The furor over the January 6th Capitol riot has reignited the long-running debates over the targeting of former President Donald Trump. While some have decried the efforts as selective justice, others have argued that the current push towards accountability is proper justice. From New York to Georgia, Trump is facing multiple legal complications brought against him by a variety of people and organizations, ranging from prosecutors to private citizens.
At the forefront of these legal challenges is New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been part of the increasingly partisan battle over Trump’s future. For Bragg, the indictment is part of a larger goal of holding elected officials accountable. For Greene, the debate is surrounded by the expectations of a perceived win for her political party in 2024.
In March of 2021, New York mayor Eric Adams spoke out against Greene’s presence in Manhattan for the arraignment of former President Trump. His phrase “control yourselves” is indicative of the widespread sentiment that legal complexities ought not to be allowed to define a political atmosphere.
For many Democratic politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the legal side of Trump’s impeachment is not as significant as the precedent intended to be set for elected officials. The ultimate goal for many is for the US government and its citizens to understand that no individual or elected official is above the law.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that the targeting of Donald Trump is far reaching and the consequences will be seen in the future of our legal and political systems. In addition, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene are part of a long list of individuals and organizations seeking to ensure a more accountable government. The key is to ensure that the search for justice is done in a fair and impartial manner, without any political or partisan profiling.