There will be no prosecutions of TrumpCo by the Biden admin. There will be no great cleansing of the political forum. There will be no satisfying smackdown to make up for what Trump put American liberals through for the last four years.
Why? Because prosecuting the previous administration is not what America does. There’s no legal reason we don’t; we just don’t do it. It’s one of the norms Trump and McConnell didn’t destroy, despite the fact that Trump dangled it in front his audiences every chance he got (Lock Her Up!) – remember, the GOP base truly thinks Obama and Clinton were literal criminals. And they wanted Trump to reach back and prosecute everyone. Yeah, well imagine the state of the country now if they had done it.
But Trump actually did illegal things! OK, here’s the tough part: most of America simply doesn’t care. They want the government to make their lives better and to stay out of their lives – and they don’t care if that’s a contradiction, because that’s how much thought they put into the whole thing. STFU and make my life better, now. Spending time going after Trump is not going to look like it’s making anyone’s life better. It will look like government wasting time and energy and it will look like political theater and people will not like it. The laws Trump broke didn’t affect most people directly, and so they aren’t clamoring for redress.
Yes, everyone who is demanding that there needs to be a grand cleansing and hammering and scouring is going to be sorely disappointed. But Biden is not an avenging angel. Neither was Clinton, nor Obama. Turns out Trump wasn’t either. That’s not what Presidents do.
The Dems took their shot at Trump and the GOP Senate blocked it. So we had to vote him out, and we did. And then we got to watch him flailing and trying to spin his loss into a victory. But that’s as much satisfaction as we’re going to get. Enjoy it.
Check back in four years and see if I was right!