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Donald Trump: A Journey From Former President to Now a Criminal

Donald Trump’s long-standing belief that being a celebrity grants immunity to consequences was shattered when a New York jury convicted him for lies regarding hush money paid to an adult star, marking a significant moment for one of the world’s most influential figures. Whether admired or despised, Trump’s presidency has been unprecedented in American history, […]

Donald Trump: A Journey From Former President to Now a Criminal
Donald Trump: A Journey From Former President to Now a Criminal

Donald Trump’s long-standing belief that being a celebrity grants immunity to consequences was shattered when a New York jury convicted him for lies regarding hush money paid to an adult star, marking a significant moment for one of the world’s most influential figures.

Whether admired or despised, Trump’s presidency has been unprecedented in American history, and the recent verdict adds a new, unparalleled chapter. If convicted in all pending cases, he could be the first former president to hold the label of felon.

Despite facing multiple legal battles, Trump portrays them as political vendettas orchestrated by what he alleges to be a corrupt White House under President Joe Biden. Unfazed by criticism, he sees each legal entanglement as validation of his conspiracy theory against a “deep state.”

Remarkably, Trump’s base remains loyal, evident in opinion polls indicating a competitive edge against Biden. To his supporters, he represents a break from traditional politics, having won the White House in 2016 and disrupting the status quo.

However, to many, Trump’s tenure has been synonymous with chaos and division, culminating in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. His presidency defied norms, both domestically and internationally, challenging institutions and alliances.

While his grip on the Republican Party persists, evidenced by unwavering support during impeachment proceedings and ongoing loyalty, his influence faces challenges, as seen in voter backlash and defeats for Trump-endorsed candidates.

Trump’s rise from a reality TV personality to a political force mirrors patterns seen in autocratic regimes, where charismatic figures exploit democratic systems. Despite accomplishments touted by Republicans, his handling of crises like the Covid-19 pandemic tarnished his legacy.

As Trump’s presidency unraveled in the aftermath of the 2020 election, his refusal to concede and incitement of violence at the Capitol further divided the nation, highlighting the enduring impact of his unconventional approach to governance.

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