The Criminal Case Against Donald Trump

His recklessness in handling the COVID pandemic can be seen as tantamount to second-degree, if not first-degree, murder

Today is November 14th, 2020, and since the beginning of the year, more than 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. In face of such calamity, we must remember that beyond the statistics, each and every one of these lost lives was a mother, father, grandparent, sibling, friend, or colleague who is dearly missed and whose death may have been prevented.

Depraved-heart murder

The legal definition of second-degree murder is a

  • Consequences that can be ascertained to a reasonable degree of certitude;
  • Which leads to the death of another person.

An intentional act

In a series of calls with Bob Woodward, Donald Trump admitted that he downplayed the dangers of the COVID crisis from the beginning:

Ascertainable consequences

Once again referring to the Woodward tapes, Trump knew by February that the case fatality rate of the virus was way higher than that of the flu. Nonetheless, he continued comparing the two disease, calling COVID the “China flu.” He even compared them again when he was released from Walter Reed.

First-degree murder?

First-degree murder requires, on top of the conditions set above, premeditation, “when an individual contemplates, for any length of time, undertaking an activity and then subsequently takes the action.” — Cornell Law

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