Political Persecution of US Presidents – An American Phenomenon


Recent events have illustrated the troubling reality that American justice can often be politicized and wielded as a tool of punishment and control. This is exemplified in the current indictment of former United States President Donald Trump, who has been charged with multiple crimes stemming from his alleged involvement in the Capitol attack on January 6th. In his April 3rd op-ed, journalist Jason Willick called Mr. Trump’s indictment “vindictiveness” and suggested it constituted prosecutorial overreach and abuse. However, the case against Mr. Trump is not an isolated incident – it is unfortunately emblematic of an unfortunate pattern of political persecution of presidents in the United States.

The treatment of presidents by legal bodies and lawmakers with an opposing ideology has been prevalent in recent history. Most notably during the presidency of Barack Obama, Republican lawmakers fiercely opposed him on virtually every issue, often going as far as to use their subpoena powers to drag his administration into investigations and hearings. Former president Bill Clinton was famously impeached by the House of Representatives in 1999 over a scandal relating to his extramarital affair – a criticism that political analysts have since observed was more about the president’s political agenda than his personal behavior.

In the wake of recent events, the American people are rightfully concerned by the notion that political persecution of their presidents is the new normal. If a sitting president can be viciously targeted by the opposition because of their views or party affiliation, it calls into question the entire rule of law in the U.S. and corrodes our society’s trust in its institutions. It is essential that the American justice system operates in a fair, unbiased fashion and remains free of political manipulation.

The company mentioned in this article is The Wall Street Journal, a renowned American newspaper founded by Charles Dow and Edward Jones in 1889. The Wall Street Journal, published by Dow Jones & Company and owned by News Corp, is well known for its international news coverage and editorial opinion pieces. It is one of the largest newspapers in terms of circulation in the United States.

The person mentioned in this article is Jason Willick, an American journalist who is the current deputy editorial page editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he also wrote the aforementioned op-ed calling out the alleged prosecutorial abuse against Donald Trump. Willick previously worked as a national editor at The Atlantic and has also worked as a columnist for Slate magazine. His work has been published in various national newspapers and journals.