably right but I’m still sorta hoping New York’s attorney general can hit him in the pocketbook. He’s super vulnerable when it comes to his shady finances — I’m even surprised he can find lawyers who have confidence they’ll keep being paid.


Bret: No doubt the Trump Organization was run with the kind of fierce moral and financial rectitude you’d expect if Elizabeth Holmes had been put in charge of Enron. But the essential currency of Trumpism is drama, and what the New York and U.S. attorneys general have done is inject a whole lot more of it into Trump’s accounts.


Gail: I don’t think the news that Letitia James accused him of fudging his financial statements will upset the base — they’ve always known this is a guy who responded to the World Trade Center terror attack by bragging that his tower was now the highest building in Lower Manhattan.


Bret: A graceless building, by the way, far surpassed by the Chrysler Building, for those who care about architectural rivalries.


Gail: Maybe I need to stop obsessing about this and take a look at the rest of the public world. Anything got your attention in particular?


Bret: Am I allowed a rant?


Gail: Bret, rants are … what we do.


Bret: The investigation of Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, which looks like it’s about to fall apart, is an F.B.I. disgrace for the ages. It should force heads to roll. And Congress needs to appoint a Church-style committee or commission to reform the bureau. After the Ted Stevens fiasco, James Comey’s disastrous interventions with Hillary Clinton’s emails, and the bureau misrepresenting facts to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as part of its investigation of Trump and Russia, something dramatic has to change to save the F.B.I. from continuing to lose public trust.


Gail: Are you upset by the investigation or the fact that the investigation is failing?


Bret: I’m upset by a longstanding pattern of incompetence tinged by what feels like political bias. I don’t like Gaetz’s politics or persona any more than you do. But what we seem to have here is a high-profile politician being convicted in the court of public opinion of some of the most heinous behavior imaginable — trafficking a minor for sex — until the Justice Department realizes two years late that its case has fallen apart. We have a presumption of innocence in this country because we tend to err the most when we assume the worst about the people we like the least.

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