It’s been a rough ride for Alvin Bragg, but perhaps we owe him a small token of gratitude. His pursuit of a former U.S. president has inadvertently shone a light on the glaring issue of selective and abusive prosecution in America’s justice system.
Of course, there are other problems within our judicial system, such as biased judges and subpar defense attorneys. But it’s the selective prosecution that truly exacerbates the disparities. Every day, prosecutors across America decide to go after some criminals while letting others off the hook for the same offenses.
Take the January 6th “insurrection” as an example. Many individuals were held in prison for months, or even years, without being charged. And when they were finally convicted in a court of law, they received lengthy sentences.
However, just seven months prior, another “insurrection” took place at the White House. This one lasted three days instead of three hours and involved lethal Molotov cocktails rather than flagpoles. Over 100 law enforcement officers were injured as rioters breached the White House perimeter, set fire to a nearby church, and drove the president to seek refuge in the bunker.
And what about the consequences faced by those violent insurrectionists? Virtually none.
A Washington Post report from June 1, 2020, revealed that although 106 arrests were made, the U.S. attorney’s office dismissed rioting charges against most of the defendants. Only a handful still faced those charges.
It seems that Lady Justice may be lifting her blindfold just enough to differentiate between “good” and “bad” insurrectionists.
As for Bragg’s case against President Donald Trump, there’s no need to get into the specifics. Even the commentators on MSNBC can’t hide their skepticism, as evidenced by their somber expressions.
However, it’s crucial to note how the 2020 election fraud narrative was shaped by biased county prosecutors. When we hear that there was no fraud in the 2020 election, it’s primarily because county DAs refused to investigate such matters.
For an election fraudster to become a crime statistic, they must first be caught—a tall order given our mail-in ballot system and lax identification laws. And even if they are apprehended, will the county district attorney prosecute them? Highly unlikely. As a result, the election fraudster remains uncounted in the statistics.
The double standard in our justice system must be addressed. Selective prosecution only serves to deepen the divide between Americans and erode faith in our institutions. It’s time to demand a fair and just system for all, regardless of their political affiliations.