I am not an expert, and I do not play one on TV, but an old word popped into my head today: sedition.
Since there is no legal charge for collusion in Trump’s instillation in our government by a foreign power, though in all probability he conspired with foreign moneys to do so, though he still has not been “proved” to have conspired with them. He does not seem to care where his money comes from, so criminal and foreign funds would be fine with him. He fell down that slippery slope to criminal behavior a long time ago. In his mind it would be just business. He might even pass a polygraph test on that because he probably does not think of it as conspiracy against US laws. He believes business is above the law, hence his desire to deregulate. Conspiracy is however a valid charge.
Treason does not work as a charge in Trump’s case as we are not at war. A person can only be treasonous in a war.
So I looked up the word sedition today. There is actually a Sedition Act of 1918.
Wikipedia says that sedition is:
“disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt”.
Groping the flag on stage, being “smarter than the generals”, and “draining the swamp” sure looks and sounds like contempt to me.
His tweets alone would convict him on the “profane and scurrilous, or abusive language”. Add his probable money laundering and probable tax fraud, I would call that a case of causing “others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt”.
Somebody out there with some legal chops should really look into this charge, and tag it on the every growing list. Hopefully somebody in the resistance will explore the issue, run the word through the media gristmill a bit. I am getting tired of the seditious Donald J. Trump folding his arms in a defensive posture and driveling about “No collusion”. He needs a new word. I would take “No conspiracy”, but I would love him spout off about “No sedition.”