The editor of the leftist newspaper The Washington Post has suffered a meltdown over reports that the politically motivated cases against President Donald Trump will not likely go to trial before the 2024 election.
It has been clear from the beginning, though some will continue to deny it, that the underlying goal of the multiple criminal indictments against Trump is to have him stand trial and be found guilty and sentenced to prison before voters cast their ballots in the November election.
Some of Trump’s opponents are openly admitting that goal now, including The Washington Post‘s Associate Editor Ruth Marcus.
As Democrats and their corporate media allies will argue, Trump must be stopped from being elected president again in order to “save democracy.”
Marcus just argued in an op-ed that the “Slowpoke federal appeals court puts 2024 election in jeopardy.”
The electoral “jeopardy” she feared was the possibility that one or more of Trump’s criminal trials might be delayed until after voters have their say in the election in November due to the “unconscionable” slow pace of an appeals court panel.
Marcus was referring in her op-ed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments over Trump’s claim of presidential immunity from criminal prosecution nearly a month ago.
However, the court has yet to issue a decision.
It leaves Trump’s federal election interference case in the D.C. district court delayed indefinitely until the appeal is resolved.
The removal is a not-unexpected move after she placed all pre-trial proceedings on pause in December pending the outcome of Trump’s appeal of her rejection of his immunity claim.
Yet, even when that three-judge panel eventually issues their ruling on Trump’s claim, the matter won’t be concluded as the 45th president — or Special Counsel Jack Smith — can then further appeal the issue to both the full D.C. Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
This would undoubtedly cause additional delays of weeks or even months regardless of what the final decision ends up being.
“Without strict court supervision and swift action to prevent Trump from running out the clock, his trial could easily collide with the party conventions and the height of the general election campaign,” Marcus wrote in her op-ed.
“It is not at all far-fetched to imagine it being postponed until after the November election — Trump’s ultimate goal, so he can win, take office, and then order the case dropped.”
“Failing to try Trump before the election would be a terrible disservice to voters,” she continued.
“They are entitled to know before casting their ballots whether they are choosing a felon, especially one guilty of election interference.”
In support of that position, Marcus referenced polls that show a Trump conviction and/or prison sentence before the 2024 election could prompt a thin majority of voters in the crucial swing states, some of whom might otherwise support the 45th president, to vote against him.
Interestingly enough, and much to the consternation of President Trump’s avowed opponents at The Post and elsewhere, the D.C. election trial is not the only case in danger of being pushed back until after the 2024 election, as there is the genuine possibility that Trump’s other prosecutions at the federal and state levels could be similarly delayed or even dismissed outright.
That includes Jack Smith’s effort to imprison Trump in South Florida over his alleged unauthorized retention of classified documents.
Smith’s case is tentatively scheduled to begin trial in May but will almost certainly be delayed due to the complex and time-consuming procedures for handling such classified materials in court.
It is also likely that there will be delays in the Georgia election interference case, given the complexity of the racketeering charges and multiple defendants, which doesn’t even have a trial date scheduled yet.
Meanwhile, the New York business records falsification case is set for trial in late March.
However, the case, widely considered to be the weakest of the four Trump faces, could ultimately be tossed and would only result in minimal punishment even if there is a conviction.
In her op-ed, Marcus harshly criticized Trump for his delay tactics and even went so far as to compare the former president, who has done little more than make full use of the standard appeals process and procedures, to a “murderer who kills his parents and then pleads for mercy because he is an orphan.”
“But both the appeals court and the Supreme Court have mechanisms to frustrate this kind of gamesmanship,” she concluded.
“They can set tighter deadlines and allow pretrial preparation to go forward while they weigh any appeal.
“Justice has been delayed enough already.”