The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Trump Trial Circus

May 20, 2024

The prosecutors in the Donald Trump hush money trial are close to wrapping up their case, after his former “fixer” Michael Cohen finished his testimony.

Trump’s defense attorneys spent a long time establishing what everybody already knew: Cohen is a liar. After all, he spent time in prison for lying to Congress. Of course, as Cohen pointed out, he then did his lying in the service of one Donald Trump, so pointing out his lying may or may not help the defense to impugn his credibility.

That’s been the theme of this trial, and the big ‘revelation.’ Much of the ‘juicy’ details, about Trump’s night with Stormy Daniels, the hush money payment, the “catch and kill” scheme with the National Enquirer, came out years ago, even during Trump’s presidency. Nothing new has been revealed.

Spoiler alert: Trump, and the election process, and the political system, are sordid and rotten. Spoiler alert: Cohen, and Trump, and politicians are liars.

And spoiler alert, the trial is seen completely differently by Democrats and Republicans. Democrats see it as a slam dunk and hope that Trump will do jail time before the election. Republicans see it as a ‘sham,’ and many have loudly voiced that view in their auditions to be Trump’s running mate.

Workers have no interest in either view. Sure, Trump deserves jail time, though maybe not for this particular crime. But so do many other politicians, including Biden, who have rained destruction on workers here and on much of the rest of the world.

For working people, it’s all one more distraction keeping us focused on choosing one enemy over the other.