A.H. Scott: The Through and Through

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The Through and Through


A.H. Scott, Copyright 2023


“She’s going to go through some things.” – President Donald J. Trump, July 25, 2019[1]

In 2019, when then President Donald J. Trump said this in a telephone conversation to President Vlodymr Zelensky about United States Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch[2], it was just another gross choice of words tossed out by the tactless head of state who was trying to besmirch Ms. Yovanovitch[3] and strong-arm President Zelensky for manufactured dirt on Biden.

Yet, in this moment of April 2023, the words he spoke back then have seemingly become the ultimate karma for him. Like the old adage goes, turnabout is fair play. 

And, now, Donald – you are going to go through some things. You are going to go through the process. And, don’t think you are above catching a case. Because, Mr. Trump, you have caught a case. And, now you are going to through some things. Some things you never thought you in your gold toilet world would have never thought could come your way. It is called THE PROCESS. 

It’s not your guilt. It’s not your non-guilt. It is the process through the criminal justice system that you are now a cog in the machinery of. 

As I write this, I am not even getting into the merits of the charges or the indictment which has come from the grand jurors in the case. Or, even the verdict that shall come at the conclusion of this court case. 

I am just focusing upon the process itself. And, the fact that now it is being proved that no man is above the law. Donald Trump is going to go through the tough slog of a process which every other American citizen has to go through. It’s tough, unpleasant. But, it is what it is. And, for all of those who are grousing and howling over the fact that this person was even brought up on charges, I say this: He’s going to go through some things. That is a fact. You can’t sit at the defense table for him. He’s gotta’ do that for himself. Even his secret service detail isn’t going to do time for him if the verdict is that of guilt. He’s a grown ass man of almost eight decades. He’s the one who has to take it; because, he is the person who is ‘Individual-1’[4] in previous court documentation.

Donald Trump has lawyers on retainer, unlike the rest of us out here in America who would have to scrape by with a legal aid lawyer or public defender if we had to go to court. So, he’s not some poor, pitiful persecuted soul that needs a glory choir or a J6 Prison choir to hum a hymn of salvation for him. Karma has come to your table, Mr. Trump. And, the bill of your past actions has come due. 

At Centre Street and all the other courthouses in the Foley Square area of Manhattan, there are people going through various levels of the process night and day and day and night, 24/7/365. Have no doubt that none of them want to be going through the process either. But, you know what – they take it. And, now for once in your life, you have to take it, Donald. 

Take it deeply and take it truly, Mr. Trump.

After all, you always have said that you are the common man of the people. Well, now’s your turn to be common, Donald. 

Being a commoner like the rest of us, you must now push doors open for yourself to make an entrance[5] when going from the processing room where you get fingerprinted and into the courtroom to have the 34 counts you are charged with read out loud by the prosecutors. 

As a criminal defendant, a man who was once the most powerful leader of the free world was now seated with his attorneys[6] at a table and having two bailiffs flanked behind where he was situated. Ironically enough, the one court officer that was positioned directly behind Mr. Trump was an African-American woman. Oh, the visual of that was richer than a million bars of gold, as a woman of color was overseeing[7] a person who viewed her as less than or unworthy of his acknowledgement as an equal human being to himself.

Yet, this person seated at the defense table seems to have lost that affect of arrogance exchanged for a cloak of cowardice in the locale of a courtroom.

Donald Trump is running. He’s running scared and empty of lost illusions of being a man of power and frittered away wealth. Speaking of which, even he cannot stroke off enough coins from his followers in the current claim of persecution to fill his need for cash-cash-cash.

Finally, he’s just a recently indicted[8] citizen running his mouth. In running that mouth like a babbling brook or falls of Niagara; Trump still thinks he’s the man running the show of what will happen and how things will happen. Uh-uh. Not anymore. You are now stuck in the process of the criminal justice system.

Nobody – which includes the former President of the United States of America is above getting slapped with a gag order from a judge. So, hey, Donald, you keep on swiping and sniping at the Manhattan District Attorney[9] Alvin Bragg (and, his family) and also Judge Juan Merchan (and, his family) with some daydream of thinking you can do that without any comeuppance. 

Even for you, Mr. Trump, there can be a lengthier leash of time and dimension over what is and can be verbalized by you. But, at some point there’s a gag[10] and a muzzle that you can be acquainted with. 

Any citizen can catch a case. Yeah, and none of us would like it. But, shit, we wouldn’t be huffin’ n’ puffin’ in distress over being tapped on the shoulder by the authorities. We would just have to take it and go to court[11] to handle it. Sit your butt at the defense table with a legal aid lawyer or if one is lucky a paid defense counsel and go through the evidence that the prosecution presents. The jury will sit and listen to witnesses. And, voila – thumbs up or thumbs down by the jury. Yep! 

Donald Trump and all who are in his crying choir are acting as if he was just strolling along Fifth Avenue and police cars with sirens came up on him, cuffed him and tossed his ass in the back of the cruiser, okay? He was given that largesse of being able to surrender to the court. In fact, how many of the Trump cult would be given that space? I’ll tell you straight up, none of you would.

Only one person is going to be in that courthouse on Centre Street dealing with what those 34 charges are. And, his name is Donald John Trump. 

“Spent time there today as you possibly read, with a local failed district attorney, charging a former President of the United States for the first time in history on a basis that every single pundit and legal analyst said, “There is no case, there’s no case.” – Donald Trump[12], April 4th, 2023 (post-indictment speech at Mar-a-Lago)

And, if that is true, when you go through the process completely and are found not guilty by a jury then you will be free of these 34 charges from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. But, then again, there’s many a case about to brew around your galaxy, Mr. Trump. So, make sure you keep that plane of yours fueled up for other locales around this country for many months in the future. 

Mr. Grab Em’ by the P-word/S-Hole Countries/Fine People On Both Sides/Gotta Fight Like Hell For Your Country/and etc. and etc. is the man who is going through that certain something – and it’s called the process. Man up, Donald! Deal with it! 

“The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it.” – Donald Trump[12], April 4th, 2023 (post-indictment speech at Mar-a-Lago)

Um, no, no. That is not what the 34 charges are about. It wasn’t a fearless defense of a nation. It was a criminal cover-up on behalf of your appendage. Oddly enough, it brings me to a thought of wonder, where is Melania?

Suddenly, she is invisible and silent on behalf of her husband. Not even a peep or press release on him being innocent[13] of these charges has come from her corner of the Trump kingdom. 

Donald made his bed (and, many more) and will have to live with it. The third Mrs. Trump is a devoted mother raising their son, Barron. Away from the glaring lights of the hubbub in the ballroom of Mar-A-Lago and the verbal battling surrounding her husband’s legal doings up in Manhattan, this spouse is trying to maintain a smidgen of dignity in the swirl of Donald’s quagmire[14] of dubious doings.

As for her spouse, all he cares about is keeping up the appearance that his financial house is of sterling assets and zero liabilities. 

“I don’t need banks. We have a lot of cash. I built a great business with my family, built a fantastic business. I have a son here who’s done a great job and I have another son here who’s done a great job. Tiffany and Ivanka and Barron will be great someday. He’s tall. He is tall and he’s smart.” – Donald Trump[12], April 4th, 2023 (post-indictment speech at Mar-a-Lago)

Most people get indicted and lay low. Not Donald Trump; he goes on the attack against public servants, while sputtering his fantastical daydreams of recapturing the White House for the second time in 2024. 

“In the wings, they’ve got a local racist democrat district attorney in Atlanta who is doing everything in her power to indict me over an absolutely perfect phone call, even more perfect than the one I made with the president of Ukraine.” – Donald Trump[12], April 4th, 2023 (post-indictment speech at Mar-a-Lago)

11,780 votes which were spoken from President Trump’s lips cannot be erased from an audiotape a la Rosemary Woods back in the Nixon era. We all heard it and now the judicial system will do what the system is going to do in the process of the grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia. 

But, hey, it would only be a fool to take to poking and prodding at the prosecutor who is investigating him over top secret documents. I guess it takes a Trump to fall into that foolish vortex.

“Then you have a radical left lunatic known as a bomb thrower, who is harassing hundreds of … my people day after day over the boxes hoax, do you know the boxes hoax as we call it?” – Donald Trump[12], April 4th, 2023 (post-indictment speech at Mar-a-Lago)

So, the grievance performance of Donald John Trump continues to roll along, as day turns to night, night turns to day, and he erroneously squawks of mythical plight. 

The through and through of the process of the American judicial system has come to you, as the whining and wailing won’t unwind the indictment or make the charges you are faced with vanish. Once this process begins, it runs to its’ conclusion for whomever is named in the indictment. 

Rest your heels at the defense table and get to know the location of the restrooms in the courthouse on Centre Street, because this reality for you Donald J. Trump is now your life. 

Still as he thinks it is still 2016 and he is royal leader of a juggernaut of years gone by and heralded as some sort of Orange Jesus by those who think they hold court as nobility and jesters in the gambit of politics would be a non-ending glide of ascendancy, they are all sinking in quicksand of consequence.  

Well, it’s 2023 and I stand among the peasants outside of the Trump kingdom to say to all who think a certain person is not meant to face a discomfort of the American judicial system four words: Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers!!

Vive, le Process!!!

“The Through and Through”


A.H. Scott 

“The Through and Through” – FOOTNOTES:

1.-Marie Yovanovitch: I Felt ‘Threatened’ By Trump – Politico



3.-Ex-Ambassador Felt Threatened After Trump Said She Was ‘Going to Go Through Some Things’ – CTV News


4.-United States Of America v. Michael Cohen – Document Cloud 


5.-Donald Trump Walks Into New York Courtroom Before Arraignment – Associated Press/WFAA

6.-Trump Appears in Court for His Arraignment – Andrew Kelly/Pool Photo Via AP


7.-Trump Appears in Court for His Arraignment (black female bailiff) – Andrew Kelly/Pool Photo via AP


8.-People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump – Document Cloud


9.-Trump Decries Charges Against Him As An ‘Insult To Our Country’ – Politico 


10.-Is Donald Trump Going to Be Hit With a Gag Order? – Slate


11.-Understanding the Basics of Grand Jury Indictments – National Law Review


12.-Trump Makes Statement From Mar-a-Lago Following NY Arraignment Transcript – Rev Transcripts

Trump Makes Statement From Mar-a-Lago Following NY Arraignment Transcript

13.-Where is Melania? She Hasn’t Been Seen in Public for Nine Days – Frontier Post

Where is Melania? She hasn’t been seen in public for nine days

14.-Where’s Melania? Former First Lady Was MIA in Palm Beach After Donald Trump’s Arrest – Miami Herald



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.H. Scott is a poet and essayist based in New York City and is a veteran contributor to this blog.  To access additional articles by A.H. Scott, click here: https://tonyward.com/a-h-scott-thoughts-on-memory/

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