Why trump Must Be Fully Prosecuted
by Jamala Rogers
The election of trump in 2016 following the administration of Barack Obama was a signal for a dangerous and dark period ahead for the country. Even if he was
the titular head of a global empire, the election of a Black man talking about one America was too much to stomach for those longing for the days where white
supremacy and heterosexual male dominance was the law of the land. That was when their America was truly great.
The trump administration ushered in an unprecedented way in which this country operated. The country has numerous public examples of trump’s character before
he ever took office. For many white Americans, that was just fine. This was the despot who would put Blacks, women and immigrants in their respective places.
The velocity of lies coming from a world leader was jarring. I remember it was almost two years into the trump regime before media outlets actually used the term
lies. They were not missteps or exaggerations but to call an American president a lie was unimaginable. These were frontal assaults on the truth when the facts
were clear and established. Whether it was stating that Obama was not a U.S. citizen or that the election was stolen, the rapidity and ease of lying was nothing
short of psychopathy.
A number of entities tracked the lies of trump during his president. The Washington Post chucked up 30,573 bold-faced lies, literally a lie every hour. The
propensity to be deceitful, to lie without hesitation, to be indifferent to being exposed — this is both an obvious character flaw and a personality disorder.
The sad and dangerous part about this is that his faithful followers believed every single syllable. And still do. When trump minimized the threat of the COVID-19
and did not respond accordingly, he was directly responsible for the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of Americans. This is not just my opinion, but the
opinion of many epidemiologists and other medical scientists. I just took it a step further and called for the president to be criminally charged with conspiracy to
The lies were used to manipulate and incite so that what we began to see is a treacherous trend for people to become violent when someone disagrees with their
politics or their view of the world. This didn’t just play out in social media but in real life and on multiple levels. Examples of this are Black people being “Karen-
ed” and a plot hatched to kidnap the governor of Michigan. Public officials who dared oppose these right-wing nuts put their lives and the safety of their families at
Very few days went by where trump didn’t flaunt his moral bankruptcy and corrupt politics in our faces. While much of this did not reach the level of criminality,
they had a profound impact on making it okay to bash veterans, the differently abled, immigrants and others who didn’t fit the white, male and powerful mold.
Those behaviors — unlike the tax cuts — did trickle down to the community level.
The trump family used the presidency to brazenly advance their business dealings. There were countless conflicts of interests from forcing people to use his
hotels and resorts to pay-to-play schemes. The slimy corporations lined trump’s pockets so they could line up at the public trough. The trumps and the kushners in
their quest to be oligarchs must be held accountable for all of their unscrupulous businesses dealings. Appropriate taxes must be paid. Voters and the financial
institutions must make that house of trump fall — and fall hard.
I was all in for the first impeachment even though I know the Republicans were too cowardly to stand on principle. Every tool at our disposal must be used to
make an example out of this administration so that others who have any ideas about a repeat will be more fearful of the consequences than the fleeting benefits of
their actions. It is critical that trump’s legacy of destruction be fully documented. The fact that he’s going down in history as the only president to be impeached
twice was our duty as defenders of democracy.
As trump leaves office, he has left a trail of shameless destruction that will take years and billions of dollars to repair. His immunity as a sitting president should
no longer afford him protection from his lawlessness. Every criminal, civil and constitutional book should be thrown at him now.
Many political observers have laid out all of the prosecutorial grounds for trump’s legal woes. I hear other voices trying to play down any more time and attention
being paid to him now that he’s gone. Let’s focus on the future, they say, so our country can heal.
My response to that is the past becomes the future. Our country will never heal from the wounds trump has inflicted on this democratic experiment until he is held
fully accountable for every single abomination.
State Bar, Law
Foundation support Vel
Phillips Statue on
Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin and its charitable arm, the
Wisconsin Law Foundation, strongly support a proposal to site a statue
honoring the late Hon. Vel Phillips on the state Capitol grounds. The statue, if
approved, will be the first on the Capitol Square to recognize a person of color.
Phillips is considered one of Wisconsin’s most prominent and influential
attorneys over the last 100 years.
In a letter of endorsement to the State Capitol & Executive Residence Board,
the State Bar and the Law Foundation pledge a combined $25,000 contribution
to kick off a statewide fundraising effort to raise the estimated $250,000 to
place the statue, should the Board approve a recommendation to be presented
on Jan. 25 by an advisory group supported by Gov. Tony Evers.
A statue of Phillips celebrates diversity in state leadership and offers
generations of Capitol visitors an opportunity to learn of the contributions of
this great civil rights leader, lawyer, and judge who was instrumental in
providing opportunities for the people of Wisconsin.
A Pioneer, trailblazer
“Vel Phillips was a pioneer and a trailblazer in city and state government, for
civil rights, and as a lawyer and judge, said Kathy Brost, State Bar of
Wisconsin president. “She not only led, but showed how to lead by practicing
civility amid persistence.”
“Vel Phillips is one of our own,” said Peggy Herlitzka, Wisconsin Law
Foundation president. “She was a woman of many firsts, and her legacy
inspires us to be involved, to step forward and to make change for the better.”
In 1951 Phillips became the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and in 1956 became the first African-
American woman elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council, serving until 1971. In 1962 she wrote Milwaukee’s Fair Housing ordinance, introducing the
ordinance every 90 days at council meetings before it passed in 1968.
In 1971 Gov. Patrick Lucey appointed Phillips, at age 46, to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, making her the first African American to serve in Wisconsin’s
judiciary and the first female judge in Milwaukee. In 1978 she became the first African American elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin.
“I am pleased that the leadership of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Law Foundation will serve as a lead sponsor for this effort,” states
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Carl Ashley, chair of the State Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee. “A statue of the Honorable Vel
Phillips is long overdue, and it will serve as a visual reminder that people of color contributed significantly to the leadership of this great state.”
“We are excited to make a lead donation on behalf of our 25,000 members,” Brost said.