Trump’s indictments are only a “distraction” if you’re a Republican

Source: Washington Post
by Paul Waldman

“The idea that one news story has been fabricated to distract from a more important news story is so common that we seldom stop to examine it. In particular, Republicans have deployed this charge against the multitude of criminal indictments against Donald Trump. These indictments, they insist, can only be the result of a shrewd yet sinister conspiracy to divert the public’s attention from the real story. That ‘real’ story usually involves President Biden’s son Hunter, whom Republicans remain convinced will be what takes down the president once and for all. … If an indictment was only brought to divert your attention, the thinking goes, then there’s no need to evaluate the crimes that are alleged and come to a rational judgment about them.” (09/06/23)