A rearview from the first article on Trump on Bergensia in May 2017:
In 2016 the political world as we know it was altered; Brexit and the millions only days after regretting their democratic vote, the failed coup in Turkey leaving Erdogan, even more, sovereign in power, and finally fake news helped Trump’s campaign win the White House.
In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year.
Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that the use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.
The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust is in crisis around the world. The general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, a phenomenon not reported since Edelman began tracking trust among this segment in 2012.
With the fall of trust, the majority of respondents now lack full belief that the overall system is working for them. In this climate, people’s societal and economic concerns, including globalization, the pace of innovation, and eroding social values, turn into fears, spurring the rise of populist actions now playing out in several Western-style democracies.
To rebuild trust and restore faith in the system, institutions must step outside of their traditional roles and work toward a new, more integrated operating model that puts people — and the addressing of their fears — at the center of everything they do.
Is this a COPIER in one of the rooms where Trump kept government documents at Mar-a-Lago? pic.twitter.com/jrziyKcbz0
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) June 11, 2023
Oct 2021, NYT reported unusually high number of foreign citizens serving as U.S. gov. informants had been killed, arrested, or compromised by rival intelligence agencies.
— Jane (@JaneVoter2018) June 9, 2023
WOW: Here’s the full statement by Special Counsel Jack Smith on Trumps 38 count indictment.— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) June 9, 2023
Make sure everyone sees it. pic.twitter.com/B4Ui8BEvzZ
Please take 15-20 min to read the full TRUMP Indictment:
Federal prosecutors on June 9, 2023, unsealed the indictment that spells out the government’s case against former President Donald J. Trump, who is accused of violating national security laws and obstructing justice.
The 49-page document details how Trump kept classified government documents – including papers concerning U.S. nuclear capabilities – scattered in boxes across his home at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, long after his presidency ended in 2021 and the government tried to reclaim them.
The indictment also shows that Trump shared classified national defense information with people without any security clearance, including someone on a political action committee.
There are 38 felony charges against Trump – 31 of these counts relate to withholding national defense information. Five counts relate to concealing possession of classified documents, and two relate to giving false statements.
“My office will seek a speedy trial in this matter, consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused,” said U.S. special prosecutor Jack Smith, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Trump’s holding of the documents.The Conversation
Mar-a-Lago Express — NOW CONFIRMED BY THE INDICTMENT
May 6, 2021 – National Archives notifies Trump that presidential records are missing
May 9, 2021 – Trump takes private plane from Palm Beach to Bedminster, with document boxes loaded onto the plane
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) June 9, 2023
Allow me to address the elephant in the room: We live in the digital age. Are we really assuming that the Trump/Kushner gang hasn’t already digitized all the tons of classified and top-secret documents they had hoarded in boxes at Mar-a-Lago? @Strandjunker
Boxes of classified documents in a bathroom at Mar-a-Lago. (Department of Justice)